Just a few days ago, Olympus unveiled their new MFT camera, the Olympus E-M1 MK II. It is not only the Japanese company’s first foray into 4K video, it is also a technology milestone in terms of image stabilization and pro video features. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II Please make sure to read Graham’s article for a good overview of this new camera. As a reminder, here are the specifications: New 20 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor 4K UHD Video up to 30fps (3840×2160) and Cinema 4K up to 24fps (4096×2160) 3.0 Articulating Touch Monitor 121 Point Dual Auto Focus Pre-Record Feature 5-Axis Image Stabilization Dual SD Card Slot (UHS II Compatible) Weatherproofing: dust, splash and freeze-proof Weight: 1.3 pounds. One of the real achievements of this newly developed camera is the implemented image stabilization. As Janne Amunet puts it: It really gives new possibilities in terms of moving the camera without having a huge production budget. And that’s really it! The quality of stabilization that the Olympus E-M1 Mark II can achieve seems to be quite impressive, and can be even further improved when used alongside an Olympus lens with image stabilization. In a scenario like this, the result of both camera and lens add up to almost gimbal-like performance. The other buzzword surrounding this camera is, of course, 4K. It’s a first for Olympus, but it’s good to see other manufacturers adopting more and more camera systems to choose from. The Olympus E-M1 MK II caters the micro four thirds system, just like the Panasonic GH4. When shooting in (cinema) 4K, this camera is capable of a datarate of 237 MBits, which is a really impressive amount of data for such a small camera package. Pricing and availability Unfortunately there is no word on pricing yet, but the camera should still hit the market before 2017, probably looking at around December time.Read more
Panasonic has announced the GH5, the latest and much awaited member of their Lumix family. It shoots 4K 10bit 4:2:2 internal. At Panasonic’s opening press conference at Photokina 2016, the Panasonic GH5 has just been announced. This much awaited follower to the very popular Panasonic GH4 comes with a list of very impressive features. Panasonic GH5 – main features at a glance: 18MP Sensor 4K now available up to 60p “6K photo”, up to 30p (apparently this is only a photo feature) 10 Bit 4:2:2 [UPDATE]: The 30p 6K info on the slide was incorrect. Apparently the camera only shoots 4K and does “6K photos”. We will update you with a video and all details about the GH5 in an hour. Also, Panasonic has announced an increased line up of Micro Four Thirds lenses, with a wide 8-18mm, a standard 12-60mm, and a tele 50-200mm, all at f/2.8-f/4.0. Good news all around, but Panasonic GH fans will have to wait just a little bit longer, as thePanasonic GH5 is expected to hit the market during the first half of 2017. Soon it will be available for pre-order HERE. Panasonic GH5 – Official Press Release Cologne, Germany, 19 September 2016 – Panasonic today announces the LUMIX GH5, the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) interchangeable lens camera capable of recording high-precision smooth 4K 60p/50p and faithfully reproductive 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video. This premium camera will offer exceptional performance for professional photographers, videographers and emerging photo/video-hybrid creators. The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled to enter the market in the first half of 2017 and will feature Panasonic’s new ‘6K PHOTO’ offering – an approximately 18-megapixel-equivalent still image extraction from an ultra-high quality video with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD. Furthermore, an approximately 8-megapixel equivalent ‘4K PHOTO’ can be extracted from a video shot at 60 fps. Panasonic also announces the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. These announcements demonstrate Panasonic’s dedication to continually deliver outstanding customer value and new culture in photography and film production by developing premium, new-era products and functions. Commitment to innovation The LUMIX GH5 will allow creative minds to capture their vision with ease and style, and further confirms Panasonic’s commitment to develop incomparable products and functions to address the new demands in photography and film production. Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “create a new photo culture in the digital era”. The company brought the world’s first DSLM camera, the DMC-G1, to market in 2008 and the succeeding DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009. Professional, versatile 4K videography with freedom and ease The LUMIX DMC-GH4 has received much critical acclaim since its launch in 2014 and was the first camera to realise 4K 30p/25p video recording. Building on its predecessor’s success, the LUMIX GH5 will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit. Exceptional 4K video recording will be packed into a compact, lightweight design created for videographers to take the camera anywhere and shoot in any location. With the unprecedented video recording performance of the LUMIX GH5, Panasonic aims to elevate its status in the film production industry.Read more
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