Detailed Panasonic Colour Splitter Sensor report.

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Last week Panasonic announced a new sensor tech that basically signs their first step out form the classic Bayer sensor paradigm. Now you can read a more detailed report about the new Colour Splutter sensor tech at readcube (Click here). Panasonic writes:

Sigma was the first company getting rid of the color filters. And now it’s Panasonic turn. And plenty of patents from Fuji, Canon and Sony shows that they are also working into the same direction. Exciting time ahead on the sensor front!

Found via Image Sensor World.

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(UPDATED) Olympus 40-150mm for $99. Panasonic GX1 X lens for $499.

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For the next 24 hours you will be able to purchase a limited quantity of Black Panasonic GX1 cameras with 14-42mm X(!) lens kit for $499 on eBay US (Click here). This is the deal of the day officially advertised by eBay itself. The same kit but with Silver color is available for $599 at Amazon (Click here).

UDPATE: The Olympus 40-150mm lens is now for sale for $99 only at Amazon and Adorama.

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Olympus strategy announcement soon: Less DSLR and more Mirrorless.

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The Japanese news site Sponichi Annex (translation here) just published story about Olympus:

They report that Olympus will soon announce a new strategy for the digital camera business. And in short they will heavily reduce their investments in DSLR and compact camera development and focus their efforts on Mirrorless products. The exact word used by the Japanese news site is “reduce” investments. How far Olympus will “reduce” the DSLR business has yet to be seen. Olympus also had to lower the earnings forecast. The overall camera sales were down 28% in one year.

It’s really nothing earthshaking. The DSLR lineup have not see a new Four Thirds lens for years now. The only new camera we had in two years was the E-5. And the compact camera market is something shrinking for all camera makers. It will be interesting to see the Olympus report in Spring where they will disclose their general strategy and we may will learn more about the Olympus-Sony development.

via Digicaminfo.

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Panasonic: Focus now on pro market. Redefining G series. Olympus rules out hybrid OVF/EVF.

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Last week Panasonic Mangers Michiharu Uematsu and Yoshiyuki Inoue have been interviewed by the DPreview team and they admitted that they are rethinking the whole G product strategy. Today DSLRmagazine (translation here) also posted an interview with Mr. Uematsu and another part with Mr. Terada from Olympus. Here are the key info:

Panasonic:
– When asked if the new Kodak-JK Imaging MFT camera couldn’t bee lower the image of the Micro Four Thirds system (because of the Chinese manufacturer) the answer was “no”. Kodak has a big name.
– The GH3 is a clearly positioned product while the rest of the G MFT series isn’t. There is a huge competition and there is no clear target about what kind of features and specs the future G cameras should have.
– Different countries also like different cameras. So it’s hard to develop and make a universal G camera.
– Uematsu believes that there will be a considerable group of DSLR owners that will switch on High End Mirrorless cameras. 43rumros note: It clearly sounds once again that Panasonic wants to play a role in the (semi-)pro digital camera world.
– The good news is that Panasonic lens sales are good and particularly the two constant zooms are welling well.
Olympus:
– A Tilt Shift lens has very low priority for Olympus.
– It is highly Unlikelye that a Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel like the one used by the Fuji X20 is going to be used by Olympus.

One more thing: Terada also explained that the ideal time for product launch is Spring and Autumn. That’s why there were no new MFT camera announced for the CP+ show. So let’s wait for spring and the new PEN with built-in EVF :)
And…what are your thoughts on those news coming from Panasonic and Olympus?

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Sundance film “Upstream Color” shot on GH2.

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That you don’t have to own the latest and most expensive stuff to create an exceptional work should now be obvious for everyone. I use my Olympus E-P1 on daily basis and plenty of filmmakers still do some amazing shots on the now very cheap Panasonic GH2. Nofilmschool (Click here) spotted a couple of new movies entirely shot on the GH2. The one I embedded here on top of this post is the trailer of “Upstream Color” that has been shown at the Sundance film festival.

Great work! And do you still want the GH3? :)

GH2 vs GH3 price comparison:
GH2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay GH3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBayP

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