December 31, 2011
Posted in news

Happy New Year (be ready for the new m43 products! And SLRmagic announcement on midnight)

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A short message to wish you all a Happy New Year!!!

….And the first weeks for the year promise to be exiting with new Olympus and Panasonic m43 products coming soon ;)

UPDATE: On midnight there will be the first product announcement of the year by SLRmagic :)

December 31, 2011
Posted in reviews

New reviews roundup…

The Olympus E-P3 got tested at Letsgodigital (Click here): “The 12.3 megapixel sensor has remained the same and the new ISO 12800 is simply unusable. This does not mean that the camera shoots bad photos, there are competing models available that capture more detail. It does depend on what you need/want. Overall, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a fine camera to shoot with.
Olympus E-P3 price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3: “The E-PL3 does face some tough competition from less expensive and equally or better specced cameras like the Sony NEX-C3 and the Panasonic GF-3 which offers a very user friendly touch interface. If you are considering purchasing this camera for yourself or as a present, I would suggest that you take a look at some of the other offerings on the market before you pull the trigger“.
Olympus E-PL3 price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic GX1 versus E-P3 shootout part two at SteveHuff (Click here): “if you are looking for a great JPEG camera and do not like shooting RAW then the E-P3 would be the better bet between the two“.
Panasonic GX1 price and in Stock check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

New Olympus 12-50mm lens IQ comparisons at PekkaPotka (Click here).

December 30, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Big Olympus announcement soon! Wathersealed camera with integrated viewfinder.

The Olympus 35 SP rangefinder film camera. Will Olympus take inspiration form the past for the new m43 camera?

Finally the time has come for us to see a real new kind of a camera! Our top sources just sent me a huge “warning”. Olympus is going to announce a new product very soon….within the next couple of weeks!!! The big PMA event starts on January 10 so it’s easy to guess that Olympus will show the new camera there. It’s a weather-sealed camera with integrated viewfinder. I didn’t get any detailed specs now but I have been told it’s a damn nice product, a camera “that many at 43rumors will like to buy“. I don’t know yet if the camera will have a rangefinder style (viewfinder on the corner like on that Olympus 35 SP (See here on eBay) or a more classic DSLR alike design like the glorious Olympus OM-1 (See here on eBay). Can’t wait to see get the images of the real cam soon!

I am currently asking my sources to send me as much info as possible. If you find something on the web, or if you heard a “rumor” help me by sending me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar (It’s anonymous!).

P.S.: There will be other new products too. (like the XZ-1 successor). And Panasonic will also have an announcement soon!

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

P.S.: The new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens is already shipping. I guess it will sell like hotcakes once the weather sealed camera is out! Check these search links to see if it’s available: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

December 30, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

GH2 shows its potential again (+ new refurbished Oly cameras)

Christmas Shootout: Part 1 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

As you know Canon created a lot of buzz around the new C300 video camera. It’s a super technological and expensive DSLR styled toy made for professionals. The video on top shows a test made by Philip Bloom. Our friend Andrew Reid form EosHD (Click here) made one of those comparisons that will make us m43 owners again feel proud of Panasonic :) Andrew “proves” how the hacked “GH2 really is insane for resolution and the cleanness with which it downscales that 18MP CMOS to 1080p. The codec shows very little sign of AVCHD compression, well on par with the C300′s codec.” Of course we are comparing apple of oranges but damn, the GH2 costs fifteen times less than the Canon! Can’t wait to see what the GH3 can do… ;)

P.S.: Letsgodigital (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3 and the camera scores a rating of 85 points out of 100. And here is the new list of refurbished Olympus cameras. Reminder, these cameras can be bought by Europeans only! I already bought five cameras in one month for my family and friends:
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Brown Olympus E-Pm1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens

December 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GX1 ISO test at Steve Huff. Becomes Cnet UK editors choice. (+ in Stock status and GF2 deals).

Steve Huff (Click here) just got his brand new Panasonic GX1. He first posted some image samples taken with the Leica Summilux 25mm lens and then he compared the ISO quality with the Olympus E-P3 (Click here to see the comparison). I have to say the GX1 does clearly a better job here! And also the guys over at Cnet UK (Click here) fell in love with the GX1: “The GX1 development unit we got our hands on back in November impressed us greatly, and running the finished camera through our regular tests has done nothing to change our opinion.
There is a hands-on at Expertreviews (Click here) and also the german website Colorfoto (Click here) tested the GX1.

So where is the GX1 in Stock? Here is a short list:
In USA at: Amazon, Adorama and eBay.
In Europe at: Jessops UK, Amazon UK and eBay.
In Asia at: Digitalrev, Amazon JP and eBay.

P.S.: There are consistent price drops on the GF2 in USA and in Europe. An examples:
GF2 with 14-42mm kit lens for $369 at Adorama (Click here). I even found a complete new kit option. The GF2 with 14-42mm X pancak zoom at Fotomundus (Click here).

 

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