(FT3) No GH1 successor until Photokina in September?


I am receiving more and more rumors confirming the Panasonic GH1 successor will not appear soon. Most of my sources do say a GH2 announcement is very likely planned for Photokina in September.

I know that’s bad news but I suspect the new Panasonic G1 successor will come with new video recording capabilities.

Don’t worry to much I also have some small good news for you!

The Panasonic TM700

Panasonic has ignored the CES stage as to now leave a month later, a fat cat out of the bag: The new consumer-top models with three image sensors (HDC-SD707, HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700) will offer a true 1080p50 recording mode.
And what’s really interesting is the data rate of 28 Mbit! But how does this fit 1080p50 in the AVCHD standard? The AVCHD standard data rate is 17 or 24 Mbit. We didn’t get the answer.

Anyway a future Panasonic GH2 camera with 1080p60/50 and 28 Mbit data rate would be definitely an amazing camera which will probably be a worthy (if not more) competitor of the new Canon Rebel T2i video capabilities!

  • divide

    ow .. :/

    Problem is this camcorder can’t replace a GH2 with a tiny 1/4″ sensor :/

    Really looking forward G2 now !

  • stephane

    The 28 Mbit use a proprietary H264 format as indicated on her web site :


  • Tom

    Also… I understand what you are saying about the data rate and how it is good on paper, but to say it will “definitely beat the new Canon Rebel T2i”, seems to embrace this techy fascination with specs and not real world results. It would be more fair to leave that assessment to real world and lab environment tests. I am excited to hear about the 28Mbit info too, though. GH2 with this capability sounds fantastic (and L1 style body).

  • fuujin

    1080p at 50 or 60fps needs more than 28mbps, at least in the way that the codec is being used in the GH1.

    Long GOP sucks, I want intraframe compression. Even MJPEG @ 720p 24fps with high bitrate would be better than a bad AVCHD@28 with poor implementation.

  • Tom

    Agreed… Panny needs to stop straddling the line here. AVCHD is great for casual shooters who want to archive some home video or send to YouTube, but for enthusiasts who are looking for higher performance, some sort of RAW, high rate MJPEG, or MPEG is desired. Quite trying to force a consumerish AVCHD onto a camera that is supposedly aiming for a higher end user base. If we must stick with AVCHD, it can look good, but needs B-frame support and 24p (23.976). Why are people enamored with 50/60p?

  • fuujin

    50/60 fps is cool for slow motion. But I’m more interested in a good MJPEG implementation at 720p 24fps, than a muddy AVCHD 1080p 50/60p 28mbps

  • Eric

    Seems odd too keep both the G1 series and the GH1 series ( thought they were the same series) since they are virtually identical sans-video…and there’s no way Panasonic will release a G2 without video.

  • Interesting that the camera has 3 “MOS” sensors. Does this indicate that a still camera might use a 3-sensor approach?

  • kesztió

    I’m not interested in GH2’s video capabilities at all. Even 640×480 would be more than enough for me. The only thing I expect from a new panasonic MFT is the newly developed sensor which claims to gain 1 stop in noise and dynamic range.

    The bad thing is that – unlike GH2 – The G1 successor will be shipped with the “old” GH1 sensor (as far as I’ve heared about). If the G2 also got the new sensor I would be happy wit it…

  • adessio

    i don’t think it’s necessary to increase the data rate because with the support to SDXC MPEG files can be bigger than 2gb

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