Photokina 2018 Part 1: Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame 4K/60p and Fujifilm GFX 100MP 4K Medium Format. WOW!

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This will be a short part 1, as I am about to get on my way from Berlin to Cologne to see all the new stuff at Photokina for myself! It’s been a mammoth few weeks for camera announcements and these two top them all.

First from Panasonic we have the first ever full frame cameras to shoot 4K/60p, beating Sony to the punch. Their A7S III is STILL not yet announced. The Panasonic S1 and S1R are probably why! For video they beat every full frame camera past, present and future!

Second we have the Fujifilm GFX 100MP development announcement, which will be a 2019 $10,000 medium format mirrorless camera. They also have a cheaper 50R “rangefinder” style GFX body at the show ($4500) but that is 1080p only like the GFX 50S it’s based on. It is the 100 megapixel one I am really interested in.

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Fuji X-T3 announced with INCREDIBLE codec – 10bit 4K 60p 400Mbit ALL-I H.265

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Video on the new X-T3 is quite a surprise and shows how seriously Fuji are taking filmmaking, even on their most photographer-orientated cameras. Film Simulation goes 10bit for the first time on the X-T3, along with F-LOG (internal) and a future firmware update later in the year will add Hybrid LOG Gamma and BT.2020 colour.

There are big improvements to the sensor, to speed up the rolling shutter to 17ms in 4K/60p which puts it in the realm of dedicated pro movie cameras.

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Thoughts on the Panasonic G9… Sony A9 gets a much cheaper rival

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The Panasonic G9 seems like the start of a big push by Panasonic with serious photographers. By taking the technology developed for video, they have created one of the fastest cameras ever made for sports and wildlife photography… And the video specs aren’t bad either.

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