March 3, 2011
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Next good news from Amazon about the GH2 and GF2!

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Steve Jobs presented the new iPad? Guys, there is an even more impressive news coming from Panasonic :)
Yetserday one 43rumors reader ordered the GH2+14-140mm and got that mail shortly after from Amazon:
We have good news!  We’re able to get this part of your order to you faster than we originally promised:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 16.05 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD and 14-140mm HD Hybrid Lens (Black)”
Previous estimated arrival date: March 11 2011
New estimated arrival date: March 07 2011″

Son you might order the GH2 now at Amazon (Click here)! That time you should get the camera within a reasonable time!

UPDATE: They are not accepting preorders anymore :(

GF2

And the second good news is that also the  new Panasonic GF2 will be in Stock on March 9 at Amazon (Click here).

Sounds like Panasonic is finally shipping their stuff…right before the new GF3 and GH3 camera announcements…LOL!

March 3, 2011
Posted in news

Triple new Olympus firmware for the E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1

Olympus just released the new firmware 1.1 for three cameras! Thise are the chnages for each camera:

E-5: Resolved issue of the LCD monitor color compensation being reset.
E-PL2: Changed default setting of Image Stabilizer (IS) to “On” when converter lens scene mode ([FISHEYE EFFECT], [ WIDE-ANGLE], and [ MACRO]) are selected.
XZ-1: Version 1.1 Resolved issue that occurred when the POWER button of the dedicated flash units was operated.

Click here to visit the Olympus firmware download page.

E-5 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
E-PL2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
XZ-1 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 3, 2011
Posted in news

Take a look at the original Panasonic GF1 patent

Companies do not only patent specific technologies but also camera designs. Take a look at the following Panasonic patent that explains the Panasonic GF1 design (Source: freepatentsonline). That’s the description:

In one aspect, a mirrorless type imaging apparatus is provided. The imaging apparatus includes a mount to which a lens unit is mountable, an imager operable to produce an image signal from light incident through the lens unit, a light-emitter operable to emit light, and an electric storage device operable to supply electric power to the light-emitter, wherein the electric storage device is disposed behind the mount and below the imager.
According to, in the imaging apparatus of the aspect, the electric storage device is disposed below the imager, so that imaging apparatus can be miniaturized. Additionally, the electric storage device is disposed below the imager, so that an influence of heat generation of the imager on the electric storage device can be reduced.

You might want to read the rest of the patent to see what’s so special on the GF1 ;)

Reminder: The Panasonic GF2 is in Stock almost everywhere (as usual US is the latest country in the world to get stocks of Panasonic cameras!). Check out price and availability clicking on those direct GF2 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Via Freepatentsonine

March 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Fuji X100 patch to open RAW files (+ more news and Adorama preorders)

UPDATE: Those are the first unboxing pictures coming from Japan (More at dmaniax.com). Shots with the x100 from the same person: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotois/sets/72157626059913905

UPDATE2: Adorama is accepting Fuji X100 preorders (Click here).

The dpreview forum user “Ncruces” posted the patched source code to open the Quesabesdes RAW files with DCraw. Download from here: http://db.tt/jSGfK7R.

The dpreview forum user “ebrandon” posted two links to download the “before” (unprocessed TIFF) http://db.tt/uM3tnCm and the “after” (post-processed TIFF) http://db.tt/dvXlxHS.

Meanwhile Entincingthelight explains you why the X100 is NOT to expensive: “I think I’ve shown that the X100 is not the expensive proposition many are making it out to be. For the photographer who wants a well-built, relatively compact, externally simple digital camera with physical dials, and for whom a fast wideangle lens covers most of his/her needs, the X100 is almost cheap, especially if you consider this photographer will probably use the camera for many years before replacing it.

P.S.: In USA the camera will start shipping on March 7 (Source: Dpreview forum).

You can subscribe to be notified when the X100 will be in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. P.S.: Where in Europe???

Via Noisycamera

March 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GH2 reviews and DPreview studio shots (+Amazon says in Stock on March 8)

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DPreview added the studio comparison samples which usually means that they will soon publish the final GH2 review. Have fun by comparing the GH2 results with other cameras. Dpreview also added GF1 downloadeable raw files for all ISOs, for comparison against the GF2.

Digitalcamerareview tested the Panasonic GH2: “The Panasonic GH2 surpasses the quality and performance of a point-and-shoot and just about every entry-level DSLR on the market. A high quality – though not perfect – kit lens, and an excellent 16 megapixel sensor and processing engine help the GH2 succeed. There’s a touchscreen for those who want it and a familiar array of controls for those who don’t. Right now, it’s safe to say that there’s nothing else like it.” The final rating is 4.5/5 points.

A short GH2 test at Outbackphoto.

Black GH2 finally in US

The GH2 is still out of Stock in all US online stores. In those months we only saw a few Silver GH2 in Stock here and there. Now Amazon updated the availability status for the Black GH2+14-140mm kit (Click here). They say it will be in Stock on March 8, 2011.
Click those direct links to check price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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