Olympus XZ-1 discontinued (XZ-2 coming soon)

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The XZ-1 just got discounted at Amazon (Click here) and discontinued at BHphoto (Click here). As I told you before the XZ-2 is coming and it is very likely going to use the same Panasonic LX7 (Click here) sensor. But since Olympus is now using Sony sensors too my personal hope is that they will make something similar like the Sony RX100. But that is of course juts my very private preference and you may agree or not agree with me on that. At least on Amazon (ranking) the camera has proven to sell well.

 

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(FT4) Panasonic only “real” new lens will be the 35-100mm f/2.8? Rest is on roadmap only.

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The only new Panasonic lens that we will be able to buy soon after Photokina is the 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens. The other new Panasonic lenses will be shown on a roadmap only (and maybe as a prototype behind a thick glass only). This “other” lenses will than be available from early 2013 only. We have no bulletproof spec about the next Panasonic lenses but there could be one new wide angle zoom, a telephoto prime and another unknown lens.

Price of the 35-100mm X should be similar to the current Panasonic 12-35mm X lens. Something else. A readers sent me the link to a 12-35mm X led ring adpater (Click here).

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(FT5) New E-PM3 and E-PL5 with same Olympus E-M5 16 Megapixel Sony sensor!

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The current E-M5 with Gariz.

A couple of sources confirmed that both new PEN cameras will be equipped with the same Sony 16 Megapixel sensor of the Olympus E-M5! This is very likely the one major improvement on the new PEN cameras and a highly welcome one 🙂

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E-M5 preorder links:
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.

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about “no-rumors” on the Olympus E-7 and something about viewfinders…

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It’s late here and I am a bit tired. It’s rumor time and I am working every minute I can on the details for the next cameras and lenses. Just wanted to post two weird rumors (or no rumors) I have to understand:

First: There is no reliable info about an upcoming E-5 successor. Makes me think there is no E-7 at all coming any time soon!
Second: I keep getting hints about a “sort of viewfinder solution” coming from Olympus. I have been told that it is not a viewfinder like the VF-2 and VF-3, it’s also not a built-in viewfinder solution and also not really a Leica Visoflex adapter solution. Sounds pretty much crazy 🙂

Hope sources can soon send me some info regarding these two points.

P.S.: I am getting more and more info about the PEN and GH3 cameras. I am double and triple checking everything and I hope to be ready soon to unveil you more!

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