Next good news: Also Panasonic slowly recovers from their years of financial crisis.

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After Olympus also Panasonic (Source: Bloomberg) reports  more positive financial situation after years of losses:

The company doubled its profit forecast in October to 100 billion yen ($958 million) in the 12 months ending March 2014 as it benefits from an almost 17 percent weakening in the yen against the dollar this year and boosts car battery sales.

The camera business is a small part from the company. And as we read from previous forecasts reports Panasonic plans to focus more on the high-end camera business. Therefore the GH 4K :)

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Double Olympus 12-40mm lens review.

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Lenstip (Click here) tested the lens and writes:

The Panasonic G X VARIO 12–35 mm f/2.8 ASPH. P.O.I.S set the standards pretty high in this category but the Olympus company managed to meet them without any problem. First of all they produced a bit cheaper lens with a wider focal range. When it comes to the image sharpness the Panasonic is a bit more even but the Olympus provide a tad more lpmm at the maximum relative aperture. Apart from that you get slightly lower distortion and chromatic aberration, noticeably lower vignetting and distinctly better performance against bright light. The Panasonic, for a change, corrects the coma better and its off-focus images look nicer; it is also physically lighter and smaller, despite built-in image stabilization, and it is produced in Japan.

Focus Numerique (google translation here):

The sharpness is overall pretty good and homogeneous (even at f / 2.8) especially at wider focal lengths. Strangely 40mm sharpness at full aperture drops significantly vis-à-vis other focal lengths. Everything returns to normal as soon f / 4.

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GH3 price drops to $848.

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The Panasonic GH3 price dropped down to $848 via Uniquephoto (Click here). As I told you in these days we can be pretty sure there will be a new GH 4K camera within the next couple of months. But it will NOT replace the GH3. The new GH will be more expensive! So if you want the GH3 grab it. Do not wait for the 4K Gh unless you really need the 4k and you have the money for it:)

 

P.S.: No real surprise: E-M1 still selling well even after Christmas time according to Amazon US mirrorless ranking (list here).

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(FT5) New OMD E-M10 name gets registered in Indonesia. Announcement in January!

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So, the rumors I posted the last weeks were correct and Olympus will announce the new E-M5 successor in January. The proof comes via the Indonesian agency that approves wifi capable devices before their launch on the market (ePostel). It registered the name OMD-10 for the new Olympus!

The new OMD will replace the E-M5 although the E-M5 production will not be stopped. The camera is that popular that Olympus will keep selling them for a longer time. The new E-M10 has the same E-M5 sensor but it has the new E-M1 Imaging processor. Also Autofocus and IBIS have been improved (like the E-M1).

As usual stay tuned on 43rumors because there is an exciting rumor time ahead of us!!!

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