More E-M5 hack news…(will be a challenge to really do it)


Thanks to our reader Nicolas work many people is now trying the focus peaking trip. And here is one of the new videos!


Another anonymous hacker contacted me to give us some update about the E-M5 hack possibility. It sounds like it will be a hard work to realize a project like this. Here is what he wrote:

– A hack, or hacks, are by all means doable, but would require a similar, if not more, effort than VK’s Lumix hacks. The camera runs uITRON realtime OS
– I was able to download the BIN versions from the following URLs:[version]_0000_0000.BIN – [version] is 1300 for 1.3, 1500 for 1.5 etc.
This firmware can still be unpacked and analysed with tools found in this thread: – it can also be successfully re-packed after modification. This shows that the firmware format hasn’t changed since it has been figured out first, which is 2010 or earlier. A child could download the firmware and analyse it.
– After unpacking the firmware I spent some time searching for clues in various strings found in language files and executable code. Plenty of traces of debug mode and debug command shell, but no trace of focus peaking or any other “hidden” features. Also no obvious signs of new Accessory Port gadgets. There are however references to AVCHD folder structure. The camera also uses open source libPNG for PNG file handling, and uses OpenGL runtime and/or a 3D chip from Digital Media Professionals, inc.”

I am sure many E-M5 owners would support the hacker group working officially on such a long project. Let us know if you need some kind of support!

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.


Olympus corrects the price on ref E-M5….


As you know yesterday Olympus posted some impressive deals on refurbished E-M5 cameras on their getolympus website. Short time after I posted this on 43rumors theyput their website offline. Now it’s back and prices have been raised. Wondering what happened to those of you that preordered the camera for the crazy low price. Got some feedback from Oly?

Some other US deals:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for 1,039 dollars via Panacam on Amazon (Click here).
GF5 with lens for $339 at Newegg (Click here).
Most sold MFT camera is again the E-PL1 (Ranking here).


a little bit of everything…


SLR Magic 35mm t1.4 – Boat Shop from scumliner media on Vimeo.

Reviews and News:
The E-M5 is the readers choice at Gizmodo.
Olympus E-PL5 – Assessment and Conclusion at Soundimagesplus.
E-PL5 review at Digitalcameraworld.
Olympus E-PL5 Digital PEN Camera Review at Steve Digicams.
Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Micro Four Thirds (ThePhoBlographer).
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Micro 4/3 Year in Review by AdmiringLight.
Journées portes ouvertes Olympus (Lepidi).
Olympus OM-D + Voigtlander 20mm (Soundimagesplus).
Review: J.B. Camera Designs Grip for Olympus OM-D EM-5 (ThePhoBlographer).
Olympus bundle deal in Hong Kong.

Readers mail:
Matthew: “Thought I’d pass along a short I directed for the Toronto 48 Hour Film Project: Shot on a hacked GH2 with Panasonic & Olympus primes
Alexander: “maybe you know that since 2009 there were a few attempts to reverse engineer the distortion and CA correction data saved in the Panasonic and Olympus raw files. Today I have also joined and created a program called M43RawAnalyzer, whose purpose is to extract the raw distortion correction data from Panasonic Raw files (I hope to find the place in the Olympus raw files so that I can support ORFs, too) and writes it into a text file. I am hoping that someone will see some patterns if we have lots of data from different cameras and lenses. Here is the link to the program:“.
Amjad:I’ve just uploaded a video I shot using the OMD. I shot the same scene with the D600 to compare the video features on both cameras
Nam:I would like to share a video I made shot entirely on the OM-D with various m43 lenses. All handheld. The OM-D’s strong point isnt video but it does have great IBIS and manual video controls so it gives really good results without the need of sliders or steadicams.
Justin:I’ve always been a fan of vintage cameras and camera gear from the post war era, my beloved 1957 leica m3 can vouch for me! And so I decided it was time to put my passion to good use using my professional skills as a designer and craftsman. The result is the birth of a new camera gear brand: TAP & DYE.
Its a one man operation and the focus is simple — Camera straps. Durable. Rugged. High Quality handmade straps for the aspiring street photographer or the seasoned veteran photojournalist. They are compatible with all round lug-mount digital DSLR, M43 and film SLR & RF cameras. The premier unit as of right now is the ready to wear LEGACY wrist strap, dyed in Antique Tan color with a modest pricepoint of $38. I am currently working on a fixed length neck/shoulder strap that will be available for pre-order next week for $50 as well.
More information including a complete list of compatible cameras can be found on our online shop:
I would love to have my work featured on your blog if possible! I recently just met with Chris Gampat, who had mentioned I should reach out to you as well as he saw it a good fit for the M43/compact mirrorless community.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Anonymous:Just a reminder for Aussies. Buy your Olympus lens before 31st Jan, then take a trip overseas within 30 days and get a massive 30% off.
Stefan: “Microsoft released an update for the Camera Code Pack for Windows 8 and Windows RT: New supported models are:
Olympus: OM-D E-M5, PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PM1, XZ-1
Panasonic: Lumix DMC-FZ150, Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix DMC-GF2, Lumix DMC-GF3, Lumix DMC-GH2


Tremendous refurbished E-M5 US deals!


Got a couple of emails from 43rumors readers about a “tremendous” deal ongoing on refurbished Olympus cameras at You can get the E-M5 for $699 or the 12-50mm kit version for $753. Comes with a 30 day money back/90 day warranty from Olympus. That’s $130 than what you pay for refurbished cameras at Cametaauctions. Europeans can buy refurbished E-M5 (but likely more expensive) on eBay (via Slidoo). And there is a Gold Box deal on the E-M5 at Amazon UK.
UPDATE: Olympus just removed the deal. So di they actually do a mistake?

And there is also a new Gold Box deal on the GF5 kit at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: Also posted at mu-43.


GH3 videos roundup (First Quadcopter flight and astronomy shots).


Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from on Vimeo.

More and more GH3 videos and user test are being posted. Here is the next roundup that may help you to get an imrpesion about the potential of that nice camera:

GH3 skateboarding documentary by EosHD.
Panasonic GH3 Field Notes: Monterey Pier Video (Outbackphoto).
Panasonic GH3 – Review and User Experience – Part 1 – This IS different (Soundimagesplus).
Silkypix now supports the GH3.

Twills:Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I was able to capture 15 objects in a single night. All of these images were out of the camera jpgs. Most were single exposure shots with no post processing at all.
However, some were in camera HDR shots. That mode works extremely well if you select the +-2 stop option and then shoot a 15 second ISO 3200 base image. The camera then will combine that image with a 60 second and a 4second image to give you an image that compresses the scenes dynamic range by 4 stops.
This works very well on Orion’s Nebula. However, I would like to find a way to use the bulb function with HDR so that we could use longer shutter durations. Also it would be nice to be able to do RAW HDR shots. The camera already can do unlimited in camera RAW stacking. However, it can’t align those shots like the HDR mode does.
Looks like the GH3 needs to be hacked after all. However, this time it is more for stills than video. The video is essentially perfect for what the sensor is capable of in my opinion.

Where can you find the GH3 in Stock right now? Some bodies are available in Canada on eBay (via Slidoo) and in UK (via eBay again), Wex UK and Wex DE.