Panasonic G2 and G10 available in May!

Press Release:
Panasonic today announces pricing for the Panasonic LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10 – the latest additions to the company’s award-winning LUMIX G Series Digital Singles Lens (DSL) Micro Four Thirds cameras. Both available in late-May 2010, the LUMIX G2, which will come in red, blue and black models, will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95, while the LUMIX G10 will have an SRP of $599.95.

via: dpreview

[Thanks JIM]

Panasonic GH1 firmware hack.

Pentax-Hack is working on a new Panasonic GH1 hack. Once installed your custom firmware on your GH1 you will be able to create new camera features. EOSHD noticed the “availability of both 50p and 60p no matter if the model is PAL / NTSC.
Important note: The project is still in development. There is no easy way to use the hack.

One more thing: You could also install Windows Vista on your GH1. Good luck with trojans and virus!

UDPATED: New Olympus firmware next week. It will improve the autofocus on each PEN camera.


Good news Olympus folks! On April 22 Olympus will release a new firmware update for your PEN camera.

Read the press release:

Auto Focus Performance
This update will improve camera AF performance when shooting both stills and videos with the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when using any Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens. Auto Focus Lock time when shooting stills is improved by 15%. Auto Focus tracking accuracy when shooting movies is also improved.

Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function
This upgrade also brings additional display functionality to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. Photographers using these combinations can now view menu and recorded images on the LCD while the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is in use.

Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) Lens Compatibility
This update also ensures that like the E-PL1, the E-P1 and E-P2 camera models are fully compatible with and able to take advantage of two recently announced and soon-to-reach market lenses; the M. Zuiko Digital™ ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 lenses. Olympus is designating these two lenses as MSC, or Movie-Still-Compatible. They are optimized for shooting high definition video with accurate and silent autofocus.

source: OlympusAmerica

UPDATE:
Tthe new Olympus Viewer 2 software that replaces Master 2 & Studio 2 is also availble!
Olympus Australia has the PDF Full Press Release on both the software & firmware updates.

Panasonic AG-AF100 Specs and Design subject to change!

Our friend Dracore told us that “the design(and specs?) shown is not final and could potentially change. Panasonic will evaluate the responses they get from NAB. The rep suggested to contact Panasonic and let them know what you think about it.“.

Comment this post to suggest your improovements on the AG-AF100 MicroFourThirds camcorder. In few days I will create a POLL with your ideas and 43rumors reader will be able to choose the most important features! I am sure Panasonic is listening you :)

The need for speed: Schneider Xenon 0.95/50mm


A dpreview forum user tested the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95 on his Olympus E-P1. We also found some sample images on flickr (with the Panasonic G1).

The lens is very epxensive! Check it our for yourself on Ebay: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50mm f0.95

One more interesting test:
“Ruy” (dpreview forum user) modified the Hexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 ARHexanon 57/1.2 AR and is using it on his GF1.