(FT5) There will be a major Panasonic announcement for the IFA show in Berlin.

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According to two of my trusted sources there will be a major Panasonic product announcement between August 26 and September 1. The new products will be displayed at the IFA in Berlin (the global trade show for consumer electronics). I am not sure yet about the products that will be announced but I am sure that there is at least a new Micro Four Thirds lens. I got some info from new sources but I do hope my trusted sources can tell me more soon. Just a reminder: Panasonic officially told that they would release at least two new m43 lenses this year. And they also told that the next two cameras they would release are the GF PRO and GH3.

If you heard something about the upcoming Panasonic (or Olympus) products feel free to send me an anonymous message using the contact form you see here on the right sidebar. As you know name and email address are NOT required and no hidden data like the IP-address gets stored. Would be nice if you could send me a sort of nickname so that I can recognize the source in future! Thanks!

 

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FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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New Olympus 12mm, 75-300mm and XZ-1 reviews.

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Olympus E-P3 and 12mm lens first look video (SteveHuff).

Check the new Olympus E-P3 availability by clicking these direct search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens has been reviewed by Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation). Unlike other reviews they noticed a little too high coma, high distortion and a lot of vignetting at maximum aperture.
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The Olympus 75-300mm lens has been tested by SLRgear (Click here): “Optically the Olympus 75-300mm does very well, but not where you’d want it to – it’s super-sharp at 70mm, not at the 300mm where I suspect the grand majority of users will want to use this lens. At 300mm, it’s only above average
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Thom Hogan (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “The overall impression the XZ-1 gives is this: no nonsense. The designers showed remarkable restraint in not adding the usual kitchen sink to a high-end compact camera, and it makes for a rather pleasant experience. The lack of a few controls and the lack of customization will have you conforming to the XZ-1, not the camera conforming to you. That’s fine. It’s simple enough to pick up and adjust to.
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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New sexy Metal Panasonic Lens hood. Leica 25mm shipment to US delayed?

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Some of our readers sent me the link to the new metal Pansonic lens hood you can find right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here). It fits on both Panasonic pancake lenses, the 14mm f/2.5 lens and 20mm f/1.7 lens By the way, there is a new discount on the 20mm lens. You can get it now for $361.97 at Amazon (Click here).

Next news (and I really hope this news is wrong). Some US readers reported that some of the US stores told them the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 will be in Stock by very late August/early September only. As you know there are some Leica 25mm lenses in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) or eBay (Click here). But you have to pay a nice extra bunch of dollars. “Normal” preorders are available at Adorama (Click here) or BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE: The Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $946 at Amazon (Click here).

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Sony counterattack with three new NEX cameras and three new lenses (+ two accessories)

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How do we always say? Competition is good! And now there is plenty of serious new competition coming from Sony. The image on top shows two of the three new cameras (the third is the VG-20 NEX camcorder) and two of the three new NEX lenses (the third will be the 50mm 1.8 lens) that will be announced in late August. The NEX-7 could be the first camera that will make serious competition to the popular Fuji X100. Otherwise the lenses are nice, but very big! As you see the Zeiss is certainly NOT a pancake! And the worst news is that the new OLED external viewfinder will not work on the current NEX cameras. P.S: There is also an adapter with built.in translucent mirror. Something similar could come from Olympus next yea (with built-in classic mirror and prism).

What do you think about those products?

Source: SonyAlphaRumors.com

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New record in Japan. Nine Olympus/Panasonic m43 cameras under the weekly top 20!

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That sets a new record in Japan. According to BCNranking nine of the last week twenty most sold system cameras are from Olympus/Panasonic! As you can see from the image on top even the “japanese” E-PL1s does well! There are also two NEX cameras in the top twenty, that means that for the very first time Mirrorless cameras are the majority inside the japanese top 20! Now we know Nikon has their mirrorless system ready for the official presentation. Still now word about Canon…

 

P.S.: In Europe and US you cannot have such detailed reports. You can get a very vague idea about the popularity of a camera by checking the Amazon rankings:
– System camera rankings (DSLR+mirrorless) at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon has also a dedicated Micro Four Thirds ranking (Click here) where you can check which m43 camera is the most popular.
– All digital camera rankings Amazon Germany (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Germany (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon UK (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon France (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

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