Olympus E-M5 preorders higher than ever (says Olympus)

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Amy Davies from Techradar (Click here) had a chat with Mark Thackara (Olympus UK marketing manager). Mark said that: “Pre-orders are the highest we’ve ever had, it’s a lot higher than the [PEN] E-P1, and even the biggest pre-order level for many years, which I think shows how people are responding to the camera.

Also my sources told me that there is a chance this will very likely become the most sold digital Olympus system camera ever. That’s not bad for a company we all thought would be close to dead three years ago only. It one more time proves that making right products can pay off. The bad news for us is that today a source told me that most of our readers will have to be patient to get their E-M5. Production is fully ongoing but cannot expect the high demand.

P.S.: Pekka Potka (Click here) posted a E-M5 stabilization and continuous auto-focusing test. Olympus Europe posted that Live Bulb Function in Action video on youtube (Click here). For US readers, here is the E-M5 free accessory deal info: http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/rebates/e-m5_accessory_mir_form.pdf.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:

USA: E-M5 on position 7/8/15/18 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 9 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is too expensive and not on top (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 5/7/8 (Click here).

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Oh look! Did the GH2 just beat the 5DmarkIII? :)

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Andrew from EosHD (Click here) posted a new detailed Canon 5DmarkkIII versus Panasonic GH2 video comparison. In terms of resolution the “$600 GH2 still matches the full frame beast at $3500.“. And “the 5D Mark III’s image cannot be sharpened in post to match the GH2. That camera has a sharper image yet it is organic and fine not digitally over sharpened.“. And the praise for the GH2 continues: “In the standard picture profiles the 5D Mark III and GH2 are pretty neck and neck for dynamic range. Nobody in their right mind would say the sensor in the GH2 was a match for the 5D Mark III’s full frame CMOS but in video mode, it is. This is because the GH2′s video image is very close to its JPEG output whilst the 5D Mark III’s is painfully far away from its superb stills.

We should really thank the Panasonic engineers and Vitaly’s hack for the awesome work they did on the GH2. On the other side I am surprised by Canon. Even when it comes to the stills quality they seem to have lost the train in favour of the Nikon D800 which sells way better than the new 5D (Here are the Amazon rankings). Makes me wonder if Canon will make a decent mirrorless system or not (more about that here on MirrorlessRumors).

What about the new GH3? I got some rumors from new sources I will post soon. It’s low value only but as usual I hope trusted sources can read this to confirm if it’s true or not.

Panasonic GH2 price check links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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Olympus E-M5 does more fashion…

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It’s time for a short E-m5 recap!

1) Damian MacGillycuddy (Click here) started a new Olympus competition and posted a new E-M5 nude picture.

2) Federico Cabrera (Click here) posted some fashion photos taken with the E-M5. Nice!

3) Full resolution OM-D E-M5 samples compared to Pen E-P3, Lumix GH2 and Sony Alpha 55 at Four Thirds User (Click here).

So, when will our postman deliver us the E-M5? BHphoto (Click here) still says it’s coming on April 16th. Amazon UK (Click here) says the E-M5 will now ship within 1-3 months. Amazon Japan and Digitalrev will ship the camera from March 31th. Amazon US (CLick here) doesn’t share any info and the first eBay preorders (Click here) are up via Malaysian store 🙂
I don’t believe Olympus will be able to ship all the E-M5 preorders. The requests are really high and the E-M5 Olympus camera keeps staying on the Amazon US top seller list (Click here).

Here are all full store search linsk I check from time to time to see if the E-M5 shipment/preorder status changes:

Australia: CameraPRO, Amazon, BHphoto, Digitalrev, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Calumetphoto.de, Fotomundus, eBay.at
Belgium: Calumetphoto.be, Redcoon.be, Amazon.co.uk, eBay.be
Canada: Newegg.ca, Amazon.ca, Olympus Canada, TheCameraStore, B&H, eBay.ca
China: Digitalrev, Amazon.cn, eBay
Denmark: eBay
Finland: eBay
France: Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, Fotomundus, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon, B&H
Ireland: Amazon.uk, WexUK, eBay.ie
Italy: Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, DigitalRev, eBay
Netherlands: Calumet.nl, Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl
Norway: eBay
Poland: Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, eBay
Spain: Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Sweden: eBay
Switzerland: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.uk, Jessops, WexUK, eBay.uk
United States: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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(FT5) Panasonic GF5 will already ship in late April in Japan. G5 pic is real.

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The GF5 will soon be announced and the good news is that it unlike so many times before we will not have to wait a long time until it ships out from the fab. Trusted sources told me that it will be delivered to Asian stores in late April and in European and US stores a couple of weeks later.

I am still not sure when the other new m43 camera will ship, the G5. But all I have been told by other good sources is that the other G5 picture is definitely real:

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$100 price drop on the Panasonic GX1. (+ new nauticam housing and Japan sales)

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The camera that I suspect uses the same E-M5 sensor (LOL) just got a super price drop. It’s now sold for $599 by Adorama on eBay (Click here). That’s $100 less than you can find it on Amazon (Click here).

If you were wondering how good the camera sells in Japan just look at the graph posted by Kakaku (Click here). The camera easily beats the direct competition like the Sony NEX-5n or Olympus E-P3.

And Nauticam (Click here) just announced the new housing for the GX1.

More USA deals:
E-PL2 with kit lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
E-PL1 with kit lens for $289 at Amazon (Click here).
E-P2 body for $249 at Amazon (Click here).

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