Vitaly the hacker now will work directly with Panasonic and will develop firmware for new cameras!

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In an extraordinary press release Personal View (Click here) informs that Vitaly and his hacker team finally signed an agreement with Panasonic! Vitaly writes: “Since today we are going to directly participate in design and development of system cameras firmware for selected cameras produced by Panasonic Corporation, and DSC Business unit specifically.”

That’s an extraordinary news you have literally mark on your calendar as remembering for the time being! I repeat, mark it! :)

UPDATE: What a good day today! You can even win an E-M5 at E-P1.net (Click here) …LOL!

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E-M5 is now in Stock in Asia!

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Readers reported us that the E-M5 is shipping in Japan (here at Amazon and Kakaku), Philippines, Hong Kong (Digitalrev), Malaysia (here on eBay) and some other Asian countries. Europeans and Americans have to wiat up to 2-3 weeks before to see the first camera shipments. Be patient! :)

Preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 8/13/19 (Click here)
UK: E_M5 isn’t doing as well as in USA (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 13 and 14 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/11/14 (Click here).

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Phase AF and dynamic range sensor patent. Epson explains the EVF from the E-M5.

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Egami (Click here) found the next Olympus patent describing a sensor with integrated pixel dedicated for phase detection auto focusing and increased dynamic range performance. What I don’t know if a sensor with integrated phase auto focusing will really make it into a real Olympus camera. The current Olympus E-M5 is already super fast and I guess it will be improved further in other model. There may be no need anymore to work on such a technology.

Speaking of the E-M5, Epson just issued a new press release (Click here) explaining the electronic viewfinder technology used for the camera. The EVF has been optimized to help photographers to shoot fast moving images without the color breakup experienced using other formats (The phenomenon by which a transient image appears when photographers move the camera rapidly or shoot fast-moving subjects).

Sounds great! Now let’s see if Panasonic will do it even better on the GH3 :)

E-M5 Preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

 

 

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Olympus E-PL1 with lens for $199! (via Cameta-Techbargains)

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That’s really insanely cheap! The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm kit lens sells now for $199 via Cameta on eBay (Click here). It’s manufacturer refurbished. Those are the deals I really like, you get an interchangeable lens system camera with large sensor and decent functionality and a collapsible zoom lens. Less than you pay for an average compact camera!

Checking for other low budget deals I found the following:
Refurbished GF1 body for $300 on eBay (Click here) New GF2 body with 14-42mm kit lens for $324 on eBay (Click here) New GF3 body with 14-42mm X pancake lens for $468 on eBay (Click here) New E-PM1 body for $299 on eBay (Click here)

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Olympus E-M5 earns Gold Award by Whatdigitalcamera (new 12-50mm firmware update)

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I am learning dutch and I casually found that E-M5 video on youtube. Didn’t know that Olympus invited a fake Angelina Jolie for the E-M5 press release event. You can see her at the end of the video :)

Phil Hall from Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) reviewed the new Olympus E-M5. The camera earns a Gold Award. They like almost everything of the E-M5: “The AF is a noticeable improvement over the PEN series, while the new image stabilisation system works a treat.” and “The OM-D E-M5 performs very well at the lower end of the ISO range, delivering clean and detailed images. Increasing the resolution over the E-P3 could lead some to assume that with more photosites taking up the same sensor area, image noise could be more pronounced, but the OM-D performs very well.

Their only critic is that “it’s a shame to see no ISO 100 on offer”.

More news: Finally you can preorder the E-M5 at Amazon Germany (Click here) for the normal non cheater price :) There is a new firmware update for the 12-50mm kit lens (Source: Olympus Japan). It improves the IS in macro mode and adds zoom support when used on Panasonic cameras. DC.watch (Click here) posted some info about the Epson EVF used by the E-M5.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 7/12/14/15 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 20 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 6 and 8 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/11/14 (Click here).

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