a little bit of everything…

Olympus E-PL1 with ZD 8mm F3.5 Fisheye

Samsung EX1 / TL500 – Panasonic LX3 Bokeh Shootout (Serious compacts)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / ZS5 review (CameraLabs)
New Panasonic LX3 firmware update (Panasonic Japan)
Fiscal results from Pansonic anlyzed by Photoscala (7% more earnings in the digital camera compartment!)
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(FT2) New mirrorless camera spotted into the wild. A Samsung camera or is it a Panasonic?

An SLRclub forum user spotted that camera. He believes that this is the new Samsung NX100 but he doesn’t exclude that this could be also a different camera from a different brand.
There is not much we can see from that picture :(

UPDATE: I also thought this could be the white Panasonic GF1 but that image doesn’t exatcly match the GF1. For example you miss teh

Source: SLRclub forum

a little bit of everything…

Panasonic Lumix LX-5 – pierwsze wrażenia (hands on)

New metal hoods for the Panasonic 20mm lens  (Dc.watch / google english translation)
Mirrorless camera comparison (Trendy.Nikkei / google english translation)
Sigma DP2 review on CNET.UK
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 & LX3 Firmware Updates  (photographyblog)
E-P1 vs G2 vs Nex-5 (dc.yesky.com / google english translation)
X1 vs E-P2 vs NEX-5 Jpeg comparison test by Steve Huff
Micro Four Thirds and “Professional” Use (Serious Compacts)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 review on optyczne.pl (google english translation)

Panasonic GF2 ghosts :)

I guess I am starting to see ghosts :)
I am almost certain that we will see a new Panasonic “GF” camera at photokina. That’s why I am scanning forums all over the world to find some hints. I also made a “stupid” search inside amazon.com for “Panasonic GF2“. Probably this is just some kind of amazon mistake but I found three results with blank entries. I have taken a screenshot but if you perform the search again you will not see that results anymore!

Click here to search for Panasonic GF2 on amazon

Anyway, try to look for some leaks because I am now sure that there is people (photographers and journalists) holding and testing the camera righ now!

An interesting story about the E-5

I have been very silent about the upcoming Olympus E-5. I didn’t give you much news about that camera because we had received conflicting reports. Finally my sources allowed me to tell you why I had received such different rumors.

As I told you in April Olympus made a very last minute decision to not announce any new low and middle class FourThirds DSLR (->The cameras were ready for the worldwide launch!).
In case of the E-5, Olympus tested different prototypes (with different sensors, features and designs). Of course it is normal that a company reviews different camera versions, but what I am telling you is that they only decided a few weeks ago(!) how the camera will look! Even the name wasn’t sure until few weeks ago.

An example? According to our sources Olympus had two prototypes, one working with the Kodak sensor and one working with the new Panasonic sensor. We don’t know what sensor has been choosen but we suspect that Olympus will use the new Panasonic sensor

1) We believe the E-5 will be announced mid-September (14 or 15)
2) The E-5 will be in Stock months later (by end of the year). Reason for the delay could be the new Panasonic sensor which had a longer than expected development history.
3) We don’t expect the new sensor to have an electronic global shutter but two of our sources told us that we should expect a intermediate solution (?)
4) More Megapixels -> 14-16MPX
5) UPDATE: One source told me that it has a more current design (E-30 and E-3) and another source that is very similar to the Olympus OM4ti design (we still need to confirm that part of the rumor). I guess they saw two different prototypes :(
6) A special mount solution (could also use MicroFourThirds lenses?)

We hope to get 99% proof detailled rumors soon!