Roundup of the competition rumors (NEX-5R announced, Fuji X-E1, Nikon V2)


Olympus will announce two PEN cameras and Panasonic the new GH3. But there is a lot more to come from the competition and it’s time to sum them up in one post:

Sony just announced the Sony NEX-5R (more info here). And the NEX-6 is coming on September 12th (pictures here).

Fuji is going to announce a “cheap” X-E1 camera (more at MirrorlessRumors). Specs:

  • Same 16MP sensor as in the X-Pro1 (with max ISO of 25,600)
  • 6 fps
  • Light magnesium body
  • Improved AF speed
  • Price: bellow $1000
  • To be released before Christmas
  • Same video recording capabilities as the X-Pro1
  • Mic input
  • EVF only (not hybrid as the X-Pro1)
  • Two colors: black and silver
  • Pull 25 ISO to simulate Velvia in JPEG mode

Also the Nikon V2 will be announced soon (more at MirrorlessRumors).

A new Leica ME should be also announced in two weeks (More at MirrorlessRumors).


Is there something you like from the list? And there is still no rumor about future Canon EOS-M cameras.



(FT2) GH3 with new weather sealed 14-140mm for 1.700 Euro?


The weeks before a camera announcement rumors of all types are floating the forums. As usual I wouldn’t care too much about them. But I am posting that particular rumor in the hope trusted sources can confirm or deny it:

Inview (personal view forum) wrote: “Today I was at a photo equipment shop and the Panasonic salesman came, I am at Athens, Greece. I asked about the GH3 release and he said about November. But about in a month he could have a sample at the shop for preview. He said 16Mp sensor and weather sealed body. I asked what lens would be the kit lens, and he said a new 14-140mm weather sealed lens. He said also a new battery grip. “They are trying to appeal to the pro market” he said. He said also the prize would be around 1700 euros. Oh well.

I never heard of a 14-140mm weather sealed lens until now but it would make sense for Panasonic to release such a lens to be able to offer a cheaper alternative of the GH3 and 12-35mm X kit (which should be priced slightly above 2.000 Euro).

Lens price comparison:
Panasonic 14-140mm at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic 12-35mm X at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Olympus 75mm test by McGilliCuddy (and first user reviews)


First Olympus 75mm User Reviews are also up at Amazon US (Click here to read them).

Damian MCGilliCuddy had the chance to test the Olympus 75mm lens and writes: “very well made, compact and light and stunning IQ – its even a good price all things considered…. any downside, on consideration yes!  Olympus a lens of this quality really should come with its matched lens hood at the point of the purchase… seriously“.

Damian is very “close” to Olympus and they may listen to him. The original hood costs $80 at Adorama or 80 Euro at Amazon Germany. On eBay (via Hong Kong) you can buy a third party standard hood for $15 (Click here) and a tele hood for $16 (Click here).

And now to the preorder options :
In USA Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here)J&R(Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Also in Europe  Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon Italy (Click here).
In Asia it’s already available at Amazon Japan, Digitalrev and on eBay.


(FT5) UPDATED: All Black 12mm 2.0 “limited” edition lens coming.


oooops!!! A super trusted source made a mistake. It sounds like the limited edition lens is a Black Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and NOT a 45mm lens!

Probably some kind of “Freudian Slip” :)

Current 12mm price check links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

What’s coming for sure for now (FT5!):
Two new PEN cameras (E-PM and E-PL)
15mm f/8.0
60mm macro
12mm Black


(FT5) Panasonic GH3 has WiFi and remote control applications!


The camera world is clearly moving into “More WEB” direction. Sony will announce the new WiFi NEX cameras tomorrow and Nikon just announced the fully Android powered Nikon S800c. And I am now pretty sure the new Panasonic GH3 will be the first Micro Four Thirds camera with built-in Wifi support! Sources told us what we will be able to do with the GH3:

1) remotely control the GH3 with your iPad or iPhone or any other Android device.
2) It has a Cloud and and Backup service running through the Lumix Club
3) Of course fully integarated with social networks like Facebook.
4) Some other features (like wireless printing).

Just to be clear, the GH3 is not Android powered and you can’t install third party applications on the camera itself. I guess this is something we will see for sure on future cameras…sooner or later!

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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