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July 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

GH2 is faster than the E-P3 on Panasonic lenses (and older Olympus lenses)

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Russian Olympus forum user “kkn” measured AF speed of some micro four thirds cameras. The text is in russian but the good news one of our russian readers (Thanks!) told us how he made those measurements: “In two words: he records camera’s sounds during AF process and measures the time between button half press’ click sound and AF confirmation sound. He does not measure time for exposure (obvious) and time needed to clean up the matrix. He does not also measure time needed to close diaphragm (which can be quite slow, for example, Panny 20mm f/1.7 has very slow diaphragm and much quicker on its open (f/1.7) than, say, f/4). He does 10 or more measurements for each lens using same light conditions, but different subject’s distances and provided average values.

As you can see the Panasonic GH2 still focus faster than the new Olympus E-P3 when using Panasonic or the “older” Olympus lenses. The only time the E-P3 is faster is when using the new 14-42mm IIR kit lens.

I don’t know how accurate the test is. That test goes against the common perception reviewers had about the E_P3 being much(!) faster than any other m43 camera in good light conditions. Take it with a grain of salt!

July 29, 2011
Posted in news

Camera vs the Human Eye. And do digital sensors lose effectiveness after some time?

Why can’t I just point my camera at what I’m seeing and record that?” If you are looking for the answer you can find it here at Cambridgeincolor.com. It’s really one of the best articles I have read recently. There are a couple of very interesting facts:

1) Angle of view

Although the human eye has a focal length of approximately 22 mm, this is misleading because (i) the back of our eyes are curved, (ii) the periphery of our visual field contains progressively less detail than the center, and (iii) the scene we perceive is the combined result of both eyes.” and “Our central angle of view — around 40-60° — is what most impacts our perception. Subjectively, this would correspond with the angle over which you could recall objects without moving your eyes. Incidentally, this is close to a 50 mm “normal” focal length lens on a full frame camera

2) Resolution and detail

I guess most of us thought our eye would have more “Megapixels” than a camera. Surprisingly the answer is NO! Cambridgeincolor says: “A single glance by our eyes is therefore only capable of perceiving detail comparable to a 5-15 megapixel camera (depending on one’s eyesight). However, our mind doesn’t actually remember images pixel by pixel; it instead records memorable textures, color and contrast on an image by image basis.”

3) Sensivity and Dynamic Range

Dynamic range* is one area where the eye is often seen as having a huge advantage. If we were to consider situations where our pupil opens and closes for different brightness regions, then yes, our eyes far surpass the capabilities of a single camera image (and can have a range exceeding 24 f-stops). However, in such situations our eye is dynamically adjusting like a video camera, so this arguably isn’t a fair comparison.

Conclusion:Overall, most of the advantages of our visual system stem from the fact that our mind is able to intelligently interpret the information from our eyes, whereas with a camera, all we have is the raw image. Even so, current digital cameras fare surprisingly well, and surpass our own eyes for several visual capabilities. The real winner is the photographer who is able to intelligently assemble multiple camera images — thereby surpassing even our own mental image.

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And there is another interesting article at Quesabesde (Click here to read the google english translation) The question is: “Do digital sensors lose effectiveness after some time?” The answer is No!….But not a 100% No :)

July 29, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic slips into the red zone (financial report). Olympus and Casio to develop together compact cameras?

The German website Photoscala (Click here) analyzed the first quarter results from Panasonic. The company had a net loss of 30.4 billion yen (approximately € 273.3 million) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011/12. This is of course also the result of the Tsunami/Fukushima disaster.
The digital camera sales can be increased with 44.4 billion yen (about € 400 million) over the fourth quarter of last fiscal year by almost 34%. But it’s still 13% below the fiscal first quarter from last year.

There is a small rumor running in Japan (Source: etnews.com) saying that Olympus and Casio are ready for a partnership in the compact camera segment. It sounds like Olympus will develop future compact cameras together with Casio. Those compacts will use Olympus lenses and Sony sensors. I know it’s not a Micro Four Thirds related news but the most interesting bit of info is that Olympus would drop Panasonic sensors in favour of Sony sensors. At that point I want to remind you that trusted sources said that Samsung offered to make Four Thirds sensors for Oly. If we should give some credit to those rumors than Olympus is trying to become more independent from Panasonic sensors.

July 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Mercedes Benz making of made with the GH2! And GH2 on safari (Luminous Landscape).

You want to see some professional work done with the Panasonic GH2? Than take a look at the following two works:

1) Click on that link http://vimeo.com/25474377 to see the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG making of shot in Malaysia! They used the following lenses:
The Nokton 25mm f0.95 -> Get that lens on eBay (Click here).
The Olympus 9-18mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic 20mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic 14-140mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Glidecam HD-1000 -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).
Glidetrack -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).

2) Mark Dubovoy went on Safari with the GH2 (Click here ot read the full article at Luminous Landscape): “I was surprised by how well thought out this camera is.  Far superior to anything Canon or Nikon or Sony or Fuji have to offer.  As complicated and feature laden as the camera is, the locations of the controls and the ergonomics (other than the traditional film type shape of the camera which is all wrong, but no manufacturer seems to want to deviate from) are excellent.  Much better than any other Japanese camera I have tested to date.” And now hear that: “On the other hand, the user manual establishes a new low point in my experience.  It is the absolute worst manual I have ever seen.  Shame on you Panasonic.  If I had hired a crew with the sole purpose of writing the worst manual ever, I do not think it would have been half as bad as this one is.

Those are the links to the GH2 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. For US readers, the Black GH2 with 14-42mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Just a reminder: Panasonic officially said they are working on the GH3 with new EVF and faster AF. My guess is that it will come by early 2012. If you know more about the GH3 drop me a line at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

July 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

New GF3, E-P3, 12mm reviews

Dcresource (Click here) posted the final Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review: “Overall, I like the features, performance, and photo quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, but I’m a lot less excited about its design (speaking as a GF1 owner). It’s one of those cameras that you’ll absolutely want to try in person before you buy it. If you can handle the compromises that come with producing such a small camera, then it’ll definitely serve you well.

The korean website SLRclub (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-P3 review. As you know google translation tool doesn’t work because korean websites do love to post the text as a JPG image! But you can still look at the graphs and image samples!

Hinting (dpreview forum user) made a review with some of the m43 wide angle lens against the New Olympus 12mm f/2.0. And first shots with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens on the e-p1 (E-P1.net forum).

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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