Tag Archive | Four Thirds

New Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 — Not Convinced It Is Worth $601 More Than A Sony a6500.

by Anura Guruge


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My comparison of what I look for in a camera.

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I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.

IF it was APS-C or Full-Frame — yes.

But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.

I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.

Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.

I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!

It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.


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DPReview Not That Impressed With The New Chinese Four Thirds YI M1 Mirrorless.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the DPReview detailed review
of the YI M1.

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and view here.

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I kind of had a suspicion that it might not be up to snuff when it came to autofocus — one of my key requirements. That is why I quickly lost interest in it after first thinking that maybe it was a potential candidate to be my compact camera.


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by Anura Guruge

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II WAY TOO Overpriced For A “Four Thirds” Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II has some pretty impressive specs. BUT in the end it is still a “Four Thirds” camera and sensor size does matter.

This is STUPID pricing.

$400 more than the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji is an APS-C sensor.

Same pricing as the Nikon D500.

I would pay $2,000, body only, for for a Nikon D500. But for a “Four Thirds” Olympus.

I think it is at least $200 overpriced.

Not that I was thinking of getting one. I am STICKING with APS-C. Thanks.


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by Anura Guruge

Olympus Discounts Zoom Lenses By $100 Ahead Of OM-D E-M1 Mk II.

by Anura Guruge


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$100 discount already appearing on Amazon. Click to access Amazon listing.


$99 for a 40-150mm zoom is pretty attractive even if it is but a ‘middle-of-the-road’ lens.

Interesting move my Olympus. Yep, this could sway some to seriously think about the OM-D E-M1 Mk II.

I have no Olympus (or for that matter any Four-Thirds) lenses. This would be a great start.


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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic LX15/LX10 With 1″ Sensor Definitely Not The The Successor To The ‘Four-Thirds’ LX100.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “The New Camera” original
original from September 16, 2016.

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Early this morning, based on the lack of control dials, I pointed out that the Panasonic LX15/LX10 cannot be the supposed successor to the Panasonic Lumix LX100.

That the LX15/LX10 has a 1″ sensor is the ULTIMATE PROOF that the LX15 is NOT the hoped for ‘LX200‘.

The successor to the LX100 is still somewhere in the pipeline. But why wait? Just get a Canon M5 with a even bigger sensor.


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Panasonic ‘LX200’, i.e., Successor To LX100, Now Called ‘LX15’ — But Not On Rumor List For Photokina 2015 Unveiling.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “thenewcamera.com” original.

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Use link above for the “New Camera” original. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


A Chinese site does have this Panasonic registration for a “LX15
— in Chinese.

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Use link above to access Chinese original. This is a Google translation. Click to ENLARGE. Says it is a 20MP 4/3rd sensor. So looks like the anticipated LX200.


All rumors and conjecture as yet. So this can change. Interesting that the Panasonic ‘LX200‘ or ‘LX15’ is NOT included as a possibility in the September 19, 2016 announcement though much has been said about the LX15 in the last couple of weeks.

Why Panasonic would call it LX15 rather than say LX110, LX150 or LX200 is yet another Japanese mystery.

The 20MP four-thirds sensor definitely hints that it is a follow-up on the LX100.


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‘Camera Labs’ Point and Shoot Comparison — An Analysis.

Taken with Sony RX100 II

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I like ‘Camera Labs‘ and I follow the editor Gordon Laing on Twitter.

Last week I saw that he had done this post on “Best point and shoot camera” with “Gordon’s favourite compact camera right now: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

Here is a ‘thumbnail’. Click on it, or the link above, to access Gordon’s original post.

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I have no issues with his choice or his picks. I had myself just got a Sony RX100 II (from BuyDig) after convincing myself that I could not really justify the III or the IV because this was really my 2nd camera — the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (for now) my main.

What surprised me with the choices was the wide variety. Yes, if you carefully read through Gordon’s words you would pick up on SENSOR SIZE and max. resolution. But it occurred to me that I would like to see a real side-by-side comparison of these 12 cameras per the CRITERIA that I look for in a camera (these days).

Per my new regime following the publication of my last book, I do not work on any new books on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Those 3 days are for me to mess around with my other interests. So yesterday, Saturday, I devoted some time (maybe an hour) to spreadsheet these 12 cameras. It was fun and educational for me.

So here is that spreadsheet (and those you know me know that I live by spreadsheets and I create spreadsheets at the drop of a hat).


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So what struck me the most?

sensorszie2323I am BIG into Sensor Size because in the end, push-comes-to-shove, there is only so much you can do about trying to violate the laws of physics. Bigger sensors will always give you a better resolution image, especially in low light conditions, than a smaller sensor. I have this ‘sensor size’ image, from Wikipedia, handy at all times when I am looking at cameras just to keep me straight. These days I will not consider a camera with a sensor less than 1″.

So only 4 of the 12 cameras suggested by Gordon have sensors 1″ or greater (that being the ‘Four Thirds’ by Panasonic). That has to be taken into account, first and foremost, with any camera comparison. Otherwise you will not be comparing apples with oranges you will be comparing oranges with coconuts.

Megapixels per se don’t bother me that much since I don’t print posters, but I do like to see what the Maximum Resolution is. I really am not fond of cameras that can’t get me close to 5000x3x00.

BUT my next BIGGEST factor is maximum aperture, bearing in mind that none of these cameras offer constant max. aperture. A max. aperture of 3.5 or 3.6, though, of course, ‘livable’ is not great. Having a 1.7/1.8 max aperture cameras against cameras that are at 3.6 is unfair — and the consumer should be warned.

Then there is max. ISO. A max. 1600 or even 3200 camera in 2015/2016 is SAD. Again this should be highlighted.

Two of these cameras, viz. Canon SX60 HS & Nikon L840, maybe even three, i.e., Panasonic LX100, are not exactly compact. Yes, you can see it in the pictures but a heads up should be in order.

Then there is the price. The average price of these 12 cameras is $398. As such the Sony RX100 III is MORE THAN DOUBLE the average price! No wonder it is the top dog! So a BIG variation in price.

Based on MY spreadsheet I would contend that the Canon G7X or G9X would be a BETTER option, especially if price is a factor — PROVIDED you are not wedded to an EVF.

Again, this was primarily for me to understand how these cameras stacked up. But once I did it I was NOT going to NOT share it with YOU.


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