Panasonic GX1 and 100-300mm firmware updates (+review and in Stock status)


Panasonic announced a new firmware updated for the new GX1 camera and the 100-300mm zoom lens. You should soon be able to download the firmware at For some mysterious reasons the download is still not available but the new features are already here:

-Enhancement in the performance of AWB
-Enhancement in the performance of [AFF] (AF Flexible) and [AFC] (AF Continuous)
-Improved stability when used with the SD Memory Card complying with UHS-I
-Addition of [STEP ZOOM] and [ZOOM SPEED] in the setting of [Fn] (Function) button and [Q.MENU] -Reflection of [DRIVE MODE] settings to [CUSTOM SETTING] -[MENU RESUME] in each menu tab
-Page flip in the menu tab with [DISP.] (Display) button

LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
-Improved performance of O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

Jordan Steele (Click here) posted a new GX1 review: “for still imaging, this is easily Panasonic’s best compact style CSC to date, and rivals the flagship of the Lumix line, the GH2, in everything but video. Outstanding.

For USA readers: The Silver GX1 body only is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) while the black body will be in Stock within 3-5 weeks again at Amazon (Click here). More Panasonic GX1 search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Funny: You can already get that Olympus OM shirt for the CP+ show!


Our reader KTF just sent us that CP+ invitation image he recived via email (Click here to see the full invitation). It says that a new Olympus OM t-short will be distributed at the event. What is really interesting is that “PEN OM IZM XA TRIP” you read on the T-shirt. These are all indications of former Olympus-camera’s.

Olympus PEN -> you all know what they mean with it :)
Olympus OM -> That the new system based on OM film cameras.
Olympus IZM ->  ‘AZ SuperZoom’ also known as IZM meaning ‘Infinityzoom’ (Click here to see them on eBay)
Olympus XA -> Also 35mm film cameras (Click here to see them on eBay)
Olympus TRIP -> Also filmcameras (Click here to see them on eBay)
Olympus µ -> The compact cameras.
Olympus Camedia -> More compact cameras. (Click here to see them on eBay)
Olympus E-system -> The Four Thirds line.


(FT4) More specs (FT1) Fake First picture :)


The photo on top has been found on On the picture you can see the 17mm pancake lens but such a photo is almost deifnitely fake :) A wonder what that subtitle means: “The new seven-point twin….”

I am almost sure the new specs from Digicaminfo are correct:

1. It looks like old OM but not any OM reforms.
2.Two dial button left and right beside central penta part,and another dial button side at release button.there have other one small button in left of release button.
3.Grip curve looks like Olympus E-P3,but this one continues to the bottom of camera,paste with leather.Leather has also paste at both side of lens mount.
4.two kinds of leather style. black ones is more artificial, and silver ones is more natural.
5.packed with an GN10 flash.
6.Five-axis image stabilizer in body.
7.FAST AF and 3D tracking
8.Minimum sensitivity is ISO200 and maximum sensitivity is ISO25600 with tweak.
9.610.000dots organic EL,vari-angle monitor
10.use MPO as file save type.

It’s a translation from the original japanese text made by one of our readers (Thanks!). What do you think about the specs and picture?


(FT4) First bits of OM-D specs…


Digital-Camera-Info posted first spec bits about the OM-D. That’s what he found out:

1) It has an OM look
2) Built-in 1.44 dots integrated viewfinder
3) New in body stabilization and AF system
4) Comes in Black and Silver
5) Weather sealed magnesium body
6) 16 megapixel sensor
7) Width 121mm, weighs 425g
8) Worldwide shipment in late March

In Summary: The EVF has the same resolution of the current external VF-2 viewfinder (Click here to see on Amazon). We know that it looks like an old OM but there were so many different OM bodies that it really doesn’t help us a lot! Here is again the list of all OM filmcamera. My favorite design is the OM-1.

M-1 OM-1 OM-1 MD OM-1N OM-2 OM-2N OM-2S/SP OM-3 OM-3Ti OM-4 OM-4T/Ti black and chrome OM-10 OM-20 (OM-G) OM-30(OM-F) OM-40 (OM-PC) OM-77AF (OM-707) OM-88 (OM-101) OM-2000

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


(FT5) Sensor has “High Dynamic Range” and ISO up to 25.800. (The OM-D Logo graphic registered in Germany


The graphic in top has been registered by Olympus at the german patent institution (Click here).

I know you are all waiting to here more about the upcoming new sensor inside the OM-D camera. I just got something for you: I have been told by top sources that the sensor has 16 megapixel and actually has been designed for a “High Dynamic Range“. I don’t know yet is how you get this dynamic range increase. Is there a software trick or is the sensor really a newly designed Olympus sensor rather than the same GX1 sensor? The ISO goes up to 25.800 which on paper beats every current Micro Four Thirds camera!

I take the chance to ask my sources if they can tell me more about HOW this dynamic range performance has been archived and if that is really a completely new sensor. Thanks!

P.S.: The new weather sealed 12-50mm lens which will be the new kit lens of the OM-D is in Stock at Fotomundus (Germany) , Pcstore (Taiwan) and soon at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon Japan.