December 22, 2011
Posted in poll

POLL: What is the best new m43 product of the year 2011?

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Year 2011 is almost over and it’s time for you to let Panasonic Olympus know what’s the best Micro Four Thirds product they have launched in 2011.

What's the new Micro Four Thirds product of the year?

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December 22, 2011
Posted in news

Private message appendix…(Olympus camera in February?)

Dear readers,

Many of you worried about me because of the post I wrote yesterday. I only wanted to add that I am not sick, and I am not going to stop the activity on 43rumors. I am having some issues to solve within my family and that’s why I could miss to post some news or not be that fast to answer your emails. So if it happens that you don’t hear about me for a few days you should know that I am very likely busy with family business.

That said, I really appreciate your kind words. It’ really gave me some energy I lost during the last weeks. I will need that because I know we are going to see many new m43 products within the next weeks. There will be the enw Panasonic lenses and I have been told Olympus could launch the new camera in February (yes, the new “revolutionary” camera). I will keep working on those rumors and I am glad we can have such an interesting time to share together.

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2011
Posted in deals

GX1 in Stock at Amazon USA and UK (+ Cine Raptar lens test)


The GX1 is now starting to be in Stock in some stores. Here is a quick roundup:

USA:
The silver GX1 body is right now in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). The black GX1 with 14-42mm lens will ship within 6-10 days at Amazon US (Click here). And so the Silver kit again at Amazon (Click here).

Europe:
Almost all different kits are in Stock at Amazon UK (Click here). And the silver kit at Jessops (Click here). In Spain the GX1 is in Stock at Panasonic (Click here) and in Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp (Click here). UPDATE: GX1 Silver bodies and Black + 14-42  in stock at RoberWhite UK (Click here).

Asia:
In Stock at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

DC.watch (Click here) tested the GX1 with the Cine Raptar 25mm f/1.9 lens. Nice lens which costs arounf $150 on eBay (Click here).

December 21, 2011
Posted in Rumors

A semitransparent OLED technology example.


The only rumors I got about the new Olympus viewfinder technology talk about a sort of semitransparent OLED technology. It works with a fixed semitransparent layer on the optical viewfinder. You should be able to use both simultaneously or switch from full optical or full electronic.

The video on top shows a futuristic transparent OELD panel made by Samsung. As you know Olympus already uses the Samsung OLED technology for the Olympus E-P3 LCD screen. And sources also told us that Samsung offered Olympus a new Micro Four Thirds sensor. So it’s sounds possible that the partnership can extend to the new viewfinder technology.

I am collecting all rumros abotu that next camera. Feel free to send me bits of info at 43rumros@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

 

Thanks Austin

December 21, 2011
Posted in news

Sony and Fuji ready to acquire Olympus shares?

Reuters reports that: “Olympus Corp is preparing to issue about $1.28 billion (100 billion yen) in new shares to bolster its depleted finances, with Japanese high-tech stalwarts Sony and Fujifilm seen as possible buyers, the Nikkei business daily reported.” Reuters also says that Panasonic could join the “share shopping” too. This really sounds like a very vague rumor. Before Reuters and Bloomberg reported that also Samsung and Hoya may be interested in an Olympus acquisition. Such news are no-news anymore :)

All I know from my sources is that Olympus has a very close relation to Fuji, and there are rumors that Olympus is talking with Fuji a way out of the financial mess. But that’s just a rumor. I think it will not pass a lot of time that we will see Olympus real steps.

UPDATE: BBC reports that “Japanese prosecutors have raided the headquarters of camera and medical equipment maker Olympus as part of an ongoing investigation.”

P.S.: Olympus gives us some nice new m43 cameras and lenses soon so that we can help you out with our money!

 

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