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August 29, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT! Olympus E-5 to be announced on September 14. New E-P2 kit and new MFT lenses on Tuesday (August 31)

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UPDATED: I have no doubts anymore. The new Olympus E-5 will be announced on September 14. It has 12Megapixel, two more than the “older” E-3. It has the new TruePic 5 engine for better detail, 720p hd video at 30p, 11 pt af, 920k dot res lcd, 3 inches, art filters and a mic jack.

Tomorrow (August 31) a special Olympus E-P2 kit will be announced + two new MicroFourThirds lenses!

Expect me to post some specs as soon as I get some confirmations from other sources. Stay tuned!!!

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August 29, 2010
Posted in news

No surprise: Panasonic confirms that they will no more make a DSLR

In an article on CNET Asia “Panasonic aims to up camera market share in Asia” Panasonic confirmed that they have “no immediate plans to release a new dSLR“.

CNET and Panasonic discussed about the goals from Panasonic:

At present, its share of the digital still camera pie in Asia is 10 percent and the share target for 2010 is 15%. The US share is quite low for Panasonic, while Germany is a potential country. We would like to expand our businesses in those countries

August 28, 2010
Posted in deals

UPDATED 2-> Hot US deals: GH1 for $999 and GF1 for $649


Double Hot deal on Amazon US (and again no deals for we european). Hurry because those deals will not last!

UPDATE: J&R is selling GF1+20mm lens for $649 (click here!)

1) UPDATE: The following deal is gone: Panasonic DMC-GH1 with 14-140mm lens for $999 (Click here!!!)

2) UPDATE: The following deal is gone: Panasonic GF1with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens for $649 (click here!!!)

3) Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm Lens for $689 (Click here)

4) Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 for $984 (Click here)

August 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) More about the Olympus E-5

As you remember I received two different camera specs about a FourThirds camera. Both specifications came from “old” good sources. I had the chance to talk again with those sources and they helped me to figure out what’s going on.

The first source that claimed to have seen and tested the E-5 with the 12 Megapixel sensor is sure that this was the final camera. The second source saw a prototype called E-P3 which has the new 15 Megapixel Panasonic camera. After long discussion we “agreed” that the first source is very likely to have seen the final E-5! “Source two” saw a prototype of a future FourThirds camera that could be announced in 2011. I thank both sources for beeing so kind to answer my questions!

I repeat, that is what the first source saw:
“”Oh, will like to let you know that I have seen the new Olympus pro dSLR, the E-5, already. It’s a solid, wicked piece of camera that’s weather sealed just like the Olympus E-3. And, it will be announced prior to Photokina. I don’t have other specs on it, except i have tried it and the focusing is really fast. It still uses a 4/3 lens mount. From what i know, it will support HD video recording as well. The top control panel remains largely the same, and it will also have a flip and swivel screen like the E-3. Oh, the sensor resolution is still 12 megapixels, and it will compete against the 7D. Not sure if the megapixels will play a major role here as well. But olympus is hoping that it’s Zuiko lens can outdo Nikon and Canon. Early samples of photos taken with the E-5 shows that the picture quality is almost on par with the D300s and 7D.“”

It’s still not a solid rumor but I guess there is a 60% chance that this is the real E-5 camera. If you can help me to get closer to the 99% feel free to share your knowledge using the anonymous form on the right sidebar. Don’t be shy ;)
Meanwhile I have also received some rumors from new sources. They talk about some kind of special features regarding the sensor. I am checking those rumors with my sources before to post them on 43rumors.

P.S.: The second FourThirds prototype camera rumor is available here: http://www.43rumors.com/ft4-more-about-the-olympus-e-5-the-puzzle-game-olympus-also-has-a-translucent-tecnology/

August 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT1) Panasonic GF2 on google

One of our readers sent a screenshot from a google search result that shows a Panasonic GF2 Amazon advertising. The reader reported that when he clicked on the link he landed on the following GF1 Amazon page. Maybe Amazon is just cheating us with their advertising :(

We from 43rumors heard from our sources that Panasonic is working on an ultracompact GF model but we have no confirmation yet that such a model will be announced at Photokina. What we know for sure is that Panasonic has postponed the GH2 announcement on September 21th.

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