GH2 shows its potential again (+ new refurbished Oly cameras)

Christmas Shootout: Part 1 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

As you know Canon created a lot of buzz around the new C300 video camera. It’s a super technological and expensive DSLR styled toy made for professionals. The video on top shows a test made by Philip Bloom. Our friend Andrew Reid form EosHD (Click here) made one of those comparisons that will make us m43 owners again feel proud of Panasonic :) Andrew “proves” how the hacked “GH2 really is insane for resolution and the cleanness with which it downscales that 18MP CMOS to 1080p. The codec shows very little sign of AVCHD compression, well on par with the C300′s codec.” Of course we are comparing apple of oranges but damn, the GH2 costs fifteen times less than the Canon! Can’t wait to see what the GH3 can do… ;)

P.S.: Letsgodigital (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3 and the camera scores a rating of 85 points out of 100. And here is the new list of refurbished Olympus cameras. Reminder, these cameras can be bought by Europeans only! I already bought five cameras in one month for my family and friends:
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Brown Olympus E-Pm1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens White Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens

Panasonic GX1 ISO test at Steve Huff. Becomes Cnet UK editors choice. (+ in Stock status and GF2 deals).

Steve Huff (Click here) just got his brand new Panasonic GX1. He first posted some image samples taken with the Leica Summilux 25mm lens and then he compared the ISO quality with the Olympus E-P3 (Click here to see the comparison). I have to say the GX1 does clearly a better job here! And also the guys over at Cnet UK (Click here) fell in love with the GX1: “The GX1 development unit we got our hands on back in November impressed us greatly, and running the finished camera through our regular tests has done nothing to change our opinion.
There is a hands-on at Expertreviews (Click here) and also the german website Colorfoto (Click here) tested the GX1.

So where is the GX1 in Stock? Here is a short list:
In USA at: Amazon, Adorama and eBay.
In Europe at: Jessops UK, Amazon UK and eBay.
In Asia at: Digitalrev, Amazon JP and eBay.

P.S.: There are consistent price drops on the GF2 in USA and in Europe. An examples:
GF2 with 14-42mm kit lens for $369 at Adorama (Click here). I even found a complete new kit option. The GF2 with 14-42mm X pancak zoom at Fotomundus (Click here).

 

First Olympus 12-50mm tests.

Robin Wong (Click here) had the chance to play the new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens: “For a standard zoom lens, the sharpness that this lens produces is very remarkable.

Pekka Potka (Click here) likes the lens and says his only flaws are on the very wide end when it shows visible distortion and chromatic aberration.

Also Pen&Tell (Click here) noticed the same flaws and says that the distortion goes away between 20-40mm and comes back as “pincushion” at the long end.

First stores are now accepting preorders on the lens. Check these search links to see if it’s available: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup (GF3 gets DxOmarked).

DxOmark (Click here) tested the GF3 sensors: “We liked the GF3’s low-light ISO performance, its dimensions, and its price. This said, we were less enchanted by its ISO range, which we found limited its low-ISO scores in the Portrait and Landscape categories. (Its limited ISO also resulted in lower scores for Dynamic Range.)“. GF3 shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Panasonic GX1 review at Cnet Asia (Click here): “We have said before that the GX1 is what the GF3 should have been. Although, we wonder why they stuck with a seemingly industrial design and didn’t opt for something similar to the or the Fujifilm FinePix X10, which seems to be the trend these days“. GX1 shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

EosHD (Click here) released a bunch of downloadable GH2 patches. You have to hack your GH2 camera to use them!

There is a double Olympus lens review at Focus Numerique. First they tested the Olympus 45mm lens (Click here) and then the Olympus 12mm lens (Click here).

Sharpness of Lumix G 45-200mm and Lumix X 45-175mm at m43photo (Click here).

Nikon 1 V1 Vs. Olympus PEN EP-3 at Nikonrumors (Click here).

New Micro Four Thrids reviews roundup.

Shootout in the snow – Sony A65 vs GH2 vs 600D from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2 Review at Photographyblog (Click here): “The lens is an excellent choice for landscapes, architecture and interiors too; as long as you make sure its distortion is taken care of, either in-camera or at the raw conversion stage.” Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus E-Pm1 review at DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here): “I’m still figuring out why Olympus has launched virtually the same camera in three different guises that this Micro Four Thirds system gear encloses. Beats me!“. There is also a german review at Orf.at (Click here) and a polish review at Optyczne (Click here). Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Japanese review of the 14-42mm X lens at Kakaku (Click here).

E-PM1 vs GF3 vs Nikon J1 vs  NEX-C3 image comparison at Tweakers (Click here).

The G3 is the mirrorless camera of the year at Photographyblog (Click here): “For us, the new G3 offers the best balance between the even tinier GF2, the slightly better handling G2, and the videographer-friendly GH2, adding the best still image quality of all G-series cameras, and it’s also a cheaper and for many users simply a better alternative to a full-fledged DSLR. Essential!”