a little bit of everything…


Interesting for everyone (not only for Panasonic owners). Dvxuser.com posted a CCD versus CMOS video artifacts comparison:



What it looks like through the DMW-LVF1….dpreview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Performance, Timings and Image Quality at digitalcamerareview.


(FT4) Olympus E-3 successor will be unveiled in 2010.


Since weeks we try to get some more infos about the long awaited E-3 successor. We received rumors from here and there and only now we are getting an idea what’s happening. Remember this are rumors only and not official Olympus news. We have no affiliation with Olympus and read our disclaimer at the bottom of the left sidebar if you need to understand what the word “rumors” means.

At the beginning of the year we thought to know the E-3 successor will be unveiled at the end of 2009. It should be an upgraded E-3  camera. Now our sources told us that the huge MicroFourThirds success may has changed their roadmap. Of course there will be an E-3 successor but the release may has been postponed. Probably there will be NO! E-3 successor this year. One new source said “this will be a complete new developed camera“. A trusted source told us that “the E-5 will be a revolutionary camera, not just an E-3 evolution“. Anyway all sources do confirm that Olympus will continue their engadgment in classic FourThirds cameras and lenses.

Some of our sources do believe the E-5 will be a mirrorless High-End camera.

In summary (remember it is a rumor!):

1) there will be no E-3 successor this year

2) The E-5 may be a mirrorless High-End camera

3) classic FourThirds camera and lens development will continue but Olympus priority is to develop new MicroFourThirds products.

4) After the Olympus is ready to announce the second MFT camera on October 31th ;)

Thanks to all our sources for sharing their infos.

The 43rumors team


Updated Panasonic GF1 preorder table


The updated preorder table:

Amazon US:
Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens $899.95 (Not in stock but amazon is shipping the first cameras!)
Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm Lens $899.95 (In Stock)
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras $399.95 (probably early October)
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras $899.95 (probably early November)
Panasonic DMW-LVF1 Viewfinder $199.95 (probably early October?)

Panasonic GF1 with LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Lens$899.95 (In Stock)
Panasonic GF1 with LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 Aspherical Lens $899.95 (probably early December)
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lumix Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems $399.95 (?)

Amazon UK
Panasonic GF1 (all configurations and colours) (probably early October)

Amazon Germany

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 inkl. Standard Objektiv F3,5-5,6/ 14-45mm/ OIS in mattschwarz (Ships in 3-4 days!)

Amazon France
Panasonic GF1 (probably early October)

Pixmania Europe

In all Pixmaniashops the listed shipping date is October 16. They have the black silver and white model (no red model in all pixmania shops!) Click on your country to see the GF1 product list.

Pixmania Deutschland

Pixmania Österreich

Pixmania Holland

Pixmania Belgie

Pixmania Italia

Pixmania France

Hong Kong

availabile from 26 Sept 09 in all colours (but first shipment will be taken up V. quickly). price is 7490 hkd from Panasonic (both kits).


Panasonic Australia have indicated that they will receive their first shipment of the Panasonic DMC-GF1/20 PC lens and the viewfinder around late September to early October. The DMW-LVF1E Electronic viewfinder will set you back $379.00AUD


MicroFourThirds finally becoming competition from Sony???


Bild 1Hi, I know from a good source that Sony already has a pocket-interchange camera. This camera is in the field, some user are testing it now. This is a DSC-Cyber shot APS-C sensor camera with just 3 interchange prime lenses (G lens) 16mm, 35mm and 60mm. -No EVF on camera (I don´t know if optional) -LCD 3″ 921.000 dots -APS-C CMOS 14MPx -Alpha-Minolta hot shoe -IS on camera -flash on camera -contrast af It will be announce in PMA10.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors.com


a little bit of everything…


First Panasonic GF1 unboxing video!


digitalcamerareview tests the Pansonic GF1 http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=4129&review=panasonic+lumix+gf1

Illustration: Multi-Aspect Four Thirds Versus Standard Four Thirds (seriouscompacts)

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 lens has been in stock for few hours in amazon.com. Maybe a good sign for everyone who preordered this combo.



(Speculation) Is Olympus working on a compact model a là Leica X1 and Sigma DP2?


Last week our old server crashed two times. We had to make some space and we checked our database and old posts. And we noticed something we havn’t noticed before. I want to list you three rumors:

1) According to Mr. Watanabe (which has been interviewed by amateurphotographer) Olympus is working on camera above and below the E-P1. Source: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk


2)One (or both) camera will have an electronic viewfinder and faster AF and not get any bigger in size than E-P1



3) Zone-10 wrote a very long article over the E-P1. It is a very interesting text and they included following prediction:

“I fully expect to see Olympus introduce a “pocket-camera” Digital Pen that does not take interchangeable lenses. It will have an extending zoom lens, or another model may have a fixed 35mm equivalent lens which will close up flush. The Infinity Stylus Zoom film cameras would be good cameras to model this after.  The clamshell or sliding cover design is still viable and I have one which goes most everywhere with me. But pocketability is not in the design specification for the E-P1 and nor should it be–let that be a feature for another model based on the same sensor design.”


In summary if Olympus is working on a model belove the E-P1 and that model will probably not be bigger in size…Zone-10 may be right and Olympus is working on a “compact E-P1” with non interchangeable lenses! A cheaper Leica X1 copy?