June 27, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Panasonic G3 review at CameraLabs!


One of my favorite websites CameraLabs (Click here) posted a final review of the new Panasonic G3. You can find plenty of video you can download in full resolution and image samples and comparisons. And it’s good to hear that they quite enjoy the G3: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable cameras I’ve used.“…”I genuinely believe many people who are shopping for their first DSLR would be better-served by something like the Lumix G3. “…”And last but by no means least, the image and video quality is right up there with the best APS-C DSLRs.”

Oh yes, the G3 is really a nice camera!

Click on the following store names to preorder the G3 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. In Europe at Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and worldwide on eBay.

June 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First pictures of the E-P3 with 12mm lens!

Here are the first pictures of the upcoming new Olympus E-P3 with 12mm f/2.0 lens attached! As you see the E-P3 is very similar to the Olympus E-P2. The main difference is the new built-in flash. We have been told the 12mm lens has a focus ring you can pull in a different position to allow manual focusing. Once pulled the focus ring on manual position you will see the distance scale! Cool!!! And as you see the new 12mm f/2.0 lens has almost the length of the Panasonic 45mm macro.


Those are the full E-P3 specs:

– It has the new Olympus “tweaked” 12 Megapixel Sensor
– Truepic VI engine (two processor in one)
– ISO 100 to 12.800
– 1080i 60frs AVCHD or JPEG video
– 35 point autofocus
– OLED touch Display (610k resolution). Sounds like it is almost the same screen used for the Olympus XZ-1.
– pop up live guide
– dual dials
– fastest AF to date for any mirrorless cam (and I have been told that it is considerably faster that the Panasonic GH2!).
– updated art filters
– effects to combine with art filters (like starlight)
– 3D still images
– built-in Eye-Fi support for controlling the Eye-Fi cards (Click here to see the cards on eBay)
– Interchangeable grip. I have been told there are two different grips you can buy (and more will come after).
– Design changes: The top dial is now placed instead of the ON/OFF button of the E-P2. To make room for the built-in flash. There is a video recording button over the AEL button.

Via Photorumors

June 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) E-P3 with built-in Eye-Fi support (fold down external flash)

I hope you will be here on Wednesday to follow the Olympus announcement! Announcement should be made at around 6-7am London time. In the meanwhile I am continually getting tidbits of rumors!

A source just told me that the E-P3 has built-in Eye-Fi support for controlling the Eye-Fi cards (Click here to see the cards on eBay). And as you know there will be a new flash too (the Olympus FL-300R). A new source told me that it works like the Sony’s F20AM (Click here to see the cards on eBay). For example you fold down to turn off.

And now a couple of confirmations:
1) A couple of sources confirmed that the 40-150 II R is coming too.
2) Sources are now certain the sensor is designed by Olympus (and produced by Panasonic). Olympus goal was to improve the dynamic range, color fidelity and autofocus speed.
3) New and known soruces keep saying AF speed is amazing :)

June 26, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

SLR Magic x Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 Olympus PEN E-PL2. Get the lens on eBay (Click here).

There is a Panasonic G3 review at CNET (Click here): “If you’re looking for a camera that’s not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn’t skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my favorite options. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting action, so you may end up having to go with something just a bit bigger, anyway.”
Check if the new G3 is in Stock by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

A very nice Olympus XZ-1 Field Report at Seriouscompact (Click here). Click those links to see the current Olympus XZ-1 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (There are price drops in many countries).

Fotosidan discovered that the Panasonic GF3 catalogue pictures have been taken with the Canon 5D :)

Our japanese reader can participate to a Panasonic product presentation in Tokyo and Osaka (DC.watch)

Fuji X100 review at Steve Huff. In Stock check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Innovation Underwater: Nauticam NA-EPL2 Housing for Olympus E-PL2 (Imaging Resource).

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 review Popco (korean only).

Image samples of the GF3 Miniature function at Flickr. GF3 preorder search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Panaosnic 20mm lens for $379 (and again a $5 price drop on the XZ-1)

The Panasonic 20mm is back in Stock and discounted at Amazon (Click here). It is also in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here) for $399. And a really funny history is happening with the Olympus XZ-1. Every day sicne one week you see price drops on the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon (Click here). It now gets sold for $420 (yesterday $424).

P.S.: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens costs $513 at Amazon (Click here).

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