New GX7 review (and new GF6 and G6 firmware update)

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Image courtesy: Digitalcamerainfo

Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GX7 review and writes:

In many ways, this is the camera that Olympus should have made instead of the E-P5. While the E-P5 is a fantastic performer, you’d have to buy the $1,499 kit in order to match the GX7 spec-for-spec. The GX7 is a terrific camera.

The camera earned an overall score of 9.8/10 points. Impressive!

One more thing: Panasonic (Click here) issued a new firmware update for the GF6 and G6. Just a fix with Apple connection.

GX7 preorder list (Click on store name to open the GX7 price, specs and preorder page):
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK , Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, WexUK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.

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(FT5) New E-M1 image and user report (almost 1 stop improvement and hybrid AF working for MFT too).

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a new image of the E-m1 (red lines do cover an offensive text written by the image poster)

I just got this new image of the E-M1. Don’t know what the red marking means (someone can translate it?). And another Omuser E-M1 tester wrote two interesting things:

1) He said that there is almost one stop improvement compared with the E-M5. It means ISO 800 on the E-M1 looks like ISO 400 on the Olympus E-M5.

2) Contrast and Phase detection AF will (or can?) work simultaneously on both FT and MFT lenses.

Our chinese readers may help me to confirm the news. Relying on Google Translation tool isn’t good :)

OMuser link via Digicameinfo.

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Has the best MFT lens (the Olympus 75mm) been designed by Sigma?

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Most of you will agree with me when I say the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is the best MFT lens yet. But has it been really designed by Olympus? Egami (translation here) spotted a Sigma patent describing exactly the 75mm lens. And by comparing the lens design images I posted on top it’s easy to guess that the lens has been indeed designed by Sigma!

I am really surprised to see that, and I am wondering what this Sigma-Olympus partnership will bring us in future. My secret hope is that Sigma will also share the Foveon tech :)

P.S.: Store links to the Olympus 75mm lens: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

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(FT5) New Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 lens to come in 2014.

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Along the E-M1 and 12-40mm f/2.8 Olympus will also announce the new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. But the mid range zoom will be released in 2014 only. There are no pictures and price info yet. But we will know more about it on September 10-11 when Olympus will announce the new MFT products. But I expect the price to be in the range of the 50-200mm SWD lens (Around $1200 here at Amazon).

P.S.: There may be a new high end compact camera too. But I am not 100% sure yet and I am working to get some more details.

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Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
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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

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