A source had the chance to touch the new Olympus XZ-1. He confirms that it is a little bit smaller than the Panasonic LX5. There are plenty of manual controls. You can control the speed or the aperture (in A-mode) directly on the lens. The menu system is different than on other Olympus compacts (it makes more sense now). The OLED screen is awesome, you can see images even in bright sunlight. AF feels quick. Image quality is very good and the lens has no noticeable distortions or vignetting (I guess there is some kind of in camera correction). All in all a very good package and worthy Panasonic LX5 or Canon S95 competitor. Real price should be around $450 (The LX5 costs $400)
As usual the deal will not last so be hurry! Amazon has two silver GH2 cameras in Stock (Click here). The GH2 in Stock status is continually changing so keep checking those three websites from time to time: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto.
That’s bad news. The very popular Panasonic GF1 has been now discontinued. The source is BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama (Click here) doesn’t list any kit version! Also Amazon is selling the GF1 via third party resellers only. But at least they have a very good deal. The Panasonic GF1 Body only is in Stock for $299 (Click here).
Like you I don’t believe the GF2 has to be seen as the real GF1 successor. My bet is that there will be a GF3 soon!
More deals news:
It’s almost impossible to find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock. That’s why third party resellers on Amazon are selling the camera for $2,399.99! That’s a $900 extra price…be warned! You pay a similar extra on GH2 cameras that are on auction on eBay.
In those days the real deals are on lenses:
– The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is in Stock for $565 at Amazon (Click here). That’s a 35 dollar discount.
– Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 for $849 at Amazon (Click here).
– Not a deal but an in Stock alert: 3D lens now at Amazon and Adorama.
You asked me to find a picture of the back of the new Olympus E-PL2. This is all I got, a small 200px picture. It shows a blue E-Pl2 with the Penpal module attached. If you have better images feel free to share them using imageshack!
P.S.: You can also use the Penpal module on the Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus E-P2.
P.P.S.: You should watch this http://www.differentbypentax.com/#/video/4d2323b0bf950
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