(FT4) Panasonic to expand GF lineup over the next few months (dpreview forum)

A dpreview forum user (“prochembro“) have been asked by Panasonic to participate in a marketing survey. He asked Panasonic if they’re going to launch two new GF style models. The answer by a Panasonic engineer was: “It should come as no surprise that we’ve noticed the latest market trends and see what our M43 customers want. Given that, I cannot disclose any detailed info regarding your question. However, all I can say is that the GF line will expand and will be our main focus over the next few months.

We from 43rumors already revealed that Panasonic is working on a very compact GF model like the Sony NEX-5 but with much better ergonomy and usability. We have three important sources confirming that it will be announced during the next months (very likely by very early 2011). But we also believe that there could be a GF model with built-in viewfinder (click here to see the Panasonic patent).

In summary, the GH2 will be announced on September 21. The ultra-compact GF a few months after Photokina (between December-February) and than another more advanced GF model will follow (we don’t have any info now about that camera yet).

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(FT1) Crazy rumor: New Olympus fullframe?

Important: I didn’t receive any indication from trusted sources that an Olympus fullframe camera is going to be announced. The following rumor is at 99% false! I report it here because that rumor is creating a lot of “buzz” on the web. So read it just for fun!

The “rumor” has been started by Milsooper on dpreview forum. He says that a new Olympus FF camera is going to be announced soon:

An Olympus full frame 35 mm body that can use the 4/3 lenses.
A nice weather resistant magnesium alloy frame.
Geotagging.
24.2 megapixel Kodak sensor and processors.
ProcessorS.
OM lens support.
Two new features yet to be revealed.

He also says that this picture has been taken with the new Olympus FF camera: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1589237678/photos/492988/sedona10-111-1

And he has taken similar pictures with the E-3: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1589237678/photos/492914/sedona6-107

and the Sony A850: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1589237678/photos/492928/sedona4-102

I repeat, we don’t know anything about a Olympus FF camera. But you know, we are a rumors website and sometimes we like to dream :)

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=probably fake rumor
FT2=rumor from unkown sources
FT3=50% chance it is correct
FT4=rumor from known sources
FT5=almost certainly correct!

a little bit of everything…(+ First look video on the Panasonic 3D lens)


Panasonic 3D lens adapter – first look

Very detailled Olympus 9-18mm review at SLRclub (Korean only!)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus E-P2 vs Nikon D90 High ISO Noise (CameraLabs)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 review at DKamera

Panasonic G2 Digital Camera Review at Letsgodigital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 Review at Trustedreviews

Olympus E-PL1 Price Change in UK (ePhotozine)

Toshiba to introduce world’s fastest SDHC UHS-I cards (DPreview)

Panasonic FZ100 : bruit électronique (Focus Numerique)

ISO comparison:E-P2 vs. Canon G10 vs. Nikon D700 (Pbase)

Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (Day 1 -> ThePhoBlographer)

(FT5) No new Panasonic GF camera at Photokina

Bad news folks! There will be no new GF camera from Panasonic at Photokina. Three sources contacted me and said the new Panasonic GF2 will be announced in February 2011 only. All three told me the Panasonic GF2 is expected to be a very compact model like the Sony NEX-5 but with much better ergonomy and usability.

To compete against the Sony NEX and the future Samsung NX100 cameras Panasonic will lower the price of the current Panasonic GF1 kits.

More Panasonic rumors will follow during the next days. We expect Panaosnic to announce the new products on September 21. Olympus will announce the E-5 on September 14.