Vitaly: GH3 rumor roundup and firmware suggestions…

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A fake GH3 rendering.

Vitaly Kiselev, the Panasonic camera hacker posted a roundup of GH3 rumors floting around the web. And he added his firmware suggestions too. Here is the list via Personal-View:

GH3 Preliminary specs (really rumors and speculations, nothing official :-0 ):

  • Wheather sealed, metal body
  • Shutter button located similarly to G5, same power zoom rocker
  • 920k or better capacitive touch screen
  • Improved EVF (like full 1080p)
  • 1080p50/1080p60 at 28mp
  • 1080p120/1080p100 special modes (limited time usage), 720p120/720p100 unlimited
  • WiFi direct with Android and iPhone applications with remote video capture
  • 1/3.5″ mic input and headphone output
  • Supplied with new wheather sealed kit
  • And optional battery grip, of course.

Mine suggestions:

  • Improve video encoder making it independent from bunch of fixed settings, improve it’s performance
  • Make special dedicated expert screen for video settings, allowing to set any combination of encoder parameters, without any hacks
  • Make proper electronic follow focus with speed selection, ability to set predefined positions, etc, driven from mobile phone or using rocker

 

I would be so happy with these specs!!!

New Panasonic stuff preorders:
Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).

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New Four Thirds Samyang-Rokinon 14mm T3.1 and 24mm and 15mm T1.5 lenses coming at Photokina.

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Samyang-Rokinon announced on Facebook the release of three new Cine lenses: “Rokinon 35mm T1.5 cine lens will be available in U.S in few weeks and Rokinon 24mm T1.5 & 14mm T3.1 cine lens will be available in U.S in September.” They will be available in Four Thirds (not microFT!) too. For the m43 system they only made the cute Samyang/Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye lens (Click here to see it on eBay). But I guess they will also bring some new m43 lens at Photokina. Samyang lenses deliver often a top image quality for a low price. Can’t wait to see new toys!

That said, if you are still confused about the brand name don’t worry. The confusion is not your fault! Example, the Micro Four Thirds fisheye lens:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here),
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

But that’s not all! There are many more weird names. Here is a list of eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses: Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

So you got it?

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Full Panasonic G5 review by Photographyblog (and GX1 with lens for $499)

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You didn’t forget that we just ahd a new Panasonic announcement…you didn’t? In case you want to read more about the new G5 check out the latest review at Photographyblog (Click here) posted the full Panasonic G5 review: “One of our favourite compact system cameras from 2011 may have become more expensive, but it’s also more accomplished than its predecessor, making the new Panasonic Lumix G5 one of the best DSLR pretenders and one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market.” Preorder the Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and the Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

And while the Canon EOS-M is ruling the Amazon (pre-)order rankings (Click here to see) you may watch out for the much cheaper and interesting deals ongoing in US. Particularly Panasonic has ben very active in offering deals this month. We now have a Panasonic GX1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Adorama (Click here)! Even cheaper is the Panasonic GF3 with 14mm pancake for $379 at Amazon (Click here). On the lens front we have aPanasonic 20mm pancake for $359 at Amazon (Click here) and aPanasonic 14-42mm X pancake for $279 at Amazon (Click here).

 

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Olympus E-M5 reviews roundup (Pekka Potka, Robin Wong, Rudin and more!!!).

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Image courtesy by Phil Rudin

A while ago we reported about a possible new High End OM camera coming this winter. But the best camera is the camera that ffullfills your needs now and reviewers keep posting super reports about the Olympus E-M5.

Before to start US and European readers should know that:
1) Eight E-M5 bodies are in Stock at Adorama eBay (Click here) on Adorama’s website and at BHphoto (Click here).
2) Body + 14-42mm kit is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
3) The very rare to find SIlver body only is available in Europe at Simplyelectronics UK on eBay (Click here)

Here is a full roundp of the latest E-M5 reviews:
Is the Olympus OM-D the perfect digital camera? By Imaging Resource. In the bush with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 by Scott Rinckenberger. Wildlife with E-M5 by Pekka Potka.The Olympus E-M5 by The Frugal Filmmakers.A report by PEN and Tell (german). Robin Wong report abotu the Olympus Malaysia event. Our friend Phil Rudin posted a set of E-M5 underwater pictures on Digitaldiver.

About the rumored professional E-M5.
I am collecting your OM PRO features suggestions posted here: http://www.43rumors.com/ft3-high-end-om-camera-coming-within-the-next-6-months-e-m5-price-drop-this-winter/. Will do a poll soon.

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E-M5 preorder links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

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Kipon EOS to m43 adapter with full electronic control!

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In a surprising announcement Kipon unveiled the development of the new Kipon EOS to m43 (and NEX) adapter with full electronic control. There is no info about price and features yet. This may will help some EOS EF lens owner to join the m43 system instead of the new Canon EOS-M :)

Non electronic Kipon adapters are already available on eBay (Click here).

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