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Original Panasonic GH2 Footage – 720p50 (part 2) from Uwe Lansing on Vimeo.

Olympus Japan announced that the white E-P2 and all-black E-P2 kit will be available from October 15th.

Exclusive: Sigma and Foveon discuss the forthcoming SD1 (Dpreview)

Olympus FE-5050 Review (Trustedreviews)

Panasonic Lumix G2: King ergonomics (Digimanie.cz)

DIWA Gold Award for Olympus E-PL1 (Photographyblog)

Panasonic Lumix G Photography Gift Pack for UK (ePhotozine)

Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (ThePhoBlographer)

Panasonic GH2 without 25p in PAL regions? (P.S.: 14-140mm firmware upgrade)

Panasonic GH2 30P Test

EosHD reports that:”I’ve been told by a source close to Panasonic that the final (non-prototype) PAL camera does indeed lack 25p and only has 24p“. If the rumor prooves to be correct than this is really a sad decision. I would love to know from Panasonic why they didn’t add 25p!

P.S.: Panasonic new14-140mm lens firmware update is now available for download at Panasonic Japan. The new firmware improves the speed of AF(Auto Focus) performance.

(FT3) Will the Olympus compact camera feature a 26-100mm(35mm equiv.) f/1.8-2.4 lens?

The japanese blog Egami just discovered a new Olympus patent that could referr to the lens used for the new High-end compact camera shown by Olympus at Photokina. As you know the compact camera will not feature a classic FourThirds sensor but it could share the same Panasonic LX5 sensor. The real highlight could be the new 26-100mm(35mm equiv.) f/1.8-2.4 ZUIKO lens.

Those are the specs (google translated)

  • Patent Publication No.2010-217478
    • published 2010/09/30
    • filled 2009/03/17
  • Embodiment1
    • focus distance f=6.06-18.76
    • Fno=1.85-2.39
    • angle of view 78.41-27.50°
    • back focus 7.33-9.19mm
    • length 60.49-62.17mm
    • zoom 3.88x
  • 4 groups of +-++
    • get zoom magnification
    • compact
  • optimize 3rd group
    • It is effective
  • optimize 3rd group
    • adopt a plastic lens
    • cost down

P.S: I would love to see such a bright zoom lens for MicroFourThirds!

(FT2) A new Olympus E-P3 rumor

Several days ago I received the following E-P3 rumor. I didn’t post it because I wanted to check it with my other sources. But I just saw that photorumors posted the same rumor. Please keep in mind that this is not a rumor from one of my reliable sources. Message for the anonymous sender. Can you contact me using a fake email account? Thanks! :) Message to all our anonymous sources. Don’t expect me to post your rumor right after I received it. I always try to double check rumors as you can imagine not all rumors I do receive are correct.

Here the original mail I received days ago:

Olympus EP3 major upgrade with emphasis on classic 4/3 compatibility:

• 16MP sensor, supports 1080 video and up to ISO 6400, 12800 extension (same Panasonic GH2 sensor)

• Articulated LCD, 3″ and 920K.

• No built-in flash or EVF, but there are connectors for optional ones.

• The design “lines” are closer to E-PL1 than E-P2. The form factor, being slim with an articulated screen, is unique! The closest thing would be a scaled-up Samsung EX1.

• Considerable improvements in AF. A headline feature is a new dual AF (CDAF+ PDAF). The PDAF aids CDAF to decide the right focus distance reducing the typical CDAF trial-and-error, particularly helpful for AF of heavy classic 4/3 lenses, (it works MUCH BETTER than any m4/3 body with legacy 4/3 lenses, excellent w m4/3 lenses).

• A special accessory unit comprising a hand grip + 4/3 lens adapter. The unit covers the whole front panel and almost transforms the EP3 to a classic 4/3 camera when attached.

• Expected next November/December for the Christmas season, price TBA.”

Please contact me if you know more! Thanks!

UPDATE: A user on Dpreview forum got an answer from Olympus regarding the E-P3 rumor and said that “the rumour is pure fiction but there are many things happening next year.”

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