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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Thu June 30, 2011

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3 Black

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Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3 with tiltable LCD

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Lite. The Olympus PEN Lite, also known as the E-PL3, is one of three PEN mirrorless DSLRs that Olympus announced together in June 2011. All three have the same image sensor and basically the same features: 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3x13mm Live MOS Image Sensor), Sensor-shift image stabilization, TruePic™ VI Image Processor, high ISO of 12,800, fast AF, Full 1080i HD video with Dolby Digital sound recording, newly designed user interfaces and a variety of Art Filters and built-in creative features. The PEN Lite (E-PL3) stands in the middle between the E-P3 and the PEN Mini (E-PM1) and differs from them mainly by having a titltable LCD screen.

The E-PL3 has the Micro Four Thirds (mFT) mount and therefore accepts all mFT lenses, as well as Four Thirds (FT) lenses, OM lenses, some Leica lenses and lenses from other brands with the appropriate adapter. A Dust Reduction System ensures any dust that may have entered the camera when changing lenses are removed from the sensor.

A direct HD Movie button gives instant access to Full HD movie 1920×1080 pixels with Dolby stereo sound. The popular in-camera Art Filters apply to both still shots and video.

Exposure flexibility is available to more advanced photographers: Program AE (P), Aperture-Priority (A), Shutter-Priority (S) and full Manual (M) mode are all accessible directly on the Mode Dial. Advanced photographers will also appreciate available manual control over aperture and shutter speed while filming. The E-PL3 does not have a built-in pop-up flash but external flash FL-LM1 is included. This flash is compact, slides into the hotshoe. The E-PL3 also accepts a range of optional external flashes, with wireless flash control using the FL-36R and FL-50R speedlights. The use of off-camera flashes [as fill-in light] and synchronization in Super FP mode at a fast 1/125-1/4000 shutter speed allow the use of a large aperture in daylight [to obtain beautiful blurred backgrounds in portraits].

The E-PL3 includes a port for the detachable high resolution (1440k-dot) VF-2 live-finder which rotates up 90 degrees — useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles. The external accessory port also allows for connection with the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture. For those into underwater photography, the new optional PT-EP05L underwater housing is waterproof to a depth of 45 meters (147 feet).

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is principally targeted to those wanting to learn photography without the encumbrance of a traditional DSLR. However, if you compare the differences between the E-PL3 and its bigger brother E-P3, you’ll notice that the main differences are not deal-breakers. In fact, I suspect that many advanced photographers will be tempted by its more compact form and its tiltable LCD. The E-PL3 comes in Black, Red, Silver and White (colors are country-dependent), and is priced at about US $700 (CAD $700) with the 14-42mm kit lens.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ Camera Labs

Sun June 26, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

It’s one of the most enjoyable cameras I’ve used and sets the standard for viewfinder-equipped ‘EVIL’ cameras.

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Camera Labs has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic Announces the LUMIX GF3

Mon June 13, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

PANASONIC UNVEILS THE LUMIX GF3, THE COMPANY’S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM CAMERA WITH A BUILT-IN FLASH*

The LUMIX GF3 Body Weighs Just 7.83oz and Produces High-Quality Photos, Full-HD Video Recording Capabilities and Smart Touch-Screen Controls

SECAUCUS, NJ (June 13, 2011) – Panasonic today announces its latest compact system camera (CSC), the mirror-free Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 is the company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash*1, with its body size comparable to that of a smartphone and weighing just 7.83oz (body only), less than a standard 8oz cup of coffee. The Panasonic’s LUMIX GF3 realizes all the features desired from a traditional DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes them in an ultra-compact body that is lightweight and simple to master.

This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3’s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies.

The LUMIX GF3 digital camera is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard of lenses, which includes Panasonic’s 3D lens, thus the LUMIX GF3 not only provides outstanding still photos, full-High Definition 1080/60i video, but is also capable of shooting 3D still photos.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ DCRP (dcresource)

Thu June 9, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

All things considered, the DMC-G3 retains the features that made the G-series a favorite of mine, which is why this latest iteration earns my recommendation.

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DCRP (dcresource) has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Tue May 31, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

High ISO noise performance leaves compacts in the dust and gets in the ballpark with the current generation DSLRs. Video performance is among the best I’ve seen in a still camera.

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DigitalCameraReview has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ Trusted Reviews

Tue May 24, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Overall, we’re mightily impressed by the specifications, performance and overall image quality of the G3. There are a couple of niggling omissions but nonetheless we’re confident enough to say that it’s Panasonic’s best G-series model yet.

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Trusted Reviews has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic G3 Test Terrain @ Focus Numérique

Thu May 12, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

We’ve added another Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 [QuickPrice Check] Field Test [en français] to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Thu May 12, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

The new G3 offers the best balance between the even tinier GF2, the slightly better handling G2, and the videographer-friendly GH2, adding the best still image quality of all G-series cameras.

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PhotographyBLOG has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Panasonic G3 Review @ TechRadar

Thu May 12, 2011

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic appears to have a winner on its hands. The Panasonic G3 manages to combine the best elements of the G2 and GF2 and as a result is a camera [with] a lovely film-like quality.

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TechRadar has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

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Olympus E-PL2 Test Terrain en Viêt Nam @ Focus Numérique

Thu March 17, 2011

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

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Focus Numérique has published their review of the Olympus E-PL2, a compact “mirrorless” Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera. The E-PL2 features 12.3MP resolution (on a large 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS sensor), sensor-shift image stabilization to help reduce camera shake, a direct HD Movie button, a 3.0-in. LCD display screen (460k-dot), a built-in pop-up flash, Art Filters, Scene Modes, and a Live Guide that simplifies exposure adjustments without having to know the technical lingo — all in a compact and light body. It comes with a the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) which features a high-speed, silent autofocus during still shooting and high definition (HD) video capture.

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Panasonic GF2 Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Thu March 17, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The GF2 is aimed squarely at those consumers looking to step up from a point-and-shoot without losing portability.

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DigitalCameraInfo has published their review of the Panasonic GF2, a compact mirrorless Micro Four-Thirds Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera with 12.1MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm LiveMOS sensor), 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Touch panel LCD, PASM, Contrast AF system, RAW, and Full HD 1920×1080 with stereo sound.

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PANASONIC GF2 REVIEWS
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2011-08-10 Panasonic GF2 ePHOTOzine
2011-03-17 Panasonic GF2 DigitalCameraInfo
2011-03-06 Panasonic GF2 Camera Labs
2011-02-24 Panasonic GF2 DPReview
2011-01-29 Panasonic GF2 DCRP (dcresource)
2011-01-03 Panasonic GF2 TrustedReviews
2010-11-17 Panasonic GF2 PhotographyBLOG

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Olympus E-PL2 Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu March 10, 2011

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

Where the Contrast detection-based autofocus system on past models was slow [...], the AF on the E-PL2 is smooth, fast, and responsive.

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Imaging Resource has published their review of the Olympus E-PL2, a compact “mirrorless” Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera. The E-PL2 features 12.3MP resolution (on a large 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS sensor), sensor-shift image stabilization to help reduce camera shake, a direct HD Movie button, a 3.0-in. LCD display screen (460k-dot), a built-in pop-up flash, Art Filters, Scene Modes, and a Live Guide that simplifies exposure adjustments without having to know the technical lingo — all in a compact and light body. It comes with a the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) which features a high-speed, silent autofocus during still shooting and high definition (HD) video capture.

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