The Panasonic GM5 and GM1 are Neck and Neck with These DxOMark Scores

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When we first got our hands on the Panasonic GM5 it felt like a slightly updated GM1 with a new viewfinder and hotshoe. Now that DxOMark has just released its camera testing results of the GM5 we can see the tiny improvement to the underlying sensor. this incremental update has added.

According to DxOMark’s imaging benchmarks, the GM5 trades a sliver of color depth for several ticks of better lowlight ISO performance. Otherwise, there’s very little difference between the sensors. More importantly it appears Olympus is still well ahead of Panasonic when it comes to sensor technology as the OMD EM10 announced at the beginning the year performs better than the GM5 in every aspect.

One surprise we didn’t expect was that the Panasonic GM5’s performance actually isn’t that far off from the top-tier Micro Four Thirds cameras including the Panasonic GH4 and Olympus OMD EM1.

Of course, we have to stress these are just numbers. At the end of the day the GM1 was an excellent camera and we expect the GM5 will perform even better. Check out more results after the break.


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Sony Stuffs Everything to Love About the A6000 into the A5100

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Sony has ported over the A6000’s amazing autofocus system to the “new” camera deemed the A5100— sorry buyers of the original Sony A5000. The Japanese camera hasn’t skimped on the phase detect AF points either with the Sony A5100. It has the same fully loaded 179 AF points as its higher-end sibling.

What’s more is that the new compact body also has the A6000’s 24.3 APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and Bionz X image processor. With all these flat improvements, the Sony A5100 seems like it’s just the A6000 in a smaller package with some slightly different ergonomics and no integrated electronic viewfinder. Which is all perfectly fine really. In our review of the Sony A6000 we found the small shooter to have great image quality and incredibly fast autofocus performance.

As for a few other improvements, Sony has passed on Eye AF and Lock-on AF modes, which first debuted on the Sony A7 and A7r. Lastly the new sensor can record full HD 1080p video in AVCHD as well as the XAVC-Scodec for 50 Mbps footage

The Sony α5100 will be available this September black and white for $550 for the body only. There’s also a $700 kit version bundled with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 motorized zoom lens. Read on to see more images and specs on the Sony A5100.

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Reports Hint at a Panasonic GM2 with Built-in EVF and 4K Video

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We’ve been hearing a lot of news hinting that Panasonic could introduce a new LX8 with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and now there’s word there will also be a new GM2 with a built-in EVF. 43 Rumors has received a tip suggesting as much and the camera could even come with native 4K recording like the GH4. We’re not sure if the EVF will interfere with the incredible pocketablity of the first GM1 but Panasonic could adopt a pop-up viewfinder as seen with the Sony RX100 Mark III

There aren’t any other details or specs to go on—but this is the second time we’ve heard Panasonic will release a new interchangeable MFT camera. If the rumors are true this would make the GM2 the world’s smallest compact system camera with a built-in EVF. Panasonic LX8 is also supposedly on the horizon that purportedly will also utilize a MFT senor.

It would make sense Panasonic would introduce new cameras soon. After all Photokina is just a month away. There have not been a lot of early reports outing what Olympus might have in store for us, but it seems like new tech will be making waves in the Micro Four Thirds world this year.

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Samsung Announces the NX3000, a New Compact 20.3MP Mirrorless Camera

Kevin-Lee-The-Phoblographer-Samsung-NX3000-Product-Images-1 We thought Samsung might have been all out of cameras with its DSLR-styled NX30 and the miniature NX Mini. But now the Korean electronics firm has announced a new NX3000 mirrorless camera featuring a 20.3MP APS-C format CMOS sensor.

Sitting between the bulky NX300 and the super petite NX Mini, the NX3000 has a smaller body that fits inline with Canon’s EOS M and the Nikon V3. While the camera has a similar 20.3MP sensor as its older NX300 brother, the NX3000 has adopted the NX mini flip up screen for taking selfies. What’s more the NX3000 has a new feature called  “Wink Shot,”which allows you to have the camera take selife for you by winking at at it. When you’re done admiring yourself, you might notice the back LCD is a gorgeous 460,800-dot IPS screen.

Overall the NX3000 is a slight step down from the NX300 with a slower maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 of a second and only 5fps. Still, that more than enough to let shooters keep up with bigger entry-level DSLRs such as the Canon SL1 and Nikon D3300. As ever, this Samsung camera has Wi-Fi built-in, which will let photographers easily pair the camera with their smartphones to edit images

The Samsung NX3000 hits shelves on June 1st and will be available in black, brown, and white. The camera will come kitted with the 20-50mm f3.5-5.6 ED II lens and SEF-8 flash unit for $479. Alternatively, for $529 the kit includes a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom lens plus the same attachable flash. Check past the jump for even more images and specs. Continue reading…

Carl Zeiss Adds the Touit 2.8/50M, a macro lens for Sony and Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras

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Compact camera system shooters are in for a treat this morning. Carl Zeiss just pulled the wraps on a new macro lens, the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M. Zeiss touts its new macro lens offers a magnification power of 1:1 to photograph objects in their original size in real-life. As a macro lens it will allow shooters to get up close with a 1.97 inch minimum focusing distance to capture all the tiny details not visible to the naked eye.

Alternatively, the lens affords an equivalent 75mm focal length on APS-C cameras. This low-powered telephoto lens could be perfect for tight portrait shots or even some landscape work. The lens works on both Sony E mount and Fujifilm X mount cameras including the brand new Fujifilm X-T1.

Inside, the lens features 14 elements in 11 groups. Like many other Zeiss lenses, the lens focuses without extending the barrel, thanks to a floating design in which individual internal glass elements move relative to each other. On the front, users will find a M52 filter thread as well as a mountable lens hood.

The Touit 2.8/50M in E and X mounts will be available worldwide in March for $999. We have even more images of the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M after the break plus sample pictures and specs so click past the break.

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