May 10, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) G3 with LX5 grip and very small EVF.


A source sent me a rendering he made to explain me how the G3 will look (It’s not the real G3!). It has the same Panasonic LX5 grip and a smaller EVF than the Panasonic G2. I didn’t found the LX5 grip that comfortable but I have been told the G3 grip is a bit bigger so maybe it’s working better than on the LX5. As you see the left dial is gone. The source also told me the real G3 is a bit more “rounded” than the rendering he made and the EVF is even smaller. Actually it’s a very nice looking camera (he said).

The camera is coming in black, white, brown and silver. UPDATE: It has an articulating LCD screen!

Help me to find the real G3 picture. I am currently checking all kind of websites to find a leak. If you can find something feel free to share it using the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
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

May 10, 2011
Posted in deals

(Update: Sold out) Panasonic GH2 in Stock in US.


The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
UPDATE: Sold out sorry!

May 10, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Interview reloaded: Olympus Four Thirds strategy


Last week the chinese website posted a short interview with the ex chief of Olympus Akira Watanabe. ePhotozine (Click here) wanted to be sure that the translation from chinese to english is correct and asked Olympus to confirm the correctness of the text. Olympus confirmed that “We will replace E-XXX by PEN series.” and thatE-X and E-XX DSLRs will continue as long as mirrorless systems can’t fulfill SLR users demand. We don’t know when we will have technologies that will be able to substitute this camera class.” It sounds like the Olympus E-30 could be replaced by a newer model. Anyway we didn’t receive any rumor about a possible E-40 or E-50.
Fact is the E-30 is almost impossible to find in Stock (Check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay)

P.S.: I found a japanese patent (Click here) showing a new Olympus lens. Some japanese reader can help me to find out the specs of the lens?

May 10, 2011
Posted in deals

Refurbished stuff in Europe


A couple of weeks ago I found a nice store named Olympusmarket that sells Olympus refurbished cameras and lenses. They sell in Europe only and have pretty good deals! I didn’t find any similar stores for Asia or US. Ans I also didn’t find any similar  eBay-store with refurbished Panasonic cameras. Those are the latest auctions:

1) There are ten 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds lenses for 399 Euro (Click here to see them on Olympusmarket)
2) The Four Thirds 40-150mm lens (Click here)
3) Silver E-PL1 body (Click here)
4) Silver E-P1 with kit lens (Click here)
5) Black Olympus E-P2 body (Click here)

P.S.: I already bought two E-P1 cameras at Olympusmarket (one white for 201 Euro and one silver for 232 Euro).

May 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Thom Hogan about the GH2, XZ-1 and Fuji X100


Image on top shows the GH1 which is discounted in US. The GH2 is still out of Stock.

Thom Hogan (Click here) posted a bunch of few “mini-reviews“:

1) Panasonic GH2
He doesn’t recommend the camera because of two reasosn:
– “what I’m getting out of it in images and video looks a lot like a GH1. (Of course, I hacked my GH1 to get better video out of it.)
-“because Panasonic’s distribution and sales in the US is so screwed up you’re not going to find one on your dealer’s shelves anyway.
That’s why you should a close look to the recent $50 to $200 instant rebate offers on the GH1 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). The GH2 is still ut of stock (or overpriced) at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

2) Olympus XZ-1.
The camera gets a positive review and it’s recommended: “The lens on this camera is superb, and the image quality is very good in raw“. The only problem the camera has is that “controls get reset too easily while handling the camera
Get the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

He also tested the Fuji X100 and Sony VG-10. Both are not recommended cameras! (Click here to read more at

P.S.: Fuji X100 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.



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