Reports in the media suggest Panasonic are dismantling the ‘digital camera’ division with some even speculating that Panasonic will pull out of the camera market like Samsung. In fact according to Yosuke Yamane of Panasonic, the company is re-doubling their focus on cameras like the GH5 and planning more releases in 2017.
Comment on the forum Just a quick heads up from Panasonic in New Zealand. Finally a GH4 user had a well earned answer! The company is currently aiming for October for the long awaited V-LOG profile to come to the GH4.
Based on a pre-production model Since the GH1 I have been shooting with Panasonic’s mirrorless system for video. Without this series of affordable cameras my early work as a cinematographer and filmmaker simply wouldn’t be the same. The GH4 marks a much needed major leap for the line, the first to shoot 4K to an efficient internal codec AND output 10bit 4:2:2 1080p over HDMI to an affordable external recorder like the Atomos Ninja! On a visit to Panasonic I got to see the camera, see 4K sample footage and give my feedback. Here’s an account of what I saw…
The Panasonic GH3 was a big update over the legendary GH2 and I am putting the final touches to my review (and a lot of other future material). I’ve been shooting a lot with it alongside by cinema cameras, the FS100 and Blackmagic Cinema camera. Where are the Panasonic pro cameras? Well the GH3 is $1300 and that leaves quite a large space above it for a high spec ‘DSLR-type’ camera from Panasonic. I’m getting more and more clues and info as to a possible high end GH camera, and if true this would be a dream for indie filmmakers and …
Above: Inoue helped conceive the GH3 and was a mechanical designer on the well regarded Panasonic L1 (inset) For my hands on test of the Panasonic GH3 pre-production model read this! Yoshiyuki Inoue is the senior engineering planner at Panasonic. A mechanical designer on the Panasonic L1 back in the Four Thirds days, that camera is now fondly rememberd for a beautiful optical viewfinder, Leica M style build and cutting edge design. Inoue also worked at Minolta before joining Team Lumix. I caught up with Inoue yesterday at Photokina to ask him about the design and technical workings of the new Panasonic …
Above – the new GH3 (click image to enlarge) First sample videos will be uploaded here – https://vimeo.com/groups/gh3 The GH3 will be revealed on Monday September 17th at a Panasonic press conference in Cologne, home of this year’s Photokina 2012. EOSHD will be there when the show opens on Tuesday to get all the juicy hands-on details.
The weather sealed 12-35mm is Panasonic’s new top of the range Lumix zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture. It’s also the lens most likely to be offered with the (also expected to be weather sealed) GH3. Panasonic have taken a huge step with build quality on this lens and I’m expecting the GH3 to be a big improvement in this area as well. DSLR Magazine have taken a look at the new lens, and here’s my view on it.
Panasonic are in talks with Epson to provide cutting edge new display technology for the EVF in the GH3. The news comes from a recent interview with Panasonic’s Ichiro Kitao at the launch of the GF3. It was a change of tone from last year when Panasonic spoke of the GH2 as a niche camera. Now they say, it is a ‘flagship’ and ‘very important’.
The Lumix 14mm F2.5 is the smallest interchangeable digital camera lens ever made. Smaller than even the Lumix 20mm F1.7 and much lighter, it is even rather well built for a mere ‘kit lens’. Like the excellent 20mm which came with the GF1, the 14mm is bundled with the GF2 and that represents fantastic value, since the lens retails for over £250 on it’s own.
I have just been in touch with Birger Engineering, who are developing the first ever Canon lens adapter for the AF100, with full support for AF, aperture control on the camera body, and optical image stabilisation (IS).