Next E-M5 versus GH3 image quality comparison via ePhotozine (and GF5 superdeal)

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Short deal info: Newegg (Click here) has a limited offer where you can save $70 on the GF5 with 14-42mm kit (normal price at Amazon is $519)

 

It is the day of the comparisons and here is the next one. ePhotozine (Click here) posted the nest E-M5 versus GH3 image comparison. And for them it looks like the E-M5 has the edge when it comes to analyze the JPG (not RAW!) images: “Outdoors in the “Wide” shot, the Olympus shows warmer images, with the GH3 image looking cooler in comparison. In the “Street” image there is stronger colour saturation and contrast in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 image. In the final image of the kiwi fruit, the Olympus provides a sharper final image.

As you know Olympus always had the edge over Panasonic when it comes to JPG quality. But it will be interesting to see a real RAW comparison. I suppose both cameras are suing the same (Sony) sensor and quality will be almost identical. The real difference between the two cameras are the features, not the image quality.


GH3 preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt. Shipments starts in mid December!

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35-100mm X in Stock at Samys and Amazon. Super Gold Box deal on the Panasonic LX5

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Samys (Click here) and Amazon (via Samy) are finally having a bunch of Panasonic 35-100mm X lenses in Stock! In Europe this lens is already shipping via Technikdirekt Germany. Also the E-PM2 is in Stock at Samys (Click here).

And as you know the Olympus XZ-1 is the most sold digital camera at Amazon (Click here). That may be the reason why Panasonic allowed a Gold Box deal on the LX5 which now sells for $249 at Amazon (Click here). Full list of todays Gold Box deal can be seen here.

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Pekka Potka says there is no real IQ difference between E-PL5 and E-M5.

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The E-PL5 vs E-M5 comparison by DSLRcheck (translation here).

As Heisenberg proved in the world of physics every testing results depends from the tester. So we now have two new tests trying to find out if there is an IQ difference between the E-PL5 and E-M5:

1) First test: Pekka Potka debunked the myth of the E-PL5 being better then the E-M5. He compared the two cameras and states that “the only thing we can see in these two images is that there really is no difference at all. Yes, there are very, very slight differences but they can come from so many little deviations.“.

2) Second test: DSLRcheck posted another E-PL5 versus E-M5 comparison. The test shows how the E-PL5 has a bit more moire but at the same time also a tiny bit more sharpness. This test indeed suggests that there may be a difference between the two cameras and this may be caused by the lack of AA filter (as written by Olympus France in a message to Lepidi).

I repeat it once again, I link to reviews written by others and I am sure they all have the best intentions. But as stated by Pekka there are so many variables influencing test results. And even Olympus France could have done an (unintentional) wrong statement. At that point I want to remind you that this are just pixel peeping talks. You will never notice a real difference between a printed E-PL5 or E-M5 image. It’s great that Olympus used the best m43 sensor to date for both smalle new PEN cameras :)

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

The E-PM2 is in Stock at Cametaacutions (Here on slidoo ebay), whiel the E-PL5 is in Stock in Asia (here on slidoo ebay).

 

 

 

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Surprise! Truesense (ex-Kodak) announces a new Four Thirds sensor with Global Shutter (and Monochrome version too!)

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Back in 2011 Truesenseimaging was acquired by Platinum Equity through a transaction with Kodak. And one year after the acquisition they surprised us by announcing a new Four Thirds sensors! You can download the full specs as pdf (Click here). And there are some very intriguing specs. First this sensor is available in both Color and Monochrome version! I am probably among one of these few guys that would like to own a Monochrome MFT camera. The sensor also features global shutter.

Here are the key features:

  • Global shutter and rolling shutter
  • Very fast frame rate
  • High NIR sensitivity
  • Multiple regions of interest
  • Interspersed video streams

 

Resolution: 4000 x 3000
Total Resolution: 12 MP
Pixel Size µm: 4.7
Diag. mm: 23.5
Max Frame Rate (fps): 60
Configurations:
  • Monochrome
  • Color
Optical Format: 4/3

What is the strategy behind this? Are we going to see a Panasonic or Olympus camera featuring this sensor???

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Save up to $2500 on refurbished Four Thirds Lens deals (they will be 100% compatible on the next OMD?)

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Try to guess when Olympus launched the last New Four Thirds Lens? Don’t remember? It was the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II back in November 2008! And honestly I don’t recall any rumor about possible new FT Lens releases. Still, some of the FT lenses are unmatched in terms of quality by any of the current MFT offerings. So if you care about getting some of the great FT Glass here are some new deals on refurbished FT lenses that will make you save up to $2250 on the usual normal price:

Save $2250 on the Olympus Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $650 on the Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $700 on the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $900 on the Olympus 150mm f/2.o at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $300 on the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8 F2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.

Many of you will now say. Why the heck should I buy a FT lens? Easy answer, those are superb lenses and will be also fully supported in terms of AF speed on the future OMD cameras. At least that is what Olympus promised us for the next future. And I am sure they are telling us the truth. And I have no hard time in recommending you good lenses. They will last forever (unlike cameras). Even Philip Bloom uses the f/2.0 Olympus lenses for his work :)

 

 

 

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