Micro Four Thirds

Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus has outed its trio of new PEN micro four thirds cameras, each using a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor supporting up to ISO 12,800, and promising faster 35-point auto-focussing, shutter response and image processing than the company's own E-5 DSLR. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the flagship, with a 3-inch OLED 614k pixel touchscreen and a built-in flash, while the PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 have a 3-inch 460k LCD display, articulated on the PL3.

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Olympus EP-3 caught in wild

Olympus EP-3 caught in wild

Images of the fast-incoming Olympus EP-3 interchangeable lens camera have leaked, ahead of what's expected to be a June 30 launch of the new model. PhotoRumors snagged the shots and some apparent specifications, with the EP-3 supposedly having a new 12-megapixel sensor which Olympus has developed in-house, and which supports up to ISO 12800.

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Panasonic confirms GF series split: GF3 for novices, Pro model incoming

Panasonic confirms GF series split: GF3 for novices, Pro model incoming

Panasonic's new LUMIX GF3 may follow the perennial trend of making gadgets ever-smaller, but with the hot-shoe gone and the mode wheel relegated to a virtual control on the touchscreen, you could well argue that the company has chased general consumers at the expense of the prosumer/professional market. It seems the company agrees, too; camera chief Ichiro Kitao, told PhotoRadar that Panasonic is planning to split the GF series into two, with one line for novices upgrading from point-and-shoots, and a second line for enthusiasts and experienced photographers.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF3 official: 12.1MP Micro-4/3 gets even smaller

Panasonic LUMIX GF3 official: 12.1MP Micro-4/3 gets even smaller

Panasonic's new LUMIX DMC-GF3 comes as little surprise, but it does bring plenty to the micro four thirds table. The third-gen camera tips the scales at a mere 7.83oz despite packing a pop-up flash, and shoots 12.1-megapixel images along with 1080/60i Full HD video. It's also 16.7-percent smaller and 16.2-percent lighter than our perennial favorite, the LUMIX GF2, despite keeping the 3-inch touchscreen.

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Panasonic Lumix GF3 leaks: smallest GF-series so far

Panasonic Lumix GF3 leaks: smallest GF-series so far

We've been expecting a new micro-four-thirds camera from Panasonic for a while now, and it seems the camera itself - the Lumix GF3 - has leaked to satisfy us that it really is on the way. An official Panasonic video briefly showed up online before being yanked, but not too quick to avoid 4/3 Rumors grabbing some shots of the compact camera.

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Olympus PEN Pro packing homegrown sensor and integrated EVF?

Olympus PEN Pro packing homegrown sensor and integrated EVF?

In late March, I mentioned that Olympus had a touchscreen camera that was coming called the PEN Pro. The camera is a micro four-thirds offering and has some other cool features that will make it appealing to people shopping in the category. Today some new rumors about the PEN Pro micro four-thirds digital camera have surfaced that point to it being an interesting device indeed.

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Canon Exec: Mirrorless is the reserve of DSLR failures

Canon Exec: Mirrorless is the reserve of DSLR failures

A Canon exec has accused Micro Four Thirds and mirrorless camera manufacturers of entering the segments because their mainstream DSLR models were market failures. Canon's European head of consumer imaging, Rainer Fuehres, told Amateur Photographer that the company had no need to look to Micro Four Thirds or similar, because it had no issues selling either DSLRs or compact cameras.

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Vague rumor points to new Panasonic micro four thirds camera in August

Vague rumor points to new Panasonic micro four thirds camera in August

There have been rumors swirling for a while now that Panasonic is set to bring some new micro four thirds digital cameras to market this summer. One of the cameras is supposed to be a new G3 camera that should be cool.

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Leica denies Micro Four Thirds plans: M9 as small as it gets

Leica denies Micro Four Thirds plans: M9 as small as it gets

Leica has denied rumors it intends to join the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem, despite reports in Europe that it was preparing to launch a mirrorless camera based on Panasonic's LUMIX models. "We have no information on anything like that at the moment" a Leica spokesperson told Amateur Photographer, going on to point out that "With the Leica M9 we have the most compact, full-format, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses on the market."

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Olympus May Announce New Micro Four Thirds Cameras March 2nd

Olympus May Announce New Micro Four Thirds Cameras March 2nd

Fans of the compact lens system may be getting some new cameras next week if rumors are true. 43 Rumors is reporting that three new models from Olympus may be landing on March 2nd.

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$76 Micro Four Thirds/NEX lenses promised as China weighs in

$76 Micro Four Thirds/NEX lenses promised as China weighs in

Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses may be smaller than their regular DSLR counterparts, but so far the pricing of the various interchangeable components is yet to go micro. That could well change with news of new, cheaper Chinese micro-4/3 lenses from Zhongyi Optics, which are expected to retail for a mere CNY 500 ($76).

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 Review

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 Review

Panasonic's LUMIX GF1 worked its way into the kit-bags of several on the SlashGear team, charmed by its compact size and solid picture and video quality. Now the Micro Four Thirds camera has a successor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2, packing the same sensor but new image processing and a refreshed touchscreen interface. Does the smaller GF2 lose some of its sibling's charm? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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