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January 31, 2015
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Leica DG Summilux 15mm review by Digitalrev.

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This is the next typical “Unusual” review from Kai! Enjoy (or hate it) ;)

January 29, 2015
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Panasonic GM5 gets tested at Dpreview:

Dpreview tested the Panasonic Gm5 and writes:

Where the GM5 does come through is with a good user experience, in two ways. It’s easy to use, thanks in large part to its healthy dose of direct physical controls, and it’s easy to have on hand. If smallness is a priority, the GM5 is a very nice daily companion. You won’t get better images with a camera this size. If size is anywhere other than the top of your priority list, then I’d suggest looking elsewhere. The GM5 does a lot well, but its APS-C competitors are hard to ignore in this class, and in many cases they’re cheaper.

Store links:
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at Panasonic Germany, WexUK, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France, Panasonic Italy, Panasonic Spain, Panasonic Netherlands, Panasonic Belgium.

January 20, 2015
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Two first full Panasonic GF7 reviews!

We already have two full reviews of the new GF7 announced today. Both reviewers draw a very positive conclusion:

Photographyblog writes:

So while the Panasonic Lumix GF7 mainly seems to be trying to attract the attention of the selfie crowd, its actually a feature-rich camera that takes excellent pictures and which can easily be stored in a coat pocket with the supplied 12-32mm kit lens fitted. If you need a flash or viewfinder, the Lumix GM5 is a better fit, but otherwise the new Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the best GF-series model yet, selfie or no selfie…

ePhotozine writes:

The most likely issues you may find with the GF7 are the lack of flash hot-shoe, and short battery life, making it less appealing to the more serious photographer. For the majority of people having a built in flash will be preferable, and the mode dial makes the camera easier to use for every level of photographer. Image quality is very good, with the camera delivering sharp detailed photos with good colour, and low levels of noise. The Wi-Fi implementation is very good, giving remote control and numerous shooting options straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few, very minor niggles, including short battery life, but we can very happily highly recommend the camera.

Preorders:
Panasonic GF7 in Black at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic GF7 in Pink at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

January 13, 2015
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New 40-150mm PRO lens review by Tyson Robichaud and Thom Hogan.

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A great 40-150mm PRO image from Tyson Robichaud.

New double review on the 40-150mm Olympus PRO lens:

Tyson Robichaud writes:

In good light, or with decent contrast, this lens is fast to focus though, so situationally, it’s pretty damn quick.  It’s sharp, contrasty and has good fidelity at lower ISO’s which is where most folks will probably be shooting this for outdoor sports, wildlife, studio or outdoor portraiture or the like, and in those situations I think it will be a great addition to any micro 4/3 system shooter’s bag.

Thom Hogan writes:

Olympus has a real winner with the 40-150mm f/2.8. A very usable focal range, excellent optics, a really nice build with no real flaws in handling, and focus performance at Olympus’ state of the art means that this should become a classic m4/3 lens. Once Olympus has completed their initial Pro line (7-14mm f/2.8?, 12-40mm f/2.8, 40-150mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4), an E-M1 owner should be able to go from 14mm to 600mm equivalent in a four lens set that delivers one heck of a lot of performance in reasonably small packages.

40-150mm PRO shop link:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

 

December 27, 2014
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Panasonic DMC-CM1 review by Pier-Yves Menkhoff

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Video Test Review from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

The CM1 is not a MFT camera but it’s interesting to see how Panasonic managed to fit so many great features into a small package. It’s also Panasonic answer to the shrinking compact and fixed lens camera. Will it work out? We don’t know yet but 43rumors reader and journalist Pier-Yves Menkhoff reviewed the Panasonic CM1:

Does the DMC-CM1 is a camera with a smartphone function or a smartphone with a dual Photo & Film function ? Panasonic prefers the first option. So do I…
Our smartphone costs 900 € in France. Is it expensive ? We can think it. It is not in comparison with an iPhone. It becomes in front of a Panasonic DMC-GM5, DMC-L-X100, etc. complemented by a Smartphone like the Nokia Lumia 525. Anyway !!!
With this review, we will not cover here Smartphone appearance but rather the photo and film aspects. However, it is nice to precise that the DMC-CM1 is compatible with 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. and compatible with any operator.
The DMC-CM1 is far from the iPhone universe. The appearance is almost “rustic”. It remains in the Panasonic philosophy. It impresses with its all round 200 grams for a size of 134 mm x 15.2 x 25.1 mm. The sensor is a MOS 1 inch with a resolution of 20 million pixels. Identical to the one of the Lumix FZ1000. About the lens, Panasonic continues its collaboration with Leica. It offers a focal length of 28mm with an aperture between F/2.8 and F/11. No optical zoom? Only a digital zoom 2 X. The processor is a Venus Engine type.
Those who already own a Panasonic camcorder or camera will not be disoriented. The menu is similar, in outline, to the one of the DMC-GM1, GH3, GH4, etc. Many modes are available : P, S, A, M, Scenes, and of course two automatic modes iA and iA+ called “Intelligent”. From the menu, we will find the AF/AE, Focus Peaking, Histogram, etc. modes. The Silent mode has not been forgotten.
The handling is nice. It is very “Photo” in contrast to the one proposed by Samsung, Apple, LG, etc. smartphone. We take a photo. We do not play. The DMC-CM1 offers the RAW format for the most discerning.
About Video, it is Bizance. The user has the choice between Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p or 4K Ultra (2840 x 2160) 15p. The back of the DMC-CM1 is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD touch screen.  For the storage, you have the choice between the embedded 16 GB or the SD or SDXC memory card within the limit of 128 GB.
The power has been entrusted to a 2600 mAh battery. In use, it is enough for a day in photo mode. It is not the same for the production of video. This is relativized by the time battery charge. Very fast.
Filming is less easy than taking a picture. The shutter is not “mixed” as with the GM1, GM5, GH4, etc. You have to press the “Record” function on the back screen. This forces to prevent shooting then restore its horizontality. Evidence that the DMC-CM1 is dedicated to the image, Panasonic has planned numerous accessories including a tripod adapter, a fisheye, a telephoto, a wide angle and a macro. We appreciate. However, experience shows that Panasonic accessories are not always easy to find in stores.
After two hours of shooting at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, this is the time of editing. The files are encapsulated MP4 only. There are some aliasings. But nothing insurmountable. The final image is appealing. It is quite close to the one I have compared with the DMC-GM1.

Panasonic CM1 is listed at Panasonic Germany, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France.

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