Panasonic is ready to announce a new and updated version of Panasonic GH4 series camera GH4R, the upcoming camera will have V-log profile earlier it was expected that the V-LOG will be released as a firmware update for the current GH4 camera. The camera announcement is expected in next few days, so stay with us and we will update you soon as we get any new information.
Panasonic GH4 was announced on Feb 7, 2014 and at that time it was the only mirrorless camera having 4K video recording capability. Panasonic also issued a major firmware update on April 13, 2015 that enables anamorphic video content and very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using its electronic shutter mode.
Panasonic generally updates pro GH series camera in every two year and based on schedule its announcement cycle the camera will arrive in Feb-March of 2016. We have told you back on May 2015, that the Panasonic GH5 will arrive in 2016.
According to latest information surfaced only says Panasonic GH5 is coming, no word about the core specification or features available yet. But it’s obvious that next pro GH series camera will bring bunch of improvements and a major hardware upgrade.
Panasonic GX8 first High ISO Test surfaced over the web, we are now going to see the first impressions of the newly developed 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor, does it make any major difference or not ? let’s see the result.
Image captured at Base ISO (100), Panasonic GX8 (left) vs. Panasonic GX7 (Right)
Panasonic GX8 camera features newly developed 20 Megapixel CMOS sensor on the other hand the Panasonic GX7 carries traditional 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
The color catching capability of Panasonic GX7 looks better than of Panasonic GX8 camera. The Panasonic GX8 showing bit faded colors when compared to GX7.
Now its time to see High ISO test of the newly announced Panasonic GX8 camera.
The Camera features 20.2 MP resolution 4/3 sensor on the other hand the Panasonic GX7 features years old 16 MP sensor.
We are not impressed by low-light performance of the newly announced camera
The bigger image on the left side is obliviously of the newly announced Panasonic GX8 camera. The biggest drawback of the newly announced sensor is average low-light performance compared to the predecessor, we are unable to detect at major difference between both image. Panasonic GX8 image look bit more flat compared to GX7 camera.
At the end I want to say the image captured via a Beta Panasonic GX8 camera, the final production version may carry some minor improvement. We will post more High Test and new related to Panasonic GX8 camera ..
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Panasonic installed a photo booth in in Osaka and used 120 Lumix DMC-GH4 cameras to make the effective 3D figurine portraits . Through ultra fast 3D scanning with limited time frame of 1/1000 sec, the image of the subject captured is sharp even if it will be in motion , hanging in the air or any other position.
Video in Japanese.
To obtain the 3D portraits, the cameras are arranged in grid pattern covering the floor to ceiling of the booth facing towards the walls of the cylindrical booth. It is synchronized in such a way that the trigger of the camera goes on every one millionth of a second. In this process it collects 2 billion pixels of information and results in 1/10th life-size images.
The figurines are optional, and cost 55000 yen, plus tax, which is about $450/£280. For more information see the Panasonic Japan press release and watch a promotional video – both in Japanese.
Panasonic GH3 is available $597 only (compared to $797) for a limited time, the camera features 16 MP four third format sensor, records 1920×1080 60p Full-HD videos recording formats include AVCHD at 17-28Mps and H.264 at 4-72Mbps. It uses the NTSC video system/standard. For more details visit B&H store
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens available at $1299 (compared to 1549), the camera features 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor and 19 point cross-type AF System. The camera can also do Up to 7 fps shooting, the ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600.. for details about the Canon 70D offer you must visit Amazon
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While looking at the recently published spec comparison at our website many of our users are sending few common questions to us, it includes; How Panasonic is able to do AF in just 0.07 sec with the help of contrast based technology? Does DFD technology is actually a firmware or hardware thing ? Where does the Panasonic DFD Actually placed, inside the sensor or somewhere else ?
I want to keep this post as short as possible
What is DFD?
Panasonic DFD is hardware and exclusively designed & developed by Panasonic and it’s not a software. DFD autofocus relies on special hardware in the camera’s processor, so can’t be brought to older models via firmware updates.
How it Work?
Before we explain that we have to understand how the traditional contrast based system work, the traditional contrast detect system based camera actually. Camera having a normal contrast based Sensor determines the best focus point by moving the AF ring and scanning the entire subject, once the scan is done the lens AF reverse back to peak focus point. However when a Panasonic camera uses DFD technology, it quickly predict aka calculate the AF point and move AF point quickly there, finally it uses contrast based system to fine-tune the AF point.
So don’t get confused that Panasonic newly announced camera is using contrast based system only, the Camera AF based on DFD tech and later it fine-tuned by contrast AF. The biggest advantage of this technology that sensor doesn’t have any single dead pixel like other Hybrid AF sensors have for phase AF.
Before the announcement of Panasonic GX8 camera there were no options to the users to go beyond the 16 megapixels limit for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors. Its 5-axis Image stabilization system is designed in such a manner that it will work in two way, it sync with Lens based IS system and hence you get Dual IS system based camera that combat camera shake very effectively.
Hence, after showing its incredible features of all the sections we can undoubtedly think it as one of the unique product of Panasonic.
The most important feature of the camera is dual IS system, The GX8 features built-in 5 axis Image stabilization system as well it also supports lens based IS of Lumix O.I.S lenses. Both system work very effectively with each other and gives excellent result when used in adverse situation.
Panasonic DFD Technology, the Panasonic DFD technology (Depth-From-Defocus) is added in the system camera to calculate the distance of the subject and adjust its focus quickly, as fast as 0.07 seconds. With the help of DFD technology the camera can shoot 6 frames per second with full time Auto-focus support. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.
4K Still image mode; The Panasonic GX8 is capable to capture 8MP of still images @ 30fps, it’s more than enough for a sports shooter. The biggest advantage GX8 is you can record 8 MP of still images upto 30min.
Panasonic GX8 can captures 4K video at 30 frames per second and 24 frames per second at 100 Mbps in MP4 format. The camera Can also record Full HD videos @ 1080p/60, both formats are available for Full HD video mode, MP4 and AVCHD.
1/16,000 sec of electronic and 1/8000 of mechanical shutter speed. The GX8 camera can touch its shutter speed upto 1/16,000 sec. to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.
These above mentioned features are class leading and make GX8 a prefect choice for mirrorless shooter.
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