Olympus E-M1 II mini-review – a sign of things to come with the Panasonic GH5?

Olympus E-M1 II and 25mm F1.2 PRO

I got to play with the new Olympus E-M1 II today, a pro Micro Four Thirds camera they hope will sell for $2000. It certainly pulls out all the stops to imitate a miniature 1D X Mark II.

This camera does NOT crop the sensor in 4K mode like the GH4. Instead, it over-samples from 5K down to 4K, using the full width of the sensor even with sensor-shift 5 axis stabilisation enabled.

Featuring a 237Mbit codec, the image quality in Cinema 4K mode is outstanding with very little rolling shutter.

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Very exciting if true – Panasonic GH5 sounds like a bomb – including 6K from 20MP sensor – but something does not add up!

Panasonic GH5 - 6K?

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An image to rival RED Dragon 6K for less than $2000? Yes please.

43rumors have given their highest rating to the following information. Please take this as a rumour until the actual announcement. Something does not make sense about the sensor resolution.

Read moreVery exciting if true – Panasonic GH5 sounds like a bomb – including 6K from 20MP sensor – but something does not add up!

Panasonic GH5 rumours point to 10bit 4:2:2 internal codec

Panasonic GH4 with Cooke PL lens

The first reliable rumours are coming in about the GH5. According to 43Rumors it will not be ready for Photokina, instead we might be looking at an early 2017 release date. They also appear to be confident about two other aspects – no extra crop of the sensor when shooting 4K and the codec has been bumped up to 10bit 4:2:2 internally!

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Panasonic GH5 to come at Photokina 2016, shoots 6K video and 4K 60p?

Panasonic GH4 with Canon 85mm F1.2L

According to Japanese news outlet Nikkan the Panasonic GH5 will get a resolution bump to approximately 20MP, with 18MP stills pulled from the 6K video mode in 16:9 aspect ratio. 4K at higher frame rates such as 60p, likely with a crop of the sensor is rumoured to be possible.

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Time to step up – Panasonic GH5 must go 6K Super 35mm to compete in 2016

Panasonic GH4 with Cooke

Without doubt my favourite camera series of the last 5 years has been the Panasonic GH range.

But with the Sony A6300 on the horizon sporting a Super 35mm sensor with full 6K readout, is the future looking a bit shaky for Panasonic’s video wunderkind?

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In depth coverage – Panasonic announce 4K video capable Micro Four Thirds sensor

Panasonic GH4 4K sensor

The recent rumours surfacing of Panasonic releasing an AG-GH4 around the $3000 mark have been given a boost. Panasonic have now officially announced the existence of a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor which is capable of 4K video at up to 30fps, matching the rumoured specs of the GH4.

Tantalisingly this sensor is even available as a customer part on the open market, making it available to Blackmagic Design.

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