GH3 and G5 firmware update released.

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Panasonic issued a new firmware update for the G5 and GH3. Click here to download the fw: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html

These are the new GH3 features:

  1. “Low Light AF” is added that makes it possible to set focus on the subject in low-lit situations (-3EV).
  2. “Silent Mode” is added which suppresses electronic shutter, shutter sound, operation sound and flash emission with a single setting.
  3. “Exposure Comp. Reset” is added which resets the setting of exposure compensation to ±0 whenever the camera is turned off or the shooting mode is changed.
  4. Performance of AF is enhanced in use with H-PS14042 and H-PS45175.
  5. Connection problem with Apple Mac computers via Wi-Fi is fixed.

These are the new G5 features:

  1. Correction of wording on [Motion Picture] menu
    • Correct the wording “60p/60i/30p” of AVCHD frame rate on [Rec Quality] menu to “50p/50i/25p”.
      This update is for PAL broadcast regions only, and you don’t need this update if wording is already “50p/50i/25p”.
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E-P5 in Stock at Amazon (and new review at Photographyblog).

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The E-P5 superkit is in Stock in Silver or Black via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here). And if you need to read more about the new PEN click over on the just posted review at Photographyblog. They say:

The E-P5’s biggest problem is not the camera itself, but its price – £899.99/$999.99 body-only makes it as expensive as the OM-D E-M5. Sure, it offers a lot of features that its big brother doesn’t, but then the E-M5 is arguably a more well-balanced camera thanks principally to its built-in viewfinder. Only you can decide if the more compact, stylish and feature-rich E-P5 warrants such a position. Ultimately the E-P5 joins the E-M5 as a fantastic compact system camera, albeit again a rather pricey one.

Looks to me that the Superkit (with lens and EVF included) is the most sensible choice. Body only is really too expensive!

The other MFT camera deals:
GH3 for $1,028 (with 2% reward included) at Amazon US (Click here).
G5 with 14-42mm lens for $349 and free 32GB SD card at Samys (Click here).
G5 with double lens kit and free $100 Gift Card(!) at Adorama (Click here) for $598 (or $498 if you detract the gift card).
E-P3 for $329 at Amazon (Click here).

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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 gets DxOmarked. Close to Panasonic-Leica performance.

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DxOmark (Click here) published the Olympus 17mmf /1.8 lens test. As you see the lens is almost as good as the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens. Like so many reviewers before this lens leaves you with mixed feelings. DxO writes:

“In some respects, the new image quality of the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 is not up to scratch, as not only does it have quite high levels of chromatic aberration and distortion but it also fails to impress in outright resolution and acutance. On the plus side, sharpness is much more consistent across the field than the existing 17mm f/2.8 model and if it had used ED glass in the construction it would have been considerably more expensive than the $500 retailers are asking for it. Considering the build, fast maximum aperture and overall imaging characteristics, the 17mm f/1.8 remains an attractive option for the enthusiast.”

Yep, good lens, but not as good as it gets. Let’s see if the rumored 25m f/1.8 can be even better…

17mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

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(FT4) The ultra compact camera is a new GX### (three digit number)

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A fake ultra small MFT camera design. P.S.: it’s going to be GX and not GL .

A top source told me that the super small Panasonic MFT camera will be part of the GX series and it’s going to use a three digit name “GX###”. While the GF and G series will be targeted for amateurs the GX7 and GX### will be targeted to more advanced shooters.

The GX7 will be announced in late August while the ultra small GX will hit the stores in early 2014.

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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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Fee free to send me your reviews and stories!

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It’s summertime (here in Europe) and soon a very hot rumor period will start. We will see plenty of new cameras (OMD, E, GX) and some new lenses. But in between I thought we could may try to do what my colleague Patrick from Fujirumors is doing for months now. Post your full stories and reviews!

If you have some long article you want to be posted on 43rumors send me your text and pictures on 43rumors@gmail.com. You can obviously link back to your blog to promote yourself and your work. I think that could be an interesting way for some of you to get known by the 43rumors community. Some topics I am interested in:

– Professional on field reviews. Unlike DxO or Dpreview what I want is to learn more about the real life use of cameras and lenses! No charts or pixel peeping needed :)
– Testing of little known lenses
– Funny stories around the use of MFT
– System comparison: Example,  switching from DSLR to MFT system

One more thing: After a couple of years it’s about time to change the 43rumors design and to clean it up. From October one I will take some time off from my regular job to work on this. I will tell you more about that in a future post.

Thanks guys!

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