July 29, 2010
Posted in news

a little bit of everything (Panasonic firmware Hack updated)

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Added “PAL<->NTSC Menu” patch for Panasonic GF1 and Panasonic GH1.
In short – it allows you to change video standard on the fly.
“Video Out” menu is used. It’ll simultaneously set you TV output standard
and also camera shooting standard.
As a side effect, this patch enables Video Out menu for regions where it was
disabled.
Firmware download and how-to on DVXuser.com
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Amin Sabet tested the new Olympus 9-18mm lens (Serious compacts)
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Panasonic Lumix G2, uma G1 com vídeo (fotodigital online…portuguese!)
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Olympus E-PL1 review on Reghardware
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Olympus E-PL1 “Bounce Flash”? (Thedigitalstory.com)

July 28, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF1 price drops on Amazon and Adorama (also in Europe)

More we get closer to Photokina more we can find new price drops (especially in US).
The Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Lens price dropped at $739.43 (click here). But here is an even better price on Adorama…$724! (click here). Yes, I expect new GF camera/cameras at Photokina, but I am not sure if it/they will replace the current model…

Also in Germany the price is getting cheaper and cheaper:

The best deal is on Pixmania Deutschland (707,00€ with the following code “PIX12DE07″)

July 28, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Rumors from others: No mirrorless camera from Canon? Sony to stop fullframe production?

Canon: According to their official press release they could also choose to make DSRL even more compact instead of going mirrorless! Read more on mirrorlessrumors.com

Sony: According to our sources Sony will heavily invest reasearch and development in the NEX system. In 2 years there could be no more Sony DSLR around! Read more on mirrorlessrumors.com

Samsung: New NX100 and three new lenses at Photokina. Again mirrorlessrumors.com

Discuss all rumors and news inside our new forum: mirrorlessforum.com (still in beta version)

July 28, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic first intechangable 3D lens for Micro Four Thirds

We “predicted” it on 43rumors and now it is here! The new 3D lens for MicroFourThirds cameras. The lens will be on sale by late 2010 and also the image of the lens is just a prototyp. But also other 3D stuff has been announced:

Press release:
ThePhoblographer
DDay (italian)
Gizmodo
dpreview
engadget

Panasonic is pleased to announce the development of the world’s first* twin digital interchangeable lens. The revolutionary new accessory will make high quality 3D shooting possible with an interchangeable lens system camera for the very first time. As 3D content becomes increasingly popular across a variety of platforms, Panasonic plans to release this new lens for sale before the end of the year to deliver the joy and excitement of 3D shooting to interchangeable lens system camera users.

Having already taken the lead in 3D technology, Panasonic has had great success with the launch of their 3D-capable VIERA televisions and 3D Blu-rayTM Disc Players. The 3D market is predicted to steadily grow over the coming years, as explained by industry analysts, Screen Digest: “As consumers slowly replace the main TV set in their house, and as the price of 3D TVs continue to fall, Screen Digest expects that 3D TVs will be in around a quarter of households in major developed markets by the end of 2014***. “

The introduction of the 3D lens aims to respond to demands of consumers who want to enjoy 3D shooting for themselves whilst also expanding Panasonic’s range of 3D products. The lens will allow users to capture images in 3D which can then be viewed back using 3D-capable VIERA televisions in the comfort of their own home.

“As consumers slowly replace the main TV set in their house, and as the price of 3D TVs continue to fall, Screen Digest expects that 3D TVs will be in around a quarter of households in major developed markets by the end of 2014. “

Until now, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera has only been possible by using panorama systems or a combination of two lenses and two CCDs, but these systems have drawbacks including the need for a dedicated 3D camera and the difficulties of capturing moving objects. Panasonic’s new 3D lens for the LUMIX G Micro System features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses, to be processed with a 3D image processing system. Thanks to Panasonic’s advancements in optical technology, image processing system, and lens barrel design, the 3D lens still manages to retain an extremely compact size.

This new compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting, producing 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects.

Through expanding its range of 3D products, Panasonic will continue to lead the industry by bringing a true-to-life 3D experience to its customers.

July 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus: rumor roundup before Photokina

Let’s try to get an idea on what could come from Olympus at Photokina!

The Olympus E-3 successor:

We are sure the camera will be announced in mid-September. The camera is not a modular camera (that is something we should see in 2011), it’s a FourThirds camera. We are also sure that the innovation has to do with the camera-mount. Many patents have already shown us innovative adapters that could be used on that camera. The camera will feature a new Panasonic sensor with 14-16 Megapixel and gapless microlens design.

The next PEN:
We got rumors about two possible Pen. One with built-in EVF and a High-End MFT camera. We don’t know if both or only one camera will be announced. There is nothing certain here (for now). Just my speculation: maybe we will see only one camera that has built-in EVF and is defacto a High-End MFT? Also that camera could use the same Panasonic sensor. What’s certain is that Olympus is heavily developing a new faster autofocus.

The next lenses:
We believe that we will not see any new FourThirds lens at Photokina. This makes the FourThirds camera with the “special-mount” even more interesting. If the rumors are correct… how will Olympus convince us to buy the new 43 camera when there is no new lens?
We have no doubt that at least four new MicroFourThirds lenses will be announced. But that’s not all, it is very likely that even more lenses will be announced at Photokina (but released months after). Maybe Olympus will release a new lens roadmap that will disclose those lenses.

We also received other rumors but from unreliable or new sources. We need to confirm those rumors before posting anything about it!

Help us and send us your rumors to 43rumors@gmail.com…Thanks!

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