The Panasonic GH5 and G80 were two of the announcements that kicked off Photokina 2016 earlier today. Here is our first look at these, as well as some more details about the other Panasonic announcements. We managed to catch up with Mark from Panasonic, who gave us some more in-depth information about these two cameras, as well as about the LX15 and FZ2000, the latter of which features built-in ND filters despite also having an SLR-style form factor (albeit with a fixed lens). Make sure to watch the video above for all about Panasonic’s latest announcements. The Panasonic GH5 will be available for pre-order soon.Read more
The Panasonic Lumix G80 was their second big announcement at Photokina 2016, after the Panasonic GH5 (read about it here). This little 4K champ packs a punch for users looking to step into video, including a better sensor, improved stabilisation and autofocus. This little Micro Four Thirds camera comes with a set of features that sensor is 16MP Live MOS, ISO up to 25600 with 4K 24/30p video recording at 100mbps. The addition of 4K video recording (and 4K burst still images), it records 1080p at 25/30p at 20mbps (which is less than the GH4) and 50/60p at 28mbps, in both AVCHD and MP4 formats. For the hybrid photo/video shooters, there are many burst modes which include the 4K photo burst at 30fps, and up to 40fps at 16MP when using the electronic shutter mode. Another of the camera’s main features is an improved Image Stabilisation system. New gyro-sensor technology allows the Body Image Stabiliser Optical Image to work in conjunction with the Optical Image Stabiliser, which can analyse shooting conditions such as the focal length of the lens for more accurate results. Panasonic claims that this system, which also includes an electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit and a solid magnesium front panel, provides around 90% better vibration reduction than the predecessor to the G80. The Focus department is another area that has seen improvements. Contrast AF is faster and more precise, and Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus technology makes focusing even faster. In addition, the Panasonic G80 allows users to fix out of focus images even after shooting, with it’s Post Focus function. Also, the camera’s focus stacking function allows you to combine multiple images with different focus points for further processing later. Finally, Low Light Autofocus allows more accurate performance in low-light situations of up to -4EV. The DSLR-type design of the Panasonic G80 features an improved ergonomic hand grip and form factor. Small mirrorless cameras have been a popular tool for both on the go photography and filming, with the size being a critical factor in choosing the camera for traveling. The dust and splash-proof body, in addition to the aforementioned magnesium front frame, will allow the camera to be used in more demanding conditions. Like it’s bigger brothers in the GH series, the Lumix G80 also has a swivel touchscreen. Other features include: Compatibility with the new DMW-BGG1 battery grip. HDMI output while simultaneously recording internally. 3.5mm microphone jack. Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation modes. The Panasonic Lumix G80 will be available with 2 kit lens options: DMC-G80M (LUMIX G VARIO 12-6mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. – also splash- and dustproof) DMC-G80H (LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S) All in all, it looks like the Panasonic G80 could be a great choice for those wanting to get into video, or as a B-camera for the GH4 and soon to come GH5. Price and availability to be announced, so stay tuned!Read more
As Photokina 2016 kicks off, the cinema5D editorial team is closely following Panasonic’s latest releases. The press conference brought a lot of new 4K shooting cameras to the market. Make sure to read our follow up article on the Panasonic GH5 and others HERE. Our video coverage from the press conference can be watched here.Read more
The pressure is on for HDR and better video from all cameras. Will manufacturers continue to improve video DSLR and mirrorless cameras? With Panasonic rumored to be bringing 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video to the GH5, and Canon’s latest snub to the video DSLR crowd with the less than appreciated video specs of the Canon 5D Mark IV, I see a definite argument to be made that the cross-breed love affair of the photo and video world could come to an end. This is just an opinion, speculation only, but based on a very real question that manufacturers are going to have to answer for themselves. We published an article a year ago that might be worth revisiting: Are Video DSLRs dying out? When Photo Met Video What started as an afterthought for Canon turned the Canon 5D Mark II into an overnight video sensation, and all the major manufacturers followed suit bringing professional video capabilities to their cameras in the form of video DSLR and mirrorless line-ups. The pinnacle of this trend now is arguably the much loved Sony a7S II. Log gamma profiles and other “pro” features are considered basic requirements for video modes on what are still essentially photo cameras… something we tend to forget. I think we may all soon be reminded that these are in fact photo cameras. With the inevitable push towards HDR deliverables, and camera sensors capable of ever higher dynamic range it is clear that 8-bit 4:2:0 H.264 video, common to these cameras, even with a log gamma curve is no longer going to cut it. Blurred Lines Manufacturers are now faced with a choice. They either have to increase the color bit depth and video quality, as Panasonic is rumored to be doing, offering more, and better image data from the video modes of cameras that officially still sit in a photography product line, or leave video alone and focus on making those cameras the best they can be for professional photography. I would argue that we’ve just seen Canon’s answer to this question. Time will tell how the others will handle it. The result of substantially increasing video quality from stills cameras is a potential conflict of interest with professional video or cinema range cameras in their own product offering. For Panasonic this may not be a huge factor, but neither Canon or Sony can afford to offer a relatively low cost photo camera with video capabilities approaching the FS7, or anything in Canon’s Cinema EOS range. In this context I am not at all surprised about the decisions Canon have made, that will redefine what the new Canon 5D Mark IV is, and where it is targeted… it is, after all, a professional photo camera, and a very good one at that. Panasonic and Fujifilm There are manufacturers with less to lose. Panasonic I have mentioned already, I believe a hypothetical GH5 with 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording could be a real upset, there would be a lot of interest in such a camera from some existing Canon and Sony users despite the smaller sensor. Another player that has nothing at all to lose is Fujifilm, and the new Fujifilm X-T2 looks to be heading in a good direction. Will we begin to see a separation of video from photo from future DSLR and mirrorless platforms? Time will tell, but it is an interesting discussion to have, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. In the end, we will have to wait and see how it plays out.Read more
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