XZ-10 compact luxury model from Olympus?

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Image on top: The current Olympus XZ-2

While the classic compact camera market is shrinking under the pressure of smartphones the high end compact camera remains an interesting market. And according to a Digicaminfo source Olympus will launch a new XZ-10 compact luxury model. Specs are unknown yet. The big question is about the sensor size. Will it use a “classic” small sensor? Will it use an 1 inch sensor like the Sony RX100 or even a larger Four Thirds sensor?

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E-M5 super deal: New(!) for 809 dollars!

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We know have a new low price record for the new(!) E-M5. You can grab it here:
Silver E-M5 body only for $809 at eBay US (Click here).
Black E-M5 body only for $809 at eBay US (Click here).
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens for $899 at eBay US (Click here).

notified via Slidoo.

As you may know there are is also a huge action where you save up to $550 on the E-M5 plus three MFT lenses at BHphoto (Click here). Full deal description on PDF (click here to download).

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Lumix Link update for the GH3 (and new GH3 work roundup).

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LINDA KREUZEN – ON A SHELF from Hugo Goudswaard shot with GH3 and SLR magic

GH3 APP update:
While 43rumors reader are still patiently waiting to receive their GH3 preorders Panasonic already updated the Lumix Link APP. And it has two new features for you current or future GH3 owners:
1) A manual focus function and video recording timer have been added to the Live View screen. Advanced recording settings such as aperture value, shutter speed and exposure compensation can be performed.
2) A function for automatically transmitting pictures recorded on the camera to your smartphone or tablet has been added.
You can download it here on iTunes or Google Play (Thanks Tim for providing the links)

GH3 work roundup:
On top you see an embedded video shot on the GH3 with the SLR Magic 35mm 1.4 and Kowa prominar 8Z Anamorphic lens (to find here on eBay).
Than you may watch the GH3 film mode test with a brief GH2 comparison made by Michael on Vimeo.
And also Outbackphoto posted the first short GH3 video on Vimeo.

GH3 in (or out) of Stock status:
USA readers are no under cheater attack! Knowing that it will take some time until the next GH3 will be in Stock I found one guy selling a used GH3 for $100 mroe than the new price at Amazon (Click here). I guess you will have to wait February to receive your preorder. You may save that search on Slidoo eBay to get notified when the GH3 will be in Stock on eBay US. More in Stock status check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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(UPDATED) Metabones Speed Booster adapter will be made for OM lenses too!

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Metabones created the buzz of the week when back on Monday they announced the new Speed Booster adapter. By narrow the image circle of FF or APS-C lenses they can increase the speed of a lens used on a MFT sensor. But they didn’t yet unveil what mounts will be supported. Our reader Knut (Thanks) was able to contact the Metabones manager and they confirmed to him that Metabones will do an OM to MFT Speed Booster adapter!

UPDATE_2: Here is the Metabones pdf file that explains how to do the math. An example, the 35mm f/2.0 OM lens on the Speed Booster becomes a 25mm f/1.4 lens.

And as you know there are a huge amount of OM lenses we can use! This is just the list of the prime lenses…Click on the link to check the price and auctions on eBay: 21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens, 24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens, 28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens, 35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens, 40mm f/2.0 lens, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens, 55mm f/3.5 macro lens, 85mm f/2.0 lens, 90mm f/2.0 macro lens, 100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens, 135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens, 180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens, 200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens, 250mm f/2.0 lens, 300mm f/4.5 lens, 350mm f/2.8 lens,, 400mm f/6.4 lens, 500mm f/8.0 lens, 600mm f/6.6 lens, 1000mm f/11 lens.

 

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