Here is the image of the first SVS-Vistek “Hasselblad styled” MFT camera!


The German company SVS-Vistek announced the first Industrial Micro Four Thirds camera. The name is “EVO Tracer” and it reminds me of my nice Hasselblad 903SWC camera with that cube style :)

  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • full electronic support for aperture control and autofocus
  • Remote Lens control via Ethernet
  • Monochrome or Color sensor (made by Truesense Imaging)
  • Full-Frame speeds of 146Hz, 85Hz, 40Hz and 21Hz at 1, 2, 4 and 8 Megapixels respectively
  • Dual GigE Vision Data-Interface (Gigabit Ethernet Standard)
  • GigE Vision und GenIcam Standard compatible
  • Two parallel Ethernet connections
  • variable AOI
  • SDK for Windows (32/64 bit) and Linux.
  • Sequence Shutter mode and enhanced Strobe control
  • On-the-fly programmable AOI for higher frame rates and reduced data transfer
  • 3 Inputs and 3 Outputs (put details in the spec table)
  • 2 Outputs for driving LED flash illumination or Pan-Tilt mount (see spec)
  • RS-232 communication for controlling external devices over the Gige interface
  • Rugged IP-67 rated housing
  • Standard M12 industry-proven connectors for use with COTS cabling

Full specs can be read on that pdf (Click here to download).



Panasonic 45-200mm for $99. And GH3 with accessory kit at Adorama.



This is as cheap as it gets! The 45-200mm lens from Panasonic sells for $99 at Bestbuy (Click here).

Meantime the GH3 is in Stock at Samys and Adorama (with free shipping and 2% rewards) . But Adorama has also a few superkits options. The GF3 X kit sells as low as $329 on eBay US (Click here).The GF5 with X lens for $374 on eBay US (Click here) and the GX1 X for $499 again at on eBay US (Click here).


(FT3) Surprise announcement from Olympus in April?


A source just told me that there will be an “impending Olympus announcement in April“. It seems to be something “Big” but we have to see if this is related to a new camera/lens announcement or whatever.

I ask my sources to check into this. All I know is that an E-P5 and new f/2.8 zoom will hit the market in June. Don’t know if the announcement will come earlier in April.

Something else: I am surprised ot see how many of you liked the idea to have a digital version of the current Olympus PEN-F (here on eBay). Results of your voting can be seen here:

...would you like a digital PEN-F designed camera?

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Hope Olympus is getting your loud and clear message :)

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


New Single Lens 3D tech from Panasonic.



There was a time when everyone was talking about the 3D future. And we MFT users also got the first 3D lens for a digital mirrorless system from Panasonic (the 12.5mm f/8 here at Amazon). Now the hype is over but I am sure 3D will come back. Image Sensor World spotted that Panasonic design explaining the new Single Lens technique. Instead of using special 3D lenses you focus on the use f special 3D sensors. I guess smartphones and compact cameras may will be released with the mentioned technique. Don’t believe Panasonic will make a MFT 3D camera but if they do you may be able to use all your MFT lenses for shooting 3D. Nice.