July 25, 2011
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(FT4) There will be two more Olympus product announcements ths year! (Next Olympus PRO render from Marc)

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A trusted source that Olympus plans to make two more product announcements this year. One in September and one in November. There will be at least two new lenses (one should be the 50mm macro). But I am not sure yet if Olympus will also announce a new m43 camera. I got rumors about a PEN camera with built-in viewfinder but also about a Four Thirds E-xx. If you know something about that camera feel free to send me some info using the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar! Thanks!

The picture on top has been made by Marc (Source: Marcs page on Flickr). Keep sending me your renderings of the future PEN PRO and GF PRO cameras!

And take some inspiration from the past:
See the Zeiss Ikon ZM (Click here to see it on eBay).
The amazing Contax G2 (Click here to see it on eBay)….very innovative camera!
The Konica Hexar RF (Click here to see it on eBay)…this was a better copy of the Leica M6!
The Minolta CLE (Click here to see it on eBay)…so small!

Reminder -> 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

July 24, 2011
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a little bit of everything… and Samsung loves the PEN cameras ;)


AF noise comparison at m43photo.blogspot.com.

It looks like Samsung prefers the Olympus PEN cameras over their own Samsung NX! If you look at the Galaxy Tab presentation page (Click here) scroll down to “Snap and Share the Moments”. You see the camera logo? LOL :)

New Olympus 12mm unboxing pictures at Mobile01.

Panasonic Lumix G3 review at OutBackPhoto.

Panasonic GF3 review at Ubergizmodo (french) and DC.view (chinese)

Olympus E-P3 review at Fotopolis (polish), Mobile01 (chinese) and DC.View (japanese).

Olympus test day at Dudamobile.

Olympus EP3 iPhone 4 Skin at Etsy.

Olympus is talking shit about your camera phone (Chase Jarvis).

The Pinwide Pinhole Cap for Micro Four Thirds review at ThePhoBlographer.

July 24, 2011
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New Four Thirds Matching simulation features.

I am traveling from Tuscany to France today. Hope to not find any jam like I am used to find every time I am travelling across Europe! In the meanwhile you can have some fun by trying out the new updated version of the Four Thirds Matching simulation (Click here). You can now select the grip color of the new Olympus E-P3 and also add some other fancy accessory like the MAL-1 pictured on top.

 

July 23, 2011
Posted in deals, news

First Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens Unboxing video


It’s not a review but let’s give some free space to our “emotional” part of the brain :) Here is the first Olympus 12mm f/2.0 video! The lens is in Stock Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here). Feel free to send me your first image samples and videos if you already managed it to get the lens!

P.S.: A Black E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And a third party reseller is trying to sell the first Silver E-P3 for $1,799.00 on Amazon (Click here).

Thanks Andras

July 23, 2011
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A japanese market share analysis. New firmware updated for two Olympus lenses

The japanese website BCNranking displayed the latest data about the japanese camera market.

Most sold cameras with interchangeable lenses:
The E-PL2 is on position three with 6.4% of the whole volume share. The Panasonic GF2 is on Position 5 with 6.2%. And on position 9 you can find the in Japan only available E-PL1s.

Mirrorless Market Share (January to May 2011):
Olympus (37.95%), Sony (32.02%), Panasonic (30.03%). The year 2010 ended with following shares Panasonic (38.7%), Sony (32.2%), Olympus (29.1%).

Market share for all interchangeable cameras (Mirrorless and DSLR):
Canon (29.3%), Nikon (27.4%), Sony (15.0%), Olympus (12.7%), Panasonic (9.7%)

P.S.: 31% of all sold interchangeable cameras are Mirrorless.

 

In Europe and US you cannot have such detailed reports. You can get a very vague idea about the popularity of a camera by checking the Amazon rankings:
– System camera rankings (DSLR+mirrorless) at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon has also a dedicated Micro Four Thirds ranking (Click here) where you can check which m43 camera is the most popular.
– All digital camera rankings Amazon Germany (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Germany (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon UK (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon France (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

Via BCNranking

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