DxOmark tested the E-PL5 sensor. Beats the E-M5 by a negligible 1 point.

DxOmark (Click here) just posted the full E-PL5 sensor test. And as you can imagine the E-PL5 is as good as the Olympus E-M5 with even a slightly better score at High ISO performance. DxO writes: “The Pen E-PL5 changes the game by reducing the image quality gap between the micro 4:3 and the NEX APS-C formats. For color depth, the Sony cameras retain an advantage of 1 bit, more or less — fairly hard to detect on a photo. For dynamic range, the Pen E-PL5 is outdistanced by the NEX-5N by one full stop in terms of exposure latitude — ultimately not very much, given that the NEX-5N is a champion in this area. But compared to the NEX-7, with its score of 12.7EV, the Olympus is pretty much in the same league in this category with a score of 12.3EV.

That sounds very good! Can’t wait to see the Olympus version of the Sony NEX-7! My Olympus 35 Sp dream is coming true?

Price check:
E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
Gariz case:
Black E-PL5 case (Click here).
Brown E-PL5 case (Click here).
Black E-PM2 case (Click here).
Brown E-PM2 case (Click here).

 

New PEN tests…

Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Let’s catch up with some PEN related news:
The Dutch website Pixelmania (translation here) posted the full E-Pl5 review. Also Frankfurter Allgemeine (translation here) tested the E-PL5. First imrpession at Sgoldswoblog.
E-PM2 test at DC.watch (translation here).
Body cap resolution test at DSLRmagazine (translation here).
E-PM1 in Afghanistan at Pen And Tell.
Michaël:Maybe it’s too late after the initial release, but I took some shots with my recently acquired E-PL5 and 20mm 1.7, as well as one shot with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. They’re on flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdstoop/tags/olympuspenepl5/


New image samples with the upcoming 17mm f/1.8 lens…

The polish community Olympusclub (translation here) posted new RAW and JPG image samples taken with the soon to come 17mm f/1.8 lens. Here are the direct download links of the RAW files:

The lens press release with official price and specs will be released tomorrow (Tuesday November 15 at 5-6 am London time). Olympus Japan already added the lens in their database.

By the way we already have two 17mm primes that you may consider to buy instead of the 17mm f/1.8:
1) If you don’t care a lot about high image quality but more about tiny size than you may go for the Olympus 17mmf /2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
2) If a big lens and no electronic AF and aperture doesn’t bother you than consider the superb and super fast Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens (here on eBay). To easily find the best price on eBay you can also sue our little Slidoo tool (login to change country). Right now for example you can find a good deal at Fotomundus (Click here).

GH3 review at Digitalcamerainfo. GH3 and E-PL5 comparison and almost identical IQ.

Image courtesy: Digitfotopro.

Digitalcamerainfo posted their full GH3 review: “The Panasonic GH3 is the Micro Four Thirds system all grown up, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best mirrorless system camera to date. While we’ve seen impressive performance from other bodies like the Sony NEX-7, and incredible styling and control in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic GH3 brings all of that together with some exceptional video quality to boot.

The full conlcusion page can be read here and you can read good things about the GH3. But who made the Gh3 sensor? The Dutch website Digitfotopro (translation here) posted a short GH3 vs E-PL5 ISO comparison. They converted the RAW files via Lightroom 4.3 RC and the result is that they are pretty much delivering the same image quality suggesting that both camera may use the same Sony sensor. And before someone starts to say that the E-M5 isn’t using a Sony sensor just read what Hiroyuki Sasa CEO of Olympus said about it at DC.watch :)

GH3 and PEN in Stock status check:
GH3 preorders at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).

Reminder: New Gariz case on eBay:
Black E-PL5 case (Click here).
Brown E-PL5 case (Click here).
Black E-PM2 case (Click here).
Brown E-PM2 case (Click here).

New Panasonic GH3 reviews (and RAW suppport via Adobe).

Paris, Salon de la Photo 2012 : Test GH3 + Lumix G X 12 35 mm f/2.8 from Fabrys on Vimeo.

Whatdigitalcamera posted the full GH3 review: “So getting back to our initial question of whether the GH3 is ready to take on DSLR competition, our answer to this is yes. Both photography and video is a pleasing experience with the GH3 and with a 92% overall score it comes away with a WDC Gold Award.

Amateur Photographer posted a short GH3 hands-on article. The german website Chip.de also tested the GH3 and they found the image quality superior to the E-M5.

Adobe now supports the new GH3 and PEN raw files. Check out: Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 RC and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3 RC.

GH3 preorders at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt. Shipment start in mid December!