July 8, 2011
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Here is the future? The Lumixphone!

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As you know the most used camera on Flickr is the iPhone…Compact Cameras are dead and long live the Phone Cameras! That’s the revilution that is going on the mass market. And that’s why Panasonic is pushing their new Lumix Phone. Today they annoucned the new Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C you can see here: Panasonic Japan. It has 3.3-inch LCD, 13.2MP sensor with full HD video recording, it is the world’s first phone with optical “anti-shake” (something we would love to see in m43 Panasonic cameras!) and DLNA support.

Link to the official press release: Panasonic.co.jp.

Via Noisycamera

July 7, 2011
Posted in reviews

E-P3 autofocus is faster than the Nikon D3X autofocus!


Pekka Potka (Click here) tested the autofocus speed of the new Olympus E-P3. First he compared it with he older Olympus E-P2 using four different lenses. The E-P3 is around 40% faster than the E-P2! But the real surprise is that the new E-P3 is even faster than the 10 times more expensive Nikon D3X!!! Can’t wait to see what the next Pro PEN can do ;)
By the way the new E-P3 manual is online (Click here to download the pdf). One more test: Olympus E-P3 with 45mm f/1.8 versus Leica 25mm f/1.4 at Reddotphoto.

Check those direct search links to see if your preferred shop has the E-P3 available for preorder: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 7, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Akira Watanabe talks again about the 4/3 future…


Our friend Victor Pisarev sent us a link to Onfoto.ru. They talked with Mr. Akira Watanabe about the Four Thirds system (google translation from russian to english):  “There is nothing sensational out of that battlefront: yes, DSLR system is also important for us, we honour and remember users of our 4/3 optics. We have E-5 in our product line for them. It is possible that we return to active development but now I cannot say something audible. Current situation is so that we have to provide stability and survival, and that is what PEN system is dedicated to. By the way, their sales are good. We tried to adapt “big” optics to micro system but there are fundamental troubles: phase detection system is made to calculate needed focusing shift and to shift lenses to proper place at once but contrast detection system uses iteration fidgets by its nature. We cannot to join them right, so in fact we have capitulated. Approximately in this way. Watanabe also said me that many leading managers and bosses use E-5 personally so understand anxiety of simple users very well.

P.S.: Links to the Olympus E-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 7, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF3 tested at PhotographyBlog! (+new E-P3/G3 images)


Photographyblog (Click here) posted the new GF3 review: “We do have a few more concerns about the GF3 than the GF2 though, most notably the lack of an external viewfinder, flash hotshoe, stereo sound and fewer external controls, but the majority of the GF3’s target audience will probably never notice their absence, while the speedy auto-focus may tempt more advanced users looking for a small and inconspicuous system.”

Just my two cent, if the target audience of the GF3 is an attempt to woo compact camera owners than the problem of the camera are not the lack of some GF1 features, but the price! It’s to high to appeal the compact camera mass typology. Don’t you think so?
Check the price and availability of the GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S: Dpreview updated the Olympus E-P3 samples gallery with images with revised settings. Outbackphoto posted a set of G3 image samples.

July 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix G3!

ePhotozine compared the two newest m43 cameras, the G3 versus the E-P3: “Overall the Olympus PEN E-P3 gives warmer results, while the Panasonic Lumix G3 gives cooler, but also more neutral images. The G3 shows less noise, but also seems to show less detail than the E-P3, which is surprising considering the higher resolution 16 megapixel sensor in the Panasonic, you would expect to see more noise, but ideally more detail as well. The Olympus PEN E-P3 shows more detail in highlights and in shadow areas which means you should get better dynamic range in your photos.

On their website you can see many image comparisons. Now the big question is:

What camera do you prefer?

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The G3 is now slowly beeing delivered to worldwide stores. Check those direct search links to see the status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. And those are the E-P3 preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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