November 15, 2010
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Olympus E-5 third best DSLR camera ever tested at Fotomagazine.de (E-5 in Stock!)

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According to the very reputable german website Fotomagazin.de the Olympus E-5 is the third best DSLR camera ever tested! It’s only behind the much more expensive Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s cameras. Impressive what Olympus did with the same PEN sensor. Can’t wait to see what they will do with the next generation Panasonic (or Kodak?) sensor. You can download their original image samples here : zip (59MB).

Reminder: The Olympus E-5 is finally in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Via Fotomagazine.de

November 15, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH2 review at Letsgodigial (+ more GH2 news)

Letsgodigital reviewed the new Panasonic GH2: “Panasonic is creating a point of reference with the GH2 with which the competition can measure itself. Panasonic’s years of video experience are clearly visible and is very effectively integrated into an existing concept. Photo and video stand effortlessly together at a high level in the Panasonic Lumix GH2, and can live up to the competition.

Hybridcams.fr interviewed Jean-Baptiste Lefournier, the director of “Lumix On The Road / GH2 From Paris to California” (Once clicked on the link scroll to see the english translation). Jean says about the GH2 that: “The incredible speed of the autofocus will remain the no. 1 innovation of the GH2, then its new range of ISO 160 to ISO 12 800, then the touch interface even though I think it is for users not necessarily  pro (but for the Q Menu touch which is very convenient). The software processing of the video image seems better (no more banding issues on the skies).”

We also found some full size GH2 iso shots at Dpreview forum and a Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GF1 on Flickr via Sunnyeva.

Check price and availability clicking on these Panasonic GH2 direct shop links:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Deutschland and eBay.

November 15, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF1 price drops also in Europe (finally!)

Panasonic GF1+14-45mm price drop (idealo.de)

Oh finally we have some price drops in Europe too. It looks like most shops are busy to clearance their stocks of Panasonic GF1 cameras. In Germany the GF1 price dropped by 50 Euro on both kits. As usual keep in mind that I can’t check all stores in all countries!

Germany: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
UK: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
France: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
Italy: Pixmania, eBay
Spain: Pixmania, eBay
Belgium: Pixmania, eBay
Holland: Pixmania, eBay
Austria: Pixmania, eBay
Poland: Pixmania, eBay

P.S.: One of our readers (Phil) went for a bike ride with the GF1 in the back pocket. It fell out at 30 mph but survived. Here’s a link to a photo of the damage. http://www.clubantietam.com/2010/11/14/photos-from-summer-rides/
. He said that the GF1 “still works like a charm – no need to upgrade to the GF2 yet :)

November 14, 2010
Posted in deals

UPDATE:HOT deal reloaded: E-PL1 for $399, GF1 for $599!

It looks like Amazon is very busy this weekend in cutting the price of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens is in Stock for $399 only at Amazon (Click here)! Does it mean there is really a new E-PL1s coming soon? Our sources didn’t hear anything about the rumored E-PL1s.

And the Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens is in Stock for $599 again at Amazon (Click here)!

And the cheapest MFT camera is the Panasonic G1 with 14-45mm lens ($399 at Amazon).

And if you are a Four Thirds user you can get the Olympus E-5 which is finally in Stock at Amazon (Click here)

P.S.: We europeans are getting more and more frustrated :(

November 14, 2010
Posted in reviews

Philip Bloom and the 3 days in Japan with the Panasonic AF100/101


Hirano San: Shot on Panasonic AF101 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom flew to Japan to test the new Micro Four Thirds Panasonic AG-AF100/101 camcorder. And he became a big fan of the camera! “I saw no moiré on any shots. Check out the artist in the park at around 1:40 or so, look at his jacket. That would moiré on my Canons, not here. A joy! I also saw no sign of aliasing. Rolling shutter issues as expected were still present but way less pronounced that DSLRs. I did shoot out the side of the bus whilst moving and there was still some skew, enough for me not to use it but a lot better than what I have become used to.

I really do believe that this camera will cement the Micro Four Thirds success. I am a filmmaker for myself and I not a few of my collueges already have preordered that camera. And I bet they are now playing with the idea to buy a Micro Four Thirds photocamera too!

Reminder: You can preorder the Panasonic AG-AF100/101 at BHphoto (Click here). Even if you are european feelf ree to buy at BHphoto. They calculate shipping and tax costs for your country!

Via Philip Bloom

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