(FT4) More and more hints about a possible Panasonic GX2 release in November.


Months ago I already published rumors about a possible GX1 successor coming after Photokina. Now rumors are getting stronger. According to multiple anonymous sources a Panasonic announcement is scheduled for the first half of November. One of the sources said that the GX2 has some “major differences” from the current GX1 and has “the same PGH3 sensor“. The current GX1 got multiple price drops during the last weeks. The GX1 with kit lens (Click here) costs less than the “supposed to be cheaperGF5 with same lens! I am still not sure if the camera will have a built-in viewfinder liek the DMC-L1(Click here) or not.

P.S.: I also heard that there will be no new lens announced along the GX2.

Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
The Sony NEX-7 (Click here) and the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) are for now the only mirrorless cameras with such a rangefinder styled design.
The DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).
The DMC-LC1 on eBay (Click here).


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



There is no Olympus X-E1 :)


Not only the E-M5 sensor but also the EVF is very good according to LL.

Good Morning!
Let’s start the week by pointing out an error: Got many emails from readers because Luminus Landscape wrote that they tested an “Olympus X-E1“. Actually the camera they are talking about is the Fuji X-E1 :)

There is one small interesting info within that article that reviews the new A99 FF camera. They write that “in the EVF category we thought that the Olympus was superior in terms of clarity and refresh rate“. So it’s superior to the $2800 new Sony A99 Full Frame viewfinder. This is just to say that resolution (where the A99 is better) is not the only measure to take into the account when talking about electronic viewfinders quality.

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.


Olympus 75mm review at Lenstip.


Lenstip published the full Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens review. And the conclusions says it all: “I do not hesitate to write it: testing such lenses is pure pleasure which starts when you take the lens out of its box and you look at it for the first time. You already know you deal with a very solid instrument. Pleasurable experience lasts when you take sample shots or photos of testing charts“.

I hope the new 17mm f/1.8 lens will be as good as that lens!
The best price I found in Europe is at Pro Video France (Click here). A third party lens hood is sold by ProPhotoshop Germany (Click here). In US the lens will be back inS tock at Amazon on October 22th.

More reviews:
60mm macro image samples at Letsgodigital. Part two of the 60mm macro battle posted at Admiringlight.
Panasonic 14-45 mm vs Olympus 12-50mm at Cameraergonomics.
LX7 review at Cameralabs and Steve Digicams.


For US: The sub $300 MFT camera deals roundup!


Yesterday we had two great US deals on the E-PL1 and GF3. Two readers sent me some more links to cheap Micro Four Thirds cameras. So here is the overall link list including yesterdays deals:
Olympus E-PL1 body sells for $139 at Amazon (Click here) 
Silver Olympus E-P1 body for $189 at Rhyanna (Click here) Black Olympus E-PL1 body for $199 at Tvwu (Click here) Silver Olympus E-P1 body for $213 at Rhyanna (Click here) Red Panasonic GF3 for $233 at BigValue (Click here) Black Olympus E-PL2 body for $239 at Zmdistribution (Click here).
Black Panasonic GF3 for $263 at
China Bedding (Click here) Black Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens for $269 at Zmdistribution (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
Black Panasonic GF3 with kit lens for $299 at Tech (Click here) and Californiaint (Click here).
Panasonic GF3 with kit lens is available for $311 only at Amazon (Click here).

And than we have many refurbished PEN cameras at Cameta (Click here to see the list). There are for example:
Black E-PL1 for $119
Black E-PM1 for $169
Black E-P2 for $189
Black E-PL1 with lens for $199
Black E-PM1 with lens for $249

As you see, there are many chances to get a MFT camera for less than $300!


Blackmagic versus Canon 5DmarkIII video test.


Comparing the Cinema Camera & 5D Mk III from OneRiver Media on Vimeo.

As you know not only Panasonic and Olympus but also Blackmagic announced their first videocamera with native Micro Four Thirds mount. The video on top shows how good the Blackmagic compares with the popular Canon 5DmarkII Full Frame camera.

The camera itself can be preordered at BHphoto (Click here) and will ship from December 30th.