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April 3, 2014
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New GH4 video tests by Nick Driftwood and EosHD.

Panasonic GH4 24p C4K ‘Cine-D Profile’ Skintone Quickie test from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo.

We are seeing more and more GH4 tests! Nick Driftwood just uploaded this GH4 video on vimeo. It’s a first in a long series of tests. Nick recommends: “Please download the 4K file version for 4K representation as Vimeos transcoding and downsampling is pretty $%^&!” Follow the discussion at Personal View (It’s where Nick comments the GH4).

Panasonic GH1 4K vs 1080p and EOSHD shootout with other cameras from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

And Andrew from EosHD posted the shootout video and the Gh4 simply delivers impressive video quality:

The 4K video output from the GH4 is easily a match for the 16MP stills. So we can say with certainty that this camera produces video ‘like moving stills’. That it does so for $1699 compared to $12,000 gives you an idea of how much Canon’s stronger brand is worth.

Quite amazing!

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 2, 2014
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Finally first image samples taken with the new Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens.

Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted a Leica 15mm f/1.7 first impression article. it also contains the first full size image samples. This is their first impression:

So far looking to be quite awesome. The version we played with initially focused quickly, offers punchy colors, feels great, and begs to be attached to your camera all day

What do you think so far about the lens quality?

Lens preorders:
Black lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Wex UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver lens at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).

April 1, 2014
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Panasonic GH4 test by Emmanuel Pampuri.

Ballade de Nuit à Hong Kong en 4k avec le Panasonic GH4 from Emmanuel Pampuri on Vimeo.

43rumors reader Emmanuel is one of the few lucky people having a GH4 for testing! He just sent me this:

I am the founder of « Les Machineurs » a rental house and post-production facility based in Paris. I started as a photographer in 1991 and I am directing for TV since 1993. I am crazy about cameras and I like to share my point of view on my blog I made for french speaking people (www.pampuri.net) this is maybe my first post in english, my apologize if my english is not good.

I had the chance since the GH2 to be a beta tester for Panasonic. And I am very honored to do that because I like this products and Panasonic Camera team is listening to people like me to improve the quality of their cameras.
When I just had the GH4 in my hands 2 weeks ago it was a very good surprise. All the good things in the GH3 are still here, the very good ergonomic form factor and this compact size I really appreciate a lot. And a lot of improvement also. At first, the picture quality in the EVF is now very sharp and you can use it for focussing manually with 2,3MP it’s amazing and you can now use peaking !
The new 4K video is insane, because of no down converting, and there is also a Cinelike D mode what I liked so much on the Varicam. For still photography the new shutter have a very quiet and sexy noise and it’s incredible fast. I have to wait about new Lightroom version to see how is the raw but Jpeg are better than GH3.
For video codecs, the 100mb 4K H264 4:2:0 looks good and the 1080p 200mb All-I mode is also very good. The dynamic range is also better than GH3.
we are in Beta 0.4c and there is some little bugs but nothing really bad to says about this new camera, I already love it and for me this is the most mature M43 hybrid camera ever built. I liked the Olympus OMD-EM1 very much for stills but there is a huge step for Olympus to improve the video part of this camera. And Panasonic GH4 still photography quality is now growing up. If we could merge the two products, that would be great.
For me GH4 is the most exciting versatile hybrid camera to shoot videos and photos I had in my hands. Of course you can have better quality, This picture quality regarding to the price is incredible.
I shot this video in Hong Kong in street night public lighting conditions and you can download the 4K file from vimeo (Click here) to see the quality. Or watching it on YouTube (Click here).
I will do some other footage in few days, stay tuned !

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Readers are free to comment this post to questions for Emmanuel. He will answer you!

Thanks Emmanuel for the feedback on the GH4!

North American GH4 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 TheCameraStore (Click here) and 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

European GH4 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.

March 30, 2014
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New Olympus and Pansasonic pancake zoom reviews.

Size comparison image on courtesy of ePhotozine.

We have the lucky choice between two great pancake zooms. But which one should you buy? Here are two new reviews to get an idea about their strenghts and weaknesses:

Tyson Robichaud (Click here) tested the Panasonic 12-32mm lens and writes:

I would buy this lens over any of the other 14-42 or 14-45mm kit lenses, including the new Olympus 14-42 pancake zoom.  Why?  Firstly because it gives us a 24mm equivalent versus the 28mm equivalent on the wide end. The Lumix lens is sharp, it has nice contrast and saturation while maintaining an absolutely minuscule profile.

Photographyblog (Click here) tested the Olympus 14-42mm pancake and writes:

Whilst we’re more than happy with the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ‘s fast and reliable auto-focusing, the very slim manual focusing ring makes this method much more frustrating. Build quality is surprisingly good considering this is a humble kit lens – even the lens mount is made of metal rather than plastic.

 

March 28, 2014
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Photographyblog reviews and marks the E-M10 as “essential”

The Olympus E-M10 is collecting great feedbacks every week! First Dpreview said it’s “truly an impressive camera” than DxO said it’s a “mini marvel” and now the camera earned an “Essential!” mark at Photographyblog (Click here):

Commendably the E-M10 is as solidly-built and stunningly designed as its more expensive brothers – the only real concession to price is the lack of weather-sealing, something that many users at this level won’t miss anyway, especially as the camera’s buttons are subsequently a little easier to press. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is cheaper than the E-M5/E-M1 and most of its similarly-specified rivals too, making it a real bargain that importantly makes very few concessions to hit that very tempting price-point. Essential!

Store links for US and Europe:
Special page with all new products at Amazon.
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
Olympus SP-100 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus TG-850 iHS at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus ECG-1 Black Camera Grip for E-M10 at Amazon, Adorama.
Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens at Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex Uk.
Olympus V321200BW000 Macro Converter MCON-P02 (Black) at Amazon,

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