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25 minutes ago, Andrew Reid said:

Panasonic in Japan have agreed to be interviewed for the blog.

I'll ask some questions from the EOSHD Forum.

Anything GH5 / GH5S / GH6 even. S1, S1H related and more

Fire away!

When will they enable electronic focus from a gimbal while using an external monitor on the S1 (as soon as you enable tethering the external monitor stops working). It stopped working with a bug in a  GH5 update which was then carried over to the S1. Many have been asking about it for over a year(s?) and while they fixed it on the S1H, nothing for the S1.

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Darn. Hard to say. I am not trying to make a wishlist.:) Okay, wishlist for S1:

-25p in photomode

-full height in 4 to 3 photo mode.

-4k 50p with h265 10bit 420, same codec like the S1H after the VLOG update

Questions: Why are the HD modes not as high resolving as the the perfect HD modes of the GH5? Is it possible to "cure" the power management issue of the S1 via firmware?

Are there any awesome plans on taking advantage on the fast XQD memory card port of the S1? Does Panasonic have planned updates regarding higher bitrates and 10bit codecs for the S1 in the future?

Thank you for such an awesome camera!

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Questions that come to mind are the obvious, and a few not so obvious.

What is the future of the GH line and MFT?  Will there be a GH6, and if so, when?

Will Panasoninc implement RAW in their cameras?

Will we ever get great AF in their cameras?

How will they respond to the R5 and the upcoming Sony A7S II successor?

Why does the GH5 require a paid upgrade to receive vLog, when a much cheaper camera like the G100 gets it for free?

Will possible future cameras like the GH6 and S2 require paid updates for extra functions?  What is the criteria in selecting what is a paid upgrade and what is free.  Given for example Blackmagic gave users a free upgrade for BRAW.  

How does Panasonic feel the loss of Olympus affect their investment in MFT?

 

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For the S1H it would be nice to ask if they could add the ability to record open gate 5952x3968 (full sensor area / 3:2 aspect ratio) in Prores Raw up to 24 fps on the Ninja V. The data rate at 24 fps would be less than shooting 5888x3312 30 fps 16:9 Prores Raw on the Ninja V, so it should be feasible? The ability to film with the entire full frame sensor area on this camera is unique and it's my favourite feature - I prefer it to the cropped 16:9 look. It's just a shame that the h.265 codec is awful to edit with (on WIndows at least)

It's actually already possible to record regular Prores HQ with the full 3:2 sensor area on the Ninja V, the resolution is limited to approx 3240x2160 though, which is ok - but Prores Raw at full resolution would be better!

 

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Why aren't DCI 4k (Cinema 4k) and true 24 fps standard on all Lumix cameras?

Is it technically possible to have 48 fps outside of the High Frame Rate setting? Is this something that can be implemented via a firmware update?

What are some of the barriers engineers could potentially face bringing 8k technology to the Micro Four-Thirds format?

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Has Panasonic’s plans for MFT changed or shifted direction with the news of Olympus selling its imaging division?

How does Panasonic plan to be competitive in the mirrorless market now that we are seeing the competition coming to market with more advanced mirrorless cameras and competing on features like advanced AF technologies,  10-bit 4:2:2, and internal RAW recording options?

Do they see advancements in  computational photography possibly breathing new life into their crop sensor cameras? If phones can do it why not mirrorless cameras?

Will we finally get full V-Log in a future GH camera that will help to unify the workflow and capture process across the LUMIX line?

Has Panasonic considered offering internal RAW and/or ProRes recording in its cinema flavored mirrorless cameras (GH5S, S1H) , even as a paid upgrade? A fairly large number of people would be happy to pay for the convenience if the price is right.

Panasonic has been the pioneer in bringing professional level features and capabilities to their mirrorless ILC cameras. What qualities or engineering strengths do you see helping push the LUMIX camera brand forward (especially since many competing cameras are all built around the same Sony sensor tech) in a very turbulent market?

By far, the number one complaint about LUMIX cameras is the autofocus performance. Panasonic’s DfD offers best in class contrast detection type focusing but it falls short of what people have come to expect from cameras using flavors of phase detection. How does Panasonic plan to stay competitive in the AF feature arena?

Anything exciting for LUMIX customers in the future that they want to talk a little bit about?

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7 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

Anything GH5 / GH5S / GH6 even. S1, S1H related and more

Congratulate them on making the first ever hybrid camera with a built in Timecode input! (the GH4 with its ugly YAGH doesn't count)

This was the GH5S, although it wasn't implemented quite perfectly. (as the GH5S needs to constantly recheck the current TC input for every new file started, not just do it once then the user needing to manually redo it. As this been fixed yet via firmware?? Or was it strangely a hardware issue??)

Hope the next GH6/S1mk2/G9mk2/etc also have timecode input support! (and done right too, not like the GH5S was at launch)

Has Panasonic thought about working with companies like Timecode Systems Ltd or Tentacle Sync so that their cameras can have frame accurate timecode over bluetooth? Definitely many ultra-compact handheld shooters would appreciate having less AKS/cables on their camera. (and instead a Tentacle Sync E or a Timecode Systems UltraSync BLUE could be kept in their pocket)

And on the topic of keeping things super small and compact, with a speedy setup, when will their mirrorless cameras get built in NDs? (at least 3 stages please! Or eND if possible) If their video focused bodies such as the GH5S/S1H had to drop their mechanical shutter so as to fit in NDs into the body, then most us would be perfectly fine with that compromise of no mechanical shutter. 

Also congratulate Panasonic on keeping the Panasonic DMW-XLR1  for the GH5 compatible as well with the GH5S/S1/S1R/S1H (the G9 didn't work with the DMW-XLR1 at launch, did a later firmware update fix that?). Ask Panasonic if they're planning on keeping the Panasonic DMW-XLR1 compatible with the future GH6/S1mk2/G9mk2/etc cameras as well? 

Lastly, the big question many of us want to know, is will Panasonic be releasing an EVA1 (or EVA2/EVA1mk2) with an L Mount or MFT Mount? Is sad that the Panasonic AF100 series was the last professional MFT video/cinema camera from Panasonic!

 

  

4 hours ago, Mckinise said:

Why aren't DCI 4k (Cinema 4k) and true 24 fps standard on all Lumix cameras?

This!

  

6 hours ago, SteveV4D said:

 

Why does the GH5 require a paid upgrade to receive vLog, when a much cheaper camera like the G100 gets it for free?

Will possible future cameras like the GH6 and S2 require paid updates for extra functions?  What is the criteria in selecting what is a paid upgrade and what is free.  Given for example Blackmagic gave users a free upgrade for BRAW.  

Good questions. 
To give an example from the audio world, I was disappointingly saddened when Sound Devices had a change of tack with their product strategy, and started charging (very high!) prices for some firmware updates. 

  

10 minutes ago, Alt Shoo said:

When can we expect a full frame or bigger Varicam?


Or when can we expect a "Varicam Mini"? (even if S35, that's fine)

As the Varicam LT is still a beasty big beast! A Varicam in the form factor of an Arri Mini (or even smaller!) would be interesting, and help support the Varicam LT/S35 lineup as well. (yes there is the EVA1 which can arguably serve the role of a "Varicam Mini", but it's not quite the same thing)

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Please ask if S1H mark ii in works? Am looking to get back to Panasonic miss all the cinema features 😅otherwise am on lookout for second hand body if anyone is willing to sell pm please.

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10 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

Panasonic in Japan have agreed to be interviewed for the blog.

I'll ask some questions from the EOSHD Forum.

Anything GH5 / GH5S / GH6 even. S1, S1H related and more

Fire away!

Wow. Amazing. That's superb news. 

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Great stuff.

+1 for GH6 info.

Also, more of a comment than a question, but could they please consider adding video modes in wider aspect ratios, eg, 2:1, 2:35:1, 2:66:1 etc.  I know you can film 16:9 and crop in post but it wastes bitrate and storage.  They currently have guides on the GH5 for these but they're so faint they're very difficult to use.

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1. Can we see internal Raw capture from upcoming cameras? Especially BRAW

2. TOF- how far has it reached. Can we see them in future cameras.

3. Organic sensor technology.

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4 hours ago, BTM_Pix said:

1) Are they going to make a new DVX200 based on the GH5 internals ?

As the odds of a "DVX300" with IBIS is low, wouldn't it be better for it to have the GH5S internals?

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