Patent: Possible GX7 design spotted!

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Digifotopro spotted a patent showing that Panasonic MFT camera design. The chance is high this could be the final Panasonic GX7 design. Digifoto calls it GX2 but we know from our sources this will be the GX7 and feature a new 18MP sensor, tilt screen, built-in on sensor stabilization and obviously an integrated viewfinder. The viewfinder can be tilted and that’s the first time ever we have this on a digital mirrorless camera. The GX7 will be announced in late August!

The GX7 is bigger than the current GX1

So…do you like it???

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First review of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens.

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ePhotozine (Click here) posted the first review of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens. The lens gets Highly Recommended:

“Those looking for wide aperture lenses for the APS-C or smaller format camera need not continue looking at full frame lenses, that generally cost and weigh more now this lens is available. Although some photographers may find manual focusing off putting, spending a little time practising and getting used to how the lens behaves will pay dividends in the long run. This is especially true when considering how little this lens costs for what you get.”

These are the shop search links to see if and when it’s in Stock: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses:
Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

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(FT5) Olympus-Sony partnership more advanced than we could think of. New sensor tech in 2015.

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I got many new rumors about the Olympus-Sony partnership. Apparently the partnership on the camera front is much more tight than you could think by reading the official press releases. In short:

1) All the best tech from Olympus like the 5 axis stabilization, JPEG engine, lens knowledge are already being implemented in the soon to be announced Sony A and E-mount cameras. We will see them in use on Sony cameras by end 2013 already!

2) Olympus will receive some literally “Amazing” sensors from Sony. 2014 sensor will be improved tech based on today’s sensor tech (with on sensor PDAF for example). From 2015 on completely new kind of sensors will be used that will be more advanced than the sensor tech show recently by the Panasonic-Fuji duo. More about that in a future 43rumors post.

This comes from highly trusted sources. And if all works fine I could give you soem details about the 2015 sensors soon. Stay tuned!

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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

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GH3 and G5 firmware update released.

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Panasonic issued a new firmware update for the G5 and GH3. Click here to download the fw: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html

These are the new GH3 features:

  1. “Low Light AF” is added that makes it possible to set focus on the subject in low-lit situations (-3EV).
  2. “Silent Mode” is added which suppresses electronic shutter, shutter sound, operation sound and flash emission with a single setting.
  3. “Exposure Comp. Reset” is added which resets the setting of exposure compensation to ±0 whenever the camera is turned off or the shooting mode is changed.
  4. Performance of AF is enhanced in use with H-PS14042 and H-PS45175.
  5. Connection problem with Apple Mac computers via Wi-Fi is fixed.

These are the new G5 features:

  1. Correction of wording on [Motion Picture] menu
    • Correct the wording “60p/60i/30p” of AVCHD frame rate on [Rec Quality] menu to “50p/50i/25p”.
      This update is for PAL broadcast regions only, and you don’t need this update if wording is already “50p/50i/25p”.
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E-P5 in Stock at Amazon (and new review at Photographyblog).

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The E-P5 superkit is in Stock in Silver or Black via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here). And if you need to read more about the new PEN click over on the just posted review at Photographyblog. They say:

The E-P5’s biggest problem is not the camera itself, but its price – £899.99/$999.99 body-only makes it as expensive as the OM-D E-M5. Sure, it offers a lot of features that its big brother doesn’t, but then the E-M5 is arguably a more well-balanced camera thanks principally to its built-in viewfinder. Only you can decide if the more compact, stylish and feature-rich E-P5 warrants such a position. Ultimately the E-P5 joins the E-M5 as a fantastic compact system camera, albeit again a rather pricey one.

Looks to me that the Superkit (with lens and EVF included) is the most sensible choice. Body only is really too expensive!

The other MFT camera deals:
GH3 for $1,028 (with 2% reward included) at Amazon US (Click here).
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).
E-P3 for $329 at Amazon (Click here).

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