(UPDATED) GH3 to officially ship from December 13th. RAW samples at Quesabesde!

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Big Prints from LUMIX GH3, featuring Ira Block

Now it’s official. Panasonic announced the shipment date for the new GH3: December 13th (Source: DC.watch). History proved that EU and US readers will get their preorders weeks later. Panasonic store (Click here) still shows a shipping date of Nov 30th but I guess they will change that soon. Note that previously shipment period was guessed for November (Source: Which, Techradar, Photoscala, Nofilmschool, Photographyblog, and so on…).

UDPATE: Quesabesde (translation here) posted a new set of GH3 image samples including full size RAW images!

Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

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Panasonic postpones the GH3 shipment date (and new hands-on video)

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GH3 hands-on video by Whatdigitalcamera

BHphoto (Click here) now postponed the GH3 release from November to December. And so Panasonic store (Click here ->now Nov 30th). Le’ts hope this is not the beginning of a long series of small delays!

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
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,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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Akira Watanabe interview: “New system cameras coming in the short term!” -> High End model!

Two days ago I told you that I am getting new rumors about two possible Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. It may be a good time to remind you some statements made by Akira Watanabe at Amateur Photographer. Here are some of the key info he unveiled:

– The Canon EOS-M is “not a big challenge
– About the Olympus fee scandal: “It is, at the moment, a management issue and there is no negative or positive impact on development or planning – no impact.
– About future products: “new system camera technology, to be rolled out in the ‘short term’, would be ‘trickled’ down to future ‘high-end compact cameras
– And “Basic technology development-wise, we will focus on high-end models and mainly compact system cameras
– “very big jump’ in the performance of electronic viewfinders” and “At a certain point most people will be satisfied with replacing their optical finder with an EVF
– “Olympus will ‘accelerate development of high-grade lenses for MFT systems’.

The key words here are “short term” – “High End models” and “Electronic Viewfinders”. That sums it up what we will see soon (early 2013). What I didn’t hear yet is if Olympus will make some High Grade zooms like the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay) and the 35-100mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay) Zuiko lenses. From what I heard prime lenses are priority.

 

 

E-M5 as low as 820 Euro in Europe (precisely Italy).

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The well known Italian store Mr. Price is now selling the brand new E-M5 for 820 Euro in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here). We haven’t seen any of such massive price drops in any other country than Italy and France. It’s 270 Euro less than you pay in Germany where you usually can find great prices on cameras. Too bad the Italian stores doens’t ship outside Italy. But you can still find refurbished E-M5 cameras on auction at Olympusmarket. The first E-M5 you can get is here and the second here.

Olympusmarket has now also an impressive long list of last generation PEN cameras. Here is just a short list of what you can find:
Silver E-P3 with 17mm lens Black E-P3 with 17mm lens Black E-P3 with kit lens White E-P3 with kit lens Silver E-P3 with kit lens Silver E-PL3 with kit lens Black E-PL3 with kit lens Red E-PL3 with double lens kit White E-PL3 with double lens kit Pink E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens White E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens

Full list can be seen at Olympusmarket (Click here).

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