News: GH3 firmware coming soon. And Olympus manager facing five years in prison.

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The new improvements list expected with the GH3 firmware update

Let me catch up with two news:

1) Very very very soon Panasonic will announce the new GH3 firmware update. I am curious to see if focus peaking will be one of the new features!

2) ThePhoBlographer reports that “Olympus’s former head, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, is facing five years in prison due to manipulating account balances and we should expect a final hearing within a couple of weeks. He has already pleaded guilty to the crimes. Kikukawa won’t be alone in prison though–other managers also pleaded guilty but they won’t be getting as harsh a sentence.” P.S.: Woodford is now selling his book about the Olympus scandal on Amazon (Click here).

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  • PannyBoom

    Just a heads up, Anything that you wish for an really want to be in the update will not be there.

    • uberzone

      Yup. You got it right.

      Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled.
      1920 x 1080, 60p[NTSC]/50p[PAL], 28Mbps mode is added in the video recording option of [MP4].
      Speed of AF, consecutive shooting performance of AFC is enhanced in use with H-PS14042 and H-PS45175.
      *Please update the firmware of the lens to its latest version.
      The monitor continues to display images during HDMI output even while [Auto LVF/Monitor OFF] is set.
      Instability of shutter interval during interval shooting is improved.
      When [Shutter AF] is OFF, operation is changed not to enlarge the image while using [Pinpoint AF] when even if shutter button is half-pressed.
      Performance of image signal processing is enhanced during video file playback.

  • Incessant Troll

    i’m for one am relieved they finally caught the guy who stole all the included olympus pro-lens hoods and normal price black lenses. he will pay for making the plebs suffer.

    • lorenzaccio

      LOL. I’m afraid they still have to catch that one :D

      • observer

        Fat chance. We’ll likely see another big coverup/conspiracy on this one.

  • Douglas Grillo
  • corkcampbell@yahoo.com

    The firmware is already available, not a rumor.

  • Rich

    I just downloaded and installed it on my GH3. No focus peaking unfortunately. Tried the WiFi setup to one of my PC’s. It didn’t initially find my network, but found one broadcasting a weaker signal from one of my neighbors. Had to manually enter my network for it to finally find it.

    Once that was done, it found the PC’s running and let me choose the one I wanted. But when it came to finding a location on the PC where I wanted the files transferred to, it didn’t offer a way to go to a specific location (folder). It only offered the top-level ‘User’ file, and nothing more. Then when I tried to take a few shots to see if files would transfer to there, they didn’t. So it looks like I (and maybe them) have some work to do.

  • true homer

    oh boy..here come the fun comments…
    -what? no peaking? sony is destroying m4/3s!
    -what? no IBIS in the update?
    -what? what about the jittering?
    -what? no EVF fix?

    priceless..

    • Incessant Troll

      WHERE ARE THE ART FILTERS?! THERE IS NO HELLO KITTY TAMAGOTCHI :(

    • ytryry

      @True Homer
      LOL
      “””what? no peaking? sony is destroying m4/3s!””””

      I have never used focus peaking and it may well be the best thing since sliced bread , however the magnified aid for MF on mFT works perfectly well so I do not see this as being any kind of big deal.

      “””what? no IBIS in the update?”””

      Panasonic have OIS available in lenses from 24-600mm equiv wider than that and IS becomes increasingly less useful.When you get to the light levels where the fast F1.4/F1.8 primes run out of ISO and shutter speed you can only really use IS for static subjects,in this scenario some kind of camera support would be a far better solution as you can then use any ISO/shutter speed combination you wish. I have a gorrilapod hybrid that weighs about 6oz and can be used in many different ways. I am not saying that IBIS is useless far from it but its advantages are far fewer than some would have us believe.

    • ytryry

      @True Homer
      LOL
      “””what? no peaking? sony is destroying m4/3s!””””

      I have never used focus peaking and it may well be the best thing since sliced bread , however the magnified aid for MF on mFT works perfectly well so I do not see this as being any kind of big deal.

      “””what? no IBIS in the update?”””

      Panasonic have OIS available in lenses from 24-600mm equiv wider than that and IS becomes increasingly less useful.When you get to the light levels where the fast F1.4/F1.8 primes run out of ISO and shutter speed you can only really use IS for static subjects,in this scenario some kind of camera support would be a far better solution as you can then use any ISO/shutter speed combination you wish. I have a gorrilapod hybrid that weighs about 6oz and can be used in many different ways. I am not saying that IBIS is useless far from it but its advantages are far fewer than some would have us believe.Interestingly enough by a long way the camera companies who do not use IBIS Canon and Nikon are much bigger sellers than any of the companies who do. In fact at the current time the companies who do use IBIS are in the worst financial potions Sony, Pentax, and Olympus , go figure

  • Steve Rounds

    “Camera companies who do not use IBIS Canon and Nikon are much bigger sellers than any of the companies who do. In fact at the current time the companies who do use IBIS are in the worst financial potions Sony, Pentax, and Olympus , go figure…”

    I did go figure:

    Many people in America are incredibly resistant to new technology…they tend to only get “what everybody else is using”. Claiming something is more popular has much more to do with how well the product is marketed (Olympus USA is absolutely abysmal in its marketing efforts), than it does about what product is inherently superior. I switched from Nikon to an Olympus OM-D E-M5 due to its superior design (fine quality and radically smaller size), and I went from an iPhone to a Samsung Note 2 for the same reason…”everybody else is using it” leads only to mediocrity.

    I’m convinced that you’ve never tried walking around a camera store with the E-M5 while shooting video…it’s IBIS blows everything else out of the water. I just got back from a Xian Warriors shoot in China, and was able to get crisp shots at ISO 1250 with the Olympus 40-150 mm zoomed all the way in (300 mm equivalent), using no tripod, at shutter speeds as slow as 1/4 second. The IBIS allows the use of slower, smaller and cheaper lenses.

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