Panasonic GH5 almost here

Panasonic Lumix GH5: New M43 power-house on its way very soon 

Panasonic is only a few days away from revealing its flagship photo/video hybrid Micro Four Thirds (M43) camera the Panasonic GH5 a replacement for the excellent multi purpose high end Panasonic CSC the current GH4.

Images of the new camera have been leaked and published prior to the official announcement as have its alleged full specs.

If the leaked specs are to be believed it looks like the recent Olympus OMD EM1 II has a real rival on its hands for top spot in the M43 world.

Like the EM1 II the GH5 will have a 20mp 43rd sensor but there are strong hints it will be a completely different unit with 200+ on chip focus points (almost double the number on the EM1 II?) so expect super fast AF performance.

There are also suggestions that the EVF in the GH5 will be totally new unit and see’s a significant jump in resolution. The OMD EM1 II was expected to have a revised EVF but in the end it kept the same EVF as the mark 1 camera (although the EM1 II’s  EVF does have a faster refresh rate than that in the Mk1). Additionally it apears  the rear screen in the GH5 also gains a resolution jump.

These updates have long been expected and on their own promise an ehanced photographing experience and that’s before we even get to what will be the GH5’s speciality namely video.

Expect new 4K modes / capacity, new slow motion capture and even 6K video in some shape or form?

All in all the new Panasonic GH5 looks like it will be a truly multi purpose dual function photo/video hybrid devise whilst the Olympus intends the OMD  EM1 II to be more photography focussed.

Both of these M43 power-houses will be similarily priced & offer similar robustness but the new GH5 will maintain the GH ethos and also offer unrivelled video capacity.

Would be wedding / event photographers wanting a reasonably compact multi medium all in one solution and even plain old videographgers will be salivating at the prospect of the new Panasonic GH5.

I’d still personally opt for the Olympus OMD EM1 II as my preferred M43 camera but having said that if video played a part of my normal workflow I’d probably go for the new Panasonic GH5 especially as Panasonic is rumoured to also be announcing revised 12-35 & 35-100 f2.8 zooms as well as a brand new Leica 12-60 f2.8-4 zoom

Mark Baynham ( January 2017)




Panasonic GH5 & GF9 coming on Jan 4th 2018

Two New Panasonic Models Coming Very Soon

Panasonic will announce the full specs of its photo-video powerhouse CSC the Panasonic GH5 on the 4th January 2018. Latest rumours say we are now to expect a 20mp sensor (there were suggestions of a new 18mp unit). The new camera will be very similar in form to the current GH4 but will have both enhanced 4K and new 6K video / video features.

Its rumoured that the new GH5 will be priced pretty much the smae as the Olympus OM-D EM1 II, so very much an upmarket product.

At the other end of the scale rumours have also surfaced (including images) of a new mini / entry level Panasonic Micro Four Third (M43) camera the Panasonic Lumix GF9 which will be announced along side the flagship GH5.

The new GF9 is rumoured to use the same 16mp sensor that’s found in the G80/85, shoots 4K, has a small built in flash but appears to lack an EVF.

Both due to break surface on the 4th

Mark Baynham (December 2016)


What 2017 may bring for Fuji lovers?

As 2017 approaches the rumour mill goes into overtime as to what camera models we can expect ( or hope) to break cover in the forth coming year.

One company always subject to intense speculation is Fuji and for them 2017 promises to be a great year on the back of some truly superb released in 2016 ( ie the X-Pro 2 and X-T2)

X100F : Fuji’s future X100 model?

Its a bit of a no brainer that Fuji will update its X100 model line and again its pretty obvious that the next X100 model (rumoured to be labelled the X100F?) will be a sensible and progessive upgrade incoporating Fuji’s new 24mp Trans X sensor ( as found in the X-Pro 2 & X-T2) as well as the adopting of certain ergonomics / button placements from Fuji’s current mirror-less models. So expect to see at the very least a handy rear AF toggle button on the X100F?

As for the fixed lens that will sprout from the X100F, its highly doubtful Fuji will change the core X100 model feature of a  fixed 23mm F2 prime lens ( which offers a 35mm equivilent focal length) as the combination of such a lens and a clever optical – electro EVF has proved such a hit.

I wouldn’t be at all suprised if the rear screen becomes a bit more resolute and gains touch capacity and even may in some way become articulated?

All in all the X100F will be a evoltion of the X100 concept and implementation which is no bad thing.

So what about the replacement of the Fuji X30?

Rumours persist that Fuji will drop the 2/3″ Trans X sensor for any future “X” zoom equipped, viewfinder sporting compact and instead move up to a 1-inch “X” sensor. If true this does make sense as Sony’s  20mp 1-Inch BSI CMOS sensor has shown the great advantage of such a sensor size. The possibility of say (and this is a pure guess) a 16-18Mp 1-inch “X” sensor with on chip AF points is a wonderful thought / fantasy.

And the X70 replacement?

There have been the odd rumours here and there of a X70 replacement surfacing in 2017 but very little hint what form such a replacement would take.

As a X70 owner the obvious upgrade would centre around replacing the the ageing 16mp APS-C Trans X sensor in the current Fuji X70 with Fuji’s latest 24mp unit? Other than that I don’t really envisage many changes for any X70 upgrade /replacement.

X-T10 to become the X-T20?

Yep, for 2017 the X-T10 will be upgraded to a 24mp X-T20 of that am pretty certain.

Any truly new surprises from Fuji?

I am not expecting anything too radical from Fuji in 2017. The company have worked hard to foster a loyal and dedicated customer base by releasing cameras based around core photography requirements. As a result 2017 is likely to simply be a natural progession and update on current model lines.

Mark Baynham (December 2016)


New Fuji CSC’s coming early in 2017?

It would seem Fuji has registered two model designations in some far flung land which hints to two new Fuji mirrorless “X” cameras coming our way in the near (ish) future?

I’ll have a pint theses new models will likely be a new  X100 model rumoured to be designated the X100F and an update to the current X-T10 probably to be designated the X-T20?

One doesn’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out they are both most likely to use the 24mp Trans “X” sensor as found in the X-Pro 2 and the more recent X-T2?

I doubt Fuji will mess too much with most of the the latest X100 model’s core specs, so expect the same fixed prime lens and clever optical /electrical viewfinder in the X100F?

Improved resolution and AF performance via Fuji’s latest 23mp APS-C sensor will be the main improvements in the forth coming X100 model although I’d love to see the introduction of an articulated touch-screen?

Not long to wait, expect an official announcement within 2 months or so?

Mark Baynham ( November 2016)

New Panasonic LX15 is not a LX100 update

Panasonic LX15: Not what we thought it would be

In the next day or so Panasonic will announce the Panasonic LX15 a compact camera that many thought would be a replacement /update for the current LX100 but this now appears not to be the case.

Leaked pictures and spec’s reveal that the LX15 is in fact intended to be a far more natural rival to the current Sony RX100 IV  than the LX100 ever was.

In effect the LX15 is a spirital replacement to the much loved LX7 and in doing so owners of the LX5 or even older LX3 (which includes me) will be delighted.

The LX100 is a cracking camera ( I also have one) but its far from petite and those seeking a small high end compact tended to go for the Sony RX100 models.

Yes the LX15 will sport a 20mp sensor but its a 1-Inch sensor and not a four third (FT) sensor.

The LX15 is said to have a super fast but only x3 optical zoom in the form of a Leica Summilux f1.4- 2.8 24-72mm (equivalent) lens again very LX7’ish.

However although clearly intended to do battle against the Sony RX100 IV the LX15 doesn’t have a built in EVF so the cameras will different considerably in that respect.

So it looks like the LX15 will be a neat, high end compact model sporting the proven 20mp 1-Inch sensor with a fast but limited high quality x3 zoom.

Many LX5 and LX7 owners will be well pleased because they never really saw the more bulky LX100 as a sucessor to their models.

I supect if Panasonic wishes to keep LX100 alive it will eventually be updated (with a 20mp four third sensor)  but not for at least  8-9 months.

Mark Baynham (September 2016)