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June 2, 2011
Posted in news

Fuji X100 is the editor’s choice 2011. And in Stock at BHphoto!

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Right now you can find the X100 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) UPDATE: Sold out now!

After winning the TIPA Award the X100 now received Editors Choice Award 2011: “Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a compact digital camera featuring a new hybrid viewfinder, which combines a projected bright-frame optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder system with approx. 100% field of view and a 1,400,000 dot LCD panel. A magnesium alloy body with manually operated control dials, an APS-C CMOS sensor and new EXR processor deliver the highest image quality in the history of FinePix cameras, the quality of which is so high that is almost beyond the performance of DSLRs.

Let’s hope Olympus and Panasonic can learn from the success of the Fuji X100. They should not copy the idea but make it better!

P.S.: Links to the FUji X100 product search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Difficult to find in Stock now).

Via Photographyblog

June 2, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Panasonic GF3 and Leica 25mm lens to be announced on June 13!

So here we are, tomorrow (June 8) Sony will announce the new ultra compact NEX-C3 (you can follow the announcement on MirrorlessRumors.com). And five days later (June 13) Panasonic will launch the counterattack and announce the new ultra-compact GF3. A fully touchscreen oriented device which is around 15% smaller than the current GF2. It should have almost exactly the same Panasonic G3 specs. We also heard that the price will be very similar to the original GF2 price ($699 with kit lens). The GF3 is that tiny that the mount is higher than the camera itself. Sources that have seen the camera said that it is an ugly looking camera :)

Panasonic will also launch the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens. Hope to get some info about the price soon. But it should be definitely cost less than the discontinued Four Thirds Leica 25mm which costs around $1000 dollar/euro on eBay (Click here). Don’t know if many of you will buy the lens when you can get a much cheaper and unlike the Leica lens much more compact 20mm f/1.7 lens. It will be interesting to see if that lens will become are hotseller or not!

 

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

 

June 1, 2011
Posted in deals

(Updated) First price drops on the GH2 in US stores (body only for $859).

UPDATE: Sold out!

Wow, the GH2 is finally in Stock in US and they already have the first $50 price drop on the GH2 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here). And for those of you looking for the body only option there is one third party dealer selling the camera for $899 at Amazon (Click here and scroll down to “Midwest” dealer). The body only option is also in Stock for $859 at eBay (Click here)…sold by US dealer!

P.S.: Those price drops are not realted with a possible GH3 release. I don’t expect the GH3 to be announced within 2011!!!

UPDATE: There is a 20% price drop on the GH2 at Amazon UK (Click here). That’s an interesting price for all European readers because it’s exactly 1.200 Euro and much cheaper than the best price I found in Germany (which is 1.430 Euro). Yes, you can buy it without any problem at Amazon UK even if you are not from UK!

Check price in other stores: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Thanks LMN

June 1, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) All new PEN’s will have a completely new sensor (no specs yet) and the E-P3 has dual processor!

Image on top: The E-30 sensor (not the rumored new one!)

I got two small rumors from reliable sources. They told me that the real new highlight of the upcoming new Olympus cameras is the sensor. All new upcoming PEN’s will use completely new sensors. I want to remind you that a very reliable source told me weeks ago that Olympus has designed their first sensor which will be produced by Panasonic. So if one plus one makes two than my speculation leads me to believe (or to hope) the Olympus E-P3 could be the very first camera using an own designed Olympus sensor. But that has not been confirmed by my sources yet!
By the way, Olympus has the necessary sensor technology knowledge because they are already using own designed sensors for medical products (See endoscopic stuff). And you can find many sensor patents fulfilled by Olympus (See the last one here at freepatentsonline).

The other news is that the E-P3 will use a dual processor. It will become the very first Oly camera having that. Usually this should be a sign that noise reduction, fps and video quality will be improved. The Panasonic GH2 and G3 for example already do feature a triple processor. UPDATE: The Olympus SZ-30 is already using a dual processor. It’s not a MFT camera as you knwo but it’s interesting to know that the camera can simultaneously capture full 16 Megapixel still photos and 1080p Full HD movies (Thanks Nomen Oblitum!).

P.S.: I have still no clue if the Olympus will have a built-in viewfinder a la rangefinder style or not. Some new sources do say yes, some say no. Sounds like Olympus isn’t sharing detail about that, making anyone guess based on Olympus staff reactions and smiles :)

Links to the:
Olympus SZ-30 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
See some rangefinder styled cameras on aBay (Click here)

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

June 1, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic G3 review at Digitialcamerareview!


The new Panasonic G3 have been tested at Digitalcamerareview (Click here). With 4.5/5 starts it has become an “Editor’s choice” camera: “With DSLRs being my camera of choice (and reading glasses now a way of life for close up work), I tend to appreciate viewfinders all the more. So it comes as no surprise that the G3 is my clear favorite mirrorless to date.”…”
AF performance beats a compact and rivals an entry level DSLR, even when working in dimmer conditions. Shutter lag subjectively seems a bit slow, but our stopwatch objectively says otherwise. High ISO noise performance leaves compacts in the dust and gets in the ballpark with the current generation DSLRs. Video performance is among the best I’ve seen in a still camera.

Those are the pros and cns of the camera according to the reviewer:

Pros
Small size and weight
Very good still images
Excellent video

Cons
Low battery life
Slow flash recycle
Entry-level DSLR price

Yes, looks like Panasonic has a real winner here!

Look for preorders by clicking those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay!

Via Noisycamera

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