Over the last several months (which of course, have been leading up to the Holiday Buying Season), we have seen the release of several remarkable cameras from all the big mirrorless camera companies, including Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic – the latter two, being the developers of micro 4/3 cameras and technology.  The M43 top dogs have not disappointed, as their latest releases represent long awaited upgrades of some of their most popular cameras. In the case of Olympus, the new OM-D E-M1 chimes in as the successor to the highly popular, and highly acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 – which [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr pits the brand new Olympus flagship camera, the PEN E-P5 in a shot for shot, clip for clip, side by side shoot-out comparison to find out how far ahead the new EP5 has strode past the camera it replaces, the PEN EP-3. The new PEN E-P5 is loaded up with the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5 – a 16mp chip vs the 12mp chip found in the E-P3, and Blunty’s comparison is a testament to just how far mirrorless technology has progressed in the last couple of years.  Not only [More]
There’s no question that Olympus have been one if the true leaders when it comes to innovation in digital cameras over the last few years.  The celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5, with it’s revolutionary 5 point in body image stabilization, is hands down one of the best cameras of the last year, and it got many a photog to ditch their DSLRs and move over to mirrorless.  Now Olympus have launched the new PEN E-P5, which supplants the OM-D as their flagship camera and surpasses it in many aspects (see Matt Granger’s overview above), and their M.Zuiko lenses are among the [More]
Blunty’s back, and this time he’s continuing his series of videos on the new Olympus PEN E-P5 with performance tests of the new camera’s still photo and video capabilities. Still Photos (see video above)  No surprises here…  and that’s a good thing!  The PEN E-P5 lives up to the expectations you would have for a camera that’s loaded up with the top caliber sensor and image processor from Olympus’ former flagship OM-D E-M5.  The camera takes it’s place as Olympus’ new flagship by building on the absolutely stellar image quality that made the OM-D a worldwide sensation and adds enhanced low [More]
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is about to be launched, and Nate “Blunty” Burr is back to put it through it’s paces, Blunty style.  In this video (above), Blunty gives an excellent overview of the E-P5 Hardware as well as taking it’s new WiFi and App system out for a spin. The PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ classic PEN F SLR camera. The PEN E-P5 boasts in impressive array of specs… Inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5. Also shares an updated version of the OM-D’s breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In [More]
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Olympus are finally poised to release their new flagship micro 4/3 camera, the PEN E-P5.  The new camera brings an impressive spec list to the table and the E-P5 inherits a lot of tech from Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5, including it’s superb sensor and image processor, lightning quick autofocus and breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization).  But does the E-P5 represent an upgrade over the O-MD and just what are the main differences between these two camera systems? Two photography websites, ePhotozine and thePhoblographer, have posted side by side comparisons [More]
Over the last few weeks there have been numerous rumors and leaks (including pictures) regarding Olympus’ new flagship PEN series micro 4/3 camera the E-P5.  After all the teasing, Olympus have finally made it official, and the new camera should be shipping soon. On the outside, the PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ 50 year old classic PEN F SLR camera, but on the inside, the camera boasts in impressive array of specs and inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5.  Other tech borrowed from the OM-D include the breakthrough 5 [More]
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has just won a TIPA award in the Entry-Level Compact System Camera category. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges praised the E-PL5 for it’s in-body image stabilization, tiltable 3-inch touchscreen, 8fps burst mode, full range of manual controls, Full HD movie recording abilities and lightning quick autofocus system. The E-PL5’s predecessor, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, won the same category last year. My 2 Cents It’s hard to argue with the TIPA judges here.  The PEN Lite E-PL5 is one of the best entry level compacts around due in large part to the fact [More]
Two Olympus Cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and the Olympus Stylus TG-2 “Tough” Camera have each been honored with a prestigious Red Dot design award (international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany – The team from Porsche are honored in the video above) in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category. The Olympus E-PL5 was recognized for its “cutting-edge technology in a compact design matched with exceptional user-friendliness,”  while the shock, frost, crush and waterproof Stylus TG-2 convinced the jury with its “combination of brawn and brains.” A third Red Dot design award [More]
Kai Wong, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew take a peek at the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras.  Not to be confused with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, this lens bares a much closer resemblance to other lenses from the M.Zuiko lineup than it’s pancake shaped counterpart, but does it have it where it counts?  Kai plays hard to get at first, but watch the video to find out if the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8 lens can win him over in the end… The long and the short of it… This is an excellent lens [More]
Pro Fashion Photog Jonathan Posner lists 10 reasons why he’s trading in his gi-normous and cumbersome Canon 5D mk II and opting to go with on Olympus OM-D E-M5 instead.  Posner’s is just one of the latest names on a growing list of pros who are figuring out that the newest generation of mirrorless camera systems have come a loooooong way from the early releases of a few years ago, and the newest kids on the block can now easily hang with the big boys when it comes to Image Quality, and they pack a vast array of advanced features [More]
Two great deals to share today! First up, Amazon is offering the Panasonic Lumix G5 with the 14-42mm kit lens bundled with 45-150 power zoom lens (the video above shows the Panasonic G5 paired with the 45-150mm lens).  This is a great deal that we’ve seen on and off over the past few days, but it usually sells out fast. Buy the Panasonic Lumix G5 and Two Lens Bundle Here                   Next up, Amazon are also offering $100 off one of the best cameras to be released in the last several years, [More]
43Rumors reports that the latest tests published by DxOmark reveal that a $5,500 Leica M Full Frame Sensor Camera could not match the image quality of top tier micro 4/3 cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see above). This is no slight against the Leica, which is a phenomenal camera.  It’s just more proof that the gap in image quality between micro 4/3 sensors and their “full frame” cousins has been closed.    M43 for the Win! (video above is a side by side shootout between the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Nikon D800, courtesy of [More]
Kai from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the lens that has recently been rated as the worst lens in the world by DXOmark – but the Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens really that bad, or as Kai puts it, is the DXOmark rating just “utter tripe.” My 2 Cents OK…  So this lens will never be mistaken for the Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens or any other member of the “M.Zuiko” lineup, but does that mean that there’s no room in your camera bag for the 15mm Body Cap Lens?  While it’s true that you’ll never win any awards for HD [More]
Jordan Steele over at AdmiringLight.com currently has his hands on three of the top mirrorless cameras systems and took the opportunity to pit them against each other for a head to head to head comparison. In corner #1, it’s the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  In corner #2, it’s the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  And in corner #3, it’s the Fuji X-E1.  Are you ready to RUMMMMMMMMBBBBLLLLLEEEE?! Here’s Jordan’s preliminary conclusion… “Well, the X-E1 is a camera with fantastic image quality, that much is certain.  Not surprisingly, it produces cleaner images throughout the ISO range and retains great detail.  Is the Fuji the [More]
(Video above is a slow motion test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 by HawaiiRocksOn and displays the GH3’s extrordinary performance in video mode) CameraLabs just posted an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and as part of their verdict they wrote up a head to head comparison between the GH3 and it’s closest micro 4/3 rival, the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Each of these cameras is the flagship of their respective lineup, and each have garnered a lion’s share of praise and attention since their release.  It’s rumored that each is equipped with essentially the same Sony [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [More]
(via 43Rumors) The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro is another excellent addition to Olympus’ micro 4/3 lens lineup, and Photozone have written an in depth review on the new lens. Verdict… The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we’ve ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is [More]
I’ve been enjoying following the story of David Taylor-Hughes of SoundImagePlus who, due to some strong suggestions from his accountant, is carefully weighing his options as he pares his camera collection down from 4 cameras to two.  Of late, he seems to be leaning towards selling off his Nikon D-800E and Sigma DP Merrills in favor of keeping his micro 4/3 systems (a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5). I can relate to David’s dilemma, because if it weren’t for some strong suggestions from my own accountant, I would probably own a GH3 today.  Of course, I’m personally [More]
Well known nature photographer Scott Bourne, like many other photographers, is contemplating a switch to a micro 4/3 mirrorless camera system because of the obvious advantages in size, weight, cost and now, quality.  As a photographer, Scott says he prefers to use prime lenses whenever possible, and lists his top 10 reasons in a new article on PhotoFocus.com. Scott writes… “I do use some zooms, mostly because the micro four-thirds lenses don’t cover some of the focal lengths I need without zooms, but I primarily use and prefer primes. Here’s why. 1. Habit. I am older than most of you [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes an in depth look at the latest addition to Olympus’ popular mid-range micro 4/3 compact system camera lineup, the PEN Lite E-PL5. Though the E-PL5 is technically a mid level camera, it inherits the same superb sensor and image processor at Olympus’ Flagship micro 4/3 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s WhatDigitalCamera’s Conclusion At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  DxOmark are have tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras (selected as one of our favorite lenses of 2012) and call it the best m43 ever. 43Rumors Reports:DxOmark tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and writes that it is “thebest lens DxOMark have tested for the Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera system.“. At $899 USD, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens represents an excellent vale when compared to other lenses of it’s quality. But DxOmark also states that  “If the cost of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 is out of reach, then Micro [More]
(Via PhotographyBlog) – Olympus have just announced that there will be five new companies that will be joining Olympus and Panasonic in making micro 4/3 cameras, lenses and gear; including JK Imaging (a US Based company that will manufacture cameras under the Kodak name), innovative digital cinema camera (aka Blackmagic Design – which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT), Photron (experts in high-speed digital imaging), German company SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. Olympus states “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing [More]