June 1, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) All new PEN’s will have a completely new sensor (no specs yet) and the E-P3 has dual processor!

Image on top: The E-30 sensor (not the rumored new one!)

I got two small rumors from reliable sources. They told me that the real new highlight of the upcoming new Olympus cameras is the sensor. All new upcoming PEN’s will use completely new sensors. I want to remind you that a very reliable source told me weeks ago that Olympus has designed their first sensor which will be produced by Panasonic. So if one plus one makes two than my speculation leads me to believe (or to hope) the Olympus E-P3 could be the very first camera using an own designed Olympus sensor. But that has not been confirmed by my sources yet!
By the way, Olympus has the necessary sensor technology knowledge because they are already using own designed sensors for medical products (See endoscopic stuff). And you can find many sensor patents fulfilled by Olympus (See the last one here at freepatentsonline).

The other news is that the E-P3 will use a dual processor. It will become the very first Oly camera having that. Usually this should be a sign that noise reduction, fps and video quality will be improved. The Panasonic GH2 and G3 for example already do feature a triple processor. UPDATE: The Olympus SZ-30 is already using a dual processor. It’s not a MFT camera as you knwo but it’s interesting to know that the camera can simultaneously capture full 16 Megapixel still photos and 1080p Full HD movies (Thanks Nomen Oblitum!).

P.S.: I have still no clue if the Olympus will have a built-in viewfinder a la rangefinder style or not. Some new sources do say yes, some say no. Sounds like Olympus isn’t sharing detail about that, making anyone guess based on Olympus staff reactions and smiles :)

Links to the:
Olympus SZ-30 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
See some rangefinder styled cameras on aBay (Click here)

Reminder -> 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

June 1, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic G3 review at Digitialcamerareview!


The new Panasonic G3 have been tested at Digitalcamerareview (Click here). With 4.5/5 starts it has become an “Editor’s choice” camera: “With DSLRs being my camera of choice (and reading glasses now a way of life for close up work), I tend to appreciate viewfinders all the more. So it comes as no surprise that the G3 is my clear favorite mirrorless to date.”…”
AF performance beats a compact and rivals an entry level DSLR, even when working in dimmer conditions. Shutter lag subjectively seems a bit slow, but our stopwatch objectively says otherwise. High ISO noise performance leaves compacts in the dust and gets in the ballpark with the current generation DSLRs. Video performance is among the best I’ve seen in a still camera.

Those are the pros and cns of the camera according to the reviewer:

Pros
Small size and weight
Very good still images
Excellent video

Cons
Low battery life
Slow flash recycle
Entry-level DSLR price

Yes, looks like Panasonic has a real winner here!

Look for preorders by clicking those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay!

Via Noisycamera

May 31, 2011
Posted in deals

US deals (E-P2 with flash deal, lens price drop and where is the Panasonic 20mm lens?)

You might have noticed that the popular Panasonic 20mm pancake is out of Stock in all biggest US stores: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R. Can’t explain why! The upcoming 25mm f/1.4 Leica will certainly not replace that lens! Maybe Panasonic has some production issues?

While waiting for the new E-P3, US stores are running some deals on the “old” E-P2. At BHphoto (Click here) you can get the external flash for free when purchasing the E-P2 with lens. The total price is $653.

Also the GF2 is going to be replaced and that’s why there is a $100 instant rebate on the GF2+14-42mm kit at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and  J&R (Click here).

There have been a sensible price drop on the Panasonic 100-300mm lens. You can get it for $521 at Amazon (Click here).

The Panasonic GH2 is in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

One more thing: It will take a very long time before to see the Fuji X100 in Stock in US and Europe. Dealers are telling me that they still have no 100% reliable info about when they will have it in Stock. You can preorder the cameras at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here). And if you don’t care about the price you can get the X100 now on eBay (Click here).

May 31, 2011
Posted in poll

POLL: What you expect from the E-P3!

We don’t know the real E-P3 specs yet, so we are free to dream our own perfect E-P3 camera. Here is the question: How should your imaginary E-P3 be?

 

What are the key features of your imaginary and perfect E-P3? (Select a maximum of three options)

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May 31, 2011
Posted in deals

Holga lenses for Micro Four Thirds now available!


A couple of months ago Holga announced new lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. I just noticed that they are now available on eBay (Click here). For some reason I didn’t figure out the same lens is available in two different “codes”:

- The Holga “HLW-OP” is specifically branded as lens for Olympus lens (Click here to see them on eBay).
- The Holga “HLW-PLG” os specificall sold as lens for Panasonic G cameras (Click here to see them on eBay).

But they have the same specs so I think that it is just marketing making the difference here!

Specifications

  • Effective Focal Length: 25mm
  • Aperture: Fixed f/8
  • Focus: Manual Zone Focus
  • Lens Type: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 38x57mm
  • Weight: 38g

Can someone already show us some pictures? I didn’t find any via google!

UPDATE: A reader sent us the link to his image samples: http://iamclass.tumblr.com/. And a video is available here on youtube. Thanks Adam!

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