Ulterior price drop: Panasonic GH3 for $1,028 at Amazon.

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After the $230 discount today there has been an ulterior $20 price drop on the GH3 at Amazon US (Click here). You pay $1049 but there is also a 2% reward to add. If you are curious to see how good the disocunted GH3 sells than check out the DSLR (and not the mirrorless!) Amazon ranking (Click here). it’s getting closer to the top 20 which is quite a good achievement. I am still surprised the camera is listed as DSLR. Probably it’s part of a Panasonic US strategy to convince the mass that this camera is as good as a DSLR. In the US market mirrorless still plays an almost insignificant role (in terms of sales).

All other hot deals of the day fro US and EU readers can be found at DealsRunner.com.

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a little bit of everything…

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Get sharp shots with the Panasonic LUMIX 100-300mm f4-5.6 G MFT Lens

Olympus 75mm lens tested at Photographyblog and Thedigitalstory.
Panasonic GH3 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS tested at Dpreview.
E-P5 image samples at Fotopolis.
Les Rencontres d’Arles et Olympus (Focus Numerique).
ZZ top testing the OMD (Facebook).
There is a new Apple Digital Camera RAW update on OSX that adds support for the G6 and GF6.
Silkypix added support for the E-P5

Mathieu:I just wanted to share an article I wrote about using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 as my primary work camera, and how I made the switch from DSLRs. The article covers a number of possible work scenarios including weddings, event reportage and theatrical performances. http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.com/2013/07/02/mirrorless-on-the-job-episode-1-working-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m5-as-my-primary-camera/

Rohith Thumati: “I just published a post comparing the Leica X2, Fujifilm X100S, and Olympus 17mm. It is probably a more controversial post than my last one :)
thumati.com/chronicle/x2-x100s-olympus17mm-test

 

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Final E-P5 review by Robin Wong and Techradar. New Panasonic lens reviews by ThePhoBlographer.

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Note: Black Super E-P5 kit in Stock via third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).

New Olympus E-P5 test roundup:
Techradar (Click here) posted the full E-P5 review. As you can see form the Raw signal to noise ratio graph posted on top there is little difference between the E-P5 and E-M5. The great news for the E-p5 is the ISO 100 advantage.
Robin Wong (Click here) posted the final E-P5 review. He writes:
Some will also point out the higher than usual price point of the Olympus PEN E-P5. Look at it this way, Olympus E-P5 delivers beautiful, crisp images, performs well in difficult shooting conditions, and can be relied on for serious, demanding circumstances. It is an overall well-made, well-built camera, and not many cameras out there in the same category can come close to its generous offerings of wide array of functions and features. Of course Olympus will not make the camera cheap! Whether the price is justified or not, that is up to you to decide.
Focus Numerique (google translation here) posted the full E-P5 ISO test. Obviously it’s hard to see any visible difference when comparing it with the E-M5 images.

ThePhoBlographer double Panasonic lens review:
They tested the Panasonic 7-14mm lens (Click here to read the article) and write: “We’re smitten with this lens. It’s sharp, contrasty, has wonderful color rendition, focuses quickly, feels well built and is highly portable. The only thing that it is missing is weather-sealing, but that doesn’t really break our hearts too much.
And they also tested the Panasonic 12-35mm (Click here to read the article) and write: “The 12-35mm f2.8 OIS also doesn’t have such an excellent feel in the hand–and I spent a lot of time with it. The focal length range is quite good, and while that made it a personal favorite, we’re not exactly sure that we’d want to run with a lens like this when you also slap on the high price tag. In fact, I recommend just sticking with smaller primes instead that have faster apertures and can give you better image quality.

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Super G5 deals ($349 with lens!). E-P5 in Stock.

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Panasonic G5:
The G5 is back to Amazon’ts top list (Click here) thanks to the G5+lens kit deals. The ranking is lead by the Canon EOS-M which got a massive price drop (it never sold well before that). And there are more cool G5 deals in other stores:
G5 with 14-42mm lens for $349 and free 32GB SD card at Samys (Click here).
G5 with double lens kit and free $100 Gift Card(!) at Adorama (Click here) for $598 (or $498 if you detract the gift card).

Olympus PEN:
Black Super E-P5 kit in Stock via third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).

Panasonic GH3:
$230 price drop on the GH3 at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). You now pay $1,068.98 for the camera and there is also a 2% back in Reward (makes you pay $1.047 for the camera). You can also get it for $1.099 bundled with Lightroom 4 at Kenmorecamera (Click here).

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Camera sales history from 2011 till today. Mirrorless hype is over. DSLR rules.

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Worldwide shipments of DSLR and MR like cameras

Vitaly from Personal View (Click here) analyzed the worldwide shipment data from Japanese companies and made those graphs.

It looks to me that the Mirrorless sales are stagnating while DSLR is doing pretty well. I have not the experience to tell you why it is so. Certainly Mirrorless lacks in some areas like:

– missing FF mirrorless cameras (except of course the super expensive Leica M niche).
– people perception that “Bigger is Better”.
– Nikon and Canon conservative approach to the mirrorless world.
– Limited marketing resources of companies like Panasonic-Olympus-Pentax compared to Canon-Nikon impressive PR machine.
– limited lens range compared to DSLR systems.
– lack of optical viewfinder tech (except Fuj X PRO 1 hybrid solution).

Shipping by type in Americas and Europe.

If things will keep going like that Panasonic and Olympus may should consider to reinvest in the DSLR business. Although I don’t think that’s their plan (at least for now). Olympus is supposed to launch a new E-5 successor in early September while Panasonic quietly stepped out of the DSRL market. Maybe they should just make Mirrorless cameras…bigger? ;)

More graphs at Personal View (Click here).

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