April 19, 2010
Posted in news

CNET tests the new Olympus firmware

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As you know Olympus will release the new firmware for MicroFourThirds Pen cameras on April 22.
Lori Grunin from CNET had the chance to test the firmware. The good news is that they measured “22 percent improvement in shot lag

They also tested the autofocus performance of the new Olympus 9-18mm lens -> “did feel zippier, with more decisive autofocus

Preorders:
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April 19, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic G2 and G10 available in May!

Press Release:
Panasonic today announces pricing for the Panasonic LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10 – the latest additions to the company’s award-winning LUMIX G Series Digital Singles Lens (DSL) Micro Four Thirds cameras. Both available in late-May 2010, the LUMIX G2, which will come in red, blue and black models, will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95, while the LUMIX G10 will have an SRP of $599.95.

via: dpreview

[Thanks JIM]

April 19, 2010
Posted in deals

The need for speed: PEN-F Zuiko Olympus 42mm F/1.2

It is not easy to find that lens on Ebay: The PEN-F Zuiko Olympus 42mm F/1.2. You can find some image samples on flickr

Short Movie “true love” Lumix GH1 with PEN F 42mm lensPEN F 42mm lens:

April 19, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Sony vs MicroFourThirds – The price war


The upcoming Sony mirrorless camera announcement will finally start a “terrible” price war. According to SonyAlphaRumors the NEX3 camera + 16mm lens will be cheaper than the Olympus E-PL1 +kit lens!

Of course we have to see the specs to make a serious comparison. The NEX3 camera will probably have no internal flash and definitely no built-in Image stabilization. But there is no doubt that Sony has the power to keep the price as low as possible. In some way this is good news for us. Panasonic and Olympus will certainly have to lower the price.

source: SonyAlphaRumors.com

April 19, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) UPDATED -> Pentax joining MicroFourThirds?

According to Valentin Sama Pentax-Hoya is considering to join MicroFourThirds. No other details were given.

UPDATE3: RiceHigh explains very well why Pentax will not join MicroFourThirds!.

UPDATE2: Mr Sama got this information from a senior Pentax manager. He also said that maybe the manager referred to the Micro Four Thirds as “System” or “concept”.

UPDATE: Jose told us more about the person Mr.Sama: “Mr Sama is not a photographer but a very well know and respected optics professor at the university and the autor of one of the best spanish photography magazine ever (funding member of european TIPA association BTW) and most importantly (for you), Mr Sama is the one, and only, behind DSLRMagazine website wich you have linked to a few times before.

via pentaxforum

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