Panasonic Lumix GH5 (Video Giant)

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Online review site Photography Blog UK has reviewed Panasonic’s flagship Micro Four Third camera, the Panasonic GH5 and no surprises, they loved it,rated it very highly giving it a 5-star thumbs up.

From Photography Blog UK:

“The Panasonic Lumix GH4 proved to be a runaway success when it was released back in 2014, so Panasonic certainly had a tough act to follow with the new GH5. They’ve evidently spent the three intervening years hard at work, as the GH5 represents a big step forward for both photographers and videographers. Our only caveat is that its extensive video capabilities are certainly overkill if you only dabble with movie recording. Otherwise, there are currently no other hybrid video/still cameras on the market that deliver as many features and as much quality at the same price-point as the new Panasonic GH5.

The GH5 can be used for everything from handheld-shooting to a full broadcast environment, with an even wider range of options than it’s already well-appointed predecessor, and even more major improvements via firmware upgrades scheduled for later this year. Panasonic have also paid attention to the stills side of things too, with the new 20 megapixel sensor and Venus engine producing the best image quality of any Lumix camera to date. Together with the numerous improvements to the camera body, operation, speed and the user interface, all of this adds up to make the GH5 an instantly familiar yet so much more capable camera than the GH4.

The sheer number of options available on the GH5 is undoubtedly initially confusing, but that’s merely an observation rather than a criticism. If you typically shoot both stills and video, there’s simply nothing to challenge the Panasonic GH5 at this price-point and in such a portable format, making it a worthy winner of our highest accolade – Essential”

April 2017

Another Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review

Panasonic GH5: A Videographic Giant (and it does decent stills as well)

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine contained a full technical and user review of Panasonic’s flagship video/still Micro Four Thirds (MFT – M43) CSC, the Panasonic Lumix GH5, its worth a read, especially if your a serious shooter of video

Here’s some choice snipets from their final verdict:

From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine:

“Panasonic’s GH range has long catered for those with a particular interest in video and the GH5 continues that trend. That said, its still image capabilities have seen big improvements over the GH4”.

“Elsewhere the GH5 is a richly featured camera with numerous useful tools that will beefit stills photography just as much as video. The addition of 5-axis image stabilisation is prehaps the most niotable”

Meanwhile the 3.68m dot EVF is one of the very best we’ve yet encountered on a mirroless camera”.

“While there are prehaps better cameras at this price point for stills, the GH5 remains the leader of the pack for those with a specific interest in videography”

March 2017

My take:

I’ve said it before but I’d personally still take the Olympus OMD-D EM1 II over the Panasonic Lumic GH5 but then I don’t shoot video. If you have already bought into Panasonic’s  Micro Four Third system and / or you want to start shooting video, the GH5 is a worthy flagship model. If you are simply a video shooter or wannabe film maker the GH5 is a bit of a no brainer really?

Mark Baynham (March 2017)

Major firmware updates for “X” cameras

Major firmware updates for Fujifilm X-Pro 2 & X-T2 Coming

Fuji has proved itself very willing to add features, updates and improvements to it camera bodies via firmware upodates over the past few years and it continues with that positive approach by announcing a significant and extensive firmware update for its two top end “X” cameras the X-Pro 2 and X-T2.

The first one, available at the end of this month, brings the X-T2 up to version 2.00 and the X-Pro2 up to 3.00. Another update will arrive in late May.

The first update brings no less than 27 feature improvements to Fuji’s flagship mirrorless cameras, including an option to enable focal length-dependent minimum shutter speed in ISO Auto, up to 15 minute exposures in T mode, more options for bracketing while shooting Raw and added autofocus flexibility.

Several other updates are aimed at improving handling during video shooting, including the addition of a live histogram for X-T2 owners.

A second round of updates will come in May. Firmware 2.10 for X-T2 and 3.10 for X-Pro2 will add -6 and -7 EVF brightness settings for very low light shooting and the ability to assign functions to the rear command dial. A few functions are added for the X-T2 only including tethered shooting via Wi-Fi.

Other companies should follow Fuji’s lead in the quanity and quality of firmware updates offered as this approach fosters loyality in users and this equates to improved sales. Well done Fuji

Here’s the list of improvemens that will be offered over the next few momths, WOW

X-T2 version 2.00 & X-Pro2 version 3.00

(Due late March 2017)

1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulaitons) and also in Advanced Filter modes.

2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.

3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.

4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment (X-T2 only – already in X-Pro2)
The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.

5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial (X-T2 only)
With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.

6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting
The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.

7. Faster “Face Detection AF”
The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.

8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode
The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.

10. Addition of “AF Point Display” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject.

11. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics. Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements.

12. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching” (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.

13. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it
The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus

14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.

15. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.

16. Re-autofocusing in video recording
With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.

17. Display live histogram during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.

18. Optimization of external microphone’s input level (X-T2 only)
The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.

19. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode
The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.

20. Shorter EVF display time-lag (X-Pro2 only – already in X-T2)
The update shortens EVF’s display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.

21. Constant “Dual” mode display (X-T2 only)
With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.

22. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD (X-T2 only)
With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.

23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.

24. Copyright information in EXIF data
The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.

25. Voice Memo function
The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.

26. Extended AE Bracketing
The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.

27. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode
With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera can not shoot when there is no SD card inserted.

X-T2 version 2.10 & X-Pro2 version 3.10

(Due late May 2017)

28. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.

29. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.

30. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”

31. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.

32. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.

33. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.

March 2017