Everybody is waiting for news from the micro four thirds world. This technology’s main purposeÂ is to produce small high quality cameras with small high quality lenses. The Pansonic GH1 is just the first step in this direction and it is still not a small enough digital camera for most users.
Wouldn’t it be nice to carry a camera with interchangeable lens in a pocket?
We begin from what we know, Olympus has already announced the first m4/3 camera will be available this summer. We have all seen the mock-up. We don’t know what kind of specs the camera will have. IS? Video? Flash? No idea
Some rumors say this year Olympus will release two or three m4/3 cameras. But that’s pure speculation…
Panasonic is working on a digital compact m4/3 model. The holy grail would be to make a LX3 sized camera with an interchangeable lens.
To produce a forecast is quite difficult. The economic crisis makes it difficult for companies to keep a clear roadmap. Canon and Nikon seems to slow down their update cycle for DSLR cameras. We don’t know if this is a good idea. It was quite surprising to see Olympus and Panasonic coming out with very respectable digital cameras like the Olympus E-620 and Panasonic GH1. The now announced Canon 500D is nothing special, we got still the same music plus a defective video feature (20p in 1080 WHAT THE HELL???).
What does 43rumors know?
We are getting some first information about the upcoming Olympus camera and will write soon about it. But we don’t have any certain info now.
We ask you to share your rumors if you have any!
What is for sure, from now to June/July we will get from day to day more excited!
You can learn japanese and go the following link
or read the summary which was posted in dpreview forum:
From Yodobashi camera’s web site:
ï¿¥99,960 (about $1,020 USD) for the LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm, out on 2009/4/24
ï¿¥84,840 (about $865 USD) for the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm, out on 2009/5/15
Thanks for sending us the information D.B.
Biccamera is showing a price of 149,800 YEN before TAX!!!Â ( 1,136 Euro / 1,534 $)
Preorder the camera here: Panasonic DMC-GH1 12MP Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 1080p HD Video
P.S.: Thanks to the Taiwan guy who gave us the link
It is time for a small comparison between the two competitor. The Panasonic GH1 and Canon 5ooT1i /500D
|Pansonic GH1||Canon 500d|
|12 MP||15 MP|
|1.500$ with 14-140 kit lens||900$ with 18-55 kit lens|
|3.0″ TFT LCD monitor 460,000 dots||3.0″ VGA screen 920,000 dots (NO swifel)|
|23-Area-Focusing/1 Area Focusing (inc. Face Detection)||9 Point AF (inc. Face Detection for AF)|
|video mode (1920 x 1080 24p and 720 60p/30p)||video mode (1920 x 1080 20p and 720 30p)|
|Sensitivity (100-3200 ISO)||Sensitivity (100-3200 ISO expandable to 12.800)|
What surprised me a lot is to see that Canon choose a 20fps in 1080 format. it is a nonsense format because it doesn’t come to theÂ standard minimum which is 24p. You will see a lot of flickering in recorded videos.
If the sensor is the same as the Canon 50d expect a little worser image quality compared to the Canon 40d. For the rest nothing has changed. The same “old” autofocus and boring camera chassis and design. Not a big deal for me.