GF3 with X kit for $379.

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Panasonic may don’t know yet how to define the new G camera roadmap but at that price even the current G cameras are a hot deal. Today you have the chance to grab the GF3 with X zoom for $379 at BuyDig (Click here).

As I told you before the new GF camera should be announced in Spring and not be that much different from the current GF5. Small improvements on sensor and autofocus is what we can expect. But it will also be much more expensive than the current GF3-5 cameras.

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Olympus deals reminder:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

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What is needed to redefine the Panasonic G series?

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As you have read Panasonic is considering to make some serious changes in the future of the G camera series. Now I would like to you to come up with your suggestions for the future Panasonic camera and lens strategy. I just make some example of what could be done:

– GX series should have an integrated viewfinder…
– Launch a larger FF sensor system with new FF lenses that are compatible on MFT cameras too
– Get rid (or simplify) the G, GF, GH, GX definitions.
– Make entry level GH and high level GH cameras.
– Create fully and fast-af electronic adapters for Nikon and Canon lenses to allow Canon-Nikon pros to easily switch over to G cameras.
– Offer cameras with hybrid OVF and EVF viewfinders.
– Tighten the partnership with Leica and create a real Leica-Panasonic camera with a few real Leica lenses
– Follow Fuji’s route and create a “old style” designed camera.
– Create a pro service and network of pro photographers to advertise it.
– Focus effort on a partnership with Sigma to further develop the Foveon sensor

These are just examples. But please let me know your key strategy points and I will put the on vote in a poll I am going to post in a few days. Thanks!

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Panasonic Interview at Dpreview.

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Panasonic Mangers Michiharu Uematsu and Yoshiyuki Inoue have been interviewed by the DPreview team (Click here). Here are some interesting points:

1) It is not possible to add Focus Peaking and Zebra Pattern on the GH3: “We haven’t been able to offer it – because of the limits of resources and of the Venus Engine processor.

2) And Panasonic also admits that they are rethinking the whole G product strategy. Something I suspected after the “non-GX2 release” in late 2012: “We are considering the next GX, that’s all I can say. It’s been better received than the GF series in European countries. Our first thought was that the people who would want our cameras were step-up users from compact cameras. Outside of Japan this hasn’t been true and some high-end amateurs have accepted the cameras.

3) About the future compact camera strategy: “Maybe we should have a premium model, maybe with  bigger sensor. However, that takes engineering resources and you have to worry about price and the extra quality it will offer people – if we can sell 100,000 or 200,000, we will make it

4) And than some very honest words about marketing: “We have to consider how to market image quality. Other people can say “we have a bigger sensor,” but a combination of a not-so-big sensor and a brighter lens can be maybe better, but you have to explain F-number – it’s very difficult.‘”

Yep, we know it…it’s hard to make people understand that sensor size is just one of the many factors that do matter for image quality. I believe that usability and well thought features are now more important than a tiny difference in image quality. But as a filmmaker and photographer I can say that even most of my so called (pro) colleagues do not really understand this. And they keep wondering when tey see me using the Olympus E-P1 with a Nokton 25mm lens!

 

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(UPDATED) GF3 kit for $279. Panasonic GH3 now in Stock at Adorama.

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A limited quantity of GH3 cameras is right now in Stock at Adorama (Click here). UPDATE: The GF3 with kit lens is in Stock for $279 at BuyDig (Click here)!

Adorama also has a G5 bundle where you get a free $100 Adorama Gift Card (Click here).

And some may have missed this: Olympus launched four new rebate programs you can see at Amazon (Click here). Here is the list:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

More Panasonic and Sigma MFT deals:
GF5 with X zoom for $349 at Amazon (Click here). GX1 body for $300 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 19mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 30mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here).

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Panasonic announces the new “Micro Color Splitters” Sensor.

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Panasonic (Click here) just announced a new sensor Technology for Highly Sensitive Image Sensors Using Micro Color Splitters. That new technique allows to “approximately double the color sensitivity in comparison with conventional sensors that use color filters.“. The trick to achieve that is the complete removal of the color filters that “usually block 50 – 70% of the incoming light before it even reaches the sensor“. Full description of the tech cna be read here: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2013/02/en130204-6/en130204-6.html

I hope that’s the reason why Panasonic dind’t unveil the GX1 successor last year :)

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