New GX7 firmware update (version 1.1). And new review by Digitalversus.

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Panasonic (Click here) just issued a new firmware update for the Panasonic GX7. It fix an issues with the power stability that provoces the camera to shut down. FW download:
Windows: https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/support/en/dsc/fts/win/GX7__V11.exe
Mac: https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/support/en/dsc/fts/mac/GX7__V11.zip

New GX7 review:
Digitalversus (Click here) posted the full GX7 review and writes:

Thanks to the sensor’s two-axis stabilisation system, its built-in viewfinder, and handling similar to a little rangefinder, it’s the ideal candidate for users looking to shoot with lenses other than those from Panasonic’s Lumix range.

GX7 preorder list (Click on store name to open the GX7 price, specs and preorder page):
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK , Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, WexUK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.

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New E-M1 tests (Luminous Landscape and more).

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You can now have some fun with the Four Thirds Matching simulation to see how the new E-M1 looks paired with a MFT or FT lens. The image on tops shows the camera with the massive 35-100mm f/2.0 (here on eBay).

And now back to E-M1 reviews:
Luminous Landscape (Click here) just started their Rolling E-M1 Field Report. And that’s what they write about the E-M1 for now:

“I’ll close today’s entry by mentioning that when I wrote my Panasonic GX7 review a couple of weeks ago I called it “…the best MFT camera yet”. It’s fair to say that this claim to fame only lasted a short while.”

More E-M1 news:
Ongoing E-M1 review at CameraLabs.
Olympus OM-D E-M1: Big Brother or Successor? (Byrdphoto).
E-M1 Flickr Group.
E-M1 manual for download on Olympus website.
Touch and Try events in UK (OlympusUK).
Hands-on review by Amateur Photographer.

Preorder Links:
Dedicated page at Amazon.
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphotoAmazon 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.

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Just an error: Olympus OM-D E-FZ1 :)

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For a short moment Olympus displayed a mysterious “OM-D E-FZ1” camera name. It now has been removed. I don’t think this is a real name of a future camera. More likely this was a mistake…I guess :)

UPDATE: A source just told me that this was the internal code name of the E-M1!

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(FT5) “one more thing” is coming from Olympus…soon!

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Photoplus Expo in New York

Yep, I can now confirm via multiple trusted sources that Olympus will have one more product announcement in October! And there is definitely a High End Compact Camera. And I mean really High End…not a new XZ camera :) The announcement should take place right before the Photoplus show in New York City. I have no specs yet, but I will get them soon :)

There are plenty of competitors in that market:
– The Fuji X100S (here one Bay) with the superb hybrid viewfinder and unique sensor.
– The Ricoh GR (here one Bay) which is the smallest and also the cheapest
– The Nikon Coolpix A (here one Bay) fixed prime lens.
– The Canon PowerShot G1 X (here one Bay) fixed zoom lens.

It will be hard for Olympus to make something unique…or not?

Note: The High End fixed lens market is still growing and it makes sense for Olympus to join the battle. As reported via Personal-View in Europe the “More advanced fixed-lens cameras are also doing well. These are cameras with larger image sensors, which registered a sales increase of around 7%. Selling at steadily high prices of around EUR450.

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