Panasonic Launches The DMC-G5

Another M4/3 camera has joined the fray today from Panasonic.  Those hoping to see some modicum of weather sealing to match the new Lumix X lenses will be disappointed though.  So it remains then that if you shoot Panasonic you can only weather seal the lens and not the camera which is very odd.  I guess they are saving that for a GH-3 which we might see at Photokina, in the mean time though everyone is going out and buying an Olympus O-MD E-M5 instead. The standout feature in this announcement for me though is the fact that it can

Panasonic Announces Their High End Lumix G X 12-35 f2.8

We’ve seen this lens behind glass at many a trade show in the last 12 months, the first of a pair of high end weather sealed Panasonic zoom lenses for the Micro Four Thirds System.  Today Panasonic finally confirmed the last piece of the puzzle, that the maximum f-stop is f2.8 and they officially announced the lens.  No word yet on the second of the two but it could possibly come fairly shortly with the expected GH-3 which should also be a weather sealed body to match the lenses. Being a higher end product, and having seen this lens myself

Panasonic Finally Launches The True Successor To The GF1. Meet The GX1.

The original GF1 was launched several years ago back in the very beginnings of Micro Four Thirds and it quickly gained a dedicated following from more advanced users with its small size and manual features.  Much to many people’s dismay, the theoretical successors (GF2 and GF3) became more and more consumer focused and lost key features like controls dials in favor of full touchscreen interfaces.  Today Panasonic are finally addressing the diversion and beginning a new line with the GX name.  The GX1 takes all the major advancements that we’ve seen in the GH and GF series over the last

Panasonic Launches New Line of Lumix G X Pro Lenses For Micro 4/3

With the quality of Micro Four Thirds cameras improving it was only a matter of time before Panasonic and Olympus began to target professional photographers with higher quality lenses.  A short while ago Panasonic launched a Leica branded 25mm f1.4 , Olympus released the M. Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 which was well received and now Panasonic has also announced a new Pro line of lenses called the Lumix G X- Series.  The lenses feature image stabilization and a power zoom function that will be popular with those who like to shoot video with these lenses.  With strong rumors of a pro

Panasonic Launches new G3 Micro Fourthirds Camera

Panasonic just took the wraps off the new G3 micro fourthirds camera and boy has this one been on a diet.  Somehow they have managed to squeeze a viewfinder and a flip out screen into a camera the size of the GF1.  Quite remarkable!

Product Highlights

  • 16.3Mp Compact System Camera
  • 3.0″ Free Angle Touch Enabled LCD
  • Electronic Eye-Level Viewfinder
  • Multiple Lens Options Including 3D Still
  • Intelligent Auto Plus

NAB Show Report Index

Right now I’m sitting in Vancouver airport on my way to Las Vegas to check out the NAB trade show.  I’ll be posting regular updates on some of the cool new gear that I find out there and I’m sure there will be a ton if it.  I’m mainly interested in the HDSLR movie making gear but I’m also going to check out a lot of the newer Cine lenses and the RED Epic and Scarlet among other things that RED are set to announce tomorrow morning. The show kicks off at 9am tomorrow morning with a keynote speech from

Panasonic GH-2 1:1 video mode is VERY interesting!

The Panasonic GH-2 is just starting to trickle onto the market from some of the major retailers and several people are reporting the discovery of a quite remarkable feature that Panasonic didn’t think to tell anyone about.  A feature so good that many people are saying it “changes everything again”.  At very least , it’s a headlining feature for people wanting to shoot video with the GH-2 and it is utterly puzzling as to why Panasonic is not flaunting this feature as one of it’s major selling points. So what is this feature I’m going on about ?  Well, tucked

Photokina 2010 news report

The Photokina consumer show happens once every two years and you can always count on plenty of new products to be displayed.  Here is a list of some of the things that were announced or on display this year which will be updated throughout the week with new products as they hit the show floor.  If you are catching this on a feed reader you should click though to make sure you are seeing the most up to date version.  CLICK THROUGH FOR THE FULL NEWS LISTING Nikon Nikon made their official announcements last week which I have already detailed. 

Panasonic finally launches the AG-AF105 (AF100) Four Thirds video camera

Panasonic launched the AG-AF105 Four Thirds video camera today in Japan.  Originally the camera was show as a prototype at NAB.  What we do know is that it is coming in December . Pricing was initially rumored to be about $10,000 but now it seems that it could be as little as half that.  I will update when more info is available.

Confusingly it seems in Japan it will be called the AF105 , in Europe the AF101 and in N.America the AF100.

  • Frame rates are 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/24p (Native), 720/25p(over 50i),720/30p (over 60i), 1080/60i, 1080/50i,1080/30p (over 60i), 1080/25p (over 50i),  1080/24p (Native)
  • 2 x XLR inputs with +48v phantom power
  • 1 HDMI output
  • 1 HD/SDI BNC output
  • SD Card
  • Built in ND grad (1/4, 1/16, 1/64, OFF)
  • 4/3 sensor with Micro Four Thirds mount
  • weight of 1.2 KG
  • dimensions W163mm x L209.4mm x H195mm
  • Focus-assist function: edge coloration, focus bar display.
  • Variable recording bitrates selectable for quality Vs. file size.

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