UPDATED: New Panasonic GH2 review at Letsgodigital (and first HDMI captured video!)

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The video has been made with the GH2 using the Blackmagic HDMI capture.

Letsgodigital reviewed the Panasonic GH2: “Panasonic is creating a point of reference with the GH2 with which the competition can measure itself. Panasonic’s years of video experience are clearly visible and is very effectively integrated into an existing concept.” The camera gains the “Excellent” rating with 84%.

P.S.: You can download a few RAW image samples at megaupload (dpreview forum)

P.P.S.: A 43rumors readers is selling his Apollo High Speed Lens 25mm F/0.85 lens on eBay.

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  • Until the person who shot this “GH2 HDMI” footage on Vimeo provides more information about how this clip was shot, I remain hopeful but skeptical.

    I say it’s _allegedly_ GH2 live HDMI video captured using a BlackMagic card. I hope I’m wrong, but I think this sort of video clip could be faked relatively easily.

    Before believing this video clip is the real deal, I’d prefer this person had a good track record on Vimeo (they’ve only posted this one video with that particular Vimeo account name), or even if they would just post a few words describing how they did it (more than 24 hours later, they’ve posted nothing, not even a descriptive title or follow-up comment), and perhaps a snapshot of their set-up, or a BTS video … but there’s none of that.

    So, again, I really, really hope I’m wrong about this video, but without more information I’m trying not to get too excited about it. “Trust, but verify.” :-)

    This clip is also being discussed here:
    http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?230550-GH2-HDMI-captured-footage

    • For an example of a well-done GH2 video performance camera test (which the author even went so far to get out of his sick bed to perform!), check out my friend Hunter Richards recent post on DVXuser:
      http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?230620-GH2-Tests-(with-a-gh13-perspective)

      Now that’s what I’m talking about! :-)

      Note: Hunter’s tests thus far primarily concern GH2 vs. hacked GH1 video performance and don’t delve too deeply into GH2 live HDMI capture, but he does report his initial findings concerning the latter, pending further tests. Good stuff!

  • Chris K.

    Any details on the c-mount lens? I can’t find anything on the forum.

  • Louis Ferreira

    The GH2 body is up for preorder on panasonic’s website.

  • Chris is asking about the Apollo lens. I found some shots taken with it at a basketball game, looks good but not much better than other TV/16mm 25mm f/0.95 lenses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34474996@N04/tags/apollo/

    • Chris K.

      Was curious if anyone knew anything about the particular lens being sold on eBay (since the post said “a 43rumors reader”, I was wondering if the “reader” posted on forums or comments or what defines him/her as a “reader”).

      FYI, I asked the seller and he said, “I am sorry I can not. I don’t have anything to mount it to. There are some pics out of flickr. I shoot Nikon DX :)”

      Yeah Flickr has a couple shots through one of these Apollo f/0.85 lenses on a m43 camera and they look pretty good, but not “$250+ for a used lens from a seller who never shot with it” good…

  • blackeye

    Peter – WOW that was a really great test by Hunter Richards. That makes me very very excited, even though the uncompressed HDMI out to a recorder might not be in the cards for this version. Possible firmware update?

  • Chrigi

    Video is very stu-stu-stuttery. Like 10 fps. Not fluid at all. Anybody else get this?

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