August 17, 2011
Posted in news

New Panasonic GH2 hack updated!


Vitaly Kiselev just updated the Ptool to version 3.62d. You can read more about that version at Personal-view (Click here). It pushed the GH2 bitrates to >100Mbps!
Those are the chnages from the previous version (written by Vitaly):
– Improved bitrate patches
– Improved GOP patches.
– Improved MJPEG size patches.
– Added quantizer patches.
– Added few other encoder related patches.
– Few fixes, including 24L behaviour.

US deal Reminder: There is a $55 price drop on the GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens on Amazon (Click here). Other price and kits check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

The next big feature. Panasonic and Olympus working on Global Shutter!

The global shutter circuitry patented by Olympus (found via Egami)

A couple of days ago I told you via trusted sources that Panasonic has the plan to introduce the “global shutter” with the next GH3 camera. And not only Panasonic is working on it! Egami spotted an Olympus patent describing the noise reduction process on a sensor with global shutter. Global shutters can remove the typical effects from current sensors using the rolling shutter like exhibit smearing,skew, wobble, and partial exposure. Wikipedia explains it better: “Rolling shutter (also known as line scan) is a method of image acquisition in which each frame is recorded not from a snapshot of a single point in time, but rather by scanning across the frame either vertically or horizontally. In other words, not all parts of the image are recorded at exactly the same time, even though the whole frame is displayed at the same time during playback. This is in contrast with global shutter in which the entire frame is exposed for the same time window.”

According to Egami the Olympus global shutter sensor will also allow to have much sharper images (you can see an image comparison on their website).

More info about global shutters:

August 17, 2011
Posted in news

New Panasonic GF2 housing from Nauticam (and more waterhousing news)

This is a post for all our scuba readers 😉

The image on top shows the new waterhousing for the GF2 from Nauticam.

Divephotoguide posted an Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus E-050 Housing Review: “There are systems out there that can do more, as far as lens versatility, housing robustness, and strobe connectivity; but for the price, the Olympus XZ-1 and housing is tough to beat.

Report about the tenth annual Digital Shootout at TheDigitalShootout.

You can see a few images of the Marine diving fair in Tokyo at DC.Watch.

A picture of the underwater housing with led light for new e-pl3 (TvSmith).


August 16, 2011
Posted in news

43rumors readers work summary (what do you like most?)

Here is a new list of work done by our 43rumors readers using m43 cameras/lenses. Enjoy!

1) Konstantin (author of the video on top):I’m one of your followers –  a student filmmaker with a GH2. Here a link to my upcoming documentary project shot 100% with that camera

2) Openpn: “Here is a tumblr we’ve opened and where we are posting every day (until the end of August) one ore more pictures taken with a brand new E-P3 and M. Zuiko 12/2.0! (update every day at 19:59 Paris) :

3) Nicolas:A photo reportage on Uruguay celebrations after winning the Copa America football championship, probably the most popular sports tournament in South America, and one of the most watched TV events in the world. In the aftermath of the final victory, thousands of Montevideans flooded downtown streets in an spontaneous celebration that lasted for several hours:

4) Christoph:Before I shamelessly promote myself, here is a great photographer using the E-5: I really love his colour landscape photography! My shots have mostly been taken in Japan, Australia and Afrika (with some from Germany), using E-620, E-5 and E-PL1. I do nature and culture photography with some landscape work:

5) Mark: “I have a photo blog of images that are almost all taken with Panasonic 4/3rd’s cameras. I try to post a couple of new photos every week.

6) Ashley:Saw you posted work done by other readers with m4/3 gear, specifically the GH2.  I’m a cinematographer outside of Austin, Texas and we almost exclusively use the Panasonic GH2 for our production needs.  Here’s an example of one such video shot on the GH2 for the John Newcombe Tennis Academy…

7) Franco:Almost all photos were made with Olympus E-620, E-450, E-510 and E-410.

8) Mikko:A bit of shameless self-promotion, but as there were other people on A list of work done by our readers (using m43 gear!) doing the same I thought “what the heck”.
So. I’ve been shooting a GF1+20mm f1.7-combo exclusively since last november. Pics and words (in Finnish, sorry) at

9) Dave:shot my first wedding on an e620, e510 and ep1 in may: an animoto slideshow can be seen at

10) Jim:I wanted to let you know about my series of night photos ‘Crystal Silence’ that I am shooting with a GH2. To make these images I wander the quiet night, observing what light and shadow simultaneously reveal and conceal.  I have posted Crystal Silence on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter in order to raise the necessary funds to slowly drive across the United States to finish shooting this project.  I’d greatly appreciated you letting your readers know about my project. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing and the deadline is coming up only one week from today! Crystal Silence on Kickstarter can be found here:

11) Reality Scanner: “Olympus E-P3 with many “Dramatic Effects”:

12) Adam:If you ever want to show some additional micro 43s work by your users feel free to post my flickr photostream: I really only started to take an interest in photography since I got my E-PL1 and I’ve been working to improve my work over the past year and half.  Really happy with the little camera, it’s been a fun new hobby for me.

13) Daniel:I have a blog where I only post pictures taken with Olympus E-P2 and various lenses (that are tagged so you can see what lens I have used). You can at least take a look if you have some spare-time…

14) Acahaya: “I took some C-AF sample shots of the Munich Eisbach Surfers with the E-P3 and kit lens/12mm. The link to the Flickr set is The set description contains info about lication, settings and my conclusion.”

15) Giovanni: I don’t know if you already know “Strap photos”, a collective that shots only with the PEN line of Olympus cameras. Here is their photoblog.


Editor’s note: Feel free to comment those works. Which one did you like most? And If you find nice work done with m43 stuff feel free to send me the links! Keep in midn that it might takes days or weeks before I do post them here on 43rumors! So please be patient! Thanks!

August 16, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) GF7 announcement in December/January only. 45-175mm coming soon.

A phantasy GF7 camera designed by Blog-Livedoor (based on the L1 design)

According to our sources the GF7 announcement has been delayed at least until December (and could be also delayed to very early 2012). Sounds like Panasonic wants to present the camera at the PMA show in Las Vegas (January 8). We are not sure about the reason for the delay. The same sources do confirm that Panasonic will announce the new 45-175mm Micro Four Thirds lens by end of August/early September.

Reminder: The GF7 will be an advanced GF model with plenty of manual controls. The 45-175mm will be an ultra compact and cheap lens.

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