February 12, 2011
Posted in news

Gizmon makes a digital Pen!


Do you want to see an almost exact digital copy of the Olympus F? Gizmon made it! Cute! More info at Mirrorlessrumors.com.

Olympus F at eBay

February 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-PL2 review at DPreview

Dpreview (Click here) posted their E-PL2 test results: “Its image quality in good light is excellent and at higher sensitivities is pretty much on the same level as many entry-level DSLRs. The focus speed has noticeably improved over previous models and is now amongst the best in class. ” The camera gets a 71% score.

Click those links to check price and availability of the E-PL2: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

P.S.: The new DxO software update adds support for the Olympus E-PL2 and the Panasonic DMC-LX5!

February 11, 2011
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Olympus E-PL2 tested at Digitalcamerareview (+GF2 and E-5 reviews)

CNET Australia tested the new Panasonic GF2: “Panasonic’s second compact interchangeable lens camera won’t disappoint new users with its sleek footprint and very good image quality. It’s those looking to upgrade who might be left feeling a tad disappointed, particularly compared to the strong offerings from other manufacturers in the same space.” The reviewer gave the camera 8.3 out of 10 points.
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Direct GF2 shop links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Digitalcamerareview posted their new Olympus E-PL2 test results: “Can I honestly recommend that current E-PL1 owners “upgrade” to the E-PL2? No. However, if you’re currently shopping for a new camera there are plenty of reasons to consider this one. The E-PL2 offers a small, light camera and plenty of features at a competitive price. ” The E-PL2 gets 3.5/5 points.
Rate the E-PL2 at 43rumors.
Direct E-PL2 shop links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And ThePhoBlographer compared the Olympus E-5, Pentax K5, Canon 7D, Nikon D300s. That’s what he thinks about the E-5: “The punchiest colors by far, but the worst dynamic range. This was a major disappointment for me as I’m a former Olympus user.
Direct GF2 shop links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

February 11, 2011
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A new non japanese Chief for Olympus! + bad financial results

Source: Photoscala.

Bad news for Olympus! The Japanese company reports a turnover decline of 4.5% for the third quarter (October to December 2010). Consolidated operating profit falls by 46% to 8.9 billion yen (about € 78.7 million). Source: Financial Results for the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2010 (PDF file). And the “worst” part of the company is the Imaging Division that had a 28% sales loss compared to last year. Strong YEN and sales drop in North America are the main reasons for the bad results. The medical division of Olympus is still the strongest and most profitable business.

It sounds like Micro Four Thirds didn’t help them to increase the turnover. Some expert out there that can explain us the reason for such bad results?

But we also have a major and very unexpected news. Michael C. Woodford will become Chief Executive Officer of Olympus on 1 April 2011.  Mr. Woodford comes from the Olympus Medical & Industrial Division of Olympus. He is the first non japanese chief in Olympus history. That’s almost a “revolution” for a japanese company! Let’s hope he can bring some fresh new ideas inside Olympus. Good luck Mr. Ford!

Source: Photoscala.

February 10, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic deleted the release of a mysterious “GS1″ camera. 12-50mm zoom lens release postponed!

There are some changes in the original Panasonic roadmap. I have been told by two sources that Panasonic had the plan to announce a new “GS” camera in Spring 2011. That plan has changed and the GS camera will not be announced. It is unclear yet if we will ever see the GS :(
The sources could not (or didn’t want) to tell me more about the camera. I really hope this wasn’t the Micro Four Thirds version of the DMC-L1 model. That would be pity!

Panasonic also made a major change regarding the lens roadmap. The 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 lens release has been postponed at least until the last quarter of the year. Also in that case I didn’t receive any reliable info about the cause of the delay although I do speculate that the reason is they have not enough production capability to release many new lenses. As you know the 25mm f/1.4 lens and probably a few reworked lenses (like the 7-14mm OIS) are scheduled to be announced in April.

I have quite a few new rumors I am working on and I will post them soon. So stay tuned on 43rumors!

– DMC-L1 at Amazon and eBay.

P.S.: Hidden message for one of my sources: Dark K. drop me a line if you read that 😉

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