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April 13, 2015
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New GH4 firmware update will be released later this month (adds 1/16,000 fps). First review by TheCameraStoreTV!

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Panasonic GH4 Anamorphic Firmware Field Test

UPDATE: The Camera Store TV just posted that first test video shot with the new GH4 firmware! Sadly the V-LOG-L tested by them will not be available with the 2.2 firmware and released sometimes later. The 2.2 firmware will be available by end of this month. Those are the improvements:

LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic announced the release of a much anticipated firmware update Ver.2.2 for the award winning LUMIX GH4. This new firmware enables two new features, most notably the ability to record anamorphic video content.

Anamorphic lenses are used to create a cinemascope aspect such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. Panasonic discovered that cinematographers had been experimenting with the 4K PHOTO mode 4:3 aspect ratio in the LUMIX GH4 and vintage anamorphic cine lenses to achieve the classic Hollywood look of anamorphic film capture. Unlike complex digital post processing needed to achieve the look, many of the background distortion and light flare effects that became so popular with anamorphic film capture can now be achieved optically in the LUMIX GH4.

Thanks in part to its Micro Four Thirds format and 4K recording ability, firmware Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH4 enables an Anamorphic (4:3) Mode capable of recording video in 3328 x 2496 pixel (equivalent to approx. 8.3-megapixel) resolution at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps. With an anamorphic lens such as 2x*1 you can capture and un-squeeze a 3356×2496 image in post-production. In addition, 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available*2.

A further enhancement of the new firmware is the addition of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using its electronic shutter mode.

April 13, 2015
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First image of the AG-DVX200 4K Four Thirds sensor (and fixed lens) camcorder.

AG-DVX200

This is the very first image of the new Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K announced right now on the NAB show. While the camera uses a Four Thirds sized sensor Panasonic opted for a fixed 13x lens.

April 13, 2015
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Blackmagic announces two amazing Micro Cinema Cameras with MFT mount!

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We have two new Micro Four Thirds cameras from Blackmagic. All the info can be read here:
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera info (Click here).
Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K info (Click here).

You can preorder the camera at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

From the press text:

Introducing the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniaturized Super 16mm, professional digital film camera that is designed to be operated remotely and capture action anywhere! A revolutionary built in expansion port has PWM and S.Bus inputs so you can use a model airplane remote control to operate the camera wirelessly. Imagine adjusting focus, iris and zoom wirelessly! The Micro Cinema Camera is a true digital film camera that features built in RAW and ProRes recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, a global shutter and an MFT lens mount. You get a true digital film camera that can go where no other digital film camera can!

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The Super 16 sensor is full 1080 HD resolution and has an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range and global shutter up to 30 frames per second. Most DSLR and action cameras use a rolling shutter that exposes different parts of the image in fractions of a second, causing video to appear skewed or wobbly when the camera moves or vibrates. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera’s global shutter acts more like a still camera, exposing the entire image at the same time so you get distortion and ripple free video! With an ISO up to 1600, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera also gives you great quality, even in locations with low lighting.

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April 13, 2015
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Panasonic announces the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor 4/3” handheld camcorder and the GH4 firmware udpate

We got our hands on the full Panasonic press release od the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder and the GH4 firmware update. Images will follow soon here on 43rumors. In the meantime read the full press text:

At a press conference today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, Panasonic announced a range of new 4K production products, including the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder; AK-UB300 4K multi-purpose camera, and the AK-UC3000 4K-ready studio system.

AG-DVX200 4K Large-Sensor Handheld Camcorder Features Top-End Performance

Offering many top-end features such 4K/60p recording, a 13X optical zoom and a V-Log L gamma curve (12 stops of latitude, target) and delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is the ideal companion camera to the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder.

The DVX200 will be optimized for 4K/HD production and shares the esteemed VariCam family characteristics of filmic tonality and colorimetry, with natural, subtle rendering of skin flesh tones. It will offer a V-Log curve emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The camcorder will be available in Fall 2015 with a suggested list price under $5000.

At NAB, it was announced that the award winning LUMIX GH4 will have firmware update (Ver.2.2) available later this month, enabling recording anamorphic video content. Unlike complex digital post processing needed to achieve the classic Hollywood look, many effects that have became so popular with anamorphic film capture can now be achieved optically in the LUMIX GH4.

Source: Businesswire.com

April 13, 2015
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First images of the Micro Four Thirds Blackmagic Cinema camera!

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The NAB show at LAs Vegas just started and today Blackmagic and Panasonic will have two press announcements. Matthew Allard spotted the new Blackmagic Micro Cinema Four Thirds Camera billboard:

The Micro Cinema Camera is a very small form factor camera with a Super16mm sized sensor. It has a claimed 13 stops of dynamic range. RAW recording is built-in.

And Eric Naso posted the first picture of the real camera with the Panasonic 14mm lens on it:

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P.S.: That’s when we will have the announcements today (Las Vegas time).

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