April 11, 2014
Posted in news

Updated list of companies supporting the MFT standard. A success story!

From time to time you can read on forums comments from people being concerned about the MFT future. I guess it’s a normal reaction when you read all these financial news about the electronics market (stagnating sales, losses in companies and so on). But there is one simple image I can show you to prove how future proof the Micro Four Thirds system is. With the most recent addition of JVC this is now the list of companies officially supporting the MFT standard (Image source: four-thirds.org). Quite amazing what Olympus-Panasonic achieved in these few years!

Funny note: Didn’t know that our Panasonic Fool’s days joke did upset Hitler too :)

April 11, 2014
Posted in news

Unexpected: Japanese Banks sue Japanese company (Olympus).

I didn’t expect that to come: Olympus has been sued by six Japanese trust banks for damages relating to a $1.7 billion accounting scandal in 2011. Reuters reports that they are seeking 27.9 billion yen ($273 million) for damages. Olympus at its last earnings briefing said it would set aside 17 billion yen ($166.49 million) to settle three of the cases it has publicly recognized.

I am a bit surprised to see Japanese banks going against a Japanese company. In a time of financial crisis like that isn’t it insensible to damage a Japanese company? Anyway, I am too far away from these kind of financial world to know what’s really going on. Maybe it’s just me…but have more sympathy in a company based on real economy and real product creation than in banks :)

P.S.: Just read the book from Jérôme Kerviel about the giant fraud he committed in France. It probably influenced (again) my negative impression about the current bank system in general.

April 10, 2014
Posted in reviews

Amarcord: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5

Image courtesy: Tanaka.

Unlike Olympus Panasonic has no history of film cameras. Their first cameras were the digital DMC-LC5 and DMC-F7 released in 2001. The LC5 was (or is) a very nice camera with fixed lens while the DMC-F7 were particularly ugly (to see here on that eBay auction). But the real unique features of both cameras were the fact that they used a Leica designed lens. At that time Leica was in huge crisis and maybe Panasonic should have bought Leica :)

The LC-5 had a 3,8 Million Megapixel CCD sensors, a rangefinder look and a built-in optical viewfinder. The major drawback from the camera was that it could take only 1 image every 6 seconds because of the slow processor. Anyway, what you will notice is that the LC5 has the one elegant style that Panasonic keeps reproducing on modern digital cameras. And it may be that the future GX2 or high end compact cameras will look even more like the LC5.

You can read two reviews at DCresource and Steve Digicams. Great camera!

DMC-LC5 auctions on eBay (Click here).

April 10, 2014
Posted in reviews

GH4 tested at DxOmark: Becomes best ranked MFT camera!

DxOmark (Click here) tested the GH4 sensor performance and it becomes the best rated Micro Four Thirds camera yet although it beats the E-M1 by 1 point margin only. DxO writes:

The sensor performance is on a par with the highly regarded Olympus OM-D E-M1 and is competitive when viewed against rivals using APS-C size sensors. Sony has yet to revise the aging NEX-7 though the new full-frame Sony A7s looks as though the firm is tempted to build more video-centric models. However, for the time being at least the hybrid GH4 looks like a formidable contender for both stills and video users.

More GH4 tests:
First Lab Shots now posted at Imaging Resource.
GH4 with Nocticron image samples at Cameras.reviewed.
Panasonic Lumix GH4: Product Overview – Adorama Photography TV (Youtube).
B&W from a GH4 4K Stream (Outbackphoto).

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

April 10, 2014
Posted in deals

Save $300 on the E-M1 with 12-40mm lens kit.

The following deal will be sold out soon: CameraLand sells two E-m1 with 12-40mm lens kits for $1,899 only via eBay US (Click here).

One more thing: GH4 DxOmark results will be published today. What’s your guess…will it beat the E-M1?

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