Panasonic Announces GH4 and DMW-YAGH Module

Panasonic GH4 with X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8

Panasonic has announced the GH4, which is sort of the GH3’s successor (though the GH3 will still be available, at a lower price). The headline feature of the GH4 is, of course, the ability to shoot video at 4K resolution, and in a high bit rate of 100Mbps as well. There are a number of permutations available, including 1080p at 200Mbps, and the ability to set PAL and NTSC frame rates finally, and the usual 24 FPS cinema-style frame rate. Continue reading Panasonic Announces GH4 and DMW-YAGH Module

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Three Guys’ Picks and Pans of 2013

Introduction

Well, 2013 was a quiet year, mainly with the two giants not releasing much, and everyone struggling to stay relevant in times of weak sales brought about by competent cameras that reduce the need to upgrade and convenient cameras in the form of smartphone cameras that make it easy to share photographs. Still, it was not all bad, and we have a list of last year’s most notable products. Read on and find out what they were! Continue reading Three Guys’ Picks and Pans of 2013

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Panasonic Releases the Small and Cute Lumix DMC-GM1 Micro Four Thirds Camera and 12-32mm Lens

Panasonic DMC-GM1 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
Panasonic DMC-GM1 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

More camera announcements! Panasonic has released what’s possibly the smallest Micro Four Thirds cameras ever – the Lumix DMC-GM1. The tiny camera which can literally fit into the palm of your hand, packs the same 16 megapixel sensor used on the GX7, shutter speeds as high as 1/16,000s (yes, that’s one sixteen-thousandth of a second), WiFi and 1080/60i video. It ships with an equally small and compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens giving an 35mm equivalent of a 24-64mm lens. The lens can be collapsed down to the size of a pancake lens when it’s not in use.

The camera will go for US$749.99 with the 12-32mm lens, and if you think it’s too small for you, Panasonic will also sell you a metal grip for US$99. The cute little lens is also available separately for US$349.99.

Wow, at the size of 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.20″), it’s just a hair larger than the RX100 II, which measures 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.00 x 2.29 x 1.51″)! It’s really amazing that Panasonic managed to make a interchangeable lens camera this small. Of course, the lens also adds to the thickness but it’s still amazing how Panasonic managed to pull this off. Looks like the mirrorless camera market is getting exciting.

YS: I really like this, despite the lack of a viewfinder or articulating screen. Maybe because I do want something that is really compact without sacrificing image quality. A little disappointing that there is no kit option with a pancake lens, or Panasonic redoing the 14/2.5 like they did with the 20/1.7.

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm f/28 Pro lens.

After all the leaks (including a gaffe by Engadget), the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has finally been announced. The 16 megapixel sensor now has phase detect pixels on it, allowing for 37 AF points. Sadly, PDAF is not available in movie mode, as well as single shot AF with Micro Four Thirds lenses. The big upside however, is that all those Four Thirds lens owners finally get a contemporary camera to use some of that fantastic glass on.

Continue reading Olympus Announces OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

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Panasonic Pre-announces the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Micro Four Thirds Lens

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens

Ugh. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get really tired of these “pre-announcements.” I know generating hype is important, as is making buyers skip their purchases of competitors’ products, but this really does not tell us much. Sure, it is a 42.5mm f/1.2, but Panasonic have already shown the prototype, and without a shipping date and price, there’s just not much to talk about that has not been rehashed elsewhere. Anyway, new lens, unknown launch date. You portrait photographers might like it. Maybe it will ship in 2014?

PS. Yes, we know how “equivalence” works. No, please don’t start in the comments.

(Image credit: Panasonic press image)

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Panasonic Releases the Lumix DMC-GX7 16MP Micro Four Thirds Camera

Panasonic GX7
Panasonic GX7

After being rumoured for a while, Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-GX7 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Camera today. This is the replacement for the older GX1, with an upgraded sensor with a maximum ISO of 25,600. According to Panasonic, the new sensor achieves 10% higher sensitivity and 10% better resolution than the GX1.

Notable new features of the GX7 is a 2.76-million dot EVF which can be tilted up 90° for waist-level shooting and an in-body image stabilization system which Panasonic says is as effective as the MEGA O.I.S. found in Panasonic’s lenses. We are not sure if it’s a 5-axis one like the Olympus OM-D E-M5, though.

NFC seems to be a trend with the recent cameras released and is available on the GX7 as well along with the more traditional WiFi for wireless data transfers. Other features include a silent electronic shutter for taking those stealth shots, full HD 24p video recording with the AVCHD Progressive CODEC, creative filter effects, camera panorama, time lapse, stop motion and clear retouch.

The camera will be available this November at a price of US$999 for the body, or US$1,099 for a kit with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

YS: The real question is, what is the sensor that is being used? Is it a rehash of the GH2’s sensor which is also found in the G5 and G6, or is it going to be based on the GH3’s? The pixel count suggests something totally different though. The black version looks like it will be reserved for certain markets, along with the 20mm kit.

(Image credit: Panasonic press image)

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Panasonic GH3: A Stills Review

Panasonic GH3 with 12-35mm f/2.8 lens

Introduction

The Panasonic GH3 was introduced in October 2012 with some fanfare, as the replacement to the highly regarded GH2. Now, I say “some”, and that is because the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which had been on sale some six months earlier, was already in the minds of many a photographer, the premier Micro Four Thirds camera. The GH3 with its slightly higher price and much larger size made some wonder why not get a proper DSLR then?

Because dammit, have you seen the sizes of the Micro Four Thirds lenses? Camera size is less of a concern for those of us looking at a full system, since the lenses always take up the bulk of the weight. Plus, Panasonic did market it as a professional camera capable of doing both stills and video, but everyone seems to be dismissing it as a video-only camera, forgetting (or not even noticing) that traditionally Panasonic always reserves the best sensor package for the GH series. If you don’t believe me on that, go and compare the contemporary comparisons of the G1 and the GH1.

So we stills photographers gave it a go, and what conclusion did we come to? Read on and find out! Continue reading Panasonic GH3: A Stills Review

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Panasonic Announces the Lumix DMC-LF1, DMC-G6 and G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Zoom Lens

Panasonic just announced two new cameras – the Lumix DMC-LF1 enthusiast compact with WiFi capabilities, the DMC-G6 16-megapixel mid-range Micro Four Thirds camera and a new lens – the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.

Panasonic DMC-LF1
Panasonic DMC-LF1

Let’s start with the Lumix DMC-LF1. This is an enthusiast camera in the likes of their LX7, but with a longer/slower range (28-200mm f/2.0-5.9 equivalent, compared to the LX7’s 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3.) and an electronic viewfinder. The camera also features WiFi for remote control and wireless communications which can be setup using Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology. Sitting among the ranks of the LX7, the LF-1 offers fewer direct controls but is still more adjustable than most conventional compacts. The EVF is a rather low-res 202k-dot one but the 3″ rear LCD is a more respectable 920k-dot panel.

Nothing exciting here, so let’s move on. Continue reading Panasonic Announces the Lumix DMC-LF1, DMC-G6 and G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Zoom Lens

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Something is Coming – We Want Your Input!

Panasonic GH3 with Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 lens

Oh yes. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 with that very nice and cute 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is going to be with us for a short stay. If there is anything you want to find out about the GH3 while we still have it, give a shout out in the comments or post on our Facebook Page! Otherwise, keep an eye on this space while we get working on the review!

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Tamron Joins Micro Four Thirds With New 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC Lens

Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001)

Oh hey, look. Tamron, king of the superzoom lenses, finally crashes the Micro Four Thirds party with a… superzoom lens. The new 14-150 f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (so, Di IV should cover Nikon CX?) looks set to be a nice superzoom, with a quiet stepping motor, Vibration Compensation that will be a bonus for Panasonic users, and a metal lens barrel exterior. I hope it does not mean the internal is made out of cheap plastic though.

More fun anecdotes: I remember using the Panasonic 14-140mm f/4-5.8 back with the GH1 back then, thanks to Panasonic selling the camera with that lens. It was not very small, fairly heavy, and it just was not something that endeared to me. I sold it within a month. I still do have a decent photo taken with it somewhere in the bowels of my hard drive though.

As always, a lens like this lives and dies by its price, and unfortunately, Tamron has no ship date or pricing information at press time. We will have to wait to see before we can determine if it is good value for casual shooters.

(Image credit: Tamron press image)

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