News: GH3 firmware coming soon. And Olympus manager facing five years in prison.

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The new improvements list expected with the GH3 firmware update

Let me catch up with two news:

1) Very very very soon Panasonic will announce the new GH3 firmware update. I am curious to see if focus peaking will be one of the new features!

2) ThePhoBlographer reports that “Olympus’s former head, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, is facing five years in prison due to manipulating account balances and we should expect a final hearing within a couple of weeks. He has already pleaded guilty to the crimes. Kikukawa won’t be alone in prison though–other managers also pleaded guilty but they won’t be getting as harsh a sentence.” P.S.: Woodford is now selling his book about the Olympus scandal on Amazon (Click here).

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E-M5 with 14-42mm lens and Kingston SD card for $900.

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Not only in Europe but also in US you can find some new great E-M5 deals. Peter (Thanks!) sent me the link to an E-M5 with 14-42mm lens and free SD card for $900 on eBay US (Click here).

More US deals:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $985 via Panacam on Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic G5 with kit lens for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic GX1 with X kit lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). And in Black on eBay (Click here).
Panasonic GF5 with X kit lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).

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Patent: Is that the ultimative Olympus FT and MFT hybrid solution?

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It’s no secret that Olympus is seeking a way to merge their two Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds system in one. And the United States Patent US8390727 filed back in June 2010 by Olympus may show us how they intend to achieve that goal. Basically the optical viewfinder part showed on Figure Number 1 (see image on top) includes the Prisma and Mirror. It can be attached and detached from the original Mirrorless body shown on Figure 2.

Combined the camera looks like that:

Of course, patents are no proof that this may become real. But it shows that Olympus is seeking for a solution and I cant wait until they will announce their new High End Camera by end of this year. Will they finally solve that tricky situation?

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200 Euro price drop on the E-M5 in Germany. Still some time to go to see the new OMD.

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I guess these are now the new official prices in Germany:
The body only is priced at 907 Euro at Technikdirekt (Click here).
The Body + 12-50mm lens is priced at 1,100 Euro at Technikdirekt (Click here).

And in France you can even get it cheaper(!) at Amazon France (Click here). All that doesn’t absolutely mean that there is a replacement coming soon. The E-m5 was announced 14 months ago and it’s normal to see some price drop now. You will have to wait til end 2013 to see the new OMD camera in Stock :)

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