New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup (with Seb Farges and Tyson Robichaud)


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I have to catch up on the reviews front and here is the post that contains them all :)

A special mention goes to my friend Tyson that  wrote a couple of “must-read” articles:
Lumix G3 vs the mighty might GF1, or why I chose to upgrade my MILC (tysonrobichaud): “the G3 provides enough of an argument to not be ignored.  It ends up, in my mind, as the poor man’s NEX7 or GH2, and I’m happy I saved my money.“. And there are two more articles from Tyson you have to read. One is about the “Holy Trinity” of m43 (Click here) and the second is a GX1 vs GF1 sensor comparison (Click here).

More reviews:
My final thoughts on the Panasonic GX1 vs E-P3 (Steve Huff).
Field Test of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 at The Digital Story (Click here): “Overall I’m very satisfied with the GX1. It feels great in the hand, has lots of external controls, an intuitive menu system, and excellent RAW image quality (albeit JPG just so-so). Overall I’d rate it at least 4.5 stars (out of 5).
Olympus E-Pm1 tested at Diwa (Click here). Lots of charts for experts!
Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “Few users will be dissatisfied with the optical qualities of this lens. You can already take surprisingly good shots in terms of image quality with this lens. Simple instructions for the Panasonic 14-42 mm: put the lens on aperture choice, choose aperture 5.6 and try to avoid the highest focal length.
Panasonic 100-300mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The Panasonic 100-300 mm surprises with high optical performance almost over the entire zoom range. At focal lengths above 250 mm (500 mm @ full frame) optical performance rapidly becomes less.
Olympus 12-50mm review at Fengniao (Click here).
Olympus 12mm review at Sansmirror (Click here): “Absolute pixel peepers will have some problems with the corners wide open, but as fast wide angle primes go, the 12mm f/2 is actually a very good lens.

P.S.: There is a new 12mm f/1.6 SLR magic lens is now on auction on eBay (Click here).


BHphoto: Panasonic G3 (body and kit) discontinued. GH2 (with 14-140mm) discontinued.


Last week BHphoto (Click here) informed that the Gh2+14-140mm lens kit has been discontinued and Amazon (Click here) itself isn’t selling that kit anymore. This doesn’t necessary mean that a GH3 is imminent. The GH2 body only is still available and that could also mean that there will be a new GH2+12-35mm X kit option (or 35-100mm X) soon.

But today also the Panasonic G3 body has been officially discontinued at BHphoto (Click here). And the RED, White, Brown G3 + kit lens too (again here at BHphoto)! You don’t discontinue the body only version without having an upcoming new model!

I am pretty sure that not only Olympus but also Panasonic will have a BIG announcement right before the CP+ show in Yokohama (mid February).

P.S: US deals:
Olympus 12mm lens now for $703 at Amazon (Click here).
Panaosnic GF2 with kit lens for $355 at Amazon (Click here).


Focus on Imaging show invites you to see the Olympus “high-end” camera.


Our reader “Alan” just sent us the latest newsletter from the Focus on Imaging show that will take place in Birmingham on 4 – 7 MARCH 2012:

Olympus – new enthusiast centred product
Focus 2012 will be the first UK viewing of Olympus’ hot new high-end product aimed at the enthusiast market. To be formally announced on 8 February, Olympus promises an action-packed stand full of surprises to mark the occasion – One Major camera’s much anticipated first public view in the UK. We can’t tell you what but there is a clue beginning with One.

I am working a lot on the rumors front. You know I am a bit conservative and I try to post good rumors only. I am right now checking some info I got about the sensor. If the rumors I got are correct than the sensor is really NEW! And different than the one used for the Panasonic GX1. Let’s cross the fingers guys! This could be a good shot from Olympus!

P.S.: Daywalker just told me the first black 12-50mm weather sealed lens fro m43 is now for sale on eBay (Click here).

P.P.S.: Someone asked me if I will go to the show in Birmingham. Answer, I don’t know. I am already using some of my holiday bonus to work on the Olympus OM rumors.  But I would love ot go there!



Panasonic GX1 and 100-300mm firmware updates (+review and in Stock status)


Panasonic announced a new firmware updated for the new GX1 camera and the 100-300mm zoom lens. You should soon be able to download the firmware at For some mysterious reasons the download is still not available but the new features are already here:

-Enhancement in the performance of AWB
-Enhancement in the performance of [AFF] (AF Flexible) and [AFC] (AF Continuous)
-Improved stability when used with the SD Memory Card complying with UHS-I
-Addition of [STEP ZOOM] and [ZOOM SPEED] in the setting of [Fn] (Function) button and [Q.MENU] -Reflection of [DRIVE MODE] settings to [CUSTOM SETTING] -[MENU RESUME] in each menu tab
-Page flip in the menu tab with [DISP.] (Display) button

LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
-Improved performance of O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

Jordan Steele (Click here) posted a new GX1 review: “for still imaging, this is easily Panasonic’s best compact style CSC to date, and rivals the flagship of the Lumix line, the GH2, in everything but video. Outstanding.

For USA readers: The Silver GX1 body only is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) while the black body will be in Stock within 3-5 weeks again at Amazon (Click here). More Panasonic GX1 search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.