(FT4) First trusted source tested the new Olympus E-5!!!

Finally our trusted sources are starting to get in contact with us 😉

The following rumor is from a very known and good source. The only mistake that could happen now is that he saw the wrong camera or that he didn’t read the specs well 🙂

That is what he wrote to me about his “experience” with the new Olympus E-5:
Oh, will like to let you know that I have seen the new Olympus pro dSLR, the E-5, already. It’s a solid, wicked piece of camera that’s weather sealed just like the Olympus E-3. And, it will be announced prior to Photokina. I don’t have other specs on it, except i have tried it and the focusing is really fast. It still uses a 4/3 lens mount. From what i know, it will support HD video recording as well. The top control panel remains largely the same, and it will also have a flip and swivel screen like the E-3. Oh, the sensor resolution is still 12 megapixels, and it will compete against the 7D. Not sure if the megapixels will play a major role here as well. But olympus is hoping that it’s Zuiko lens can outdo Nikon and Canon. Early samples of photos taken with the E-5 shows that the picture quality is almost on par with the D300s and 7D.

I am surprised (but also happy) to hear that Olympus sticks at 12 Megapixel! What really matters is that the image quality goes up. If it really matches the 7D and D300s quality than this is good news!

I ask my other sources (or possible new sources) if they can confirm that rumor! Use the sidebar on the right if you want to keep yourself anonymous. It doesn’t store name, email or IP-address!

UPDATE: According to another source there is still one very important feature never seen in any DSLR before. So expect Olympus to surprise us!
P.S.: The source doesn’t want me to post that now.

a little bit of everything…


DSLRmagazine (google english translation) tested the Panasonic G2 video quality. They also used the Konica 50mm f/2.0 lens. (via Fotoactualidad)

Another Panasonic G2 review at Reghardware.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 Review at Digitalcamerareview

The Sigma DP2s vs. The Olympus E-510 (ThePhoBlographer)

Olympus E-PL1 review at Amateur Photographer

HOT! The AG-AF100 MicroFourThirds camcorder website has been launched!

Check it out: http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/af100/index.html

The AVCHD recording format used by the AG-AF100 series includes a professional PH mode with maximum AVCHD bit rate for stunning image quality. Two SD card slots allow continuous recording for up to 12 hours* in PH mode and up to 48 hours* in HE mode with two SD (SD/SDHC/SDXC) cards on board.

The AG-AF100 series records in 1080:59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p or 720:29.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p with its multi HD format.
You can render movie-like images. The Dynamic Range Stretcher, Gamma Select and other image features have also been inherited from previous Panasonic professional camera recorders.

The AG-AF100 series features HD-SDI output, XLR audio 2-channel input, and other interfaces that are typically found on professional camera recorders. Time code recording also supports precise video production. In addition to its compact, lightweight body, the AG-AF100 series’s professional camera recorder design with grip, handle and large viewfinder firmly support reliable camera work.

With XLR input and multi-HD format the AG-AF100 easily beats the Sony NEX-VG10! Now let’s wait and see the final price…

The GH1 hacker interviewed: Panasonic GH2 prediction, Olympus hack and why the GH1 is better than the Canon 5D!

Mirrorlessrumors had the pleasure to meet the famous hacker Vitaly Kiselev. Yes, it is the guy that hacked our GH1 and GF1 cameras!

I am going to post a small part of the interview here:

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MR: What motivated you to work hard on the GH1 hack? Was it the DVXuser community?
VK: Generally speaking, yes. I would especially like to say a big thanks to Dvxuser admins and Barry Green personally. Next thing that motivated me: the enormous GH1 potential.

MR: What do you mean by “potential”?
VK: I mean that Panasonic amazingly lost the VDSLR battle to Canon, having a much better camera. :-)

MR: How was that possible?
VK: You just need to remember the history: 2009.

MR: Why?
VK: Do you remember? You had the GH1 announcement and. oops. from nowhere ML (Magic Lantern) for
the Canon 5D MKII appears Canon 5D MKII appears…and the threads about mud in 1080p24.

MR: Why is the GH1 a better camera…and why did Canon win the battle?
VK: GH1 is just one step ahead. A good viewfinder, screen suitable for video shooting. AVCHD is not limited in length. In reality they had to win all. They just made three main errors. And I am worried that they can do it again with the GH2.

MR: And the errors are?
VK: 1) They sell kit only. With high priced kit lens it is a bad decision. People do not have options.
2) They did not do any tests for its AVCHD encoder. Even 24Mbit setting (and this is within standards) could be much better. This is a software only error, easy to fix.
3) They did not understand who opinion makers are. They spend millions on marketing for average Joe, but average Joe reads specialized forums and opinion makers.
They must make features and have people to deal with opinion makers. Canon did exactly this. Not from the start, but they started moving.

MR: In some countries (like UK) body only option is available. Maybe what we miss here are more “dedicated” video lenses.
VK: As for body only version. UK is a bad example with very high prices :-)

MR: Why do you think Panasonic will repeat the mistake with the GH2 (or GH3)?
VK: From my sources (this is not a high level management), they all think that as soon as they reveal GH2, all problems will be solved. Instantly. No need to ask for things the users need, no need to deal with opinion makers. No. They know better. Normally this is good sign of a disaster.

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Read the whole interview here: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/an-interview-with-vitaly-kiselev-the-gh1gf1-hacker/

(FT5) Panasonic GH2 + lens announcement on September 21!


The new Sony A33 has almost the same size as current Panasonic G2 and GH1 cameras.

Finally we received very good info from our reliable sources. Panasonic will announce the new Panasonic GH2 and new lenses on September 21 (probably at 6am London time). We previousely told you that there was a planned Panasonic press release on Augst 26. According to our good sources Panasonic postponed the announcement for the GH2!
We are now investigating the reason for the delay. We know that Panasonic new sensor development has taken more time than expected and that could be the main reason for the delay. Another reason could be the announcement of the Nikon D3100 and Sony A55 and A33 cameras. Maybe Panasonic wants to make some last minute changes…

We will tell you more about the GH2 as soon as we have bulletproof infos!

P.S.: Nikon had their press release today, Canon and Sony will have it next week. Olympus and Panasonic only by mid Spetember. Does that mean something?