(FT5) Panasonic LF1 high end compact to be announced in late April.

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The party isn’t over at Panasonic! In late April Panasonic will announce two more cameras. One is the Panasonic G6 and the other one is a completely new model. A high end compact camera with fixed zoom lens and with built-in viewfinder. The name will be “Panasonic LF1“. I am collecting the specs right now and I ask our sources to send me more info at 43rumors@gmail.com or via the anonymous contact form that floats on the right border of the website.

43rumors readers will be also happy to know that in early may Olympus will also announce a new MFT product. And it’s likely going to be the new PEN camera! Don’t miss any news. Join our group on facebook and follow our tweets. Hot time coming!

Premium compact camera price and specs check that Panasonic has to compete with:
Fuji X100s at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Pentax MX-1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Nikon A at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Sony RX100 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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a little bit of everything (full with reviews).

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AF during video, comparison GH2 vs GH3 by m43photo.

Panasonic 35-100mm X lens test at LensTip.
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 test at Camerastuffreview.
E-M5 review at Photographyramblings.
E-M5 vs GH3 vs new Canon SL1 size comparison at Dicahub.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens Review at ePhotozine.
XZ-10 prueba de camp at DSLRmagazine.
Gh3 and hacked GH2 seen on set at Top gear.
Steve Gosling Flower & Plant Photography OM-D Event (ePhotozine).
Olympus Tough TG-1 review at Zuikoholics.
Olympus OM-D Free 2-Part Leather Case + Battery Offer (ePhotozine).
Comparing the X100s and the OMD by Andrew van Beek.
A year with the OMD by Lawrence Ripsher.
UK Investors sue Olympus (Amateur Photographer).
Nikon S1, Olympus E-PM2, Panasonic GF5, Samsung NX1000 y Sony NEX-F3: frente a frente (Quesabesde).
Head to Head: Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 vs. Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 (Digitalcamerainfo).
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Lens tested at Photoreview.
9-18mm review by Hendrik Johnsson.
Sigma 30mm lens review by Gianni Galassi.

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Olympus US deals roundup (up to $100 savings on cameras and lenses).

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Three days ago I reported how Amazon launched the up to $100 savings on Olympus cameras (Click here to see the list) and Olympus lenses (Click here to see the list). The same deals are now available at Adorama and BHphoto too. So here is a quick roundup of the best deals (CLick on the store name to see the product):

Olympus cameras:
– E-PM2 body for $399 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $50 off!
– E-PM2 with kit lens for $449 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $50 off!
– E-PL5 body for $499 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $50 off!
– E-PL5 with kit lens for $549 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $50 off!

Olympus lenses:
– Olympus 14-150mm for $499 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $100 off!
– Olympus 9-18mm for $599 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $100 off!
– Olympus 17mm f/2.8 for $199 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. That’s $100 off!

And from all these new offers the 9-18mm lens seems to be the most sold according to Amazon Ranking.

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New GF6 image samples (including RAW for download).

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Pixel Peepers fanatics can now download some RAW image samples at Quesabesde (Click here). More JPG image samples have been also posted at FourThirds-User. Meantime GF6 preorder quantities aren’t really overwhelming. The camera ranks 21st at Amazon mirrorless camera ranking (Click here, note changing hourly!).

GF6 Preorders are now up at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and now at Adorama (Click here) too.

Curiosity: Too bad the Blackmagic Pocket camera ins’t sold by Amazon -> you can preorder it at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) -< It would have been nice to see if preorders of the Blackmagic are higher than the GF6 :)

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Panasonic wants to expand the “affordable” lens range.

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The guys over at DSLRmagazine (translation here) posted a report about the Panasonic event in Vienna.
Panasonic first showed some very interesting market analysis. The image on top shows the growing mirrorless system cameras market share. Asia is leading the innovation with over 40% of all system cameras being mirrorless. Europe follows with 20% and North America with 14% only. And Panasonic camera “owns” 17% of that mirrorless pie. And the strategy is also very clear with the GF and GX cameras goal to be to “Create New Demand” while the GH and G camera will aggress the DSLR market and focus on “Hybrid Photography

And on that image above you see that it’s Panasonic goal to expand the “affordable priced lenses to lead additional purchases“. That could explain why it will take one more year until the amazing 42.5mm f/1.2 lens hits the market :(

 

All images and full report via DSLRmagazine.

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