GX7 test at DxOmark and CameraLabs

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DxOmark (Click here) posted the full GX7 sensor test. And the big question is…will it beat the E-M5 sensor? The answer is…it’s pretty much on par (70 point vs E-m5 71 points). This is DxO’s conclusion:

The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is certainly a compelling model. Not only does it now feature in-body stabilization (that’s compatible with any lens fitted) but it also silences critics of the original GX1 over the lack of an EVF. Couple that with the competitive performance of the new 16-Mpix L-MOS sensor and you have a camera that’s classy, refined and very capable.

But you know, DxO has his own rules for judging the sensor quality. You don’t have to take them as a given absolute truth :)

So you may watch over at our friend Gordon from CameraLabs (Click here). He also posted a full GX7 test:

I certainly can’t say (as others have) that this is the best mirrorless camera, the best Micro Four Thirds camera or even the best Lumix G camera. There’s both pros and cons here so it really boils down to which features are a priority for you personally. It could be the aspects that annoyed me may be non-issues for you in which case it’s a great choice.

The greatest GX7 news of the week is that finally our US readers can get it in Black too at BHphoto (Click here). About time!

GX7 store links:
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK , Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, WexUK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 body at BHphoto, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.

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(FT5) First images of the new GM1 with 12-32mm lens

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Digicameinfo got his hands on the first Panasonic GM1 camera and 12-32mm lens images. Both will be announced on Thursday at around 5-6am London time. Price of the camera+lens kit is 699 Euro! The lens has an f/3.5-5.6 aperture. It reminds me the Fuji XF1 and I have to say it’s a damn good-looking camera!

This is a high quality camera, the GM1 has the GX7 sensor, a magnesium alloy and the lens is all metal! Yep, let’s get rid of all that plastic stuff :)

So here is the question:

Do you like the new GM1?

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(FT5) GM1 with 12-32mm lens to cost around $600-700

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I just got a price in an Asian currency. Translated in Dollars and Euro the Panasonic GM1 with 12-32mm lens will cost around 600-700 Dollars/Euro. This is a very good price if you consider that the GM1 features the same GX7 sensor, has an LF1 size (smallest MFT camera ever), the 12-32mm is the highest quality standard zoom of all mirrorless systems and at the same time the smallest too. Oh forgot, and it’s a very well built camera!

The Gm1 with 12-32mm is the first mirrorless interchangeable camera with zoom lens that really fits in your pocket! The camera is made to compete against the high end compacts like the Sony RX100MII which do cost $50-150 more than the Gm1 kit.


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New Ultralight Panohead for panorama photography

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Panorama photography lovers can get a new tool at Tomshot360.com (Click here). Here is the press text:

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TOM SHOT 360 releases the new Ultralight Panohead for panorama photography, for taking spherical panorama photos in as few as 4 to 6 shots.

The new design stays true to its goal to provide a portable solution for mirrorless cameras. At 110g and 128mm high, it is easily one of the most lightweight and compact panoheads available, compared to other heads that are geared towards large DSLR cameras.

The new design has a click stop rotator, a 6082-T6 aluminum base, stainless steel detent disk with 12 or 24 clicks, and the most distinguishing feature, a 3D printed polyamide nylon upper ring. Additional features include a friction lock and bubble level.

Currently there are models available to fit the following lenses, with plans to expand the list in the future:
Samyang 8mm f2.8 Fisheye Lens (Sony NEX E-mount, Samsung NX, Fuji X)
Samyang 7.5mm MFT Fisheye Lens (Micro 4/3, Sony NEX E-mount – adapter required)
Yasuhara Madoka 180 Fisheye Lens (for Sony NEX E-mount)
The Samyang 7.5mm MFT Fisheye Lens is compatible with Micro 4/3 cameras.

Made in and ships from Germany
http://www.tomshot360.com

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Amazon US now ships the E-M1 preorders (and a 5% coupon code deal)

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43rumors readers got notified by Amazon US that their E-m1 preorder shipped today. And the shipment info at Amazon US now changed to 2-4 weeks (Click here). And if you plan to make some purchases at Adorama grab one of the 100 $5 saving codes available now at Dealsrunner.com (UDPATE: Deal now over).

Preorder Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

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