USA: All E-M5 kits to be available on July 30th (may be better to wait for the GH3)

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Five months after the E-M5 presentation it’s still hard to find the E-M5 in Stock in US stores. According to BHphoto (Click here) all kits will be avialable on July 30th. And I guess this is just a rough estimation. At that point you may wait until mid-August to see how the new GH3 will look like :)

Yesterday I told you that the GX1 with 14-42mm kit lens sells now for less than $500 at Amazon (Click here) and that’s exactly $38 cheaper than the body only version! Today also the price of the GH2 with kit lens (Click here) is matching the price of the body only version (Click here). Sometimes marketing is a real mystery!

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

 

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(FT4) Only two PEN cameras at Photokina (FT3) E-Px line to be discontinued?

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According to two sources Olympus will announce two new PEN cameras at Photokina in September. And I am still not sure but it sounds like the E-Px line will be discontinued. The E-Px series started with the glorious E-P1 (which I still use daily) and now is represented by the E-P3.

Basically the E-PL3 and E-P3 will merge into one camera. The E-Pm series will continue to be the cheapest of all Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera series.

Anyway, I don’t think that is all what’s coming from Olympus at Photokina. There may be some other camera suprise…

UPDATE: The author of the.me contacted me to say that actually he thinks the E-PX will get an overhaul next year. My info is that the E-Px system as you know will completely disappear.

Links to all PEN models:
E-P3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-P2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-P1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PL1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-PM1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Damian McGilliCuddy is already testing the new generation of PEN cameras!

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Damian MCGilliCuddy just “confessed” that he is testing the new Olympus cameras. He writes: “I know its an age since my last update… simple fact is we have been VERY busy working on a few “secret” projects for Olympus and Ephotozine… August will see these start to come to light ;0)

I can tell you that he is for sure testing the new PEN cameras and the info he got us is that very likely the announcement will be made in late August, a few weeks before the Photokina event. I am right now working on the PEN camera rumors and hope to share some reliable FT4-FT5 rumors as soon as I can.

 

P.S: I am working in unusual conditions with slow connections form the Pyrenees. Please excuse me if I am not answering all your emails :=)

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Weird…GX1 with lens cheaper than the body only version :)

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After the newest price drop that just happened a few hours ago the GX1 with 14-42mm kit lens selld now for less than $500 at Amazon (Click here). And it’s now $38 cheaper than the body only version!

Also the Gh2 with the same kit lens got a $22 discount at Amazon (Click here). The 25mm leica lens can be found for $539 at BHphoto (Click here).

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Reminder: Two Four Thirds cameras prototype specs (maybe a hint for an innovative new viewfinder)

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Over one year ago a top source sent me the info about two Four Thirds camera prototypes. It may be useful to repost it to discuss what of the mentioned features could be implemented in the future E-7. I doubt both prototypes cameras will ever get on market:

1) The E-P3 prototype (fake name) has a new 15 Megapixel sensor produced by Panasonic. It has a new focus-system with 19 points in continuous mode and 11 points in single mode. The eight new points are just assisting and cannot be selected manually. The new autofocus is very good, but not as good as the professional Nikon or Canon cameras. It has 8fps (frames per second). The viewfinder is the same us the E-3 but it has a kind of “translucent overlay”. That makes it possible to see the histogramm, gridlines and the digital level. The Design of the camera is an evolution of the E-30 design. There is also a new HDvideo mode.

2) But there is also a second FourThirds prototype that he is testing. The name is E-P330 (again a FAKE name). It is be very similar to the current E-330. It has a similar technology to the Sony A33/55, but it does not have a translucent mirror, it has some kind of liquid chrystal mirror. The advantage is that you have no light loss when you take the real picture. The mirror can electronically change between 50% translucent and 100%. When you don’t take pictures it uses 50% of the light for the AF-system and 50% for the sensor. When you take the picture it uses the full 100% alight source. The disadvantage is that it is not as fast as the Sony technology and you do not have any AF if the mirror is at 100%. The prototype iuses the same E-620 AF-system. The viewfinder is integrated in the body and has the same specs as the VF2 for MicroFourThirds. The LCD can be tilted and it uses the same [shoplinkshoplink] sensor. It takes movies with 720p. You can use an external microphone. Panasonic GH1

 

That second model sounds particularly intriguing. Early this year Olympus chiefs unveiled that one of the key technologies they are working on is the Viewfinder.

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