Nikon versus Micro Four Thirds comparison!

Image courtesy: Quesabesde

The image on top (Source: Quesabesde) shows the reason why I still prefer the m43 system over the new Nikon CX mirrorless cameras. While the Olympus E-Pm1 you see on the right is using a larger sensor it is still less high and less thick than the Nikon 1 V1! Beside that I find the Olympus E-PM1 design far more sexy :)

Before you start bashing on me saying I am a fanboy, well I am NOT! I use cameras from different manufacturers and there are many things I like from the Nikon camera world (D700 and many of their lenses). But I simply cannot fell in love with the today announced Nikon cameras. The image quality of the V1 is good, but not as good as the one delivered by the m43 cameras. Check the ISO comparison at Focus Numerique. One more thing. The Nikon 1 V1 costs $899 on Amazon (Click here)! That’s $400 more than the price of the Olympus E-PM1!

And ePhotozine (Click here) posted also a J1 versus E-PM1 size comparison. In that case the cameras have about the same size but again the E-Pm1 is $150 cheaper.


Anyway, I am glad Nikon entered the market. More competition we have better it is for all of us (P.S.: Panasonic, can you please lower the price of your lenses and make them available earlier?)

Note: This is my very personal opinion. Other may have other needs and reason to like or NOT to like the new Nikon.

P.S.: E-PM1 shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

UPDATE: Here is a size comparison with the GF3 made by Colorfoto.

Digitalrev reads 43rumors comments and answers with a new video ;)

The guys over at DigitalrevTV read your comments about the E-PL3 being a “girly camera” I posted here: Kai from Digitalrev writes: “Unfortunately, some people of the internet didn’t like it, so here we are doing a comparison between the E-P3 and the E-PL3 in a more normal manly manner.

Thanks Kai and team for entertaining us with their funny videos! ;)

P.S.: Those are all shop links to the new PEN cameras:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Panasonic 25mm lens review (ePhotozine).

There is a new Pana-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Saying that, £540 still seems a little steep for a standard prime, whether it be Leica branded or not. The excellent optical performance probably deserves slight premium price though, so the value of this lens may be relative to the user.
The lens gets “Recommended” by the reviewer.

The lens is in Stock in asian stores but it’s still very diffcult to find it in other countries:
In USA you can find it in Stock at Amazon (Click here) or eBay (Click here). But you have to pay a lot for it!
In European countries you can get it in Stock for the normal price at Amazon UK (Click here) and Amazon France (Click here).

Full Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm and Panasonic 8mm fisheye reviews.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the newest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Samyang (Rokinon in USA) 7.5mm fisheye: “I want to recommend this lens to everyone simply on the matter that the build quality is something that everyone should experience and that this lens is truly how Micro Four Thirds manual lenses should be created. The lens exhibits exceptional sharpness, color rendition with no fringing, little to no vignetting, and meters well with the camera. It’s a lens that everyone would ask for.
You can find plenty of image samples taken with the lens on his website!

P.S.: The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

And ePhotozine (Click here) tested the much more expensive Panasonic Lumix G 8mm Fisheye Lens: “The compact size, and excellent optical performance of this fisheye optic will make it certainly worthy of consideration if the distorted fisheye effect is what you’re after.“.
You can click these links t check price and availability Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Full Olympus E-PL3 review at Dpreview

Dpreview (Click here) posted the complete Olympus E-PL3 review. So what they think after the 22 pages of testing? With an overall score of 73% the camera earns a respectable Silver Award: “We find the PEN Lite to be a well-thought out attempt to lure compact-camera upgraders to both higher image quality and the opportunity to explore manual controls while providing a day to day handling experience that will be far from intimidating.

For me the real question is why Olympus didn’t simply make one camera instead of splitting it into two, the E-PL3 and E-P3. Hmmm…

Those are the search shop links to all three new PEN cameras. Click on it to check price and availability:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.