New E-P3 review at Trustedreviews. Electronista reviews the NEX-C3 but revommends the E-PL3!

The E-P3 has been tested by Trustedreviews (Click here): “Image quality is the best we’ve yet seen from an Olympus PEN camera, with the new 14-42mm kit zoom producing crisp, sharp edges throughout the whole frame…Taking this into consideration, we’ve decided to award the EP-3 a standard 8/10. Had it come in £150 cheaper, however, then we’d have had no hesitation in awarding it 9/10 and a TrustedReviews ‘Recommended’ award. If you’re intent on buying one regardless, rest assured that you won’t be disappointed by it.”
Chekc the E-P3 in Stock status by clicking these direct search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Electronista (Click here) reviewed the Sony NEX-C3 but recommended the readers to buy the Olympus E-PL3: “Sony’s timing isn’t ideal. We’d say the C3 is mostly safe against the Panasonic GF2 and GF3 given the NEX camera’s newer sensor. Against the Olympus E-PL3 Lite shipping from September onwards, though, this latest NEX may face trouble. For a bit more, you get a tangibly faster camera with a more advanced autofocus system, more video options (including 60FPS shooting), and a lens system that’s not confined to one vendor. Olympus even bundles in a hot shoe flash that Sony could really stand to include.”

P.S.: You cannot preorder the E-PL3 yet. BHphoto (Click here) does only list the camera but without to accept preorders.

 

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

E-P2 vs 5D vs MP-9 and Leica 25mm versus Nokton.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted a high ISO noise test comparison between the Olympus E-P2, Canon 5D MkII and Leica M9-P. The 5D is the best camera but according to the reviewer “the EP2 and M9-P are almost neck in neck. “. But what is a bit surprising me is the following statement: “Both cameras use CCD sensors from Kodak, so this is a very interesting test to see.“???

A forum user at Mobile01 (Click here) posted some image comparison between the Leica and Nokton 25mm lenses. Gogole translation doesn’t work so I will tell you what to do. Click on the green links of the first post to open the images!

 

GH2 is faster than the E-P3 on Panasonic lenses (and older Olympus lenses)

Russian Olympus forum user “kkn” measured AF speed of some micro four thirds cameras. The text is in russian but the good news one of our russian readers (Thanks!) told us how he made those measurements: “In two words: he records camera’s sounds during AF process and measures the time between button half press’ click sound and AF confirmation sound. He does not measure time for exposure (obvious) and time needed to clean up the matrix. He does not also measure time needed to close diaphragm (which can be quite slow, for example, Panny 20mm f/1.7 has very slow diaphragm and much quicker on its open (f/1.7) than, say, f/4). He does 10 or more measurements for each lens using same light conditions, but different subject’s distances and provided average values.

As you can see the Panasonic GH2 still focus faster than the new Olympus E-P3 when using Panasonic or the “older” Olympus lenses. The only time the E-P3 is faster is when using the new 14-42mm IIR kit lens.

I don’t know how accurate the test is. That test goes against the common perception reviewers had about the E_P3 being much(!) faster than any other m43 camera in good light conditions. Take it with a grain of salt!

Mercedes Benz making of made with the GH2! And GH2 on safari (Luminous Landscape).

You want to see some professional work done with the Panasonic GH2? Than take a look at the following two works:

1) Click on that link http://vimeo.com/25474377 to see the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG making of shot in Malaysia! They used the following lenses:
The Nokton 25mm f0.95 -> Get that lens on eBay (Click here).
The Olympus 9-18mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic 20mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic 14-140mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Glidecam HD-1000 -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).
Glidetrack -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).

2) Mark Dubovoy went on Safari with the GH2 (Click here ot read the full article at Luminous Landscape): “I was surprised by how well thought out this camera is.  Far superior to anything Canon or Nikon or Sony or Fuji have to offer.  As complicated and feature laden as the camera is, the locations of the controls and the ergonomics (other than the traditional film type shape of the camera which is all wrong, but no manufacturer seems to want to deviate from) are excellent.  Much better than any other Japanese camera I have tested to date.” And now hear that: “On the other hand, the user manual establishes a new low point in my experience.  It is the absolute worst manual I have ever seen.  Shame on you Panasonic.  If I had hired a crew with the sole purpose of writing the worst manual ever, I do not think it would have been half as bad as this one is.

Those are the links to the GH2 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay. For US readers, the Black GH2 with 14-42mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Just a reminder: Panasonic officially said they are working on the GH3 with new EVF and faster AF. My guess is that it will come by early 2012. If you know more about the GH3 drop me a line at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

New GF3, E-P3, 12mm reviews

Dcresource (Click here) posted the final Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review: “Overall, I like the features, performance, and photo quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, but I’m a lot less excited about its design (speaking as a GF1 owner). It’s one of those cameras that you’ll absolutely want to try in person before you buy it. If you can handle the compromises that come with producing such a small camera, then it’ll definitely serve you well.

The korean website SLRclub (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-P3 review. As you know google translation tool doesn’t work because korean websites do love to post the text as a JPG image! But you can still look at the graphs and image samples!

Hinting (dpreview forum user) made a review with some of the m43 wide angle lens against the New Olympus 12mm f/2.0. And first shots with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens on the e-p1 (E-P1.net forum).

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.