UPDATE:Holy cow, these went quick! It seems that the Amazon GH3 deal was quite the thing with the photo community, as it’s already sold out. The camera is now back to US-$ 948, which is still $351.99 off the list price.
When we look at these incredible deals that our friends over at 43rumors dug out, it seems like Black Friday is already here, even though it’s still a couple days away. Currently, you’re able to buy the Panasonic GH3–the company’s current Micro Four Thirds flagship camera–for as little as US-$ 698. That’s $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.
Three of the best Micro Four Thirds cameras currently out on the market all have been noted to exhibit exceptional high ISO image quality. Those three cameras are the Panasonic GH3, Olympus OMD EM5, and the Olympus EP5. Statements around the web have claimed that the cameras have the same sensor, but the firmware inside of these cameras is really what helps to determine the final image quality as well.
And in a very quick and super informal test, we decided to put the three up against one another.
When we were in our briefing with Olympus on the EP5, they said that it was the same sensor as the OMD, and they didn’t state that there were ISO performance changes.
We’ve got the camera in for review right now, and we’re really liking it. Though in the end, we should really state and reiterate that it’s all still about what you can do with the camera–no lab test in the world simulates the real life experience of trying to shoot in a dark bar with a camera.
More of the findings and comparisons are after the jump.
If you’re looking for an excellent telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, Panasonic has created the 35-100mm f2.8 to cover you–giving you the equivalent of a 70-200mm field of view. The lens boasts a plastic exterior with weather sealing gaskets all over. It features internal zooming to keep the package down to a minimum size. The 35-100mm f2.8 focuses extremely quick and also offers great image quality.
The lens is characterized not only by weather sealing and a constant aperture through the zoom range, but seven aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, image stabilization, and when you put that all together you get one heck of a kick ass portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system.
Micro Four Thirds has long had an excellent wide angle zoom, but unfortunately it isn’t very heavily mentioned in forums or anywhere else. But the fact of the matter though is that Panasonic created a 7-14mm f4 zoom lens a while back: giving us the equivalent of 14-28mm at an f8 aperture in the full frame world. Featuring a constant F4 zoom, this is the lens that an architectural or landscape photographer will almost never have to stop down. This beast of a wide angle also sports 7 aperture blades, 16 elements in 12 groups, a minimum focus of just under 10 inches, and a fairly compact size for a lens of this type.
During our three week testing period, we weren’t really surprised by this lens’ performance. It was everything we thought it would be: stellar.
Panasonic has been catering quite a bit to the professional crowd with their lenses. The 12-35mm f2.8 lens is no exception as it offers a focal length range equivalent to the very popular 24-70mm f2.8 lenses that are a mainstay in the bags of many photographers. But to sweeten the deal even more, Panasonic included optical stabilization and weather-sealing built into the lens.
As a lens with 9 groups and 14 elements, this couldn’t have been the simplest lens to design when you throw in the image stabilization and the weather sealing.
But if you’re looking for a zoom, we’re happy to say that without a doubt this is so far the best zoom lens that you can get your hands on in the Micro Four Thirds world.