Fuji X PRO 1 gets price and preorder option. A serious OM-D contender?

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There is now a final price and preorder option for the Fuji X PRO 1:
$1699 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Lenses are available too at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Along the Sony NEX-7 ($1200) this will become the main competitor of the Olympus OM-D which rumored price is around $1100. I have no clue if the X PRO 1 will sell well with that price. And I guess there will be a tuff battle between the OM-D and that camera. Based on rumors and early X PRO 1 test (See Fujirumors) I guess that this is the advantages-disadvantages list:

Olympus OM-D advantages:
– Cheaper
– Weather sealed
– Better video quality
– Super fast autofocus
– Smaller body (if you care about size)
– Lens line up (and powerzoom lens availability)
– built-in stabilization
– tilting LCD

Fuji X PRO 1 advantages:
– Superb image quality
– Hybrid viewfinder

But this is just a list based on rumors and not yet tested cameras. But I want to hear your thoughts on this!

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Olympus 12-50mm in Stock at BHphoto (updated GX1 status)

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The new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The advantages over the 14-42mm collapsible lens are 1) it’s weather sealed 2) Better build quality 3) Powerzoom 4) it is 2mm wider. 5) Better image quality. But it’s also much more expensive and bigger. So it’s up to you to chose the right lens!

An update regarding the GX1: The Black 14-42mm X lens kit is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Full in Stock status:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here).
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Black GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Uniquephoto (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Uniquephoto (Click here).

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(FT5) OM-D shots nine(!) frames per second!

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Blog.Livedoor stitched together the three leaked images to create the OM-D alike image (it’s NOT a real image of the real camera. Also the camera name is just their guess!).

Olympus OM-D, between hype and reality.
While some good sources tell me that the camera has a high dynamic range, superb video quality, much faster AF than the Olympus E-P3 and and a possible two stop JPEG noise performance issue we still have to remain with our feet o earth. I haven’t seen any image sample yet and I have no info about who made the Olympus sensor and how the supposed image quality increase has been achieved. But finally I got at least one new “fact”. I have been told the the OM-D can shoot 9fps! The current best m43 camera of the class, the Panasonic GH2 shoots 5fps. A trusted source also told me that it has a buffer of “max. 11 or 17 frames on sequential shooting depending on the mode (H/L, both in RAW).” And considering that this is a 16 megapixel sensor that’s quite a good performance!

The camera will be announced next week on February 8th. Only than we can be 100% sure if the Olympus sensor has some new major technology or if it’s just a “tweaked” Panasonic sensor. All sources and rumors lead us to believe that this will not be a remake of the Olympus E-P3 marketing hype, when Olympus said that this is a “tweaked” sensor and in reality the image quality improvement turned out be very minimal. Let’s hope the best guys!

Personal notice: I am very busy until late Thursday night. I have to work on a frozen lake for two days and the terrible Burian will bring temperatures down at -15/20 grad Celsius. So expect some delay in comment moderation and email response.

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Panasonic announces a bunch of new compact cameras. X lens announcement within the next 10 days?

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I don’t know why, but after 20 days only after the last compact camera announcement Panasonic today announced more new not so spectacular compact cameras! For those of you wondering when the LX5 successor is coming I haven’t received any info yet. I only know the Olympus XZ-1 successor is coming this summer (not yet).

Anyway, I am sure the next announcement is for m43 related stuff only and I expect this to be right before the CP+ show in Yokohama (mid February). The only thing I am (almost) sure of is that the new X lenses will be released.

For my European readers: There are now around fourty refurbished PEN cameras on auction at Olympusmarket (Click here). I am going to put my efforts on one of the E-P2 bodies (here). Please don’t bet on it :)

 

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$500 price drop on the Panasonic AG-AF100! GX1 in Stock status.

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The most expensive of all Micro Four Thrids cameras just got a $500 price drop on Adorama (Click here to check the deal). It’s now available for $3869 which is $480 less than the price on Amazon (Click here). IMPORTANT: It’s a mail in rebate!!!

GX1 in Stock status:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here).
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Uniquephoto (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Uniquephoto (Click here).

Other USA deals:
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 for $385 at Amazon (Click here).
There is a new E-P3 shooter kit at BHphoto (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm lens in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).
And Amazon (Click here) says the Black GX1 will be available within 1-3 months.

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