(FT4) new Blackmagic camera with full electronic support coming 2013?

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I got multiple mails from different sources saying that Black Magic is working on a new version of their Micro Four Thirds mount camera. Unlike the current model (available here on BHphoto) this one will have “active m43 mount” which means it supports electronic contacts for zoom, aperture and focus control. It will also have phantom XLR, larger capacity battery and an external battery mount. And that’s not all! There will be an improved RAW coded and a slightly different design.

The camera should be announced in early 2013!

Editor’s note: This is a rumor based on “non-facts”. There is no official news from Blackmagic. So go for the actual Blackmagic M43 model if you want it. Don’t base your shopping intention based on rumors. If the current model is good enough for you buy it. If you absolutely need to have electronic contacts and support than wait and let’s hope the rumor turns out to be true!

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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

 

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New GH3 video samples! E-M5 for 839 in Europe.

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Panasonic GH3 Video, MOV, 25fps, 72Mbps ALL-I from photographyblog on Vimeo.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a set of videos on his website. One of them I embedded here on top of this post.

Techradar also posted a first preview of the GH3 and writes: “With all this goodness stuffed into a weatherproofed body that’s still smaller and lighter than most pro-level SLRs, Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs, through we’re sparing our full verdict till the final review.

The GH3 preorder links at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Technikdirekt DE and Digit-photo FR.

For Eu readers: The E-M5 sells for 839 Euro in France. You can have it in Black (Click here) or in Silver (Click here).

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First Olympus 15mm f/8.0 image samples!

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Image courtesy Pekka Potka.

Finally you can see plenty of image samples taken with the strangest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses…the Olympus body cap lens.

Pekka Potka just posted the first B&W pictures of his dog and writes: “Aperture f/8 is far too dim to be usable (without flash) casually in a traditional P&S style whenever, if you expect normally sharp images. You really have to set your eye and mind to f/8 and work with the consequensies of it, namely blur.

Also Peter Norman (via mu43) posted a set of image samples on Flickr. This time in color!

Lens preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).

 

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Save up to $200 on Panasonic lenses!

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Panasonic keeps launching one deal one after another (at least in USA). You can now save up to $200 on camera+lens at Amazon (Click here to check the deal page). Here is the detailed deal list. Just click on the camera name link to check it out:

Keep in mind that there are two more deals to watch out:
$80 Visa Gift Card on Olympus camera purchase at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions).
And the 2% back in Rewards again at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions).

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New Panasonic GH3 image samples!

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Panasonic is now sending the GH3 cameras to bloggers for testing (not with me of course..LOL). Within the last 24 hours FourThirdsUser (Click here), Pocket Lint (Click here), Photographyblog (Click here) and ePhotozine (Click here) posted new GH3 image samples. There are no RAW files available yet. As I said before I suspect the GH3 quality is more or less on par with the E-M5. Same sensor I guess…

The GH3 preorder links at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Technikdirekt DE and Digit-photo FR.

For EU readers: The less than 300 Euro camera deals:
White Olympus E-P1 body for 184 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 body for 199 Euro on eBay Spain Black Panasonic GF3 body for 199 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-P1 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Olympus E-PL3 body for 259 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens for 279 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Panasonic GF2 with kit lens for 284 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens for 285 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens for 287 Euro on eBay Germany

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