February 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus XZ-1 reviews

Photographyhappenings reviewed the new Olympus XZ-1: “If you are comparing to the Panasonic LX-5 or Canon S95, the Olympus XZ-1 will be a good choice if lens specification is your key consideration. The Olympus delivers strong performance over the competitors in good light and moderate distance, but fails to shine in poorer light condition and closer to infinity.

But there are more testes: First look at Neutralday. Olympus XZ-1 Camera Studio Sample Photos (Photographyreview). Olympus XZ-1 Photo Gallery at letsgodigital.

A 43rumors reader sent has his first hand impression with the Olympus XZ-1 (Image samples at Picasaweb):

I’ve had my XZ-1 for a few days now and I thought I would summarise my thoughts.

Plus points.
1) The image quality is excellent. Sharp everywhere. Certainly better than I need. Portraits look very nice at 112mm equiv with very good DOF for a compact.
This is a major point for me. Nice portraits from a compact. Who knew?
2) The menu is a lot simpler than an
E-PL1. Less is more.
3) The controls work well and are quick to learn. I had it 3 days before I even bothered to look at the manual and that was only curiosity.
4) The performance is good. Focusing seems faster and better in practice than the E-PL1. Especially in poor light.
Thank heavens for the AF lamp.
5) The image stabilisation works very well. But then I don’t drink much coffee. :)

Minus
1) Auto ISO is plain STUPID. It will happily let you take shots at 1/10 second and ISO 200 rather than raise the ISO. Result? On Auto ISO you get a LOT of motion blurred subjects.
This would be the first thing I would fix if it were my design. It’s such a dumb mistake.
2) When you change mode with the dial, a message comes on screen to tell you what new mode you are in and stays there FAR TOO LONG. Irritating.
3) The lens cap is a bit of a bore.
4) YOU MUST use the strap. The front is slippery with no grip. I’ve put little grippy pads on mine.
5) Be nice to be able to assign AEL to the Movie button, or a LONG press of OK. But you can work around it.

I don’t think I’ll be using the E-PL1 much now I have the XZ-1.
Maybe I should sell it and save the money for a new toy when it FINALLY happens.

RR

Direct product XZ-1 preorder pages at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

February 21, 2011
Posted in news

Rumors/news summary

Good Morning!
Last week we posted quite a bit of new interesting rumors and news. I thought it was worth to make a summary of all the most important articles posted on 43rumors:

Hot discussions

Thom Hogan shared his thoughts to the question: What is the future for Olympus?. It’s definitely worthy to read! Please take a look at the comments which are also very interesting!
Zone-10 explains why 2011 is the Year of Olympus. And yesterday we asked you “Who do you think should join Micro Four Thirds?“.

Reviews

A very enthusiastic Panasonic GH2 review at Luminous Landscape. First Fuji X100 preview with real image samples (JPG and RAW) have been posted at Quesabesde. And we also posted the very first GH2 + Zeiss Cp lens image samples!

Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic G3 (and new lenses?) by end of March/early April
(FT3) After Pentax also Nikon will announce a tiny sensors mirrorless system? The “nikon coolpix pro”
A Mirrorless spring roadmap
(FT5) Next Olympus product announcement in May/June (but no pro camera yet?)

Did you read everything? Are you ready for the new week? ;)
The 43rumors guys!

February 21, 2011
Posted in news

Who do you think should join Micro Four Thirds?


Image above: The current Micro Four Thirds members

There are many camera manufactors that still didn’t make or join a mirrorless system. You will agree with me that it would be good if some of them would join the Micro Four Thirds system. My question to you is: do you have any special preference? You might explain us why?

Select one company that you would like to join Micro Four Thirds:

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February 20, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Fuji X100 preorders at Amazon. GF2 in Stock. Nokton auctions.

Fuji X100

Amazon is again accepting preorders on the Fuji X100 (Click here).
One more thing: Best Sale Price (Click here) says it has two X100 in Stock! This must be a mistake! UPDATE: I have been told the two cameras have been really shipped! Incredible!
You can also preorder at Adorama (Click here) and subscribe to be notified at BHphoto (Click here)

Panasonic GF2

The Black GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). UPDATE: out of Stock yet!
The Black GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The Red GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Adorama (Click here). UPDATE: out of Stock yet!

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95

There are more Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 auctions than usual on eBay (Click here).

Olympus E-PL2

$50 Instant rebates on the E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

February 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH2 Revisited at luminous Landscape

There is a new article about the GH2 written by Luminous Landscape (Click here). I am going to post only a few key points of his review but I higly recomment to read the full text!

Video: “Let it be enough to say that with a fast lens (for shallow DOF) it is to my mind the best video capable DSLR type camera on the market.
Viewfinder: “In fact, I would say that it is an many instances preferable to the dismal (meant literally) and small optical viewfinders found on the smaller and usually inexpensive DSLRs.
Ergonomics: “It doesn’t have the elegance and stark simplicity of a Leica M9; in fact quite the opposite. But, given that it is a small form factor DSLR style camera with full features, not only for still photography but for video as well, it does a remarkable job of satisfy sometimes contradictory needs.
Reliability: “I’ve owned the GH1 for a couple of years and now the GH2. Both have been totally reliable, as have all the Panssonic lenses that I own, with the exception of the new 100-300mm. It failed just a few days after I got to Mexico, with a locked-closed aperture
Focusing: “Though the GH2 uses contrast detection AF, you wouldn’t know it from its speed.
Mirror Vibration: “There is no Mirror Vibration
Image Quality: “The difference between APS-C and MFT is de minimis.
Battery: “poor battery performance
The biggest issue?The biggest issue with the Panasonic GH2 is that a great many people that want to buy one, can’t, because these cameras seem to constantly be in short supply” (P.S.: Amazon US (Click here) says “Usually ships in 1 to 2 months”)

Do you agree with the LL analysis?

And you can check if the GH2 is in Stock by visiting the direct product pages at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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