a little bit of everything…


Panasonic Lumix DMC G3 Which first look

Wanderlust pinwide tested at Dslrmagazine (Click here).

Street shooting with micro 4/3 – by Andre Delhaye (Click here).

Panasonic Lumix G3 Hands-On first look at Trustedreviews (Click here).
Panasonic first impression at Optyczne.pl (Click here).
G3: Gestion du bruit électronique (Focus Numerique).
Test Panasonic G3 : optique 14-42 mm et balance des blancs (Focus Numerique).

Panasonic 20mm review at popco (korean)

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 (Apple.com). Brings support for the E-PL2 and XZ-1.

NAVTEQ Supplies Digital Map Data in Olympus Imaging’s First GPS Enabled Digital Camera (Imaging Resource).

SLRmagic will resume the Noktor lens production (and Nokton next production run in June)

A small update about the Noktor resurrection. SLRmagic will resume the production of the lens. Apparently they will keep the same design. But I do hope they can lower the price! $799 is really to much for a cheap quality lens even if it has an f/0.95 aperture. P.S.: There is currently one Noktor lens for sale on eBay (Click here).

Now let’s talk about one of the hotseller inside the Micro Four Thirds world the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95. Camerquest said that the next prodcution run will hit the north american market in June. Nice to see the lens is so highly requested. We want more from them Voigtländer! In Europe it’s much easier to find the lens in Stock: Foto Mundus, infoto2, infoto2, eu-shphoto, deutscher-digitalhandel (ships worldwide!).

Olympus terrible financial results. Time to change something! (POLL: your suggestions)

The revenue made by Olympus with the Imaging division. Graph made by Photoscala.de

One thing is sure. it’s time for Olympus to wake up and change their product and marketing strategy. The last “Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011″ describes a terrible situation for the Olympus Imaging division. The company as a whole is not doing bad at all with the medical division still signing a big “+” in both sales and net profit. But the Imaging division revenue of the year 2010-2011 is halved compared to two years ago (See the graph on top. Thanks Photoscala!). Photoscala made a detailed analysis of the report. Olympus did lose “only” a 5% in the Japanese market but around 30% in US, Europeans and other Asian markets!

And the biggest failure for Olympus is that they are year for year selling less cameras while the digital camera market as a whole is growing! See the next graph made by Photoscala.de:

In short, Olympus is doing very bad outside Japan. And it continually loses market share and that’s a bit surprising if you do consider the recent Micro Four Thirds success. Probably Four Thirds is indeed almost a dead system (from a sales point of view) and maybe Olympus didn’t manage to be as good as Panasonic in selling Micro Four Thirds products. But that’s just my speculation. They need to rethink their product and marketing strategy. They have a history of innovation and certainly a group of top engineers. It’s the product and marketing strategy that fails. This is a huge wake up call for Olympus!

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Read the full article from photoscala in german or via google english translation.

 

a little bit of everything…(Fuji X100 tested at DPreview!)

DPreview (Click here) posted the full Fuji X100 review. You can have a lot of fun by comparing the results with Micro Four Thirds cameras. Dpreview likes the camera but recognizes that :”Ultimately, perhaps the biggest problem for the X100 is that it’s competing in today’s marketplace with the new breed of compact Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, and it’s not exactly cheap in comparison.
Look for X100 preorder options by clicking on the direct shop link at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic G3 first look at Amateur Photographer.
Panasonic G3 preview at Imaging Resource.
Look for preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic GH2 and Lensababy test at Dailystaley.

SLR MAGIC Toy Lens 1.4/26mm test at Photoblossoms. You can buy the lens on eBay (Click here).

The Tiny Mini Micro Four Thirds Camera. Exclusive Hands-on! (Micadget).

Gary Fong Micro Four Thirds Puffer Launched, Reviewed (Digitalcamerareview).

Daytone Bikeweek taken with the E-PL2 (Craig Litten).

Wanderlust Pinwide pinhole cap tests at Exposingpixels.

Panasonic Interview (Highlights)

Image on top: The current Four Thirds Panasonic Leica branded 25mm f/1.4

We had so many news yesterday! Today we have more time to take a closer look to the Panasonic interview and the future new Leica 25mm lens. Photographyblog (Click here) had a long talk with UK Product Manager for Lumix G John Mitchell (JM), plus Steve Lucas (SL), Product Specialist. Those are the most interesting news:

– Panasonic believes that mirrorless will cross the 50% share barrier in Japan within 2012.
– In UK people who bought Panasonic m43 cameras RE 50% novice AND 50% enthusiast or pro.
– Panasonic believes the G3 sensor closes the gaps witht the Sony NEX sensor (Really?).
– Between the G2 and G3 sensor at ISO3200 and ISO6400 and we have a 6 decibel and 9 decibel improvement
– The G2 production will continue throughout the coming year and we’ll just drop it down as our entry-level product
– Panasonic says the G3 uses an aluminium body (Didn’t know that!)
– The GF1 and GF2 are still being produced in Fukushima. But in fact production has now ceased on the GF1.
– And now the very interesting part: “Yes, here’s the first working sample of the 25mm f/1.4; really eagerly anticipated and not planned for launch until the second half of this year. It will be Leica approved and branded. For those looking for more affordable alternatives of course Sigma has recently announced that it’s going to start making Micro Four Thirds lenses. We’ve got a large following of consumers who are going to be looking for that affordability, and also the enthusiasts who want everything to be the highest quality. The factory is committed to three to four lenses every year so this won’t be the only product we’ll be showing you this year

As I already told you there will be one more Panasonic product announcement in June. I am not sure yet but I assume that we are going to see that lens very soon!

Links:
The current Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens on eBay (Click here) Panasonic G3 at preorders at Amazon US (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Continually updated: Panasonic G3 announced! Preorders available now!

This post gets continually updated. Latest addition are on top of each categories. UPDATE: preorders now available!

Links to preorders

Preorder the black,white, red or brown G3 at Amazon US (Click here)
Now preorders in Europe too! At Amazon UK (Click here).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 14-42mm Lens Kit at Bhphoto (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Camera Body at Bhphoto (Click here)

Reviews and Previews

First look at Amateur Photographer.
Full review at Techradar: “Panasonic appears to have a winner on its hands. The Panasonic G3 manages to combine the best elements of the G2 and GF2 and as a result is a camera that is likely to find favour with many enthusiasts, especially those who like street and reportage photography.
Systemkameraforum.de G3 test (You need to be a registered member)
First Impressions Review at ePhotozine.
Hands-on preview at Dpreview.
HOT! Full G3 review at Photographyblog. And the camera earns 5 of 5 stars!!! It’s an “essential” camera: “The Lumix DMC-G3 is the most well-rounded Panasonic compact system camera to date
HOT! Interview with Panasonic at Photographyblog (Nice job Photographyblog!). Panasonic confirms they will launch the m43 version of the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens (Click here to see that on eBay). And there is a small surprise, it will be Leica branded!
G3 unboxing (Photographyblog)
G3 size comparison (Photographyblog)

Image and video samples

Test images at Imaging Resource.
Image samples on Flickr (taken with beta firmware).
Panasonic G3 presentation from Panasonic Uk on youtube.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 hands-on and interviews at London 2012 HQ on youtube.
Panasonic DMC G3 first look from PhotoRadar on youtube.
Another G3 presentation video (italian) on youtube.
Stuio scene comparison at Dpreview.
Samples gallery at Dpreview.
ISO test at Focus Numerique
First video sample on youtube

Official press release

Le monde de la photo.
Engadget
Amateur Photographer
Photoscala.de
DSLRmagazine
Quesabesde
Fotointern.ch
Focus Numerique
Photographyblog
Hybridcams

Hot new features of the G3

16.3Mp Compact System Camera
3.0″ Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm Zoom Lens
Electronic Eye-Level Viewfinder
Multiple Lens Options Including 3D Still
Intelligent Auto Plus

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a little bit of everything…

Panasonic GH2 tested with the macro extension tube: “SLR Magic (they create the famous Toy Lens) asked me to test their prototype macro extension tube for 4/3 sensor camera’s. I ended up with creating “Blossom” It’s all shot within 1 or 2 hours in and around my office and privite house. Postproduction was done in less then a day.

New automatic retractable lens cap for the XZ-1 (DC.watch).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Review (Photoradar)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 (Cnet Australia).

Samyang 35mm/1.4 + NEX5 + Canon 550D + Lumix G2 + Samsung NX10 (Dpreview forum).

Sensor Size Doesn’t Matter (Seriouscompacts).

0.95 NOKTON a test by Dario Viola (Vimeo)

The Nokton i in Stock in Belgium at pch.be (Click here), in US at Photovillage (Click here) and of course on eBay (Click here).