For everything that Four Thirds User doesn't cover; Digital Photography Now, the general photography site run by the same people who run this site!

Discussion Forum


Hands-on with the Kodak PixPro S-1 Micro Four Thirds camera and lenses

We've at last had a chance to see the long-awaited Kodak PixPro Micro Four Thirds camera, along with three similarly branded lenses. Available in white or black, the camera is called the S-1 and features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor of unknown provenance, a 920K dot up/down tilting LCD screen, a sensor-shift image stabiliser and 5 frames per second sequential shooting.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 hands-on preview and image samples

We look at the new and even smaller but, crucially, more affordable, OM-D E-M10, along with the new power zoom 14-42mm m.Zuiko Digital pancake and the m.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 prime lenses. We also have a gallery of unique product shots and almost 50 full resolution sample images, including RAW files for you to download.

This is what the Olympus m.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro will look like

Olympus has shown a mock-up of its forthcoming m.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens. We have photos and we wonder what features the final product will have to offer.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 hands-on preview

Four Thirds User has had an OM-D E-M1 for almost two weeks and we have become well acquainted with the camera's characteristics and capabilities. Check out or initial impressions, plus over 50 downloadable full resolution sample images and a full gallery of our own product images.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 new features explained

Four Thirds User was exclusively briefed in Tokyo by the designers and engineers behind the new OM-D E-M1 and we've spent the last two weeks using a sample camera. We kick off our coverage of the launch of Olympus' new flagship camera with a look at all the new E-M1 features and innovations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 hands-on preview

Panasonic Lumix has launched its DMC-GX7 Micro Four Thirds camera, featuring an integrated tilting electronic viewfinder, 1/8000th shutter, plus a brand new 16MP LiveMOS sensor. Four Thirds User has the first evaluation camera released by Panasonic. **Sample images gallery now added**

Is the Olympus Pen E-P5 the first CSC with a 1/8000th top shutter speed?

You might have assumed from messages coming out of Olympus that the new Pen E-P5 is the first compact system camera (CSC) to feature a shutter as fast as 1/8000th second. That's not strictly true but Olympus is actually claiming something different. We explore the technology of focal plane shutters and how the evolution of the imaging sensor could make separate sensors obsolete - one day.

Four Thirds User

The independent online news and reviews resource for users of Four Thirds system digital cameras, lenses and accessories.


JVCKENWOOD joins Micro Four Thirds

JVCKENWOOD Corporation (headquarters: Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref., Japan, President & Representative Director: Shoichiro Eguchi) has recently joined the standard and has committed to develop products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System Standard.

Panasonic UK reveals Lumix G price promotions

Panasonic UK has revealed a cashback deal for the diminutive GM1, a free 12-35mm lens if you buy a GX7/20mm pancake kit and a free battery and power grip for purchasers of the GXH3 and GH4 top of the range models

Panasonic Announce New F1.7 High Speed Leica Summilux 15mm Lens to Allow Photographers to Capture Fashionable Defocused Reportage Pictures

24th March 2014 - Panasonic has unveiled a new digital interchangeable lens, the H-X015 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 30 mm) for the LUMIX G range, based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, which is both compact and lightweight.

New Samyang 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS lens

The new Samyang 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS offers photographers an affordable, wide angle lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens has been designed for cameras fitted with a high resolution sensor. Samyang Optics has accustomed its clients to great quality optics offered at affordable prices and this is also the case with the 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS lens which provides technical parameters and potential that can easily compete with the best wide-angle prime and zoom lenses available on the market.

Olympus opens new Image Space venue in City of London

In its latest camera promotion initiative Olympus UK has collaborated with RockArchive Galleries to jointly host the latest Olympus Image Space attraction. Located at 199 Bishopsgate in the City of London, the venue will see Rockarchive photographs for sale displayed side by side with Olympus cameras which can be handled by visitors and demonstrated.

iF product design awards go to the revolutionary OM-D E-M1 flagship and cult collector’s favourite, the PEN E-P5

March 3 2014 – Olympus camera design continued to take home the industry’s most prestigious prizes at the 2014 iF product design awards, where the jury honoured two Olympus interchangeable lens cameras.

Adobe Labs releases beta of Adobe Camera RAW 8 with OM-D E-M10 support

Adobe Labs has revealed that a late beta or Release Candidate of the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW is now available for public testing. The good news for Olympus fans is that it includes RAW file support for the new OM-D E-M10. We have a large collection of RAW files taken with a pre-production E-M10 that you can download.

Kowa unveils three Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses

Three Micro Four Thirds fit Prominar brand lenses from Kowa have been revealed: 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8, and 25mm f/1.8. Limited information currently available in Japanese indicates the lenses are all ambitious designs focusing on very low distoration and high image sharpness thanks to the use of aspheric and extra low dispersion optics. The three lenses are due to be released later this year.

Two additional Olympus M.ZUIKO PRO lenses to launch in 2015

Hamburg, February 12 2014 – Olympus is pleased to announce the development of two new lenses in the M.ZUIKO PRO series: the wide-angle zoom lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO and the super telephoto lens M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4 PRO.

Olympus Pen E-P5 firmware update brings Pen WiFi functionality up to date

Olympus has announced a firmware update for its Pen E-P5 camera that brings wireless/smartphone app functionality up to the same level as more recent Olympus models.



Olympus E-P3 image samples to download

Hands-on preview of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Clarification of AA battery use with E-3 HLD-4 grip

Comparing the Digital Zuiko 50-200 old and new

Digital Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD image samples