March 28, 2012
Posted in news, Rumors

GF3 gets hacked! And now in Stock for $439 with X pancake zoom!

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There is really no need to wait for the upcoming new GF5. Our star hacker Vitaly just announced the new PTool v3.65d (Click here). And for the first time you can hack your GF3 and that tiny thing has the same GH2 hack features except 24p recording!!! Yeah, you read it right…it becomes a shrinked GH2 -> UPDATE: I am referring to the features added via hack, not the inherit ands still for the GH2 only features like crop mod and so on!).

Oh and that little beats now costs less than a high end compact camera. You can get it for $359 only at Amazon (Click here to grab one). But the most super deal ever is the GF3 + tiny 14-42mm X pancake zoom that is now in Stock for $439 on eBay US (Click here to check that superdeal!).

And the hacking party is not going to end here. Vitaly is promising that “something big” is coming soon. What could it be?

Now three cameras are hackable and here are the instructions:
GH1-hack.info
GH2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 28, 2012
Posted in news

First two E-M5 on eBay, new underwater housing and new review.


The E-M5 is now on eBay Hong Kong.

The new Olympus E-M5 is supposed to hit the stores in Japan in three days at Amazon Japan. But the first two cameras can be already bought on eBay Hong Kong (Click here, with international shipping). If you are not from Hong Kong please be aware that you have to pay import taxes. The Chinese website PChome (Click here for the translation) unpacked and reviewed the E-M5. As usual the google translation tool makes reading very painful but you can also look on the pictures only.


Olympus Japan announced that the new PT-EP08 underwater housing for the Olympus E-M5 will be on sale at the end of July in Japan for ¥112,350 ($1,360). There is also a new waterproof lens port (¥38,000 or $460) and also a port adapter for Four Thirds lenses (¥17,000 or $206). The maximum depth you can reach with the housing is 45 meter (Source: Olympus Japan / Via: The Verge).

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

March 28, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) GF5 announcement on April 5th? G5 will arrive later.


Our friends over at Digicaminfo (Click here) do report that the GF5 will be announced in Japan on April 5 and start shipping on April 26. There will be four different colors. ON the other side the new G5 will not be announced the same day of the GF5. It will arrive later (very likely in May).

As usual please be aware that this is a rumor from an external source. I will soon give you info from my sources. One thing is sure, there is a lot of new stuff coming from Panasonic! If you have some info about the upcoming announcement and you want to share them sue the contact form on the right sidebar. You can avoid to send me your name and email address. Just send the message anonymously…Thanks!

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My two cent. If you need a GF camera you may go for the current GF2 and GF3 cameras. There are many deals in many countries on the two cameras. Plus the GF2 is hackable and the GF3 will be hackable soon!
Panasonic GF3 search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF2 search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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

March 27, 2012
Posted in reviews

First Ownuser GH2 battery grip hands-on video

Under the category crazy Asian m43 stuff we can find that new Ownuser GH2 battery grip. The video on top shows a first hands-on. The battery grip can be purchased at http://www.ownuser.com.tw/e_paypal_panasonic.html. They already sell battery grips for other Panasonic and Olympus m43 and 43 cameras on eBay (Click here to see all Ownuser auctions).

And here is another exotic news: At DC.watch (Click here) you can see some Olympus E-Pm1 with Leica Elmar 35mm f/3.5 lens review. That lens is so tiny! You can find a few lenses for $400 on eBay (Click here).

March 27, 2012
Posted in news

Olympus E-M5 preorders higher than ever (says Olympus)

Amy Davies from Techradar (Click here) had a chat with Mark Thackara (Olympus UK marketing manager). Mark said that: “Pre-orders are the highest we’ve ever had, it’s a lot higher than the [PEN] E-P1, and even the biggest pre-order level for many years, which I think shows how people are responding to the camera.

Also my sources told me that there is a chance this will very likely become the most sold digital Olympus system camera ever. That’s not bad for a company we all thought would be close to dead three years ago only. It one more time proves that making right products can pay off. The bad news for us is that today a source told me that most of our readers will have to be patient to get their E-M5. Production is fully ongoing but cannot expect the high demand.

P.S.: Pekka Potka (Click here) posted a E-M5 stabilization and continuous auto-focusing test. Olympus Europe posted that Live Bulb Function in Action video on youtube (Click here). For US readers, here is the E-M5 free accessory deal info: http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/rebates/e-m5_accessory_mir_form.pdf.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:

USA: E-M5 on position 7/8/15/18 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 9 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is too expensive and not on top (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 5/7/8 (Click here).

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