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December 29, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The Olympus XZ-1 with 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Lens coming! + Panasonic compact cameras.

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I received a few rumors about non Micro Four Thirds related products from Olympus and Panasonic. I choose to post them because might some of you is interested in reading those.

As you know the CES show starts on January 6th. According to our sources there will be plenty of new compact cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

1) Olympus will unveil new ompact cameras and the very interesting high-end compact camera (see the picture on top). It’s called XZ-1, it features the same Panasonic LX5 sensor (10 Megapixel and 1:1.63 size). That camera will feature an amazing 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Lens!!!! That’s a lens I would love to have for Micro Four Thirds also instead of my old and cheap C-mount lens zoom :(
2) Panasonic will launch a new “S” compact series. There will be a DMC-S1 and DMC-S3. But there will be more new compact cameras like the Panasonic DMC-TS3, Panasonic DMC-FH2 and the Panasonic FH5.

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December 29, 2010
Posted in news

Japanaese 2010 system camera sales analysis.

BCNranking posted the digital system cameras sales share of the whole 2010 (To be exact until the 12th of December)! Three Panasonic cameras  (the GF1, G2 and the G1) and two Olympus cameras (the E-Pl1 and the E-P1) are into the top 20 of the most sold cameras with interchangeable lenses. The GH2 has come been available since late October only that’s why it didn’t made it into the top 20. There is still a lot to do to catch up Canon and Nikon but as you can see the situtation is changing slowly in favour of the new mirrorless cameras. Do you have any suggetsion to make for Panaosnic and Olympus on how to close the gap between them and the Canikon dominance?

Via SonyAlphaRumors

December 28, 2010
Posted in Rumors

SLRmagic lens update (with new 12mm fast lens coming)

The SLRmagic company sent me a new email to say they will soon release more new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The next lens should be a fast 12mm prime.They didn’t told me how fast but I hope that it will come as close as possible to the Avenir CCTV Lens (Click here to see it on eBay) which has a f/1.2 aperture. Reminder: All those SLRmagic lenses are cheap-quality non-professional manual lenses. But they are cheap and do have a Micro Four Thirds mount (there is no need for adapter). If you are looking for a professional wide angle lens you should go for the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake or wait for the next Olympus wide-pancake lens which will be announced during the next few months!

P.S.: Currently there are two SLRmagic lenses on eBay (Sold by the producer)
35mm f/1.7 (Click here)
26mm f/1.4 “Toy” Lens (Click here)

December 28, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) And here it is the first Olympus E-PL2 image!!!

Dear readers, and here we are with the new Olympus E-PL2! That camera should be announced at CES which starts the January 6th. The camera features the same Olympus E-PL1 sensor but has a completely new design and some new features:

1) The E-PL2 comes along the new  14-42mm f3.5/5.6 MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) kit lens
2) It has a direct movie button
3) A new High resolution 3.0″ LCD (460K Dots)
4) A new Art filter ->Dramatic Tone
5) And it takes pictures up to ISO 6400
6) UPDATED -> It also has a new external Bluetooth module called “PENPAL”. You can attach it on the hot-shoe to instantly send pictures to your Android or Windows mobile phone and share pictures on Flickr, Facebook and other social networks!

The camera will be in Store by February. There is no price indication yet but you should keep following 43rumors and we hope to tell you more soon! Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe our RSS feed.

P.S.: There is a Voigtländer lens in Stock on eBay (Click here) and the Panasonic GH2 is in Stock at Adorama (CLick here)!

December 28, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic ready to ship the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds videocamera

A few weeks ago I told you that Panasonic Europe and Panasonic US already sold out the first stock of cameras (so if you preorder now you will still have to wait a little bit of time). Today Panasonic announced that they are ready to ship the AG-AF100. Right now you can preorder the camera at BHphoto or on eBay.
Reminder: This is the link to the fist shortmovie made witht the AG-AF100: http://vimeo.com/18073096

Please click the link below to read the press release…
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