July 19, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus XZ-2 coming late August. Still some chance to see a LX with larger sensor?


Image on top: The current Olympus XZ-1.

This is not a Micro Four Thirds stuff related rumor but I just wanted to share one mroe info I got from trusted sources. The XZ-1 successor will definitely be announced in August (very likely the end of August) right before the Photokina event in September. I have no info about the sensor size yet. And I am still hoping that Panasonic will announce a larger sensor compact camera (with fixed zoom lens) at Photokina. Some time ago at Techradar they said they are “thinking” on doing so :)

Links to the current XZ-1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 18, 2012
Posted in deals

Weird: No G5 news in Japan! And no G5 preorder run in US.


It may sound surprising but there were no news yet about the Panasonic G5 in Japan!!! Just check the most famous website: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/. UPDATE: After 24 hours delay it now has been announced in Japan too!

Meantime preorder are up on Amazon too (Black here and Silver here and White here) but the camera didn’t manage to get into the top 100 of the most (pre-)ordered mirrorless cameras (ranking here). Also BHphoto has them available for preorder (Black here and Silver here).

On top of the post you can see the official Panasonic G5 commercial. And here is a list of new links to G5 related news: Photoxels, Pocket Lint, Akihabarenews, Quesabesde and Heise.

Below I posted a set of new deals including the other new Panasonic compact camera preorder links:
Via Techbargains I found a new PEN deal. Refurbished E-PL1 with kit lens for $189 at Cameta (Click here). But this is not the only refurbished PEN deal they offer…here is the full list.
$20 price drop on the Panasonic 20mm pancake at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here).
Panasonic 14-42mm X pancake for $287 at Amazon (Click here).
The Olympus 75mm lens should start to be shipped after tomorrow according to BHphoto (Click here).
US readers that bought the Panasonic 12-35mm X via Pancam at Amazon (Click here) reported a good seller experience.
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).

July 18, 2012
Posted in reviews

G5 review roundup: A cheaper E-M5?


Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

UPDATE: Now preorders at Amazon too:

Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

Let’s focus on the new Panasonic G5 which already got previewed on many websites. The G5 looks like a well thought step forward from the G3 although it doesn’t come with any kind of “revolutionary” features to make you “WOW” when you read the press release. But the many small improvements are very nice and welcome!

The G5 has a new (or tweaked?) sensor according to Panasonic website presentation. Techradar was among the first websites to post a resolution and noise test. The image below (courtesy of Techradar) shows the Signal to Noise ration of the RAW images. I would say there is very little difference with the “older” G3.

But it’s the RAW dynamic range that shows that at leats at Low ISO the new G5 is doing a better job:

Visit Techradar to see all graphs! Their conclusion is: “Overall we have been extremely impressed with the output from the G5 and we can see it being very appealing to lots of people, especially with innovative new features such as the TouchPad AF operation. It also has a good number of automatic controls, digital filters and scene guides to appeal to novices or those looking simply to point and shoot.

Also ePhotozine published a full G5 review and is particularly excited about the test: “The G5 is more expensive than the model it replaces, however we feel that the improvements make it worth the investment. The Panasonic Lumix G5 has an abundance of features, excellent image quality, and is good value for money, making it well worth investing in. Highly Recommended.

They also compared the new G5 image quality with that of the more expensive Olympus E-M5 (Click here to read that comparison): “The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has an extended ISO range compared to the G5, however the G5 has a slightly lower first ISO setting of ISO160. Noise is very low on both cameras, with the E-M5 showing higher levels of detail and sharpness.

In short: From an Image Quality point of view the difference between the two cameras is negligible. So you have to focus on your real needs and real budget. But overall it looks like the G5 is a great and cheaper E-M5 alternative!

Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).

July 18, 2012
Posted in news

Panasonic G5, 45-150mm lens and compact cameras announced!


Note: I will continually update this post with new links. So keep checking from time to time!

G5 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here), in Silver at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).

Previews and Reviews
G5 at Dpreview, Imaging Resource, Techradar, Engadget, ePhotozine (E-M5 vs G5), ePhotozine (preview).
LX7 at Dpreview, Imaging Resource, Techradar, ePhotozine.
Other compacts at Dpreview.

Image samples
G5 at Photographyblog, Imaging Resource, Techradar, Engadget, 3Dnews (rar download folder).
45.150mm at ePhotozine.
LX7 at Imaging Resource, Techradar, Engadget, 3dnews (rar folder), Photographyblog (hands-on).
Other compacts at Photographyblog (FZ200 hands-on), Photographyblog (FZ60 hands-on).

Press Release
G5 at Dpreview, TheVerge, Imaging Resource, Techradar, Photographyblog, Cnet Asia, Photoscala (german), Focus Numerique (french), DSLRmagazine (spanish), ThePhoBlographer, Systemkamera (german), OpenPN (french).
45-150mm lens at Dpreview, Photographyblog, Photoscala (german), DSLRmagazine (spanish), Systemkamera (german),
LX7 at Dpreview, TheVerge, Imaging Resource, Photographyblog, Cnet Asia, Photoscala (german), Focus Numerique (french), DSLRmagazine (spanish), OpenPN (french).
Other compacts at Dpreview, Photoscala (german), Focus Numerique (french), DSLRmagazine (spanish).

G5 videos: official Panasonic video, Engadget (embedded within the article), G5 review in dutch with english subtittle, video quality test (dutch), youtube (italian), youtube (spanish).
LX7: preview (dutch), video sample (dutch).


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July 17, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) And now full leak in Russia (with press release and LX7 pics!)


The Russian website 3Dnews (Translation here) leaked the full Panasonic press event.

1) And for the first time we also can see the new LX7. Full LX7 image samples download here: http://www.3dnews.ru/_imgdata/img/2012/07/13/632251/panas.rar. There is no info about the sensor size but it looks like the LX7 is using a damn smalls sensor. This is NOT going to be the Sony RX100 competitor I hoped to see. So unlike their previous statements where they said that a LX camera with 1 inch sensor is “possible” they dind’t do it for real. Or maybe that camera is coming in one Month with the late August announcement?

2) And also first image samples taken with the G5!!! Full download of the samples here: http://www.3dnews.ru/_imgdata/img/2012/07/13/632251/Primer.rar.

3) Panasonic says that by 2015, according to some projections, Mirrorless will overtake digital SLR cameras.

4) There is also a white G5. Click on the picture below to enlarge the image:

5) G5 spec comparison. Click on image:




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