Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4

New M43 Leica lens revealed.

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens which was first shown at Photokina 2016, and officially broken cover.

The first of the new Micro Four Third (M43) Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4 series to reach market, this high-end premium lens is equivalent to 24-120mm on a Micro Four Thirds cameras and supports Panasonic’s Dual IS system for enhanced shake reduction on compatible bodies.

Like other lenses planned for the series, the 12-60mm F2.8-4 is weather-sealed and functional down to +14°F/-10°C, and offers a nine-blade aperture. Panasonic says is a good fit for video with a quiet inner focus drive system and a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments to compensate for changes in brightness.

January 2017

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Superzoom announced

Panasonic FZ80 Superzoom announced

Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix DMC-FZ80 an update to its FZ70 consumer superzoom. The new camera provides the same 60x, 20-1200mm F2.8-5.9 zoom lens but adds a new 18MP sensor and updated processor, bringing the video spec up to 4K/30p (for clips of 15 minutes or less). With 4K comes Panasonic’s assortment of 4K-driven modes including Post Focus, Focus Stacking and 4K Photo. High speed video has been added as well, including 240 fps 640 x 480 and 120 fps 1280 x 720 options. Other features include 10 fps bursts (with focus locked), a 3″ 1040k-dot touchscreen LCD, electronic viewfinder and, of course, Wi-Fi.

Mark Baynham (January 2017)

Small is beautiful: Panasonic GF9 announced

Panasonic Lumix GF9 : Small but packs quite a punch 

Besides its flagship photo / video hybrid M43 camera (the GH5) Panasonic has also officially announced a new m43 camera at the other end of the scale the tiny Panasonic Lumix GF9.

It looks like Panasonic have combined it GF& GM model lines to give us the GF9 and in doing so replaces the GF8 and GM5.

The GF9 uses the familiar 16MP Four Thirds chip with no optical low-pass filter and sports Panasonic’s latest Venus engine. The burst rate is 5.8 fps with focus and exposure locked on the first shot and 5 fps with continuous AF/AE.

The GF9 uses Contrast Detect AF and offers Panasonic’s proven and excellent Depth from Defocus AF.

The new camera features a 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting monitor, which can be flipped up 180-degrees for selfies.

Like its predecessors the GF9 uses the same DMW-BLH7 battery which is rated at 210 shots per charge, so not too impressive.

In a significant change the new camera uses a microSD slot . The GF9 is incredibly light, weighing in at 9.5oz/269g which is a little heavier than the GM1 and GM5, and about the same weight as the GF7/GF8.

As a pocketable carry all time camera the GF9 could be a winner.

Mark Baynham (January 2017)

 

Wow: Panasonic GH5 Announced

Panasonic Lumix GH5: Photo/Video Powerhouse

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has officially broken cover and you need to take a deep breath to take in what it packs.

Key Features

 

  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor: No optical low-pass filter
  • Updated Depth from Defocus AF system with a 480 fps drive speed and 225 selectable focus points.
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with ‘Dual IS 2’ support
  • New 3680k dot EVF
  • New Venus Engine processor which improves resolution, color, and noise reduction
  • 3.2″ articulated touch screen with 1.6M dot resolution
  • All 4K footage taken using full width of sensor
  • Internal 4K/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture
  • 4K/59.94p and 50p shooting with 10-bit 4:2:2 output or 8-bit, 4:2:0 internal recording
  • 1080 video at up to 180p, enabling 7.5x slow-motion
  • 9 fps shooting with continuous autofocus
  • Advanced DFD autofocus
  • Auto ISO in manual mode
  • Dual UHS II card slots (V60 ready)
  • Autofocus point joystick
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Pre-configurable rack focus mode
  • Uses the same DMW BLF19 battery as the GH4
  • Rugged, weatherproof body

In particular the GH5 has video capacity that is properly “pro” level and puts the Canon EOS 5D IV to shame.

Additionally Panasonic have stated that it already has two firmware updates planned for the camera, one expected around April, which will bring 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p capture, and a second at some point during the summer.

The summer firmware update in particular promises some seriously big improvements, including DCI/UHD 4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 200Mbps, both using All-Intra compression. Support for anamorphic 4K capture will also be added at that point. WOW.

But its not all video the new camera has improved processing power which Panasonic claims allows more sophisticated sharpening and promises reduced unnatural-looking ‘halos’ on high-contrast edges.

Updated noise reduction is also supposed to be better at distinguishing between noise and detail, meaning that detail is better preserved during the noise reduction process.

As was suspected the GH5’s EVF is a completely new  3680k dot OLED unit with 1280 x 960 pixels, a truly massive improvement over the older EVF in the GH4 in fact it represents a near 25% increase in resolution.

 

My Take:

Well I thought the Olympus OM-D EM1 II was impressive but the new Panasonic Lumix GH5 goes a step further and becomes the most complete well rounded photo / video hybrid camera on the market, who really cares it has a cropped sensor?

If Panasonic’s claims regarding improved image quality over other Micro Four Thirds (M43) are realised there will be long queue of still and videographers linning up  to part with around £1800-900 for the new GH5

Mark Baynham ( January 2017)

 

Adobe Camera RAW 9.8 released

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application.

The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.8

  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-A3
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Hasselblad X1D
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D5600
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II (*preliminary support)
  • Olympus PEN E-PL8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1)
  • Pentax K-70
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE­-6500)
  • Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2)
  • Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V

December 2016