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Panasonic Camera Announcement at End of August 2019

Panasonic is rumored to announce new camera at the end of August 2019. In past we have received hints about the arrival of Panasonic GH6 camera. However, Rumors also suggest that a Panasonic entry level camera is in announcement pipeline.

We will be updating you once we get more information about the upcoming camera.

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Latest Firmware Update Pushes Panasonic S1/S1R IS Upto 6.5 Stops

Latest firmware update from Panasonic pushes Image Stabilization upto 6.5 Stops when used with IS lenses and with non-IS you get 6 stops of image stabilization. That’s a massive update for sure that pushes Image Stabilization 1 stop more than its previous limit. Not only image stabilization the AF tracking performance speed of the camera.

The update will go live on July 9, 2019

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Press Release

Firmware S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S, G9, G90/G91/G95, G80/G81/G85 and GX9

Panasonic Releases Firmware Update Programs for the LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S, G9, G90/G91/G95, G80/G81/G85 and GX9

Newark, NJ (July 1, 2019) – Panasonic has announced that the company will release the firmware update programs for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras to enhance the functions and usability. All programs will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/ at UTC 1:00 on July 9, 2019.

The cameras and the programs to be updated are as follows:

Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

LUMIX S1R Firmware Version 1.1

  1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer
  • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops.*1
  • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops.*2

*1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]

*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]

Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]

  1. Improved AF performance
  • [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.
  • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
  • Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.
  1. Improved operational stability
  • Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

LUMIX S1 Firmware Version 1.1

  1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer
  • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops.*1
  • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops.*2

*1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]

*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]

Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]

  1. Improved AF performance
  • [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.
  • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
  • Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.
  1. Function Enhancement with Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2

An [Activate] function has been added which enables the use of extended functions using the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2. The following functions will be added by activating the Upgrade Software Key.

  • The video recording modes [MOV]
4K 60p/50p* 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP 150Mbps LPCM
30p/25p* 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP 150Mbps LPCM
24p 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP 100Mbps LPCM
FHD 60p/50p* 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP 100Mbps LPCM
30p/25p* 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP 100Mbps LPCM

* PAL area only.

・HDMI 4K60p/50p* 4:2:2 10bit output

* PAL area only.

・V-Log will be added in Photo Style.

・The [V-Log View Assist] function will be added, which enables viewing the V-Log file with LUT(Look Up Table) when recording video in V-Log.

・The [Read LUT File] function will be added, which allows users to install and apply their favorite LUT.

・A WFM (Waveform Monitor) display function.

・A [Luminance Level] adjustment function that complies with 10-bit.

・An [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] function that enables high-res sound recording using the XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1 (sold separately).*

* MOV only

  1. Improved operational stability
  • Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Cameras

GH5 Firmware Version 2.5

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

GH5S Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

G9 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

G90/G91/G95 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Battery Grip DMW-BGG1.
  • The Fn button on the Battery Grip can be customized in the camera’s custom menu.

G80/G81/G85 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

GX9 Firmware Version 1.3

Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

 

Panasonic GH6 Wild Rumors

According to latest rumors coming from trusted rumor mill. Panasonic GH6 camera may use 35mm / Fullframe sensor. Take a look at the rumored specification of the camera coming straight out from rumor mill.

– There seem to be discussion that next GH will have a Super 35 sensor (full size to be enabled by key), 
– higher resolution (33 MP frames required for 8K)
– special pixel binning algorithm for low light applications
– Dual ISO (We have seen inside GH5s not new)

— end of rumor part —-

See, from this rumor it’s very clear that from M4/3 system the entire GH series will jump to FF system.

What will happen is we use M4/3 Lenses on a FF sensor.

  • Firstly, yes, you would get a crop, or it’s better to say you will only use  “partial” FF sensor
  • M4/3 lenses vignette in FF mode (big issue)

So, if GH series camera will have a FF sensor inside then they have to Make these basic changes to existing M4/3 camera. That includes Introduction of Mode Selector – FF Mode – M4/3 Mode as well as introduction of L-Mount in GH series camera.

If this rumor is true than literally a GH series will become a Half-cooked S1 series camera.

I don’t think this rumor is true.

And finally some definitions  (food for thought)

Pixel Binning vs. Skipping vs Oversampling

  • Binning is the combining of photosite sensor values as they’re read from the sensor and then sent to the demosaicing process.
  • Skipping is literally skipping over some sensor values.
  • Oversampling is reading more pixels than the final output format supports, and uses Downsampling, or scaling, to combine values, which is done after demosaicing.

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Best Lenses for Panasonic G95

Let’s talk about the best lenses for Panasonic G95 camera. Panasonic G95 is ofcourse one of the most advanced entry-level mirrorless cameras ever launched by Panasonic.

The camera features 20 megapixel live mos sensor and ISO upto 25600. The Panasonic G95 camera is also capable to shoot continuous shooting speed at 29 frames per second with continuous autofocus servo mode on.


Best Prime Lens

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Panasonic G25mm f/1.7 ASPH  

Panasonic G25 mm F1.7 is one of the most affordable and usable lens for your new Panasonic g95 camera. The lens will give you excellent blurry background (Bokeh) with F1.7 aperture and all you have to pay is $149 only for getting up this lens. if you are video blogger and want a super smooth blurry background then of course you can use the 25 MM lens for blogging purpose.

Look at the Sample Test Video of Panasonic 25mm F1.7 Lens

https://youtu.be/haU-90NWTeg


 

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Best vlogging lens (Wider Coverage and F1.2 aperture)

Best vlogging lens for Panasonic g95 / 90 camera is Panasonic G20 MM F1.2 lens. The lens features F1.7 aperture and price at $267 which is bit affordable. with 20 mm focal length you will get an excellent wideview where you can blog while hand holding the camera while grabbing in the entire scenario behind you. Now with the help of f 1.7 aperture available you can make the background blurry on make it visible while increasing the aperture value.

Vlogging with Panasonic 20mm F1.7 camera – Highly recommended lens for bloggers.

https://youtu.be/ZA7dwKzv4ZA


 

Standard zoom lens for Panasonic G95 camera

If you are a Landscape Shooter or vlogger you must get 12-60mm lens

We have many options when we talk about the standard zoom lens for a micro four thirds format camera.  The 12-16 3.5 to 5.6. cost $497 only.

One of the best features of this lens overall sharpness throughout the zoom range and power optical image stabilization with syncs with Camera built-in IS. The lens also features splash and dust proof design, the lens exhibit minimum chromatic aberration.

The 12-60mm is of course one of the best options available in front of Panasonic G95 / G90 users.

If you have more money approx $300 more than you should go with the 12 to 60 ml of 2.8-F4 lens which is of course better when compared to 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Get this lens from B&H Store

If you need more more tele-range then you should go with 14-

Recommended for Vlogging, group portraits, portraits, street, events and Night Life

Great walkabout lens, great travel lens, and great for macro/close-ups.


Best Macro Lens

With microlenses we do have some limited options at micro four thirds format, however the overall best lenses available for Panasonic G95 camera is 30 mm f 2.8 lens. The lens cost is less than $300 and with the help of lens based optical image stabilization as well as camera based sensor based image stabilization you will get super steady short even while shooting with hand held.

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Best Portrait Lens

Panasonic 42.mm F1.7 lens is an excellent option if you want to shoot portrait with your Panasonic G95 camera. The new lens is super compatible with  Dual IS feature and deliver excellent sharpness in every frame even when shot at wide end.


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Best Zoom Lens

Panasonic 100-300mm F4-5.6 Zoom Lens is one of the best lenses of you want to have a zoom lens for you camera. Great walk about lens for wildlife and nature photography. The lens is surprisingly sharp (not equal to the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8, but sharp).

The lens is light-weight and easy to carry, The optical IS is a great catch here, you get Mega OIS paired up DUAL IS. So excellent stability while shooting handheld telephoto shots. The lens is a perfect combination of price and specification.

Highly recommend for beginners and semi-pro shooters,

Feel free to Ask your questions in comment box below

Canon DPAF vs Panasonic DFD

Panasonic GX9 vs Canon 200D II or its better to say Canon DPAF vs Panasonic DFD. AF test has been done in by dpreview staff in still and video mode both. Most interestingly Canon entry level camera with DFD AF system performing surprisingly well in video mode compared to Panasonic GX9 camera with DFD AF system.

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic GH5

With very limited video specification Panasonic completed the development announcement of the Panasonic S1H camera. The camera is still under development process and lot of specs remains unconfirmed. However, Panasonic does confirmed all of us that the upcoming camera will capture 6K video without crop and which is of-course a groundbreaking thing.

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic GH5, take a look at quick specification comparison between the Panasonic S1H and the Panasonic GH5.

Panasonic S1H Panasonic GH5
 TBA (Most probably 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor) 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
Venus Engine Image Processor

6K 24fps (3:2 aspect ratio, No Crop)

5.9K 30fps (16:9 aspect ratio)

4K Video with No Crop
4K DCI & UHD 4:2:2 10-bit 60fps Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K Video at 24/30p
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
5.760K-dot 120Hz OLED EVF 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
3.2″ triaxial Touchscreen tilting LCD 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
 Price (Body Only) $4000 (approx)   $1497

So, right we have only the video specification of the camera. And it’s look very impressive compared to Panasonic GH5.

With Panasonic S1H you get a option to record 4K videos at 24 fps, but the aspect ratio is 3:2. So If you record high resolution videos for production purpose than u have to use 5.9K @30fps which gives you standard 16:9 aspect ratio.

One more thing you are getting in Panasonic S1H is you can record 4K video recording mode 4:2:2 10-bit 60fps.

Additionally you are also getting larger sensor area so details will be great as well as low-light performance is also expected to be better than of M4/3s sensor.

So, overall Panasonic S1H do have a upper hand when we talk about video recording modes. but is will cost you 2X and more

No information about bit-rates and ISO range in still and video mode available for now. We will update this specs once we will get the full specification of the camera officially from Panasonic.

Panasonic GH6 will also get goodness of S1H, but not so soon. We have to wait till next year.

Panny Pushing Limits with 6K Camera, Canikon Remain Silent ?

With only one image and very limited details Panasonic completed the development announcement of S1H camera.

This camera is industry first FF Mirrorless camera able to record 6k videos at 24 frames per second internally. So, they are pushing up-limits of camera industry limit to a next level, while recording 6K videos Panasonic uses entire sensor area and it also means you can record unlimited amount of 18MP+ files @ 24fps with the new Panasonic S1H camera.

Panasonic S1H camera is hitting out the limits of video industry.

We were expecting 6k video recording options from Sony A7S III camera, at the same time Sony senior manager also hinted that they are creating a camera beyond someone’s expectations. There are several interviews, they clearly tells us that they are creating a 6k consumer level video camera.

18 megapixel stills from Panasonic S1H

Panasonic S1H is also highly capable still camera, since when you are creating a 6k video you are recording 18 megapixel at 24 frames per second. Panasonic S1H camera gives you enormous possibilities to grab the perfect picture which was not what possible with the previous generation of hybrid cameras.

This camera will sure going to help wedding photographers, event shooters to grab a perfect pictures later on while sitting in the editing room.

4K created from oversampled 6k videos

highly detailed 4K video footage from the Panasonic S1H camera at the same time the 4K videos are more stabilized according to Panasonic since they are being oversampled from 6k just like we have in the Sony A7 III, and the Sony A9 camera.

DFD AF System again

The only lag you can find about this camera is DFD AF system which is typically based on contrast based AF system. It do need a good amount of light to lock AF quickly otherwise the AF lag is noticeable.

 

Before Sony A7S III Announcement

But just before Sony A7 III announcement, Panasonic grabbed all the limelight by doing development announcement their flagship video oriented full frame mirrorless camera which uses the L-mount and capture 6k video at 24 frames per second at the same time the camera also features built-in images stabilization system which was absent in the Panasonic GH 5S camera. probably due to the heat dissipation issue Panasonic engineers at that time we are not able to add the IBIS feature inside the Panasonic GH 5S camera.

Now what about Sony ? We are sure that Sony A7S III camera will have Hybrid AF system with super accurate and fast Eye AF as we have seen inside A7III camera integrated with 6K video recording capability. At the same time Sony will also push low-light limit and this time we do expect they will cross up the ISO 409600 barrier with Sony A7S III.

Canon  should be doing that ? – When we talk about pushing limits

Canon DSLR and Mirrorless camera do not have proper 4K video mode (all suffer from Crop issues and some of them have CDAF AF system in 4K mode). In an interview Canon rep said that they donot want to cannibalize their cinema range of cameras that’s why DSLR and Mirrorless have limited video modes.

BTW, I personally think, they should give all they have to consumers without putting any forced limitation, otherwise Sony and Panasonic will Cannibalize Canon Camera division.

Nikon is giving 100% what they have, I don’t have any complain about Nikon but they should move fast. Nikon announced Z6 and Z7 camera same time without being worried about Z7 low sales, ( Z6  may kill some sales of Z7 due to affordable price tag and more video centered camera). Based on the latest set of information we have they will be soon announcing new Mirrorless cameras and a DX format mirrorless camera with same Z-mount to retain the versatility of the DSLR era.

What you think about Panasonic S1H announcement do share your thoughts with us.