Olympus OM-D E-M5 first impressions

Olympus OM-D E-M5

For me the OM-D is a superb stills camera with question marks for video. So satisfied I am with it as my main stills camera I’ve replaced both my Fuji X Pro 1 and NEX 7 with it for stills. Much better AF and the lens range were certainly a factor in that, but this camera also combines the retro good looks of the Fuji with the operational fluency and advanced featureset of the NEX 7, as well as offering superb 5 axis image stabilisation inside the body.

But how does it do for video?

Read moreOlympus OM-D E-M5 first impressions

Zeiss Compact Primes coming to Panasonic GH1, GH2


[SIZE=”2″>Image source: Digitalcontentproducer.com Blog[/SIZE]

Zeiss have just issued a press release at the IFA show in Berlin, saying that:

“In addition to the PL-, EF- and F-mount, Carl Zeiss will soon also be offering the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mount.”

Read moreZeiss Compact Primes coming to Panasonic GH1, GH2

Voigtländer brings extreme shallow depth of field to GH1 with world’s fastest 25mm lens

Hot on the heals of 44Mbit AVCHD, the Panasonic GH1 just had another low light performance boost. Voigtländer of Austria have revealed a new F0.95 lens for Micro 4/3rds. The image quality of the GH1 just keeps getting better and better.

Read moreVoigtländer brings extreme shallow depth of field to GH1 with world’s fastest 25mm lens

Why the time is right for Fujifilm to produce a digital cinema camera

Right now, 35mm film stock producers Fujifilm are missing a huge opportunity to shape cinema’s future

Band of pirates though they are, RED are a profitable company and right now their only competition comes from some unlikely sources – Arri’s Alexa and Canon’s consumer DSLRs.

Read moreWhy the time is right for Fujifilm to produce a digital cinema camera

Panasonic push 3D lens onto GH1 / future GH2 owners

2D is dead long live 2D pop-up-book-o-vision.

Panasonic have announced in Japan that they’re developing a pancake proportioned 3D lens for the Micro 4/3rds system, which will be compatible with existing cameras like the GH1 with a firmware update. Presumably the GH2 will be compatible out of the box. Tokyo based Akihabara News was at the press conference and have more images of a frankly laughable prototype, which has the ‘3D’ and ‘Lumix’ stuck to the front as plastic stickers.

Read morePanasonic push 3D lens onto GH1 / future GH2 owners

Super Micro 4/3rds?


Above: Could Micro 4/3rds be shrunk even further, to catch the ultra slim NEX series from Sony?

Those with a keen eye for rumours which usually turn out right, will have noticed Panasonic’s mid-term management report on 43rumors.com recently.

In it, they say their aim for the interchangeable lens camera division is to make a super thin, super high image quality camera.

Read moreSuper Micro 4/3rds?