GH4: New image samples, ripped off camera and insights on Panasonic’s DFD autofocus technology.

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Let me catch up with some GH4 news:

Paanasonic launched a special GH4 gallery (Click here) where you can see image and video samples shot by pro photographers.
Imaging Reosurce (Click here) posted some insights on Panasonic’s DFD autofocus technology.
Panasonic GH4 in a professional setting – FAQ (EosHD).
Which 4K camera for the masses? GH4 vs Blackmagic Production Camera (EosHD).
DC.watch (Click here) posted images of the Tokyo event including that ripped off GH4 picture:

 

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New Kinston SD cards for your GH4.

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Kingston announced the new SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 SD that will suite perfectly for your 4K recording Panasonic GH4 camera. The cards are right now alreayd in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Card Features & Specifications:

  • Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16GB–32GB), exFAT (SDXC 64GB)
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3v
  • Performance2: up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3

via Kingston, via Imaging Resource

US deals roundup:
Panasonic GX7 with kit lens for $908 at Amazon (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here).
Up to $100 discounts on Panasonic compacts at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $200 off on Olympus MFT cameras at Amazon US (Click here).

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Olympus E-M10, 9mmm fisheye review and new 25mm image samples.

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OMD EM10 3-Axis Stabilisation Tests – OM-D E-M10 Day 1 by Blunty.

Digitalversus (Click here) posted the full E-M10 review and writes:

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 takes the excellent, tried-and-tested tech from its two predecessors and packs it into a stylish and compact mirrorless camera that’s cheaper and more accessible. The E-M10 is user-friendly and great-looking camera with excellent performances. It’s a premium choice without being pretentious, and it’s as likely to please style-conscious shoppers looking for a sleek accessory as it is those in search of first-rate picture quality. It also has enough to keep advanced users happy. It’s an all-round success!

Robin Wong (Click here) posted the full Olympus 9mm fisheye lens review. This can be a really funny lens if you are aware of the fe strenths and many limits of the lens. Robin writes

I was actually very pleased with the results I managed to pull out from the 9mm Body Cap Lens. At the center of the frame the images came out reasonably sharp with good amount of details (not as sharp as any Olympus lenses, even the kit lenses eg M.Zuiko 14-42mm is still significantly sharper) but the sharpness drops significantly at corners. Not only soft corners, but chromatic aberration especually purple fringing is evident at the corners too. I actually have no issue with this, mainly because for fisheye lenses or very wide lenses I normally would compose my main subjects at the center of the frame.

Robin (Click here) also posted the second part of the E-M10 review with focus on HIgh ISO performance:

the ISO performance of OM-D E-M10 is noticeably better than the E-M5, and this happens at ISO6400 or higher. The color (chromatic) noise in the E-M10 images are well suppressed, with left only traces of mostly luminance noise. The luminance noise was present even at ISO1,600, but this should not be a problem to clean up with any noise reduction software. I would recommend turning the Noise Filter to “Low” if you are shooting JPEG and intend to use the images straight out of the camera.

It’s a suprise to read the E-M10 is better than the E-M5!

More tests:
The Spanish DSLRmagazine (translation here) posted a hands-on test of the new E-M10 and 25mm lens combo. ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted some 25mm image samples. E-M10 full size samples at ePhotozine. 9mm fisheye samples at ePhotozine. 25mm image samples at ePhotozine.

Preorder links for US and Europe:
Special page with all new products at Amazon.
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
Olympus SP-100 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus TG-850 iHS at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus ECG-1 Black Camera Grip for E-M10 at Amazon, Adorama.
Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens at Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex Uk.
Olympus V321200BW000 Macro Converter MCON-P02 (Black) at Amazon,

Image courtesy: Robin Wong

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Surprise: Olympus E-M1 uses a Panasonic sensor!

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The E-M1 sensor (Image courtesy: Chipworks).

As you know the Olympus E-M5 had a Sony sensor (Code IMX109). But Chipworks dismantled the new E-m1 camera and discovered that the newer OMD uses a Panasonic sensor (Code: MN34231). Quite a surprise because everyone was expecting Olympus to continue to use Sony sensors also because of their recently disclosed partnership.

Reminder: You can get stackable rebates with all OMD cameras (E-M5, E-M1 and new E-M10) at GetOlympus (Click here) and Amazon (Click here)!

All current US deals:
E-M5, 45mm lens and flash special box at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
Save $200 on Select Panasonic Lenses with the Purchase of a Qualifying Panasonic Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
$50 off on the Panasonic GM1 (Black or Orange kit) at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus XZ-2 for $299 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus XZ-10 for $199 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Full deal page overview at Amazon and GetOlympus.

 

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Fantastic news for Olympus: E-M1 sales helped to cut 60% of the camera business loss!

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I was wondering how the E-M1 would affect the financial results from Olympus. There must be some good news hidden under the fact that the E-M1 is constantly on top of the most popular mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon (full list here).

Well, Olympus just issued their latest financial report (full pdf download here). And Olympus confirms the E-M1 sales helped them to increase by 19% their mirrorless camera sales! This helped to cut its imaging business losses by 60%. AP reports:

While Olympus is still not back to making profits again from its camera business, this is still pretty amazing because when you think about it, it’s really one single camera that proved so profitable for the company that its imaging division was able to reduce its operating losses from JPY4.3 billion (US$41.9 million) to JPY1.7 billion (US$16.6 million).

Forecast:
Olympus plans to focus on lens release and OMD line development. The PEN series is not doing well and it’s not clear how they will continue to develop the PEN line.

Summary in short: The OMD saved Olympus ass :)

E-M1 Store Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

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