Sony sets a new miniaturization record. Creates a lens only camera!


As you know Panasonic will launch a new GX-XXX camera that is rumored to be extremely small. At the time I posted the rumor there were some comments making fun of it and saying the camera could be as small as the mount only. And guess what, Sony almost did it! According to SAR they will launch a new Lens-Camera soon. What is it? it’s a Lens with built-in sensor and no screen at all. You will have to sync the Lens-Camera with your mobile device via WiFi or NFC to see the Live View images. The Lens has a 1inch large sensor (same as the RX100MII).

Ok, this isn’t what Panasonic will do with their GX camera. But it shows how crazy the Miniaturization war has gone. Crazy…and funny :)

P.S.: You can see here a concept camera that shows how it works (not from Sony). Just watch from minute 1 towards:


a little bit of everything…


GH3 vs E-P5 – SHOOTOUT – PEN EP5 or Lumix DMC-GH3? You decide…

Olympus 15mm f8 Review at Photographic Central.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 DxOmark test.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm ASPH & 45-200mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS lens DxOmarked.
Olympus XZ-2 review at Imaging Resource.
BBC about photography future
Nanoha X5 review by Brian Byrd.

Manuel:As part of your call for readers submissions, I would like to share with you my short documentary “Crowded Healing” on health and overpopulation issues in Manila, which was shot exclusively with micro 4/3 equipment. Cameras used where the Panasonic GH2 and Olympus OM-D, mostly with the Voigtlander 17.5 f/0.95 lens. Watch it here:

Nico:I have a blog at where I show UV-photos of flowers and other subjects taken with a broadband-modified Panasonic Lumix G1 and the required filters. I also do composite images to create “simulated bee-colours” meaning how bees, that see a different spectrum of the light (including UV but missing deep red), do likely see a flower. Recently, I’ve also started to capture UV-induced fluorescence, with a Lumix GH2 (not modified) and special UV-blocking filters. Gear and methodology are described in more detail in my blog that I will keep updating with new posts. It’s certainly a very special topic, but some might find it interesting, maybe even as fascinating as I do.

Andrew:Hi Ale, Your readers might be interested in my 10 part review of the Lumix GH3 on my Camera Ergonomics blog. The first part starts here: Hope you like it.

Tomek:Today we have published a test of Sigma 60 mm f/2,8 (compared a little bit with Oly 60 mm):


New E-P5 review at ePhotozine (In Stock in many US stores).


Hands on by Steve Huff

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the next E-P5 review. And like so many other reviewers before the only real drwaback is the high price. That’s what ePhotozine says about the E-P5:

The only problem with reviewing the Olympus “PEN E-P5 is the potential to run out of superlatives when describing how amazing this camera is. Although we, along with many others, do think the Olympus menu system is due a refresh, and to get the best out of this camera we’d recommend investing in one of the excellent Olympus or Panasonic prime lenses available. The price of the Olympus PEN E-P5 puts it at a very similar price to the E-M5, however, for those that want a more compact body, and the latest features, the E-P5 is the one to go for.”

Meantime mroe E-P5 kits are in Stock in USA stores:

Black E-P5 superkit at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
White E-P5 body only at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Black E-P5 with 17mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Black E-P5 body only at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


Zoom Madness: Panasonic announces the 60x zoom FZ70 (20-1200mm!!!)


Sorry if it’s not an MFT news, but I think it’s a very curious thing Panasonic announced today:

In the world of digital cameras you can fin the Megapixel race, the ISO race, the Miniaturization race and we also have the Superzoom race. Today Panasonic announced the 60x (!) zoom FZ70 camera (here at Amazon). Guys…that’s a 20-1200mm lens! Someone here on 43rumors that is going to buy this?

All preorder links at Amazon and Adorama.


(UPDATED) List of MFT cameras you can buy for less than 300 Euro.


You know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get an MFT cameras. That’s why a couple of times per year I like to see what you can get in Europe for less than 300 Euro. As usual I check on eBay Europe stores, it would be impossible to check all local stores. But it gives you a good indication what you can find. Here is the list:

Olympus E-P3:
Silver E-P3 for 259 Euro at FotoMundus (Click here).
White E-P3 for 269 Euro at FotoMundus (Click here).

Olympus E-PL3:
Silver E-PL3 for 171 Euro at SRSmicrosystem (Click here).
Black E-Pl3 for 229 Euro at Photuniverse (Click here).
Black E-Pl3 with kit lens for 299 Euro at Saturn (Click here) and Laptop (Click here).

Olympus E-PL1:
Silver E-PL1 for 229 Euro at FotoMarkt (Click here).
Silver E-PL1 with kit lens for 287 Euro at Ladentheke (Click here).

Olympus E-PM1:
White body with 14-42mm lens for 215 Euro at Salenso (Click here).

Panasonic GF5:
Black Body with 14-42mm lens for 267 Euro at Pixmania (Click here).

Panasonic GF3:
Black GF3 for 159 Euro at Mundoreflex (Click here).
White Open BOX GF3 with 14-42mm lens for 172 Euro at UKdirect (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm lens for 299 Euro at Fotorutten (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14mm lens for 299 Euro at Fotosnaeppchen (Click here).

Panasonic GF1:
Red GF1 for 201 Euro at PhotoExpress (Click here).
Black GF1 with 14mm lens for 245 Euro at Technicals (Click here).

Panasonic G2:
Black G2 with lots of extras for 309 Euro at Technikcenter (Click here). I know it’s 10 Euro over the 300 mark but you really get a lot of extras :)

Panasonic G3:
Red G3 for 279 Euro at Fotosnaeppchen (Click here).
Black G3 for 299 Euro at Saturn (Click here).

Feel free to add mroe links by commenting this post! Thanks!