April 3, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Panasonic GF5 pictures!

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Gadgets.ndtv (Click here) posted a new set of the ready to be announced Panasonic GF5 camera. And here the specs:

Resolution: 12 Megapixels
Sensor: micro four thirds
ISO: 160-6400 (expandable to 12800)
Burst Speed: 4fps
Video: AVCHD/MP4 (FullHD)
Microphone: Stereo
LCD: 3-inch TFT LCD (921K Dot)
Ports: TV/Digital Out and Mini HDMI

As you know that camera is going to be announced on Thursday April 5th! Be sure to be online at 43rumors as I will follow live the announcement and keep you up to date with all latest news and reviews. I am still not sure yet but I guess the camera will be announced at 6-7am London time.

Automatic message to Panasonic: Make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1…make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1…make a Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 :)

Click on the pictures below to enlarge the image:

Via Photorumors

April 3, 2012
Posted in deals

Sigma 19mm preorder started. Fuji X PRO 1 hits stores. GH2 with lens for $749


The second Sigma lens is now available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here). There aren’t official review about that lens yet. I found an image of the lens on the GF3 at Flickr (Click here) and some image samples at Laoburi (Click here). But that’s it.

Maybe soon we can talk about a great Olympus-Fuji partnership. Meanwhile the X PRO 1 got in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and is already the most sold camera of the moment (Click here to see the ranking).

Reminder: GX1 and GH2 price drops:
GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens is now in Stock for $749 at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
GX1 body only is now priced at $649 at Adorama (Click here) and $661 at Amazon (Click here).
3) The GX1 body with 14-42mm kit lens is now priced at $699 at Adorama (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

April 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

New E-M5 asian sound noise test and NEX-7 and GX1 comparison.

Click on the image to see the full size version!

Some E-M5 news are coming from Asia today! As you can see here on top Dslr-check (Click here) posted a E-M5 vs NEX-7 vs GX1 vs E-PM1 Jpeg comparison (all pics at ISO 400 and f/4 with zoom kit lens). I leave any judgment to you :)

A Japanese friend of mine that got the E-M5 did some testing to find out more about the so called “IS sound noise”. Here are his findings:
1) The noise is here, but you hear it only when you are closed in a complete noiseless room. In normal situation you don’t hear it at all.
2) The noise almost goes away when you switch to movie mode. That’s good news as this will avoid any “contamination” while recording video.
3) My sources told me the noise is related to the 5 axis system but even if you switch off the IS system the noise remains there.

Overall all I can say is that I understand customers reaction when hearing that noise for the first time. It’s something a bit…annoying! But it looks like this is a NON-issue when shooting videos or photos in real world conditions. I hope to get my hands on the E-M5 soon. Want to check that for myself!

One more news: As you know Asian stores like Amazon Japan and Digitalrev are already shipping the cameras. So guess who are the next lucky guys getting the E-M5? USA?….nope…Germany?…nope… it is Canada! Henrys just informed some of our 43rumors early pre ordered that the E-M5 will ship to their houses next week! Lucky guys!

(Pre)orders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Today Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 11/13/15 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 4/10 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 20 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 7/10 (Click here).

 

April 3, 2012
Posted in news

Official: Sony, Fujifilm and other companies ready for partnership with Olympus!

Two great cameras side by side. The Olympus E-M5 and the now in Stock Fuji X PRO 1.

Our reader Berend just sent us the link to the well known German magazine Der Spiegel (Click here). The new Olympus president Hiroyuki Sasa officially reported that he has more than three partnerships offers on his table including Sony, Fujifilm and Terumo! After months of rumors and speculations it is official that two giants like Sony and Fujifilm want to work with Olympus. I know from a poll I posted here months ago that you would prefer a Fuji partnership instead of a Sony. And honestly, I also think so!

I know Fuji is more interested in the medical business but I hope there will be a great partnership in the digital camera business too! Fuji could share his sensor technology with Olympus…that would be great! A Fuji X PRO 1 in m43 version :)

By the way, for those of you interested in the X PRO 1. it’s now in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and in UK at Jessops (Click here). grwta camera, but with many quirks and flaws (see autofocus for example).

April 3, 2012
Posted in news

(UPDATED) POLL: Vote your future Micro Four Thirds wish list.

UPDATE: This is the final call! Vote now if you haven’t done it yet. I will close the poll tomorrow!

It’s now time to send a message in the bottle for Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Samyang and Voigtländer. Here is a wish list of lenses from our readers. Before to vote please read the following text:

1) The poll contains a filtered list of lenses suggested by 43rumors readers (Click here to read all your suggestions). Please be aware that I had to pickup a selection from your suggestion. Every reader wants slightly different versions from the same focal length and I counted over 1.000 different lens options :)

2) This is not a scientific poll. The goal is to get a very general idea about the lenses 43rumors readers would love to see. If you don’t find your suggested or preferred lens please choose the lens that is as close as it gets to what you need.

3) Be sincere and realistic. Some of the lenses will be very expensive. Don’t vote them if you like them but can’t afford to buy them.

4) You can select a maximum of ten lenses. After sending your vote you will see a percentage number close to every lens option. A number like 14% for example means that 14% of all single voters choose that lens. Be aware that the sum of all single percentages is well over 100% because every voter can chose up to ten lenses!

Now let’s start!

Select a maximum of ten lenses:

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P.S.: Thanks to all readers for your lens suggestions!

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