Cnet Asia (Click here) wrote a first take test about the new Nikon 1 V1 and clearly said that it cannot compete against m43: “The company tells us it aims to target entry-level users with the introduction of the J1 and V1. But we wonder if compact upgraders will choose Nikon over other brands such as Panasonic’s feature-rich Lumix series and Sony’s NEX series with their larger APS-C sensors. In an already crowded ILC segment, Nikon will need a clear marketing strategy in order to reach out to shutterbugs. ” You can see an image quality comparison on their Website.
Laurence Kim (Click here) says the Nikon is an epic fail: “My guess is that 5 years from now, Nikon’s lineup will not equal what m4/3 has available today.”
Nikon V1 vs Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Sony NEX-7 at Techradar (Click here): “The Olympus PEN E-P3, at the moment, seems to offer the best compromise. It has neither the biggest or smallest sensor, offers a decent range of lenses, has nifty features such as the touchscreen and comes in at the best price.”
I repeat once again, I am certainly not a fanboy when I am say I do not like the new Nikon’s. Will it sell well? The new Sony NEX cameras made it into the top twenty of the Amazon Bestseller (or preorder) ranking (Click here to read the list). Just to say that it’s not just me and the reviewers being bad to Nikon
Image on top: The NEX-7 could get a strong competition from the Panasonic GX1?
I got one more prof that the rumored Panasonic GX1 camera is real! One of my trusted sources sent me the official product codes of the camera:
DMC-GX1k: That’s a camera with lens (no idea which one) DMC-GX1x: That’s the camera with the new 14-42mm X lens..
Usually when I get the product codes we can expect the new camera to be announced within the next 3-4 months. I bet the camera will be announced right before the CES which starts in early January in Las Vegas.
P.S.: EosHD got some specs about a camera he calls GFX1. It should have a built-in EVF, 920k LCD, new sensor, Full HD video at 60p and 24p and Same battery as the GH2. One of my trusted sources said that the rumor is wrong.
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
SLRmagic sent out a press release for the new 12mm f/1.6 Noktor lens.
“Here are samples of the Noktor HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 by SLR Magic. For the first time ever we decided to design a lens based on a public vote. Many people helped us on this forum http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=36104678 . We would like to thank all who has participated in the thread on Aug 2010 by putting their “most wanted micro four thirds lens” into production.
We had requests such as:
1) 12mm Wide Angle Prime 2) Make the aperture as wide as you can for creative possibilities 3) Low distortion 4) Macro 5) Round aperture opening 6) Depth of field scale 7) $500- Budget
It sounded like a lens no one has ever seen before but here is what we have to offer!
1) 12mm Wide Angle 2) F1.6 Max Aperture (Best performance is at F4 but we were told to make this lens as wide aperture as possible) 3) ~2% distortion (optical distortion correction for natural perspective when taking photos of people) 4) 0.15m Minimum Focus Distance 5) 12 Step less Aperture Blades for always round aperture opening like a cinema lens for better compatibility with GH2 and AF-100 6) Depth of field scale included 7) $499 MSRP
Here are some sample photos to compare bokeh quality at different aperture openings. We have attached one full sized photo sample as well. The Noktor HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 by SLR Magic will ship around the end of October 2011. Kind rgds., Andrew Chan SLR Magic Product Manager”
And those are the full size image samples at different apertures (Click on it to enlarge):
There is a new complete E-PM1 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Image quality of the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 is excellent with excellent detail from the 12 megapixel sensor, with low noise and great colour. The PEN Mini E-PM1 is the most compact of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras yet still gives you fairly quick access to controls through on screen functions, and three of the rear buttons can be customised“.
The camera gets “Highly Recommended” by the reviewer! Also the German website Digitalkamera (Click here) tested the E-PM1 and they seem to like it a lot.
The E-Pm1 is the last of the three new PEN cameras that are now in Stock. Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay. Time for a new PEN Oly! Where is my digital Olympus 35? 😉
And Wee sent me this: “Hi, I’m from Thailand. Any user feedback about E-P3’s mode dial fall off? Mine is this one: http://www.thaidphoto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236175&page=1 The camera is really new, only bought it a few weeks before taking it on a trip. Another one, the owner said his body is 16 days old: http://www.pantip.com/cafe/camera/topic/O11103535/O11103535.html. As you see from both cases, it is a design flaw and poor assembly. The mode dial only has a tiny dent to align it in the right position under iAUTO mode and is glued to the knob underneath. The way this dial is cheaply built doesn’t look like a $900 camera to me! I was on my vacation in the UK and had bad experienced with Olympus distributor in Thailand, so I decided to stick it back in its place with super glue. What better can the service center do? Put extra glue on it? Bah!”
Las Olympus Pen se dan un respiro entre monólogos, secretitos y miradas cruzadas (Quesabesde).
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Date: 14th century
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