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April 12, 2014
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New GH4 review by Akihabara. Philip Bloom prefers it over the Sony A7s.

Early bird sunrise [Lumix GH4 anamorphic 4K] from Martin Wallgren on Vimeo.

Martin Wallgren (video on top): “A short cinematic piece shot with a pre-production GH4 and vintage Sankor 16C 2X anamorphic adapter on OM 50/1.8 lens. Shot in 4K DCI and edited in a 1080p timeline in FCPX, I wanted to see how the 2X anamorphic held up in terms of sharpness with all the detail in the 4K footage. Really pleased with the results. Ungraded footage! Enjoy!

GH4 review at Akihabaranews:

“Panasonic has (arguably once again) done what no other camera manufacturer seems keen to do, and they’ve delivered an easy to use, madly capable true hybrid photography camera that can go toe to toe with specialist systems in both stills and video. On top of that, the GH4 delivers quality at a price point that makes the more traditional, expensive products that are associated with ‘professionals’ seem like a complete waste of money for all but the smallest minority who truly need that extra performance.”

Philip Bloom about the new Sony A7s:

It’s just a real shame there is no internal 4K recording…now that would be mind-blowing . That means the camera with a sensor half the size of this, the Panny GH4 stills has the edge on 4K recording over it due to it’s ability to record internally. With a Metabones speed booster (still no EF mount) you can make that sensor give you a field of view not far off S35/ APS-C.

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

April 10, 2014
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Amarcord: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5

Image courtesy: Tanaka.

Unlike Olympus Panasonic has no history of film cameras. Their first cameras were the digital DMC-LC5 and DMC-F7 released in 2001. The LC5 was (or is) a very nice camera with fixed lens while the DMC-F7 were particularly ugly (to see here on that eBay auction). But the real unique features of both cameras were the fact that they used a Leica designed lens. At that time Leica was in huge crisis and maybe Panasonic should have bought Leica :)

The LC-5 had a 3,8 Million Megapixel CCD sensors, a rangefinder look and a built-in optical viewfinder. The major drawback from the camera was that it could take only 1 image every 6 seconds because of the slow processor. Anyway, what you will notice is that the LC5 has the one elegant style that Panasonic keeps reproducing on modern digital cameras. And it may be that the future GX2 or high end compact cameras will look even more like the LC5.

You can read two reviews at DCresource and Steve Digicams. Great camera!

DMC-LC5 auctions on eBay (Click here).

April 10, 2014
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GH4 tested at DxOmark: Becomes best ranked MFT camera!

DxOmark (Click here) tested the GH4 sensor performance and it becomes the best rated Micro Four Thirds camera yet although it beats the E-M1 by 1 point margin only. DxO writes:

The sensor performance is on a par with the highly regarded Olympus OM-D E-M1 and is competitive when viewed against rivals using APS-C size sensors. Sony has yet to revise the aging NEX-7 though the new full-frame Sony A7s looks as though the firm is tempted to build more video-centric models. However, for the time being at least the hybrid GH4 looks like a formidable contender for both stills and video users.

More GH4 tests:
First Lab Shots now posted at Imaging Resource.
GH4 with Nocticron image samples at Cameras.reviewed.
Panasonic Lumix GH4: Product Overview – Adorama Photography TV (Youtube).
B&W from a GH4 4K Stream (Outbackphoto).

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

April 7, 2014
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New GH4 image/video samples!

GH4 CineD Vs Cine V from Sherif Mokbel on Vimeo.

Time to make a new GH4 samples roundup. Interesting to notice that firmware is still at 0.4. In one month from now the camera will ship and it will be nice to see what improvements they can bring till there.

The video on top shows you the performance of the GH4 with the latest 0.5 firmware. And if you are interested in seeing still images watch these GH4 image samples by Wasabi on Flickr (Click here) and Reality Scanner also on Flickr (Click here). And Lightweaver sent me the following message “If you are interested, I just posted on my long neglected blog, my thoughts on the Panasonic GH4 and its potential impact on markets other then the mostly discussed enthusiast, commercial and entertainment markets.  Feel  free to post the link if you find it interesting. http://lightweaversblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/panasonic-lumix-gh4-more-then-just.html

Panasonic GH4 graded with Arri Alexa profile in Film Convert from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

P.S.: The Gh4 preorders at Amazon are still good and the camera holds the position around place 22th (Click here to see full ranking).

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

April 4, 2014
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First GH4 RAW photo files available for pixel peepers!

GH4 vs GH3 file comparison by Quesabesde

Quesabesde (translation here) is the first site giving you full size GH4 RAW files to download. And it proves that the GH4 isn’t only a killer video camera, but also a better stills camera! Enjoy the pixel peeping and tell us what you think about those images!

Some more Gh4 image samples and also some image samples with the new Leica 15mm lens can be downloaded at the German Dkamera site (Click here).

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

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