Olympus XZ-1 sells for $199. E-PL5 in Stock at Amazon (overpriced) and in Germany!

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Olympus is clearing their XZ-1 stocks and is selling the camera for $199 via Amazon (Click here). And guess what…both the silver and black versions are now on top of the popularity ranking at Amazon (Click here).

And for the first time also the new Olympus E-PL5 is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). But you pay $75 extra for it! You may wait a couple of days to get it for the regular price! And the E-Pl5 is also in Stock for the first time in Europ at Ringfoto on eBay Germany!

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

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Updated image circle lens test by Diglloyd.

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Image courtesy: Diglloyd.com

Lloyd Chambers created a sort of a camera obscura to make a more accurate measure of the image circle of FT and MFT lenses. As you may know Four Thirds sensor have a diagonal of 21,6mm while APS-C sensors have a diagonal of 28,2mm. The question is if current FT and MFT lenses would cover a larger than FT sensor. He first tested the superb 14-35mm f/2.0 FT zoom lens. Wide open the lens has a circle of 26mm which increases up to 32mm on the tele end.

He also tested some MFT lenses:
Panasonic 25/1.4 has a 27mm image circle
Panasonic 45/2.8 macro has a 25mm image circle
Olympus 45/1.8 ED has a 31mm image circle
Olympus 75/1.8 ED has a 29mm image circle

In theory the two Olympus MFT prime lenses would cover the full APS-C sensor. Doens’t necessarily mean Olympus did it intentionally. But it’s interesting to know!

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What the heck? The new E-PL5 beats the Sony NEX-5R in Jpeg Dynamic Range!

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Image courtesy: Techradar

Last week our polish friends at M43.eu (Translation here) stated that the E-PL5 image quality at low ISO even beats the current Olympus E-M5. Now we have a second test supporting the results from m43.eu. Techradar (Click here) published the full E-PL5 Noise and Dynamic Range test. In RAW the E-PL5 manages to be on par with the new Sony NEX-5R in terms of noise and dynamic range. And that is already a superb result considering the sensor size difference. But it goes even further. The Olympus JPEG engine even manages to squeeze out a better Dynamic Range than the NEX-5R JPEG engine!

I am really surprised to see such a result. Almost think that both did a mistake while doing these tests! Possible that Olympus now catched up with that what is known to be one of the best (if not the best) APS-C sensor?

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

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Proven Panasonic/Olympus stuff sells well (and Sandisk 70% off). And a GX1 Gordon Laing story…

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Photokina gave us two new PEN cameras and soon we will have a new GX camera too. But guess what cameras are selling most..the older generation MFT stuff! The GF3, GX1 and E-PL1 are the most sold mirrorless cameras at Amazon (watch the ranking). All these cameras are massively discounted and as you see also the cheap Panasonic lenses are selling well. UPDATE: Sandisk SD gold box deal with up to 70% discount (Click here).

The GF3, GX1 and E-PL1 are all cameras good enough for 99,9% of all pictures you will ever do in your life. But there is still some people on earth that believes that mirrorless cameras aren’t “professional” enough. Just read the story were photographer Gordon Laing had no permit to enter Antelope Canyon park because the Panasonic GX1 lacks of a mirror!

 

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(FT4) Three new MFT cameras within the next 4-5 months!

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The GX2 design patent?

I am working on the next bunch of rumors and all I can say for now is that it is very likely that we will see up to three new Micro Four Thirds cameras within the next 4-5 months. As you know one of them should be the new Panasonic GX2 that is rumored to arrive before the end of the year. Not a surprise seeing that the GX1 ($469 with lens at A.) costs less than the GF5 with the same lens. The new GX2 should have the same GH3 sensor, and a new design (built-in EVF?).

The real challenge right now are the two other new MFT cameras that are supposed to arrive from Olympus! These are scheduled for a release in early 2013. And both are rumored to be different from the cameras we have seen until now and both are made for the enthusiast amateur or semi pro photographer. I am working to get some double-triple feedback from other sources and I will give you some reliable news as soon as I can! Stay tuned!

P.S.: Successor coming or not…the GX1 sells well at that low price according to Amazon ranking (Click here).

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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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