August 30, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Foveon-like sensor patent from Panasonic. Flash sync patent from Olympus.


The japanese blog Egami (Click here to read the quirky google translation) found a new Panasonic patent that displays a sort of foveon sensor. The google translation is not so good but as far as I understood that sensor has no Low Pass filter. There is a sort of “photonic crystal” that splits the light into RGB directing the single beams to three different micro sensors. Unlike the Sigma foveon which has three layers placed one under the other the new Panasonic sensor would avoid the light loss typical from foveon sensors (that’s why foveon sucks at high ISO). As usual with patents this sounds very promising. But it is a patent so there is no clue if we will ever see such a sensor in a real camera!

The next patent found by Egami (via Nexthardware) discloses a patented from Olympus that allows a flash sync speed of 1/20.000 of a second! The even more interesting news is that the technology is based on a new electronic shutter system!

Via Nexthardware

August 30, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(with GH2 Hack Anamorphic Test)

GH2 Hack Anamorphic Test (4:3 vs 16:9)

Olympus Pen 14-42mm MKI vs 14-42mm MKII (ePhotozine).

Olympus SZ-30MR Review (Photographyblog) and another Olympus SZ-10 Review (Photographyblog).

Olympus SZ-10 vs Samsung WB700 Digital Camera Comparison Test (ePhotozine).

Olympus XZ-1 by ortega (Clubsnap).

Model Shoot with the Olympus E-P3 (TheDigitalStory).

The GH2 wins the swedish price as best mirrorless cameras.

‘Market Square’ on the Olympus E-P3 (Photographybay).

New Loewepro bags for Mirrorless cameras.

Adobe Lightroom 3.5 and ACR 6.5 release candidates do support the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic’s G3 and GF3 (Dpreview).

August 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Oympus E-PL3/E-P3 and Panasonic GF3 reviews

Image on top: The new GF3 with 14-42mm X lens kit.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-PL3 review. Their final comment is a bit harsh: “The E-PL3 is an impressive and funky compact system camera, but third time around we were hoping, perhaps naively, for consolidation of past glories rather than throwing us, in a couple of key respects, something of a curveball.“. Get the E-PL3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Imaging Resource (Click here) tested the Panasonic GF3: “The GF3’s quick autofocus means the camera’s more often ready to catch the action. Meanwhile, the gorgeous 3-inch LCD screen provides a crisp live preview and sharp playback of images. Love or hate the stripped down design of this camera, there’s no denying the Panasonic GF3 is one of the better CSC models on the market“. Get the GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer tested the Olympus E-P3 RAW image quality: “The Dynamic Range and Color Depth are indeed really, really good. The High ISO output is also better than it was previously. However, the camera still cannot match even the Canon 7D with straight out of camera noise reduction“. Get the E-P3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

More reviews:
E-P3 at the ducth magazine Pixelmania.
E-PL2 review at davidleetong.
GF3 versus G3 at Nikkei.

New Panasonic lens and kit preorders links:
Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

August 29, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Hot (false?) rumor: Panasonic to buy Olympus imaging division???

Before you read the rumor: This is a rumors website. Always keep your feet on earth. In that case the rumor hasn’t been confirmed by my trusted sources so it’s based mostly on rumors from external websites!

A couple of weeks ago a trusted source told me that he wouldn’t be surprised if Olympus would sell his camera division. It was just a chat and he didn’t explain me why he thought that. In the meanwhile I got a rumor from a new source a while ago saying that Panasonic could buy the Olympus imaging division. I didn’t post that rumor simply because it came from one single unknown source. But now the rumor is spreading around the web on other websites too. So it’s time to post it with a very low credibility ranking of “FT2” (=rumor from non reliable and unknown source).

According to those rumors Panasonic is negotiating the acquisition of the imaging division from Olympus! And we have been told that Olympus first reaction was “positive”. At SLRclub (Click here) some secret Olympus source said that Olympus wants to keep their highly profitable and healthy medical business.

At that point I want to repeat once again that the rumor is unconfirmed! And if you ask my opinion, I really do hope it is NOT true!

Reminder -> 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

August 29, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

New Panasonic-Leica 25mm reviews. In Stock in Europe!

I found a couple of new reviews around the web:

A detailed review has been posted by 3D-Kraft (Click here). Many different mini tests canbe found at Soundimagesplus (Click here). Than there is a short review with nic epictures at Gakuranman (Click here). And new Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Sample Photos at ePhotozine (Click here).

The good news is that the lens is in Stock in Europe at Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), eBay (UK reseller) and very overpriced at Amazon US (Click here).

P.S.:There is a new Nokton 25mm review at Openpn (Click hee to read the google english translation). Image samples can be found here. There are plenty of lenses in Stock on eBay (Click here).

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