I am still not 100% sure but from what I got from some of my sources Olympus and Panasonic will introduce new compact cameras at the CES show in Las Vegas (Starting January 8th). But at the same time I have been told that new MFT stuff will be announced a couple of weeks later. Easy to guess that Panasonic and Olympus will release that new “MFT stuff” at the CP+ show in Japan that starts on January 31.
From Olympus we know from trusted sources that one new lens and at least one new camera should be released soon. (new PEN likely and maybe a new OMD). While Panasonic plans to release a new GF and G model.
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
Olympus Japan just issued version 1.1 firmware for the new E-Pl5 and E-PM2. It fixes the following issue:
– Unstable exposure, while using lenses that cannot communicate with cameras (such as OM or body cap lenses), has been improved.
Panasonic keeps offering deal after deal on current GF and GX cameras. While we all know that a new GF7 is due for early Spring I am still wondering what Panasonic plans to do with the GX2 after dropping the initial surprise of e new model this year. Anyway, here are the US deals:
The GX1 with 14-42mm X(!) pancake zoom sells for $499 at Amazon (Click here).
And today you will get a Gold Box deal on the Black and Brown GF5 X kit at Amazon (Click here).
In UK you get a 50 pound cash-back and free EVF(!) on the Black GX1 at Wexphotographic (Click here).
There is no such deal in the rest of Europe (I checked the GX1 price history on idealo).
Thanks to our reader Nicolas work many people is now trying the focus peaking trip. And here is one of the new videos!
Another anonymous hacker contacted me to give us some update about the E-M5 hack possibility. It sounds like it will be a hard work to realize a project like this. Here is what he wrote:
“– A hack, or hacks, are by all means doable, but would require a similar, if not more, effort than VK’s Lumix hacks. The camera runs uITRON realtime OS – I was able to download the BIN versions from the following URLs: http://dl01.olympus-imaging.com/OLYMPUS_MASTER/FIRMWARES/0001/0970/OLY_E_097_[version]_0000_0000.BIN – [version] is 1300 for 1.3, 1500 for 1.5 etc. This firmware can still be unpacked and analysed with tools found in this thread: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?215943-E-P1-E-P2-E-PL1-hack-research – it can also be successfully re-packed after modification. This shows that the firmware format hasn’t changed since it has been figured out first, which is 2010 or earlier. A child could download the firmware and analyse it. – After unpacking the firmware I spent some time searching for clues in various strings found in language files and executable code. Plenty of traces of debug mode and debug command shell, but no trace of focus peaking or any other “hidden” features. Also no obvious signs of new Accessory Port gadgets. There are however references to AVCHD folder structure. The camera also uses open source libPNG for PNG file handling, and uses OpenGL runtime and/or a 3D chip from Digital Media Professionals, inc.”
I am sure many E-M5 owners would support the hacker group working officially on such a long project. Let us know if you need some kind of support!
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