February 24, 2012
Posted in reviews

First Olympus E-M5 short review, new images and new preorders in UK

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-On Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Thankfully the camera lived up to our high expectations, and in some ways surpassed them with better than expected noise performance even at high ISO settings! The sensor in the camera has more resolution, with 16 megapixel compared to the PEN cameras 12 megapixels, yet also offers lower noise results!

New official images from Olympus Japan (Click here). Some more E-M5 news and tests at pf.nl, digifoto.nl, hi-tech.ru, lydogbilde.no and swiatobrazu.pl. The E-M5 instructions manual is available in French (English, Spanish, German, etc. as well) via Openpn.

And there are new E-M5 preorders at Amazon UK. I updated the full preorder list (Just click on the shop name to see the direct E-M5 link):

Full Preorder list:
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany and Amazon Japan.
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany, and Amazon Japan.
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon Japan.
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon and Adorama.
8.) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon, Adorama and Amazon Japan.

February 23, 2012
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Panasonic GX1/G3 and old fashion E-P1 and E-10 reviews.

Street shooter comparison between the Sony Nex 7 and Panasonic GX1 by Mike Kobal (Click here).
Cameralabs (Click here) posted their full Panasonic GX1 review: “I really enjoyed shooting stills and video with it over an extended test period and remained impressed by its handling and output throughout. So despite a few missed opportunities, it will be warmly welcomed by enthusiasts and further strengthens the Micro Four Thirds standard. Recommended.” Also the spanish website Quesabese (Click here) tested the GX1.
You can buy the GX1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay. But if you live in US you should take a special look at BHphoto (Click here)… you can get $100 up o $200 on all Panasonic lenses!
Panasonic G3 review at Macworld (Click here): “Add a well-rounded feature set and pleasing image quality, and the G3 certainly maintains its place as a player in the mirrorless interchangeable lens category.
G3 links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And now to the old fashion reviews:
Carl Garrard (Click here) posted his E-P1 review. As you know this is also the camera I use everyday. It’s not an old camera in terms of years (three) but in the digital area of continually new launched camera generation the E-P1 isn’t perceived as new anymore (sadly). You absolutely have to read his review: “Simply put the E-P1 is a well designed and handling camera that offers a ton of control wrapped up in a stylish unassuming exterior that produces beautiful images. And for the price you can get one for nowadays, even brand new, this camera is simply a steal. This is one of the primary motivations for reviewing the E-P1 years after its introduction, but certainly not the only one.  I’m glad I gave the E-P1 a second shot.
Form time to time you can find refurbished E-P1 cameras at Olympusmarket (Click here). And they sell for 150-170 Euro with kit lens. A real bargain. And believe me, you will not need any other camera for the next years.
Kirk Tuck (Click here) tested the: “I started this whole article off intending to talk about an Olympus camera that I consider to be their Sputnik of digital cameras.  Their moon launch.  The incredibly nice piece of alloy and glass that put them on the digital map in 1999.  Yes.  I’m talking about the supernaturally incredible e-10.“. The only palce where you can find the E-10 right now is on eBay (Click here).

For US readers: the Olympus PEN rebate action is still ongoing until tomorrow at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). And the E-PL1 is still the most sold mirrorless camera at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking).

February 23, 2012
Posted in news

Mr. Terada (Olympus) answers your 43rumors questions!

Ten days ago we collected your questions to Olympus. And Emanuele from nexthardware brought your list to Amsterdam and interviewed MR. Terada from Olympus with…your questions! The video on top shows the full interview (the audi quality isn’t that good). Enjoy! And Thanks Emanuele!

UPDATE: I really noticed how “hungry” you are to get in contact with Olympus with your questions. If you want I can try to ask Olympus if they are interested to make a special session Q&A with you readers. Don’t know if they will do it, but I can ask :)

P.S.: One more article about the E-M5 at Tv.Smith (Click here). And “cameraporn” pictures at DC.watch (Click here).

Full Preorder list:
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Redcoon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
8.) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

February 22, 2012
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First Sigma 30mm f/2.8 review!


Our reader Tobias Giesen posted the very first short Sigma f/2.8 for m43 lens review (Click here to read it). In short, he found the Sigma lens focuses fater than the 20mm f/1.7 lens. And that’s certainly a bit of a surprise. The lens is decently sharp wide open but there is one major issue…CA (Chromatic Aberration). But read his full test and see the many image smaples to get an idea of the image quality. You can (pre-)order the lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and Fotomundus (Click here).

Speaking of Sigma, DSLRmagazine (Click here) interviewed Mr Kazuto Yamaki (CEO of Sigma). The interesting bits of info. The 30mm and 19mm lenses are deisnged for their own DP series, NEX system and m43 system (For cost savings reasons). The MTF graph is very good but MR. kazuto said that sadly they cannot rely on the camera software for automatic lens corrections.

 

February 22, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Next Olympus camera likely to be a PEN (Techradar)


Image on top: The Olympus E-P3

In an interview with Techradar (Click here) Olympus Japan’s Toshiyuki Terada said: “Looking at product lifespan, I think the next issue will be a new PEN.

That isn’t really a surprise as we all expect new PEN cameras before the end of the year. I take the chance to remind Olympus that we don’t need many new cameras and more redundant products. Think easy, a new entry level cheap PEN and a a more advanced PEN are more than enough. In short…a new E-Pm2 and an E-P5 (having the tilting LCD of the E-PL3). My two cent: A new 12 Megapixel sensor based on the current Olympus E-M5 sensor technology would be amazing!

Links to the current PEN and OM camera list:
Olympus E-M5 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Something else: Tsutomu Omori, managing director of Olympus India has been found death (suicide). My condolences to the family and to Olympus. More info at Indiatimes.

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