Rumor correction: New GM1 has a “sort of” mechanical shutter.


A couple of days ago a trusted source told me that the new ultracompact Panasonic GM1 camera would have a new e-shutter without the mechanical shutter. The source always shared correct info in the past but this time it seems he got a partially incorrect info. Another source told me Panasonic has a new kind of shutter but I the info he got is that it’s still a hybrid electronic-mechanical shutter.  It’s a new kind of shutter developed by Panasonic not seen in any other cameras yet.

I hope more sources can share some feedback about it. For example I would like to know if the electronic shutter works completely without mechanical shutter too.

P.S.: Both sources told me the Panasonic GM1 is a surprising fascinating camera. Incredibly compact, but still very handy. They bet the camera will be very popular among the 43rumors community :)

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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


a little bit of everything…(SLR Magic anamorphic prototype video)


Light & Magic – SLR MAGIC ANAMORPHIC PROTOTYPE from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

The video on top has been taken by Andrew (EosHD) withe the SLR Magic anamorphic prototype. This prototype is still uncoated. The final version will have less crazy flares!

Test complet Panasonic Test Lumix X Vario 12-35 mm f/2,8 ASPH (Focus Numerique).
Comparison at 140mm (M43photo).
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 Camera Giveaway (ePhotozine).
Sony Alpha A3000 Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
Why I choose a Panasonic GH3 over an Olympus E-M1 (Soundimagesplus).
Official music video for Tricky shot on GH3.

Dino:I ended up writing a long term review of the Olympus 12-50 lens. With rumors and reviews coming out on the 12-40 and em-1, I wanted to give others perspective that you don’t need to spend a couple grand to take decent photos. If you feel inclined to share, I would greatly appreciate it:

Brian:you might like to include a new article I wrote a couple of days ago called “A Gripping Tale of Two OM-D E-M5 Grips”, which can be found at

Heather:I just wanted to share a blog post I came across this evening. It is written by Tracy of Ashfield Images Photography who won Damian McGillicuddy’s “Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush!” competition. She shares her experience at the Olympus launch of the E-M1, along with a few nice photos as well. I’m actually surprised this post didn’t make the rounds earlier!

Anonymous:The hotly contested expose to the right (ETTR) issue, noise, sensor size, pixel pitch, and where do all the tonal levels for the right side of the histogram go if ETTR is wrong, in one place. Scientific and sometimes a bit hard to follow unless you delve into the calculus, but backed up with photographic proof, unlike LL’s all text no proof assays. It also further answers the question why Olympus state higher ISO than what he sensor is actually using.

Atmtx:I was also lucky enough to get a pre production OM-D E-M1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 lens to test for a week. I’ve done a couple of posts and photo essays about it in case your readers will be interested.

Heather & Mat:Here is our latest article about the AF/C-AF of the E-M1 with 4/3s and Lumix lenses.



A good news: $200 mail in rebate on the E-M1 with 12-40mm lens kit!


GetOlympus just announced a great $200 Back via Mail-In Rebate when you purchase the M.12-40mm f2.8 lens with the new OM-D E-M1. Rebate details will be posted soon. And thee is a great news for everyone that has an E-M1 on preorder (or already got the camera):

That’s a very good news!!!

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.


Panasonic plans to step out from the low end compact camera business


The factory in Xiamen.

The Japanese site Asahi (via Digicameinfo) reports that Panasonic is seriously considering to completely step out from the low-end compact camera business. Panasonic’s Chinese factory in Xiamen that produces Panasonic’s compact cameras will be converted to produce cameras for other manufacturers too.

This is part of Panasonic’s strategy tofocus on the more advanced mirrorless camera market. New High End models are expected to be alunched in 2014.


Huge surprise from Sony: Makes an OMD alike FF camera!


NEX vs OMD design (ePhotozine).

Everyone here knows that Sony and Olympus are now close partners. And it looks like Sony is “borrowing” Olympus OMD design for their soon to be announced Full Frame E-mount cameras! These cameras will be announced in mid October and have the EVF in the middle. Sources said it’s very “OMD-alike”. There is no image of these cameras yet (there are two of them).

I was wondering what else the Sony-Olympus partnership will bring us in 2014….