(FT5) G3 with LX5 grip and very small EVF.

A source sent me a rendering he made to explain me how the G3 will look (It’s not the real G3!). It has the same Panasonic LX5 grip and a smaller EVF than the Panasonic G2. I didn’t found the LX5 grip that comfortable but I have been told the G3 grip is a bit bigger so maybe it’s working better than on the LX5. As you see the left dial is gone. The source also told me the real G3 is a bit more “rounded” than the rendering he made and the EVF is even smaller. Actually it’s a very nice looking camera (he said).

The camera is coming in black, white, brown and silver. UPDATE: It has an articulating LCD screen!

Help me to find the real G3 picture. I am currently checking all kind of websites to find a leak. If you can find something feel free to share it using the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

Interview reloaded: Olympus Four Thirds strategy

Last week the chinese website Tech.sina.com posted a short interview with the ex chief of Olympus Akira Watanabe. ePhotozine (Click here) wanted to be sure that the translation from chinese to english is correct and asked Olympus to confirm the correctness of the text. Olympus confirmed that “We will replace E-XXX by PEN series.” and thatE-X and E-XX DSLRs will continue as long as mirrorless systems can’t fulfill SLR users demand. We don’t know when we will have technologies that will be able to substitute this camera class.” It sounds like the Olympus E-30 could be replaced by a newer model. Anyway we didn’t receive any rumor about a possible E-40 or E-50.
Fact is the E-30 is almost impossible to find in Stock (Check Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay)

P.S.: I found a japanese patent (Click here) showing a new Olympus lens. Some japanese reader can help me to find out the specs of the lens?

(FT5) Small pieces of G3 rumors

I received very small pieces of rumors from people that claims to have seen and/or tested the G3. They all do confirm that the G3 has an updated body design. It’s smaller than the G2 (less high, less thick, less wide). The camera has less manual controls and is much more touchscreen oriented than the G2. The Q-button is integrated into trash button. The left dial is completely gone. As I already told you weeks ago it’s exactly like having the GF2 instead of the GF1.

The 16 Megapixel sensor definitely brings an upgrade compared to the G1/G2 sensor but it is not as good as the GH2 at High ISO.

There are no other new features (P.S.: price $649 with 14-42mm lens). And there will be no new lenses. The real exciting stuff will be announced in late August. And in June Olympus should announce at least two new Micro Four Thirds lenses.

P.S.: A wonder when the G3 will be in Stock in US if the eight months old GH2 is still out of Stock in US stores (See at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). Hmmm…..

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

Rumors roundup (This is the week of the G3)

This is the week of the new Panasonic G3. It’s going to be announced on Thursday (May 12 in Japan). But before to report the latest G3 rumors we should make a small summary of the last week rumors (including rumors of Sony, Samsung, Pentax and Nikon mirrorless cameras):

1) Olympus will make a own designed sensor for the Pen PRO (Click here to read the article).

2) Valentin Sama’s prediction about all camera manufactors (Click here to read the article).

3) Panasonic G3 with lens will be priced at $649 (Click here to read the article).

4) Nikon delayed the mirrorless camera announcement (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

5) Samsung leaks a 300mm f/2.8 XF-ED lens on youtube (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

6) Sony NEX-C3 manual and lens leaked (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

Panasonic adapter patent shows a mirrorless L1 :)

I just found that very exciting new Panasonic patent. The United States Patent Application number is 20110103789 (Click here to read the full patent). The first thing I noticed is that the patent is extremely new. The filling date is 01/10/2011 and the publication date is 05/05/2011. The patent itself talks about a new adapter that adds contrast autofocus function to lenses not designed for Micro Four Thirds. But the real cool thing is that the patent shows a Panasonic L1 (Click here to see it on eBay) styled Micro Four Thirds body! It has a built-in Viewfinder. That’s exactly a camera I would love to see for real!

We are talking about a patent only so maybe Panasonic has no plan to make a mirrorless LC1. But the fact that they used that design and the fact that the patent is very new is reason enough to make us dream a bit!

P.S.: Imagine if the latest two rumors we posted on 43rumors would become true. Olympus designing their owns sensors, and Panasonic having a rangefinder styled mirrorless camera. That would push Micro Four Thirds in a new higher dimension :)

Links to the Panasonic L1 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).