(FT3) Olympus High End MicroFourThirds camera


This one comes from a good source. He heard something about an Olympus High-End MicroFourThirds model but he doesn’t know if this rumor will become true…

The rumors says that Olympus plans:

a new m43 have E3 Body ( splash- and dust-proof construction with all major parts, including the built-in flash and the LCD monitor swivel) Maybe with GPS and Bluetooth…

We are talking about a model which should be unveiled in 2010.


(FT2) Panasonic GS5 ?


Received following rumor from a unknown source. So don’t count on it until I get more infos from one of our most reliable sources…

“Panasonic plans to launch new MicroFT model around G1 anniversary 4Q this year
(or 1Q of 2010 case development delay).
20mm/F1.7 will be one of kit lens with new model.
Panasonic’s compact MicroFT is called for examples like GC5, GS5.

-LCD moniter  960*RGB*540(HITACHI displays which is an affiliate
company of Panasonic)
-EVF same resolution of G1/GH1. But refresh rate is 360Hz. Its
position is like LC1/L1.
-Image Sensor  12Mpixels LiveMOS. Global shutter. Multi aspect.
-AVCHD 1080p 60fps 17Mbps(30fps 24Mbps)
-color variation Titanium(titanium coating)/Carbon Black(carbon
fiber)/Midnight Purple”


Leica vs MicroFourThirds poll!


With the release of the X1 compact camera Leica has chosen to go its own way by not joining the Olympus-Panasonic MicroFourThirds partnership. Let us know what you think about that!

Select your favorite future Micro Four Thirds lenses (choose a maximum of 10 lenses!)

  • 25mm f/1.2 (4%, 973 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.0 (Compact) (3%, 772 Votes)
  • 12-50mm, f/2.0 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 691 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (like the Four Thirds Zuiko) (3%, 663 Votes)
  • 12mm f/1.4 (3%, 605 Votes)
  • 14mm f/1.4 (2%, 517 Votes)
  • 17mm f/1.4 (2%, 509 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 (with OIS and Macro) (2%, 503 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS, for $1.000-$1.500) (2%, 500 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (Pancake) (2%, 477 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 (Macro) (2%, 445 Votes)
  • 50-200mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 439 Votes)
  • 14-50mm f/2.0 (Weather sealed pro lens optimized for video with OIS) (2%, 430 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (Compact version) (2%, 416 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (2%, 416 Votes)
  • 40mm f/2.0 (Pancake, Cheap) (2%, 388 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 384 Votes)
  • high quality 1.4x tele-converter (2%, 371 Votes)
  • 20mm f/1.2 (2%, 368 Votes)
  • 7-12mm f/2.5 (2%, 367 Votes)
  • high quality 2x tele-converter (2%, 358 Votes)
  • 90mm f/2.5 (Macro) (2%, 357 Votes)
  • 7mm f/3.5 (Compact, 400$) (1%, 328 Votes)
  • 12-45mm f/2.8 (OIS) (1%, 327 Votes)
  • 300mm f/2.8 (600$) (1%, 321 Votes)
  • 10mm f/2.0 (1%, 319 Votes)
  • 17mm f/2.0 (Pancake) (1%, 312 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.2 (1%, 308 Votes)
  • 11-44mm f/2.0 (OIS) (1%, 293 Votes)
  • 9mm f/4.0 (Super wide-non fisheye, compact, $400) (1%, 291 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 279 Votes)
  • 7mm f/2.0 (1%, 274 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 273 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/4.0 (Compact) (1%, 259 Votes)
  • 14-100mm f/2.8-4.0 (OIS) (1%, 250 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.2 (1%, 250 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 246 Votes)
  • 40mm f/1.2 (1%, 240 Votes)
  • 150mm f/2.0 (1%, 233 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (1%, 226 Votes)
  • 12-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (1%, 225 Votes)
  • 70mm f/1.4 (OIS) (1%, 221 Votes)
  • 30mm f/1.7 (Pancake) (1%, 211 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.4 (1%, 210 Votes)
  • 200-600mm (pro lens for sport and wildlife $3.500-$4.500) (1%, 206 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (Macro) (1%, 205 Votes)
  • 85mm f/2.8 (Pancake) (1%, 204 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (1%, 203 Votes)
  • 14-45mm f/2.8 ($500) (1%, 200 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 197 Votes)
  • 30mm f/0.95 (with AF, 1400$) (1%, 196 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Compact) (1%, 188 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.8 (1%, 186 Votes)
  • 12mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (1%, 184 Votes)
  • 14-85mm f/2.8-3.5 (1%, 183 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (1%, 183 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 180 Votes)
  • 25mm f/2.0 (leaf shutter to give flash synchronisation to 1/500 or 1/1000 sec) (1%, 178 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.2 (1%, 168 Votes)
  • 14-75mm (Compact all-around lens) (1%, 162 Votes)
  • 15mm f/1.4 (1%, 160 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/4 (Compact and cheap) (1%, 159 Votes)
  • 5.5mm (Super Fisheye) (1%, 155 Votes)
  • 70-300mm (with tripod mount) (1%, 149 Votes)
  • 11-22/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (1%, 144 Votes)
  • 9mm f/2.8 (1%, 142 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (under $1.500) (1%, 139 Votes)
  • 45-100mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 136 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (1%, 133 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 131 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 115 Votes)
  • 18-60mm f/2.5 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 113 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (0%, 112 Votes)
  • 58mm f/1.2 (0%, 103 Votes)
  • 1000mm f/5.6 (mirror lens) (0%, 101 Votes)
  • 10-30mm f/2.8 (0%, 100 Votes)
  • 100-400mm f/5.6 ($1.500-$2.000) (0%, 97 Votes)
  • 10-25mm f/2.8 (0%, 90 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (Zuiko version of the Panasonic lens) (0%, 86 Votes)
  • 15-200mm f/4.5-6.0 (collapsible MSC) (0%, 81 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (pancake) (0%, 77 Votes)
  • 35-75mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 73 Votes)
  • 20-60mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 72 Votes)
  • 55mm f/1.4 (0%, 68 Votes)
  • 67mm f/1.8 (0%, 67 Votes)
  • 150mm f/3.5 (0%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,322

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(FT5) Official Leica X1 specs!!! No MicroFourThirds sensor :(


Update: leica X1 and M9 are official. The M9 is available at amazon for veeeeerryyyy reach people only:
Leica M9 18MP Digital Range Finder Camera (Black)

The X1 is also not that cheap: Leica X1 12.2MP APS-C CMOS Digital Camera with Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Ashperical Lens with 2.7 inch LCD

That’s an important news for MicroFourThirds user. Now it is official that Leica will not release any MicroFourThirds camera. Probably the X1 want become a dangerous GF1 and E-P1 competitor.The X1 is expensive and has a fixed lens.

From LeicaRumors:

“A Leica rep ensured me yesterday that the X1 is a complete inhouse development and has nothing to do with the GF1 or any mFT or FT. It has a CMOS APS-C sensor (which is nearly twice as big as a FT sensor) delivered by an “unknown supplier” in it.”

Now we are done with Leica ;) . Please visit leicarumors for a full Leica news coverage.

X1 specs
• High performance compact camera
• Design in same tradition of the classical Leica camera
• 12.2 megapixels, large APS-C size CMOS Sensor, 23.6 x 15.7 mm
• Exceptionally fast wide angle, Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 ASPH Lens (equivalent to 36mm in 35mm format)
• Fast autofocus with simple, intuitive controls and image stabilizer
• Automatic and manual options
• Built-in pop-up flash
• 3 Frames per second shooting speed – RAW & JPEG Capture, fastest in its class
• Made in Germany with a 2-year international warranty
• Directly integrates into HD TV or Home Theater

The Leica X1 boasts of superior ruggedness and durability with its aluminium top and bottom plates,
magnesium body and aluminium dials to withstand the rigors of everyday use.

The LEICA X1 has the world’s largest sensor in a compact camera. The CMOS sensor which is 23.6 x 15.7
mm is 30% larger than its closest competitor. The LEICA X1 offers the DSLR quality in a compact camera
with its 12.2 mega pixels. The sensor offers sharp pictures in low light conditions making it a perfect
compact tool for professional photographers.

LEICA Elmarit 1:2.8/24 ASPH Lens
The LEICA ELMARIT 1:2.8/24 ASPH is an outstanding performing lens with its 8 glass elements with 1
aspherical surface. Leica quality: unsurpassed resolution, sharpness, color fidelity and contrast – even at
maximum aperture. With an image stabilizer and an ISO range from 100-3200, the LEICA X1 offers
creative options in available light even under low light conditions.

Handling – Automatic settings and manual controls
The LEICA X1 offers straightforward controls making it easy for both amateur and professional
photographer. The numerous automatic functions and manual settings of the LEICA X1 gives the
photographer options. The photographer can choose the easy way and let the camera take over the
exposure or shutter settings in the automatic mode or switch over to manual controls by using the wheels
on top of the camera. The LEICA X1 gives the photographer full control for creativity while providing the
automatic mode for quick response.

The LEICA X1 autofocus is quick and versatile. It automatically adjusts focus and exposure . It has a 11
point atuofocus system with Face Detection. The LEICA X1 allows the photographer to capture special
moments and fleeting expressions with greater accuracy, taking a series of shots and choosing the best
one. The photographer can capture 3 frames per second shooting speed, either in DNG or JPEG format.
It is the fastest in its class.

Optional Accessories
The Leica X1 is like any other system product. A wide range of accessories for the LEICA X1 including the
bright line view finder, the handgrip and ever-ready cases are available.

source: leicarumors.com


(FT3) UPDATED-> FAKE!!! Leica surprise! R10 spotted?



Click on picture to enlarge!

leicar10This one is an old image leak. We don’t know if the image is real!

FAKE: “Only the X1 and the Leica M9 have been announced :(

So finally we know(?) what’s the secret surprise from leica, is it the R10?

The sources says “The R10 beta tester says that the finder is so bright that Leica delivers sun glasses for free with the camera!

Source: l-camera-forum.com

(FT3) R10 specs??? Source: http://www.overgaard.dk/leica_R10_dSLR.html

Full frame 24x36mm.
Maestro processor (as in the Leica S2).
24MP or more (based on the size of the sensor compared to the 30×45 mm 37.5 MP sensor in the S2)
Kodak sensor.
ISO 1600 and above (with 1600 ISO in acceptable quality; better than existing Hasselblad it has been stated)
Same or better image quality than DMR (which is already better than Canon 1ds Mark III and Nikon D3)
Autofocus (with a new range of AF R-lenses implied, or internal AF as described further down the page!)
Backwards compatible with existing non-AF R-lenses,a dn with focus-confirmation.
Based on the S2 developments and technology
Big bright viewfinder, great for focusing, information and prople wearing glasses
Fast AF, fast buffer, fast everything
Smaller size than Leica R9, Leica S2 and Canon 1ds Mark III
Focus on simplicity, manual control, image quality, Leica philosophy about the image in focus
Dual memory card support for Flash and SD-cards (as the S2)?

UPDATE: We still don’t know if the R10 is real or fake. We are continuely checking the news…


(FT4) Leica M9 and X1 price leaked.


Update: leica X1 and M9 are official. The M9 is available at amazon for veeeeerryyyy reach people:
Leica M9 18MP Digital Range Finder Camera (Black)
The Leica X1 12.2MP APS-C CMOS Digital Camera with Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Ashperical Lens with 2.7 inch LCD is cheaper :)

Leica M9: $6,995 msp ships September, will not need uv-ir, will use regular m8 accessories.
Leica X1: $1,995 msp ships January. The Leica X1 is AF, has VR, 12mp cmos sensor and comes with optional viewfinder, ever ready case, grip etc.

via leicarumors.com

Update: You can download the Leica Brochure here at http://litpixel.com/m9_brochure_english_RZ_low.1.pdf


a little bit of everything…


Samsung NX cameras will have Lens stabilization (no in Body IS). The new camera will be unveiled early 2010.


Leicarumors Live blogging will start tomorrow 09.09.09 at 9:00 EST. Leica will announce their new products, the fullframe Leica M9, the APS-C fixed lens X1….and one more thing? :)

Dcresoure asked their readers which camera they should review first. The Panasonic GF1 is the second most requested camera!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 review from dcresource.


The m43forum.com now has a new design and covers is open for all microfourthirds user (E-P1, G1/Gh1 and GF1)