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Panasonic G3

So Panasonic have announced the G3 the replacement to the G2 with a 15.8MP sensor with an iso of 160-6400. Why is it Panasonic offer both DSLRs and CSC cameras yet Olympus only offer CSC for micro 4/3rds especially as other than the hugely expensive E-5 they don't make any 4/3rds DSLRs any longer.
The Pen cameras are fun cameras and take great photos but lack the right balance when using longer lenses it's as if Olympus has abandoned this part of the market and whilst I appreciate they are a smaller company than Canon, Nikon, Sony et al their heritage includes the OM cameras as well as the Pen.
Whats wrong with the management at Olympus surely they are missing an opportunity.
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Re: Panasonic G3

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So Panasonic have announced the G3 the replacement to the G2 with a 15.8MP sensor with an iso of 160-6400. Why is it Panasonic offer both DSLRs and CSC cameras yet Olympus only offer CSC for micro 4/3rds especially as other than the hugely expensive E-5 they don't make any 4/3rds DSLRs any longer.
The Pen cameras are fun cameras and take great photos but lack the right balance when using longer lenses it's as if Olympus has abandoned this part of the market and whilst I appreciate they are a smaller company than Canon, Nikon, Sony et al their heritage includes the OM cameras as well as the Pen.
Whats wrong with the management at Olympus surely they are missing an opportunity.
The G3 is actually a bit smaller than an E-P2 in terms of width. Olympus have basically said that a larger bodied camera based in Pen technology will come out in the future, but maybe not until next year.

They have the option of beating that deadline if they want to of course!

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Re: Panasonic G3

As a happy GH2 user, I have to say that long lenses on even that body aren't balanced as well as on a regular DSLR. You can't alter the laws of physics!

I'm sure that Olympus are carefully watching the market and will release something to equal or better Panasonic - in their own good time! I look forward to that day!
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Re: Panasonic G3

I was wondering if regular 4/3 lenses can be used on the Panasonic g3 ?
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I was wondering if regular 4/3 lenses can be used on the Panasonic g3 ?
Yes and they will autofocus (not C-AF) as well, provided you have the Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter.

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Yes and they will autofocus (not C-AF) as well, provided you have the Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter.

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Thanks Ian, mmmmh now that's interesting
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Thanks Ian, mmmmh now that's interesting
The AF, especially on some older lenses and SWD lenses, is a bit slow, but it will work.

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Re: Panasonic G3

The 14-54 Mk2 focusses quite quickly on the GH2. The 40-140 Mk2 is OK - not rapid but not bad. The 11-22 will focus if you've got a week or so, but remember that, like the Pens, these cameras are just made for manual focussing. That's what we used to do in the olden days, for the younger readers amongst you!
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Re: Panasonic G3

I've got a GH-1 which I've used successfully with the 2nd gen Olympus 14-42, 40-150, and 70-300 with the 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds Panasonic adaptor.

With the latest lens firmware updates I don't really notice any difference in AF speed from my E-510.

However my photography is mainly family, wildlife and landscape with very little sports/action so this may influence my perception.

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Re: Panasonic G3

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... Why is it Panasonic offer both DSLRs and CSC cameras yet Olympus only offer CSC for micro 4/3rds especially as other than the hugely expensive E-5 they don't make any 4/3rds DSLRs any longer. ...
As far as I know Panasonic stopped making DSLRs years ago, unlike Olympus.
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Re: Panasonic G3

Looking at the G3 spec. it seems to be the GH-2 sensor and firmware repackaged in a smaller body?

Has anyone seen one in the flesh yet?

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Looking at the G3 spec. it seems to be the GH-2 sensor and firmware repackaged in a smaller body?

Has anyone seen one in the flesh yet?

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I had a pre-production one for a few days before the official launch. See:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2011/05/h...umix_dmcg3.php

It's not a GH2 sensor (which is an over-size Four Thirds sensor to allow un-compromised multi-aspect ratio choices).

The G3 sensor is a development of the sensor we basically see in all the other Micro Four Thirds cameras apart from the GH2 and GH1. It's increased in resolution but Panasonic say that the design and construction of the sensor lowers signal noise so that noise performance is slightly better than the 12MP version.

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Re: Panasonic G3

Thanks Ian,

very interesting write-up and thread.

From what is there I can't see this tempting me away from my GH-1. Guess I'll wait for the GH-3 or Olympus equivalent

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Looking at the G3 spec. it seems to be the GH-2 sensor and firmware repackaged in a smaller body?
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while this is in fact not the case, it might be close enough for folks who only shoot video casually or not at all, but for more serious videographers the lack of 24p frame rate and full manual control makes the G3 a very different animal from the GH2
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