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January 03, 2011

Reviews Etc (E-5, GF2, 60D, S95, FX700, etc) {Firmware: SD15}

Happy Gnu Year! The "Review Train" has a new name. Over time it organically veered off into other semi-related topics, so now it has a more descriptive name, "Reviews Etc". As usual, lens reviews can be found at the Lens Reviews studio.

The new Olympus and Four Thirds flagship, the E-5, perhaps the last 43rds "proper" DSLR, has a brand new review out by Peter K. Burian at PiXiQ.

The second camera in the Panasonic GH-series, the GH2, has some video-priority action, starting with a first impressions at Photo Cine News and some new discoveries at Luminous Videoscapes.

The second camera in the Panasonic GF-series has a new review out. We are talking of course about the GF2 and it has been reviewed at Trusted Reviews.

Next up, we have an experiential review of the Canon S95 at Photo Induced, a camera that perhaps does not have the fanfare of a G12, LX5 or P7000 but appears to be winning hearts and minds.

Speaking of Canon, its latest "Helen of Troy" (the 60D) has two new write-ups, one at PDN Gear Guide, and another at Info Sync World.

Meanwhile the Samsung NX100 has a new review out at

Bitter rival Sony has a new review as well for a camera that is no longer flying under the radar, the Alpha A580, getting tested out at

Tests & Samples
+ AF speed between Panasonic GH1 and GH2 at M43 photo
+ AF test of Sigma 30/1.4 vs Panasonic 20/1.7 at M43 photo
+ field of view test of Sony F3 vs Panasonic AG-AF101 at Bloom's
+ video test of Sony F3 vs Panasonic AG-AF101 by Marco Gonzalez (via FA)
+ Panasonic GF2 samples at
+ Panasonic LX5 samples at No DSLRs

Lightning Round
+ Fuji Real3D W3 at Neon Camera
+ Panasonic FX700 at Camera Labs
+ Casio EX-H20G (G for GPS) at Digital Camera Review
+ Kodak M590 at Steve's Digicams
+ Pentax M900 at WDC
+ Canon Selphy CP800 at Printer Comparison
+ Lowepro Versapack 200AW at ephotozine

Firmware Updates
+ Sigma SD15 v1.01 - adds a couple of features, see via Imaging Resource, DC Views, et al

Recently added to the Readers' Flickr Pool
In this new segment we will be featuring recent additions to the Readers Flickr Pool. This is not a contest or a "picture of the day" type of a feature. Just like everything else on this blog, it will have a slightly chaotic pattern...
+ Welcome 2011 by GMoscarda
+ Water Ghost by JPerthLave
+ I Really Hope by Bambang Suryobroto
+ Hocus Pocus by AbbyLadybug

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