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November 29, 2014
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Panasonic LX100 gets DxOmarked.


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DxOmark (Click here) published the full Panasonic LX100 sensor test:

Adopting a larger sensor than the lens can cover offers advantages in lens size and speed, but the trade-off is somewhat reduced sensor performance, particularly in respect to low-light capabilities. For all that, it’s still no worse than rival offerings, given that neither the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III nor the Canon Power-Shot G1 X Mark II fare any better in low light. If that’s a restriction for your type of photography, larger sensor compacts such as the APS-C Ricoh GR and particularly the full-frame Sony DSC-RX1/1Rhave better performance, but there are tradeoffs, not the least being the daunting premium price for the Sony.

Panasonic LX100 store links:
LX100 in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
LX100 in Europe at WexUK, Wex Germany, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon UK,
LX100 in Asia at Digitalrev, Amazon Japan.

November 26, 2014
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New Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review by CameraLabs!

Gordon Laing from Cameralabs posted the full Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review:

It’s hard to fault the Olympus 45-150mm f2.8 on quality grounds. It produces sharp detail with good contrast throughout the focal range. This is a lens that you can quite happily shoot wide open without having to worry about edge definition, aberrations or distortion. Focus is something you need to be a little more aware of though.

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
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.

November 22, 2014
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Panasonic CM1 1-inch smartphone camera review at Shipping in France and Germany!


The most viral new announcement at Photokina was the Panasonic CM1. And it’s now for the first time in Stock at Panasonic France and also shipping in Germany via local dealers. The CM1 is a 1-inch sensor smartphone camera. It delivers the best Image Quality on any smartphones yet released.

We don’t know yet when the CM1 will ship in other countries but got their hands on an unlocked camera and posted many image samples. Those are their thoughts:

– They found it cool that you can activate and use the camera without to have to enter the Pin code to get out from the sleeping mode
– Shutter button is well placed on top right of the camera
– It has the same Q.MENU as the Lumix series
– You can use the lens ring to control the digital zoom. You can also set the physical ring to control the aperture
– Autofocus is quick
– There is some issues with camera shaking at long exposures.
– Nice background blur
– Very good macro performance

Overall the reviewer is very happy with the CM1. Usability is high, Image quality unmatched by any other smartphone. He really hopes Panasonic will see this in Japan (and other countries) too starting from early 2015!

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

November 22, 2014
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First “serious” Kowa 8.5mm/f2.8 review.

The Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 is now shipping in Japan (on eBay). And a very first KOWA 8.5mm/f2.8 review has been posted in Chinese at These are the reviewers conclusions:

Vignetting is about 1.5EV at maximum aperture
– Surprisingly very low distortion for such a wide angle lens

– Very good resolution
– a bit of purple fringing a wide aperture
– Has some Astral granular spots

November 19, 2014
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LX100 gets highest ever award in its class at Dpreview!

Dpreview posted the full LX100 review and the camera gets the highest ever award in its class! The short conclusion is:

It offers significantly better image quality than pretty much any zoom compact ever made. It’s not a camera entirely without flaws but most of them are so minor that it’s unlikely they’ll ever be more than slight irritations about a camera you’ll love.
My overall experience has been much more about what the camera can do than what it can’t. The LX100 is a pleasure to use and offers superb image quality. I’d consider it the best photographers’ cameras on the market and probably the best zoom compact ever made.

Panasonic LX100 store links:
LX100 in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
LX100 in Europe at WexUK, Wex Germany, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon UK,
LX100 in Asia at Digitalrev, Amazon Japan.

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