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April 4, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) A second Panasonic product announcement next week?

I just got some news from trusted sources saying that Panasonic will have a second product announcement next week. I guess this means that we will see a new GF5 camera tomorrow (April 5th, between 6-8 am London time). And a new Micro Four Thirds camcorder announcement next week.

Saty tuned on 43rumors tomorrow! Let’s see if the GF5 will be something good for us!

P.S.: The Fuji X PRO 1 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and an absolute topseller (Click here to see the ranking). That’s again a reason to make the my personal Panasonic GL1 dream camera :)
New Fuji reviews and full in Stock status check can be found on my sister websites: (Click here).

Links to current hackable GF cameras:
Panasonic GF3 search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF2 search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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April 4, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Tomorrow GF5 and camcorder announcement. Is it just me dreaming a L1?

A rendering inspired by the DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).

Tomorrow morning (April 5th) at around 6-7 am London time Panasonic will announce a new GF5 camera. There will be also a new (super 35mm?) m43 camcorder (tomorrow) and a new G5 camera in May. The GH3 is expected to be launched in September. Now you know what’s coming from Panasonic :)

The question today is, will Panasonic release some kind of surprise this year? I know from patents and from my sources that Panasonic developed a G camera prototype with built-in viewfinder on the corner. Like the fake GL1 picture you can see here on top. For some reason Panasonic doesn’t want to release such a camera yet. I also have been told that they might fear to hurt their own G3 (and the future G5) series sales. I think they are wrong and that it about time to take inspiration from the super Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 camera (Click here to see them on eBay). I wrote a list f reasons why I think it’s worthy for Panasonic to launch the GL1 :)

1) It has an attractive design. Yeah, I am influenced by the rangefinder culture and the design appeals to me.
2) I think the viewfinder in the corner is better placed than on top of the camera. You can make the camera a bit more compact and even more more important, you don’t have to push your nose and face against the back of the camera. It’s ergonomically easier to use.
3) Business. Cameras like the Sony NEX-7 (Click here) and the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) already proved that the concepts sells well!

By the way, I don’t fear the camera will hurt G sales. First it has a different design. Second you can still put some more advanced technology inside the GL1 (like for example a super high resolution OLED viewfinder).. Third,…wake up! Fuji and Sony are your competitors, not the G series :)

Here is an easy question for you:

Would you buy a high end GL1 with integrated EVF on the corner like on the picture you see on top of this post?

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The DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).
The DMC-LC1 on eBay (Click here).

April 3, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Panasonic GF5 pictures!

Gadgets.ndtv (Click here) posted a new set of the ready to be announced Panasonic GF5 camera. And here the specs:

Resolution: 12 Megapixels
Sensor: micro four thirds
ISO: 160-6400 (expandable to 12800)
Burst Speed: 4fps
Video: AVCHD/MP4 (FullHD)
Microphone: Stereo
LCD: 3-inch TFT LCD (921K Dot)
Ports: TV/Digital Out and Mini HDMI

As you know that camera is going to be announced on Thursday April 5th! Be sure to be online at 43rumors as I will follow live the announcement and keep you up to date with all latest news and reviews. I am still not sure yet but I guess the camera will be announced at 6-7am London time.

Automatic message to Panasonic: Make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1…make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1…make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 :)

Click on the pictures below to enlarge the image:

Via Photorumors

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