New E-PL3, GF3 and 14mm lens reviews.

Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) tested the new Olympus E-PL3: “With so much else going for it, including the improved AVCHD-able movie mode with full manual exposure control, and decent image quality at the lower ISO settings, the E-PL3 is among the better-equipped Compact System Cameras out there. We like it a lot“. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) reviewed the Panasonic GF3: “Imatest showed RW2.RAW files converted with Silkypix Developer Studio to be up to expectations for a 12-megapixel camera. JPEGs were slightly below expectations but a cut above the GF2. Resolution held up very well with both file types across the camera’s sensitivity range, as shown in the graph of our Imatest results below.”. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And Photoreview Australia (Click here) also tested the ultratiny Panasonic 14mm lens: “Imatest showed this lens provided the highest resolution between f/2.5 and f/5.6 with a gradual tailing off towards f/22 as diffraction progressively affected image quality. Interestingly, when the GF3 was used in any of the auto exposure modes (iA, P or the Scene pre-sets), the camera favoured aperture settings within this range and would only stop down when it ran out of ISO room“. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a set of Olympus E-PM1 photos. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

More m43 versus Nikon thoughts (TOP and Thom Hogan).

E-PL3 versus Nikon J1 size comaprison (Image Source: openpn.com).

There is a well written article at TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here) that talks about the new Nikon cameras and the competition with Micro Four Thirds: “Thing is, I’m not sure we have to do any more waiting. Yesterday seemed like a milestone to me. It was a couple of Nikons that arrived, I know that. But somehow it seemed like what really arrived was Micro 4/3.

The Nikon and Olympus shooter Thom Hogan (Click here) is daily sharing his thoughts about the new Nikon cameras. In short the Nikon J1 and V1 are not bad cameras but there are things that he doens’t like: Price too high, no fast lens, lenses are too big, wrong marketing, still no social fucntions and “Crappy sample images”.

Read both articles to make your own opinion. As I said before, I am not a fanboy, I simply do not like that camera. That’s it!

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: http://www.43rumors.com/is-the-e-pl3-a-camera-for-girls/. 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).