Q&A with Panasonic at Popco: “24MP is the maximum we could reach now” and “We’re not considering going FF”.

A 43rumors reader sent me this (Thanks!):

There is a person who claims himself had an interview with an employee from Panasonic HQ while he’s on his photo trips in Japan.(That’s how I got from his post) I’m not sure about this, anyhow it seems the OP had attended some kinda customers meeting by Panasonic. He refers the interviewee is occupied in video department.
So here’s the Q&As with him at Popco (translated by the 43rumors reader):

Q: Any possibility for multi-aspect again?
A: We didn’t gave the multi-aspect up yet. That said, we’re considering it with the market flows.

Q: Did GM line go away?
A: In Europe we’re successful with GH, G and GX, while we’re most profitable with GF in Asia. GM sales didn’t came up to our expectations, so we’re adjusting the timing for release.

Q: Is it possible to improve AF performance on 4K/30p technologically?
A: It’s possible.

Q: Then is it possible as well on GX8, G7 via firmware upgrade?
A: We’re considering. As processor-image processing engine- allows we’ll find the way out.

Q: What’s going on the organic sensors?
A: We’re on the way of development. That’s all I know for now, and I hope the sensor to come in M4/3 as well.

Q: UHD goes to 8K in the end. Can we have the 8K on M4/3 sensors?
A: Personally I expect the M4/3 sensor allows 24MP at maximum. I doubt if M4/3 sensor could offer more than that MPs considering pixel density matter.

Q: Then we should have an organic sensor as a prior condition for 8K, right?
A: (Smiling)I think so. Yet I have nothing to say about organic sensors.

Q: How about GH5?
A: My apologies, but I’m not allowed to tell anything of it. We’re on the development.

Q: Would FF ever comes from Panasonic?
A: We’re not considering FF. The beauty of M4/3 is its compactness and we’re maximizing its value in that regard.

Q: Any comments for tiny grainy noises?
A: It’s all about sensor density, so I can’t say if it would get improvements soon. We’re taking it into our account as well.

The above is what OP presented. I found some additional informations on comments section. It looks like from another participant of the (same) meeting.

Q: Does panasonic have any plan for retro-designed cameras like X100 or PEN-F?
A: We don’t.

Q: Would every forthcoming cameras have 4K? If they would, then do they have same 4K features?
A: I expect they’ll do have 4K all, yet I’m not sure if their features and performance would be same.

Q: Could existing models like GF7 acquire 4K via firmware update?
A: I doubt it Processor-wise.

What’s coming next: Leica 12mm lens, Olympus E-PL8 and Olympus action camera

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This is what we are going to get soon from Panasonic and Olympus:
1) Panasonic will soon announce the new 12mm Leica lens
2) Olympus will announce the new E-PL8 leaked weeks ago
3) Olympus will also announce their first action camera

The big stuff like the GH5 and E-M1II will be announced during the second half of this year!

(FT5) New image of the Black GX80. And full spec list.

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THe image above shows the Black GX80 and here are the full specs google translated from the Japanese:

– 16 million pixels sensor
– No low-pass filter (resolving power is 10% improved)
– Ultrasonic Dust Reduction
– 5-axis camera shake correction (sensor shift method). Dual camera shake correction of the 2-axis camera shake correction in the lens
– Camera shake correction operation is also in the video
– Video is 4K / 30p 100Mbps. Full HD / 60p 28Mbps
– Recording time: when the rear monitor used in the 4K / 30p is about 80 minutes. EVF when using about 70 minutes
– Wi-Fi built-in
– EVF is 2.76 million dots. Magnification 1.39x (35mm equivalent 0.7x). Eye point is 17.5mm
– Eye sensor
– AF the contrast AF. DFD technology adoption
– 1728 zone multi-pattern metering (EV0-18)
– ISO200-25600 (extension ISO100)
– Shutter speed is 60 seconds -1/4000 seconds. Electronic shutter 1 sec -1/16000 seconds
– Synchro speed is 1/160 seconds
– In the camera RAW development
– LCD monitor three inches 1.04 million dots. Tilting. Touch panel
– Continuous (mechanical shutter): 8 frames / sec in the AFS, 6 frames / second in the AFC
– Continuous (electronic shutter): AFS at 10 frames / second, 6 frames second in the AFC
– The number of pictures on the 13 copies in RAW, more than 100 sheets in the JPEG (depending on the card speed and image size)
– 4K Photo mode, 4K burst, 4K pre-burst
– 4K post focus mode
– Built-in flash. Guide number 4.2 (ISO100)
– USB terminal. HDMI terminal (type D). External microphone terminal
– 290 sheets battery life in the time of monitor use. EVF 270 sheets at the time of use
– The size of 122 x 70.6 x 43.9mm
– It weighs 426 grams (SD card, with battery). 383 g (body only)

 

via Digicameinfo.

(FT5) Panasonic GX80 and 12mm lens announcement on April 5

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According to two of our sources Panasonic Japan scheduled a press event for April 5. It’s highly likely they will announce a new entry level GX80 camera with integrated viewfinder and the new Leica 12mm lens.

The GX80 specs are:
– 16MP sensor
– About 10% improvement in resolving power by getting rid of the low pass filter
– New Venus engine
– 4K video, 4K Photo
– 5-axis camera shake correction (on sensor+lens)
– AF 0.07 seconds. DFD technology
– 4K post focus (focus Select)
– 2.764 million dot EVF. Magnification 1.39x (35mm equivalent 0.7-fold)
– 3.0 inches 1.04 million dot LCD monitor. Tilting. 80 degrees upward and 45 degrees tilt down
– Wi-Fi built-in
– Creative style. 22 types of filters. New Monochrome mode.


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(FT5) Leaked! First images of the new Panasonic GX80!

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Those ar ethe first images of the new Panasonic GX80 that will be announced next week! And the specs are:

– 16MP sensor
– About 10% improvement in resolving power by getting rid of the low pass filter
– New Venus engine
– 4K video, 4K Photo
– 5-axis camera shake correction (on sensor+lens)
– AF 0.07 seconds. DFD technology
– 4K post focus (focus Select)
– 2.764 million dot EVF. Magnification 1.39x (35mm equivalent 0.7-fold)
– 3.0 inches 1.04 million dot LCD monitor. Tilting. 80 degrees upward and 45 degrees tilt down
– Wi-Fi built-in
– Creative style. 22 types of filters. New Monochrome mode.

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