As you might remember our sources said that Olympus had a new cheaper external EVF but than Olympus didn’t announce it along the new PEN cameras. We were all wondering what happened. Finally our reader “Felix” noticed something very interesting in one of the E-P3 commercials from Olympus (Click here to see the commercial on youtube). At the end of the video (00:58) you can see the new external viewfinder we talked about for weeks! It’s definitely NOT the current Olympus VF-2 (Click here to see images of that viewfinder). Hope Olympus will let us know more about it soon!
There are many interesting E-P3 tests you absolutely have to see! On top you can see an E-P3 versus Canon 7D autofocus test. Easy to see who is the winner! And here is the reviews list:
1)Photographyblog (Click here) made a very detailed Olympus E-P3 JPEG vs RAW comparison. And those are the most interesting notes:
– The camera-original JPEG shows considerably higher contrast, while the raw conversion has arguably better tonality.
– There’s a bit of luminance noise in the JPEG, while the raw conversion has some tightly-grained chroma noise.
– AT High ISO the JPEG has a monochromatic noise pattern, while the raw conversion has more chroma noise
– You can definitely achieve much crisper-looking results by shooting raw, but the actual amount of detail may not be that much higher, and you may also run into aliasing issues.
3)Focus Numerique (Click here) posted their well known ISO tests of the E-P3. At highest sensitivities (ISO 3200 and 6400) images of the E-P3 are better than the E-PL2 but it gets beaten by the G3. Focus Numerique posted also some Image samples you can download as RAW!
As you know the Fujiguys announced that there would be some amazing new Fuji stuff in autumn. Yesterday Photorumors got an info from an unknown source saying that “The Fuji mirrorless system will be launched with a set of new Fujinon lenses. There might even be two different mirrorless version announced at the same time.” That’s probably coming from the same source that a couple of days ago said that Fuji would launch”some kind of a mirrorless solution with a sensor probably smaller than APS-C, something in the m4/3 range.” It’s a very long time that Fuji didn’t release any Fujinon Lens for a photo camera system (Click here to see Fujinon Lenses on eBay). And I would certainly welcome if those lenses would be made for the m43 system!
Please be careful with that rumor. I don’t know the source and I still didn’t hear anything from my trusted sources. The only thing I noticed is that the Fuji Guys are now following my tweets! Not enough to consider it a prove that they will join m43 soon but at leas I am happy they are reading us 😉
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Etymology: Middle English rumour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rumor clamor, gossip; akin to Old English rēon to lament, Sanskrit rauti he roars
Date: 14th century
1: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source
2: a statement or report current without known authority for its truth
3 archaic : talk or report of a notable person or event
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