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Panasonic Working on Advance Hybrid Image Stabilization

A new Hybrid Image Stabilization patent from Panasonic surfaced over the web. That, clearly shows Panasonic is working to improve the image stabilization system. Well, Panasonic is one of the world leading mirrorless makers and they do offer Hybrid IS in most of their cameras. However, they are step behind Olympus Hybrid IS systems and with E-M1 Mark II camera which offer IS upto 6.5 Stops when used with Olympus lenses.

This is not the first time, We have also published Panasonic Dual IS patent a while ago you can check here. And as you can see below I am adding the screen shot of the patent image.

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PDAF May Damage Image Quality - Panasonic

panasonic GH5 camera image

In an latest interview Panasonic said that they are not in the mood to developed PDAF Phase detect autofocus sensors for their mirrorless camera.

Take a look what Panasonic said during the interview.

When we were developing the GH4, we were discussing whether to go with phase detection AF, or hybrid AF system of contrast AF with our own DFD (depth-from- defocus) technology. We thought that by having contrast AF with DFD, we could maximize picture quality.

With phase detection AF, picture quality can be damaged

This is because with phase detection AF, picture quality can be damaged [by the phase detect pixels]. With contrast-detection AF and DFD technology, we don’t need any dedicated pixels [for autofocus] and we believe it is more precise.

Well this look quite logical to me because in the recent happening as we have already seen with the Sony A7III sensor, due to extensive fabrication of phase detect autofocus pixels above the sensor there are some time when we see some vertical or horizontal banding above the image. It is not quite often but when there is a strong backlight behind the subject the bindings become visible.

Maybe one of these reasons falling behind the idea of introducing face detect autofocus pixels inside Panasonic mirrorless cameras.

Panasonic Should Improve the AF Speed of Flagship Mirrorless

Yes, we are happy to hear that Panasonic is caring about image quality, but they should also put focus on the autofocusing is speed of their flagship mirrorless camera is specifically when we are talking about the Panasonic GH5 and Panasonic GH 5S. Take a look at the AF speed test between Panasonic G85 vs G9 vs GH5 vs GH5s

We will going to update you soon as we get any new information related to upcoming Panasonic mirrorless cameras and don’t forget that Panasonic already hinted that they are working Panasonic LX100 successor Panasonic LX200.

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Panasonic LX200 Mentioned Again

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Panasonic LX200 camera name mentioned again in an interview at Digital Photography review website. they have clearly hinted that Panasonic LX200 will going to satisfy the Expectations of its consumers.

take a look at the major points of the interview,

– Why the GH5 has no IBIS: “Professional shooters will prefer a multi-aspect sensor versus IBIS”
– Panasonic doesn’t use phase detection pixels on sensor “because With phase detection AF, picture quality can be damaged”
– About a possible LX100 successor: “At this point, we can’t say when, but it is something that people are expecting.”

This is not the first time, Panasonic LX200 name was also surfaced during an interview with Jordan, just take a look.

As  we all know that Now Panasonic LX100 was announced on September 15, 2014. The camera is approx 4 year old and waiting for for an desperate update. Take a look what we are expecting from the next Panasonic LX200 camera.

Take a look what we are expecting from Panasonic LX200

  • 16 MP Resolution / 20MP Image area
  • Image stabilization [5 axis IS]
  • 64 MP Pixel Shift High Resolution mode
  • Advance DFD AF System
  • UHD 4K @ 60p
  • ISO 25600 and 10 fps Shooting with AF-S
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • Rear Joystick
  • External Mic Option

We are expecting the announcement of Panasonic LX200 camera this year during Photokina event. We will being more update you as we get more information about it.

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Panasonic Dual IS Patent

A new patent surfaced over the web that shows Panasonic working on advance versions of Dual IS system that will upscale the Panasonic existing Dual IS system to next level. Panasonic GX8 was the first camera to introduce Dual IS inside the camera and after that we have seen many Panasonic cameras with Dual IS mechanisms.

 

Patent Details (Trnaslated)

An imaging apparatus includes a camera body and an interchangeable lens. The camera body includes: an image sensor; an image sensor driver configured to drive the image sensor in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis; a sensor configured to measure a position of the plane; a shake detector configured to detect a camera body shake; and a first image stabilizer configured to correct the detected shake by driving the image sensor driver. The interchangeable lens includes: an image stabilization lens configured to adjust an optical path to correct a shake; an image stabilization lens driver configured to drive the image stabilization lens in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis; and a second image stabilizer configured to correct a shake, based on a position measured by the sensor of the camera body, by driving the image stabilization lens driver.

Panasonic PDF HDR sensor 

Also see –Panasonic Working on Gopro Style camera

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

We are comparing the Fuji X-H1 camera with Panasonic GH5. Let me tell you that Fuji X series camera are prefect still shooting machines but by announcing the Fuji X-H1 camera they have showed their presence as a Cinematic camera makers. Now, with Sony, Panasonic we can count Fuji name also as best cinematic mirrorless camera makers of 2018. Not only that they somehow stopped the migration of Fuji users to Panasonic or other brands looking for a perfect consumer level Mirrorless camera.

So, Fuji X-H1 camera is win win for Fuji users as well as Fuji also.

Feature/Models Fuji X-H1 Panasonic GH5
Megapixel 24.2 Megapixel 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Image processor X-Processor PRO Venus Engine 10
AF system Contrast Detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect
AF points 325 AF points 225 AF Points
ISO 100-51200 100-25600
Shutter speed 60 seconds-1/32000 secs 60sec 1/16000 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis in-body stabilization of 5.5 stops 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S.
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 12fps
Video 4K at 24fps and 30fps 4K Video at 60 fps
Display 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting touchscreen LCD 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed Yes yes
Battery life 320 shots 410 shots
Weight 623 g 725g
Size 139.8×97.3×85.5mm 139 x 98 x 87 mm

If you look at the specs then you can clearly see that Fuji features bigger X-Trans sensor compared to the Panasonic GH5 camera. The Fuji X-H1 ISO range is also 1 stop more than Panasonic GH5.

For still shooting purpose we recommend Fuji X-H1 camera

Fuji Hybrid AF vs Panasonic contrast based DFD AF

As we all know that Fuji X-Trans Hybrid Sensors are very fast we have no doubt that Fuji will outperform Panasonic GH5 in Still and Video AF test.

Fast Continuous shooting speed: Fuji X-H1 exhibit faster continuous shooting speed compared to the Panasonic GH5 camera.

Panasonic GH5S features advance Video modes than of Fuji X-H1

The Panasonic GH5 camera is capable to record 4K at 60Fps and Full HD at 120fps, X-H1 doesn’t have high bit rates option as of Panasonic GH5 camera. At the Panasonic GH5 camera offers bigger buffer compared to X-H1 camera and hence you get unlimited recording time.

Video Comparison between the X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5

DCI 4K Video Recording [4K (4096 x 2160)] 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min. No recording limit
UHD 4K Video Recording [4K (3840 x 2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps / 100Mbps / 50Mbps up to approx. 15min.

MOV*2/*4-59.94Hz <[4K] 3840×2160> 59.94p, 150Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)

4K HDR video recording,

No recording limit

Full HD

[Full HD (1920 x 1080) High speed rec.] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 200Mbps up to approx. 6min.

50Mbps up to MAX approx. 20min

No recording limit

Fuji X-H1 vs Panasonic GH5, Which camera Should you buy ?

Panasonic GH5 is a ultimate consumer level camera for video recording purpose, but if you are a X-shooter and looking for a decent cinematic camera then you have a option Fuji X-H1.  Also if you are look for best of both the world, a perfect Still as well as Video camera then go with Fuji X-H1.

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Panasonic Develops 36MP Sensor that records 8K Video

Panasonic GH8

We are talking about a technological breakthrough done by Panasonic. According to DCWATCH (Highly reputed Japanese website) Panasonic successfully developed a 36MP 4/3 Sensor able to record 8K video. Initially they may use this sensor for Panasonic GH5R? (just a thought) by limiting it to 4K or 6K video mode.

Now 2 years from now Panasonic representative told yes they are working to make a consumer camera available on 2020 Olympics with 8K video capability.

This year are expecting to see Panasonic GH6 camera with 6K capability coming on September 2018 [Pho0tokina event]. And after a year gap [2019] we will sure see a Panasonic GH8 K camera from Panasonic.

So, this [translated] press release is just another another step,

Panasonic GH6 camera

Translates Text
Panasonic Corporation develops a CMOS image sensor design technology capable of global shutter imaging with high saturation and sensitivity modulation function of 450 thousand electrons, reading at a high frame rate of 60 fps with a high resolution of 36 million pixels that realizes 8 K image quality We announced.

In this technology, the function of converting light into an electric signal is an organic thin film, and the function of storing and reading signal charges is completely and independently performed in the lower layer circuit section.

By utilizing the structural features of the organic CMOS image sensor and installing high-speed noise cancellation technology and technology to realize high saturation in the circuit part with high degree of freedom, it is possible to achieve 8 k high resolution which is usually a trade-off 60 fps read out, wide dynamic range by realizing high saturation characteristics, global shutter function for the first time in the industry simultaneously realized.

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Panasonic ZS200 Pro Compact Announced with More Zoom

Panbasonic ZS200 camera image

Panasonic finally announced ZS200 camera with 1 inch sensor. The name camera features a longer zoom lens compared to its predecessor (25-250mm equiv. zoom with a 24-360mm).

The camera features 4K video recording at the rate of 30% per second.  you can also record continuous burst of 6FPS in AF-C (Autofocus continuous ) and 10FPS when AF is locked.

Panasonic ZS200 Major Specification

  • 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar 15x Zoom Lens
  • 24-360mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 0.21″ 2330k-Dot Live View Finder
  • 3.0″ 1240k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • UHD 4K Video at 30 and 24 fps
  • Full HD High-Speed Video Recording
  • 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.
  • 4K Photo Burst Mode at 30 fps; ISO 25600

The compact camera also features a last 3 inch touchscreen upgraded with 2.3 million dot viewfinder.  The camera also features  5-axis image stabilization backed by a super fast DFD af system.

The camera features 370 shots, Available form mid-March for $799

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