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September 23, 2014
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On focus: All the things you have or didn’t know about the LX100…and Leica D-Lux clone.

The most popular new Four Thirds sensor camera is actually a fixed lens one: The Panasonic LX100. Preorders, specs and other info can be found at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. In Europe at Panasonic Germany, WexUK, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France, Panasonic Italy, Panasonic Spain, Panasonic Netherlands, Panasonic Belgium.

And here is a recap about that camera:

1) Quick notes:
– LX100 doesn’t replace the LX7
– The effective sensor area on the LX100 is 1.5X larger than 1″ and 4.3X the size of 1/1.7″
– Has the same 100Mbit 4K codec found in the GH4.

2) The Story:
Panasonic will contually update you with the Story Behind LUMIX LX100 Development on this page: http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/lx100_interview/
Great image samples can be seen here: http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/gallery/lx100/Bernie_DeChant/index.html

3) Curiosity: New advanced lens construction

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ePhotozine posted that interetsing info: “If the same lens construction structure from the LX7 was used with a large 4/3 sensor, then the lens would have ended up being 2.3x bigger, however, thanks to clever engineering the LX100 lens is only slightly larger than the LX7 lens.

4) This is the LX100 compared to his “inspiration” the LC1 camera:

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Click on image to enlarge. Image courtesy: ePhotozine

5) Leica D-Lux clone
Image samples have been posted at Leica Camera. And to see the camera itself click over at click over at Hphoto.

6) More new tests and image samples posted the last couple of days:
Image samples on Flickr. Hands-on by Dpreview. Preview by EosHD with a 4K sample video on Vimeo. Hands-on review by BMCR.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Topshot and Fotomundus.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

 

September 18, 2014
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Panasonic FZ1000 gets DxOmarked (In Stock at Amazon/Adorama).

The Panasonic FZ1000 is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). The camera sesnor also got tested at DxOmark (Click here):

ThePanasonic DMC-FZ1000 is unashamedly targeting the RX10, which was a unique proposition. While the Sony remains tempting for its high-speed constant aperture zoom, the Panasonic’s extra reach, 4K video capture, similar (if not quite as impressive) sensor performance and slightly lower price means it’s a strong contender in this new class of camera.

September 18, 2014
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Matt Frazer (Panasonic) explains the new LX100.

The Panasonic LX100 is certainly one of the (few) stars of this years Photokina. And on the video on top Matt Frazer from Panasonic explains what’s special on the LX100. Matt says uses the LX100 uses the best Leica lens Panasonic ever made in this class. Lensvid posted that video showing how Panasonic Manufactures the Lenses at the Yamagata Plant.

Also Matt Granger posted a LX100 hands-on review on Youtube (Click here).
Panasonic photokina GM5, LX100, CM1 with Mark Baber from Panasonic UK by Personal View on Youtube.

The LX100 is really a great new product from Panasonic and opens one question….how will Olympus answer to this? :)

LX100 Preorders, specs and other info can be found at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. In Europe at Panasonic Germany, WexUK, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France, Panasonic Italy, Panasonic Spain, Panasonic Netherlands, Panasonic Belgium.

September 17, 2014
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First Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 image samples!

Image source: Optyczne.pl

Optyczne.pl is the first website showing image samples taken with that amzing new Voigtlander 10,5mm f/0.95 lens. The image on tops shows you the quality at full 0.95 aperture. More images in full size can be seen on Optyczne.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

September 17, 2014
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First test with the unique Panasonic CM1 smartphone!

Matt Granger just posted this video testing the incredible sexy and unique Panasonic CM1 smartphone. Some low resolution image samples have been posted also on his website. There is also an interesting test in German posted by Chip.de on Youtube. This is just an example of how much better the CM1 is than one of the best Smartphone-cameras out there. The Sony Z1:

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The Panasonic CM1 is listed at Panasonic Germany, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France. For now it will be available in those countries only by end of this year for 899 Euro. I hope Panasonic will sell this worldwide in 2015. And now the big question:

Would you buy the Panasonic CM1?

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More CM1 videos:
Hands-on by Which (Youtube).
Hands-on in German (Youtube).
Hands-on in Spanish (Youtube)
Hands-on in a language I do not recognize (Youtube). Guess what language it is :)
Hands-on in Italian (Youtube).

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

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