GH2 shows its potential again (+ new refurbished Oly cameras)

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Christmas Shootout: Part 1 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

As you know Canon created a lot of buzz around the new C300 video camera. It’s a super technological and expensive DSLR styled toy made for professionals. The video on top shows a test made by Philip Bloom. Our friend Andrew Reid form EosHD (Click here) made one of those comparisons that will make us m43 owners again feel proud of Panasonic 🙂 Andrew “proves” how the hacked “GH2 really is insane for resolution and the cleanness with which it downscales that 18MP CMOS to 1080p. The codec shows very little sign of AVCHD compression, well on par with the C300′s codec.” Of course we are comparing apple of oranges but damn, the GH2 costs fifteen times less than the Canon! Can’t wait to see what the GH3 can do… 😉

P.S.: Letsgodigital (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3 and the camera scores a rating of 85 points out of 100. And here is the new list of refurbished Olympus cameras. Reminder, these cameras can be bought by Europeans only! I already bought five cameras in one month for my family and friends:
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Brown Olympus E-Pm1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens White Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens

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Panasonic GX1 ISO test at Steve Huff. Becomes Cnet UK editors choice. (+ in Stock status and GF2 deals).

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Steve Huff (Click here) just got his brand new Panasonic GX1. He first posted some image samples taken with the Leica Summilux 25mm lens and then he compared the ISO quality with the Olympus E-P3 (Click here to see the comparison). I have to say the GX1 does clearly a better job here! And also the guys over at Cnet UK (Click here) fell in love with the GX1: “The GX1 development unit we got our hands on back in November impressed us greatly, and running the finished camera through our regular tests has done nothing to change our opinion.
There is a hands-on at Expertreviews (Click here) and also the german website Colorfoto (Click here) tested the GX1.

So where is the GX1 in Stock? Here is a short list:
In USA at: Amazon, Adorama and eBay.
In Europe at: Jessops UK, Amazon UK and eBay.
In Asia at: Digitalrev, Amazon JP and eBay.

P.S.: There are consistent price drops on the GF2 in USA and in Europe. An examples:
GF2 with 14-42mm kit lens for $369 at Adorama (Click here). I even found a complete new kit option. The GF2 with 14-42mm X pancak zoom at Fotomundus (Click here).

 

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Ownusers GH2 battery grip now for sale!

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The Taiwanese company Ownuser announced the start of the GH2 battery grip sales. Here is the official press release:

Dear Customer
We will tell you a good news. PANASONIC GH2’s grip is already on the market in 2011/12/20. On this website, you can get more product information.
http://www.ownuser.com.tw/e_mig_pgh2.html
On this website, you can buy products through PAYPAL (online credit card page, like EBAY)
http://www.ownuser.com.tw/e_paypal_panasonic.html

MIG-PGH2 has four purchase specifications
(1) MIG-PGH2B = only BODY (B = BLACK)
(2) MIG-PGH2AB = BODY + MEB-03-c (A = external AA battery pack)
(3) [New specifications] MIG-PGH2RB =BODY + mini IR 2B & RHS (R = IR Remote, not the wired remote control)
(4) MIG-PGH2RAB = BODY + MEB-03-c + mini IR 2B & RHS

We recommend to buy (1) or (3).
Because AA batteries is not recommended as the main power supply that use on GH2 cameras.
Thanks for your business and support, wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Best regards,
Sincerely,
Ownuser Customer Service

 

Soon the battery grip will be on sale on eBay too (Click here to search for Ownuser stuff on eBay).

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Olympus E-P3 and XZ-1 discounted. XZ-2 coming soon? And LX-6 too?

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Although not a Micro Four Thirds camera the XZ-1 is one of those nice products you look to before to jump the m43 system. The camera is compact, has an incredible zoom lens and unlike the m43 cameras is super pocket-able. The price dropped below the $400 mark at Amazon (Click here). And the Panasonic LX5 is even cheaper (Click here to see it at Amazon). I heard that there will be very soon a new successor for both cameras. I guess it’s a matter of days only!

Micro Four Thirds deals:
The black Olympus E-P3 is now in Stock for $749 only at Amazon (Click here).
The super nice 12mm f/2.0 gets less expensive and now costs $743 at Amazon (Click here).

 

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Also Panasonic is working on a new organic sensor.

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The japanese Blog Egami (Click here) found a new Panasonic patent disclosing a new organic sensor technology. It’s the same idea from Fuji and as you know Fuji claims that their APS-C organic sensor can beats the image quality of any current fullframe sensor. Of course a patent is just that….a paper! It might take a long time before it gets used for real or it might will never happen at all.

Micro Four Thirds needs a new generation of sensor with a boost in image quality. Fuji is going to do that with the organic sensor, and Sigma said they will announce a surprise in early January (maybe a new foveon sensor that doesn’t cost as much as the one used for that crazy priced Sigma SD1 (See price on eBay)). Would be nice to see some surprises from Panasonic and Olympus too!

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