A GH4 in your pocket – Panasonic LX100 with 4K and Micro Four Thirds sensor

Panasonic LX100

The Panasonic LX100 is an engineering marvel. Along with the Apple Watch this has been the most impressive feat of miniaturisation of 2014 so far. To take both of these products travelling would be extremely liberating relative to taking a clunky DSLR and a standard smartphone. If the application of the technology is impressive, wait to you see what is being applied. The specs are outstanding for a camera of this kind, with the large Micro Four Thirds sensor of the GH4 sitting behind a Leica 24-75mm F1.7-2.8 lens, with 4K video, 11fps continuous shooting, and the same 4 core image processor as the GH4.

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New Panasonic CM1 smartphone shoots 4K video with Leica lens


UPDATE, the original article refers to 4K video – turns out it is only 15fps so more like a continuous stills burst mode than a video mode

The iPhone 6 Plus hasn’t even been released yet, but as of today it has been made obsolete for photos and video by the Panasonic CM1. This is quite simply a new benchmark for the camera phone, with an overall camera spec that beats every other smartphone on the market. The Android powered CM1 delivers 4K video and 20MP stills with full manual control from a large 1″ sensor, sporting a Leica DC Elmarit 10mm F2.8 prime lens.

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Panasonic FZ1000 gets 24p for 4K in firmware update!

The Panasonic FZ1000 (see my first impressions here) is an absolutely fantastic camera for video. I’ll bring you my full review and footage later today. However it had one very important omission at launch, the lack of 24p. The European model had 25p but the prospect of importing it and shooting PAL for US shooters didn’t appeal. Panasonic has recognised this and will add 24p to the camera in a soon to be released firmware update. The update also adds Panasonic’s new 4K Photo Mode which allows shooting of 4K video in multiple aspect ratios (3:2, 4:3 and 1:1) plus a … Read more

Samsung NX1 announced with 4K, 24p and **H.265 HVEC codec**

Samsung NX1

Review part 1 is now online here

This is a bombshell announcement, a massive upset and a surprise that the NX1 has a 4K H.265 codec. With this model, Samsung have taken technological step-change to the market, adding the first ever High Efficiency Video Codec (HVEC H.265) along with 4K 24p and Ultra HD at 30p to a $1499 mirrorless camera with Super 35mm sensor (APS-C). The codec is a successor to H.264 and is capable of providing ProRes quality at less than half the file size.

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