Hey Gang, MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) now has a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 in his hands and is testing it all this week. Best of all, Will is inviting YOU to ask YOUR QUESTIONS! So if there’s anything at all you want to know about the GH3, >>Post Them Here
SoundImagePlus is writing a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and reversed their workflow, this time creating a video test first (which, although simple, looks very impressive). SoundImagePlus writes: I’m doing this review the wrong way round. I normally end with video and pictures and for those of you who are missing the “camera porn” I usually start with, don’t worry, its on its way! But one of the things I wanted to try first was the video. There are not many options in terms of size, fps. etc. but several things the E-PL5 has in its favour [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) answers another reader question, this time about the Panasonic Lumix GH2, which you can now get for about $750 USD with a kit lens ($650 Body Only) – this is a HUGE BARGAIN! Here’s what Crockett says:  The Lumix GH2 that we are so fond of here in my studio is being replaced by the highly touted GH3. That means the GH2 is now priced at closeout and really is a bargain. Our take:  The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has been one of the most celebrated cameras of the last two years since it debuted in [More]
More reviews are coming in on the new Olympus PEN series cameras, the PEN Mini (E-PM2) and the PEN Lite (E-PL5). These two cameras pack the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ top o’ the line M43 camera, the OM-D E-M5, the chief difference between the two is that the PEN Lite has a tilting touch screen and more on body controls than the PEN Mini – but BOTH of these cameras are drawing raving accolades for the quality of the images they are producing. Erik Fuller of The Phoblographer recently got his hands on a PEN Lite E-PL5 [More]
The new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is continuing to turn heads.  It’s the smaller sibling of Olympus’ highly coveted OM-D E-M5, but even though it’s in a smaller package, it’s equipped with the same 16mp sensor and processor as the flagship OM-D.  Do good things come from this small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s verdict:  The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 features an improved design, with better handling and controls than the previous Mini E-PM1, as well as a great 3 inch touch screen. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t [More]
The reviews of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 keep rolling in.  The latest one is pretty in depth and comes from TJ Donegan at DigitalCameraInfo.com. Here’s TJ’s conclusion: 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. Mirrorless system cameras are typically quite compact, but [More]
Henry’s TV takes a look at the Olympus PEN E-PM2, the new entry level camera in the Olympus PEN series if interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. But don’t judge this book by it’s stylish little cover. There’s BIG POWER in this tiny package, as the PEN “Mini” E-PM2 (along with it’s slightly bigger brother, the PEN “Lite” E-PL5) packs the same sensor and processor as the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5, providing you with stunning image quality in the palm of your hand. Here’s what Henry’s TV says: The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is all the proof you need that small and [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [More]
Seattle based food photographer and blogger Paula Thomas posted a great review of the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens over on SmallCameraBigPicture.com. Paula writes: I was able to get my hands on the new Olympus 60mm macro lens on Monday. I ran around the house looking for things to try it out on. I took a few close ups and some regular portrait type shots. This is my first 1:1 macro lens so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I would not compare it to the Four Thirds 50mm macro, it’s definitely not a replacement for that [More]
43Rumors posted some tasty little tidbits about some future M43 releases from Panasonic. According to their sources, we may have to wait until next fall for the new GX2 to be released (vs this month via earlier rumors). Here’s the skinny from 43Rumors:  Yesterday Panasonic announced the new MFT videocamera. So while the rumor about an early November Panasonic announcement were correct we are still missing the release of the new GX2. There is a weird silence around that product. Back in Spring Panasonic itself said that: “We will define more clearly what GH and GX means this year, so [More]
Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com posted his Real World Test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3. It’s a very in depth hands on review, but keep in mind that the camera he was using was a pre-production model (without the latest firmware), so any issues of moire and aliasing that are mentioned should be measured with a grain of salt until the final production model is tested. Here is Andrew’s summary: The Panasonic GH3 is a 90% successful update to the Panasonic GH2. Here’s a provisional list of significant pros and cons relative to the GH2. Better stills Better colour and dynamic range [More]
(Video above shot using the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, courtesy of SoundImagePlus) ePhotozine just posted a full review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras, and this is shaping up to be a must have for the M43 shooter.  The lens rates ePhotozine’s “Highly Recommended” Status.  It provides crystal clear images with great shallow depth of field (just check out the creamy bokeh in the video above).  It’s a high quality lens, just like it’s little brother, the 45mm 1.8.   We highly recommend the Olympus 75mm 1.8 as well. Here are some [More]
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is one intriguing little camera. It’s not often that a small, midrange camera will offer the same image quality as the flagship of the line, but by incorporating the same sensor and image processor as the OM-D E-M5, that’s exactly what Olympus are offering in the easy to use PEN Lite. PhotographyBlog have posted their full review of the E-PL5 and they are impressed with what the PEN Lite has to offer, giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars and thier ‘Highly Recommended’ designation. Here are their conclusions: The E-PL5 essentially offers the [More]
SoundImagePlusBlog posted an excellent review of the Panasonic G5. It looks like they concur with our assessment that the G5 is an excellent camera that might be getting lost in the shuffle with all the fanfare surrounding the new camera launches at Photokina in September and PhotoPlus just this past weekend. Here’s SoundImagePlusBlog’s conclusion: I have no hesitation in recommending the G5 and would suggest that, if possible, you give it a try before thinking about one of the “sexier” m4/3 cameras like the OM-D and the upcoming GH3. I would suggest also that you might just find it surprisingly [More]
MC contributor Giulio Sciorio has dispatched some of his SmallCameraBigPicture crew to Photo Plus in New York, NY to see what’s up at one of the world’s largest photo/video industry expos, and here’s one of their first field reports. Alberto Lima gets the skinny on the Panasonic Lumix GH3 from Panny’s own Mark Toal (check out Mark on G+). The GH3 looks like it’s going to be an amazing camera for both stills AND video. Here’s Alberto’s report: We here at SmallCameraBigPicture truly believe that mirror-less cameras are not just a passing fad, but a trend that will dictate where [More]
If you’ve been thinking about moving over to a Micro 4/3 camera system but you’ve been putting it off because you have a large collection of Canon lenses, then we just might have the solution for you. Mike Kobal shows off the Bower Canon EOS to Micro 4/3 lens adapter. As Mike states in the video, Micro 4/3 cameras seem to be the most adaptable of any camera category and can accept a wide range of lenses by using adapters. But be forewarned… any time you’re using an adapter, you may risk losing some of the lens’ functionality. That being [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model. Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) Luminous Landscape took the Panasonic Lumix GH3 out into the field to see how the new camera would perform in real life conditions, and the GH3 did not fail to impress. Here are some highlights of their excellent field report: – The GH3 ups the game with a magnesium alloy body and has also been made splash and dust [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model.  Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) PhotographyBlog posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and it seems they’re in agreement with everything else we’ve heard so far – The GH3 is on par with the finest cameras in terms of still image quality and blows everyone else out of the water where video is concerned. Looks like Panasonic have one serious imaging machine [More]
TechRadar has posted a Hands-On Review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and this little bad boy continues to impress. TR put the E-PL5 up against some stiff competition in their testing, namely the Panasonic GF5, the Sony NEX 5R and it’s older brother, the Olympus E-PL2, and the new PEN in town held it’s own with, or even beat the competition, including the vaunted Sony NEX cam. Witness the JPEG Dynamic Range Test below, where no one even touches the E-PL5. The new PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2) share the same sensor and processor as Olympus’ [More]
In the video above, Pro Photographer Gordon Laing talks about the beauty of traveling light (read Original Post).  As the editor at CameraLabs.com, Gordon has his choice of virtually any camera in the world with which to travel, but recently he’s become a fan of Micro 4/3 Mirrorless cameras due to their small size, abundance of features, high image quality and great lens selection.  But can a guy who’s carrying around a small camera that’s barely bigger than an iPhone really be taken seriously?  On a recent trip to Antelope Canyon, Gordon finds out the hard way that some people [More]
Trey Ratcliff (StuckInCustoms.com) is a highly renowned (and incredibly talented) Pro-Photo Guru  who hosts his Google + Hangout / Variety Hour.   Episode #56, which was recorded last night, is all about Micro 4/3 Camera’s and Lenses, and it features MC Creator Scott Giorgini and Contributor Giulio Sciorio.  The boys join in the discussion with Pro-togs Gordon Laing, Amy “Dang Rabbitt”, Dave Veffer and Peter Tsai. Find out all about their favorite cameras and lenses, and what’s coming down the road for Micro 4/3. Special thanks to Trey for inviting us to take part in the Variety Hour.  It was [More]
According to 43Rumors, there may be three new micro 4/3 cameras unveiled in the next several months.  The first is pretty much a foregone conclusion as the price of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 has dropped dramatically over the last few months amid speculation of the impending launch of the new GX2, maybe as early as November.  43Rumors list this as an FT4, meaning that there’s a 61-80% chance that this is true. Here’s what 43Rumors has to say: I am working on the next bunch of rumors and all I can say for now is that it is very likely [More]
43Rumors posted this video-interview by Megapixel with Sebastian Drawert from Panasonic. Here are some bullet points from the interview: The huge success of the Lumix GH2 (the predecessor to the GH3) as a video camera was a surprise to Panasonic. The development of the GH3 was at least in part the result of a great deal of feedback from pro videographers. The GH3 abandons the multi aspect ratio sensor used in the GH2 in order to improve image quality according to Mr. Drawert . While the GH2 was a 60% video and 40% stills camera the GH3 is more of a [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is continuing to turn heads as it gets out into the hands of more and more photographers and videographers.  The new flagship Micro 4/3 offering from Panasonic is fitting right in with the top of the class cameras for still photo quality, while setting the standard for all cameras when it comes to video. (Video above features a GH3 menu walk through) ePhotozine has just published a full review of the GH3 and gave it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, putting it in their “Highly Recommended” category. Here’s their verdict:  The Panasonic Lumix [More]