August 18, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The new lenses coming from Panasonic are two zooms!


Image on to shows the current Panasonic 14-42mm and Olympus 14-42mm kit lenses.

Over a month ago I posted the rumor about a new 14-42mm lens coming from Panasonic. Now I got the bulletproof confirmation that those rumors were correct! Not only the 45-175mm lens is going to be announced but there will be also a new 14-42mm kit lens. Both will have an extremely compact size. I was told the 14-42mm lens is actually MUCH(!) smaller than the Olympus collapsible Olympus 14-42mm lens. I would not believe that if the rumor wouldn’t come from known sources!!!

Reminder: Announcement expected by end of August! And you are not going to see the GF7 soon (coming probably in December/January)

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August 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-P3 in depth review at Dpreview (E-P3 and X100 in Stock at Amazon)

The link is here: They liked the new features a lot and almost a perfect PEN. Handling and autofocus are superb. The only real “problem” is the aging sensor. It doesn’t bring any real improvement over the Olympus E-PL2. The camera earns a Silver Award and an overalls core of 74%.

I am just reading the review and will update this post soon :)

In Stock status:
The Black E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
The White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
Not a Micro Four Thirds camera but a camera many hear do like. The Fuji X100 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here)…with 12 months financing option :) (found via Noisycamera).


August 17, 2011
Posted in news

New Panasonic GH2 hack updated!

Vitaly Kiselev just updated the Ptool to version 3.62d. You can read more about that version at Personal-view (Click here). It pushed the GH2 bitrates to >100Mbps!
Those are the chnages from the previous version (written by Vitaly):
– Improved bitrate patches
– Improved GOP patches.
– Improved MJPEG size patches.
– Added quantizer patches.
– Added few other encoder related patches.
– Few fixes, including 24L behaviour.

US deal Reminder: There is a $55 price drop on the GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens on Amazon (Click here). Other price and kits check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

The next big feature. Panasonic and Olympus working on Global Shutter!

The global shutter circuitry patented by Olympus (found via Egami)

A couple of days ago I told you via trusted sources that Panasonic has the plan to introduce the “global shutter” with the next GH3 camera. And not only Panasonic is working on it! Egami spotted an Olympus patent describing the noise reduction process on a sensor with global shutter. Global shutters can remove the typical effects from current sensors using the rolling shutter like exhibit smearing,skew, wobble, and partial exposure. Wikipedia explains it better: “Rolling shutter (also known as line scan) is a method of image acquisition in which each frame is recorded not from a snapshot of a single point in time, but rather by scanning across the frame either vertically or horizontally. In other words, not all parts of the image are recorded at exactly the same time, even though the whole frame is displayed at the same time during playback. This is in contrast with global shutter in which the entire frame is exposed for the same time window.”

According to Egami the Olympus global shutter sensor will also allow to have much sharper images (you can see an image comparison on their website).

More info about global shutters:

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