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October 14, 2014
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(FT4) Panasonic AF100/101 successor coming at NAB 2015.

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I guess most of you already forgot there is also a Micro Four Thirds camcorder line from Panasonic :) Well, according to two anonymous sources there will be a new AG-AF camcorder in 2015. One of them said it’s likely to come at NAB 2015 and replace the current AG-AF100/101. Pretty obvious that this new camera will have 4K recording. Other features are yet unknown…


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October 13, 2014
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Panasonic confirms RAW recording could come on the GH4 via firmware upgrade!

A month ago I told you that a trusted sources said Panasonic would add 4K RAW recording on external devices on a future GH4 firmware upgrade. Well, our source was right as this has been confirmed by two companies:

1) Atomos confirmed via Twitter that they will update their Atomos Shogun (Here at BH) (which will also be able to record 4K 444).

2) Panasonic said raw output from the GH4 could come with a future firmware upgrade as soon as external recorders will allow this (Source: EosHD).

Sounds great!!!

UPDATE: GH4 is not able to output 4:4:4 so Atomos 4K 4:4:4 feature can only be used by future new 4K cameras.

October 9, 2014
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Quite cool Panasonic patent discloses a variable focal length optical viewfinder! Attacks last DSLR “advantage”.

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One of the remaining BIG advantages of DSLR camera over Mirrorless cameras is that you can frame your images through an optical viewfinder. It’s simply more “connecting” than watching through an electronic viewfinder. Well, it looks like Panasonic will soon eliminate that last DSLR advantage!

The image on top is quite complex but the idea behind it is simple: Panasonic patented an optical viewfinder which actually changes focal length in sync with any Micro Four Thirds lens! For example the optical viewfinder shows an 20mm focal length when you sue it along the 20mm pancake or 42,5mm focal length when you use the Leica Nocticron. And it obvisouly would also sync with any zoom lens too! It would become the first universal useable and variable optical viewfinder for any current digital mirrorless system. And it basically woudl do a similar job of an Optical viewfinder you usually have on a DSLR:

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Like you see th optical viewfinder zooms into the subject just like a real zoom lens. The official technical presentation from Panasonic says:

An optical viewfinder is configured to be attached to a camera body with an interchangeable lens. The optical viewfinder includes: a Keplerian viewfinder optical system 301 including a scalable objective lens group 330; a stepping motor 305 configured to drive the objective lens group 330 along an optical axis; and a control circuit configured to control driving of the stepping motor 305 based on a result of detection by a PI 306. When a variable focal length lens (an interchangeable lens) is attached to a camera body, the control circuit controls driving of the stepping motor 305 in accordance with a focal length of the variable focal length lens and displays at least a photographing frame on an EVF panel 307.

I love that!

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September 30, 2014
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How should the E-M5 successor be to make you buy it?

Last week Olympus confirmed the E-M5 successor is “coming soon”. I think it’s going to be tricky for Olympus to position it “right”. Of course it should be better than the E-M5 and more advanced than the E-M10. But can/should it be better than the E-M1 flagship?

Let us know dear readers what you would like to see on the new E-M6! I want a 4 million dot EVF, new 3 layer sensor, faster AF in low light…

P.S.: I will collect your suggestion and features list and sum them up in a POLL to be posted the coming days. Will be nice to see what 43rumors leader want!

September 26, 2014
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(FT3) New Olympus Mechanical shutter will do 1/16,000 (and electronic for 1/32,000)

An anonymous source told us Olympus next MFT camera will have a mechanical shutter that will do 1/16000. And there is also an Electronic shutter for 1/32000. Sounds like this could find his way in the new E-M5!


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