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All posts tagged "micro four-thirds"


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Panasonic Announces DMC-G5 and G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 OIS Lens

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:03 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/0...rrorless-camera

Well, it's Panasonic's big day today! First up, we have a new Micro Four Thirds camera, the DMC-G5. It's a nice improvement over the G3, if you ask me. Let's start with the technical specs: The G5 has a new 16 megapixel sensor, which Panasonic calls it "digital" (their marketing speak, not mine), as it shunts even more processing onto the sensor itself. The claim is that this will improve noise, so we shall see how it performs once it arrives. Also new is the 3" VGA LCD touchscreen, up from the previous HVGA screens, so now images should be nice and crisp. One big improvement is in the video department: The G5 now features full 1080p video at 60 FPS in AVCHD, at a bit rate of 28 Mbps. This equals that of many high-end video cameras. As those who used the GH1 can remember, 17 Mbps is not much to shout about. That said, with the data stream now doubling with 60FPS progressive mode, one wonders if 28 Mbps is sufficient. The continuous stills shooting is now at 6 FPS, up from 4 FPS in the G3.

The controls and design have gotten a rework. The camera is now more curvy, and the handgrip looks far more effective than the shallow one in the G3. The rear command dial is now facing more to the right, and there's a lever just behind the shutter release. By default, it controls the zoom on the power zoom lenses, but can be set to control exposure settings, making the G5 the closest thing Panasonic has to a two-dial camera in their Micro Four Thirds line up (Olympus's flagships have always been two-dial cameras). All-in-all, it looks like a solid upgrade to the G3. As with Panasonic's usual practice, price and availability will only be released once the camera is almost ready to the market. More links, and information on the new lens after the break.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Panasonic Discusses Future of Lumix GF and GH Micro Four Thirds Cameras.

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:13 PM

http://www.techradar.com/news/photo...-to-come-964524

"Panasonic intends to release a Lumix GF camera aimed at advanced photographers, the company has confirmed to our colleagues at PhotoRadar. Speaking exclusively to PhotoRadar, Panasonic's Director of DSC Business unit Ichiro Kitao said that although he was unable to confirm a date for such a camera, Panasonic plans to split the GF series into two lines and release a GF camera aimed at experienced photographers."

After the rather disappointing (to me anyway) GF3, there is some good news that Panasonic does intend to follow up on the GF1 rather than just having the simpler cameras to carry the GF line. Also interesting news is that the GH3 is going to be important for the company. Being a GH1 user myself, I am interested to see what Panasonic can do to the GH line to make it more appealing to the enthusiast crowd.


Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-GF3

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF3, which continues Panasonic's strategy of making the Micro Four Thirds cameras more accessible for compact camera users, with even more features being cut from the the already shrunken- down GF2. Gone is the hotshoe along with the rear thumb-operated command dial, accessory jack and stereo microphone. There is now a combination directional pad and dial, but those are generally inferior to a dedicated command dial. All-in-all, Panasonic is gunning for the crowd targeted by Sony's NEX line (the GF3 is smaller than the NEX-5), but it means for now, there is no real successor to the GF1; a compact interchangeable lens camera for photography enthusiasts. Personally I am not impressed; the GF-series is no longer something I would buy to use.

The rest of the camera remains the same as the GF2; same 12 megapixel sensor with the ability to churn out 1080p videos in AVCHD at 30 or 25 FPS (depending on your region) and a 3" touchscreen LCD. What is new is yet another battery (I can hear the groans at having to buy yet another expensive Panasonic battery), along with more built-in effects. The camera is available with the cheaper 14-42/3.5-5.6 OIS lens for US$599 in late August, and the 14/2.5 pancake lens for US$699 in July. Press release after the break.

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DPReview.com Preview

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

DigitalRev Olympus PEN E-PL2 Hands-on Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

"Less than 2 years on since Olympus first introduced the E-P1 and we are already on the 4th Micro Four-Thirds camera. The latest, the E-PL2, is in the same mould as the E-PL1 but it's not quite a replacement as such. Watch the video to find out whether this camera is worth upgrading to or not."

While Panasonic is "only" on the GF-2 (the second small-form factor micro 4/3rds camera in the series), Olympus has already released their fourth version. Is it worth the upgrade? Watch the video to find out!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Panasonic's GF2 in High Res Photos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:46 PM

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-...000000000005702

Interested in the new Panasonic GF2? Want to see what it looks like up close? Click the image above, or below, to see high-resolution images of what this new camera looks like. Will I be getting a GF2 to replace my GF1? I'm not sure - at first glance, the answer is no - it offers some improvements over the GF1, namely the 1080p video, but while a 19% reduction in body size is nothing to complain about, it's not enough reason by itself to buy the product if you're already a GF1 owner. I'm quite curious to see what Nikon does in this space in 2011, so I think I'll hold on to my money for now and see what hits the market next year...though I have to admit, the red GF2 made my geeky heart go flutter-flutter. Nice-looking camera!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Panasonic GF2 To Be Announced Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:48 PM

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-panason...eaked-in-paris/

"Thanks to a french 43rumors reader we can show you the very first picture of the Panasonic GF2!!! The picture shows the advertising at "Salon de la Photo" in Paris (the event starts tomorrow). The GF2 looks like the Panasonic LX5! And with the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens lens it is the smallest mirrorless kit on earth! It has 12 megapixel (The same G2 sensor), records FullHD, a complete new imaging processor, touchscreen and announcement is expected at 6am London time (November 4th)."

I've been a big fan of my Panasonic GF1, but have often wished it were just a bit smaller - especially the 20mm lens - and it looks like Panasonic has listened by shrinking the size down a bit. I like the look of that 14mm f/2.5 lens as well! Stay tuned...


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Most Fun I've Ever Had With a Digital Camera: The Panasonic Lumix GF1

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Panasonic LUMIX GF1 [affiliate], easily the most unique camera I've ever had the opportunity to look at. It's similar to a DSLR in that you can change lenses, but the micro four-thirds system doesn't use a pentaprism or mirror, so it's not a DSLR. Panasonic calls it a DILC: Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera. I don't see "DILC" taking off as a term, but this camera is hot stuff. And I'll state right up front that I'm an unabashed fan of the Panasonic GF1. As I explain in the video, there's something magical about getting DSLR-like performance and image quality from a camera that's not much bigger than a point and shoot camera. Panasonic is on to something really special with the GF1, and I'm glad that I purchased this camera - I've used it to capture some really special memories already, and that's what I want from every camera I buy. Read more...


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Panasonic Gets Official with the G10 and G2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/PanasonicDMCG2/

"Panasonic has not sat by and let others take up its mantle, though. It has introduced two models to take up where the G1 left off - the simplified G10 and the upgraded G2. Both will go into battle equipped with a new, simplified 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens and even the G10, which loses the G1's hi-res viewfinder and articulated screen comes tooled-up with 720p HD video in the simple but space-hungry Motion JPEG format. Both models offer Panasonic's new Intelligent Resolution technology that attempts to smooth or sharpen different parts on the image in a context-sensitive way to optimize image quality."

Well, here it is, the official specs and details on the Panasonic G10 and G2. One of the new features on the G2 is a touch screen. Am I the only one who remains extremely dubious about the usefulness of a touch screen on a camera? A friend has a point and shoot camera with a touch screen, and using it seemed much slower than navigating through a menu. I'm sure there are some interesting things a touch screen interface can bring to the table, but I'm more than a little skeptical...what do you think of touch screens?


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Panasonic G2 and G10 Specs Are Leaked

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://photorumors.com/2010/03/04/p...-specs-are-out/

I'm a big fan of my Panasonic GF1 (which reminds me, I really need to shoot that review video), but I know very little about the other DILC cameras in Panasonic's line-up, namely the G1, GH1, and L10. Panasonic is updating the G1 to a G2, and introducing a G10...which is maybe an upgrade to the L10? I frankly find Panasonic's model numbering system baffling, and feel like they're trying to juggling too many models at once. At any rate, Photorumors has the specs on the G2 and G10, so take a peek and see what you think. Without doing a line by line comparison of specs, I'm not sure how they differ from each other actually...


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Third Time's a Charm: The Panasonic GF1 Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:08 AM

http://forums.thoughtsmedia.com/f30...view-95443.html

"Panasonic Singapore very kindly invited a number of photographers for a preview of the GF1. Having watched the Micro Four Thirds movement with great interest since its introduction (Disclaimer: I own a GH1), I signed up as soon as I heard about the event. Micro Four Thirds, for those who are unfamiliar, is a new system developed by Panasonic and Olympus, which uses the same sensor size as the standard Four Thirds system, but removes the mirror and uses a live view system for composing. What makes it exciting is that it allows for small cameras with quality traditionally associated with DSLRs."

Curious about the new Panasonic GF1? Long-time Digital Home Thoughts reader and sometimes-contributor Lee Yuan Sheng got a chance to get some hands-on time with the new camera from Panasonic and put together a great report for Digital Home Thoughts readers. It's well worth the read!


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