July 17, 2010
Posted in poll

POLL: Do you like the new LX5? White or Black?

Finally we found the specs and images of the new Panasonic LX5 (yeah!) We still don’t know anything about the improvements on the sensor and imaging processor. I like the extended zoom range, the new AVCHD lite recording and the new grip. Now my question to you:

Do you think Micro Four Thirds will be THE mirrorless system for the next years?

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P.S.: A special thanks goes to Nick that found the leak (applause!!!)

July 17, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED -> Panasonic LX5 leaked! (with optional EVF and OVF!!!)

UPDATE: You can now preorder the Panasonic LX5 on Amazon

The specs below are very similar to the specs from thePanasonic LX3 and a worthy competitor of the Samsung EX1.

P.S.: The Panasonic G2 has also been leaked on the panasonic website in February :)

What we know for certain is that the LX5 will be announced on July 21!

Link: http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Cameras-Camcorders/Digital-Cameras/Lumix-Digital-Cameras/model.DMC-LX5K

Main differences between the LX5 and the older LX3:
- The LX5 has 3.8x zoom 24-90mm (the LX3 has 2.5x and ends with 60mm)
- LX5 wit 80 to 12800 ISO (the LX3 80 to 3200)
- It records in HD 60p (sensor output is 30p) AVCHDlite
- Veyr hot-> There will be also optional electronic and optical viewfinder!

P.S.: Click here to check out the older LX3 specs (on amazon)







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July 16, 2010
Posted in news

New Olympus patent discloses phase detection and optical viewfinder adapter for MicroFourThirds

Olympus SLR Adapter

The japanese website Egami found a new Olympus patent (Google translation doesn’t work very well). I tried to make a small summary:

* Patent publication number 2010-152140 published on 2010/07/08  and filled 2008/12/25

The following patent discloses an adapter (in blue) that adds phase detection and optical viewfinder to current MicroFourThirds cameras. This is not a new concept, we already saw that with the Leica Visoflex (click here to see the Visoflex on eBay).

Such an adapter makes sense because phase detection autofocus is still much faster than the current contrast autofocus system of MicroFourThirds cameras. And not few of us will like the idea to have an optical viewfinder instead of the sometimes noisy and not good enough electronic viewfinder.

That could be also the final solution to merge FourThirds and MicroFourThirds (but that’s just speculation for now!).

UPDATE: Olybold has taken a nice picture of the Leica Visoflex on the Panasonic G1 (Many Thanks!!!)

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