How engineering can triumph over marketing, a solution


ABOVE: Lumix GH2 team members at Panasonic

With the 5D Mark 3 expected to have 30+ Megapixels, we are seeing video DSLRs severely compromised by densely packed sensors with poor light gathering abilities. Even camera phones are racing upward with 14Mp on a tiny sensor producing terrible results.

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WVIL uncloaked

Whilst we wait for a Canon / Nikon mirrorless, a German man has appeared at CES with his own.

In this controversial YouTube clip, WVIL appears to be a smart phone or tablet connected to the cellular network. It looks like a Samsung Galaxy S with a customised camera-style hand-grip. It is probably running Android and has a custom app to control a lens unit with a sensor.

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The Obvious Question – and why there is NO conspiracy at Panasonic


Above: Ichiro Kitao, product planner for Panasonic Lumix.

Panasonic did a fantastic job on the GH1’s hardware, and it’s software is an impeccable creation, with really easy to use functionality. Now Tester13’s software PTools allows us to change a limited set of variables in the GH1’s firmware. It doesn’t recode anything complicated, create any new functionality or restructure anything. It’s simply doing this:

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