April 10, 2014
Posted in reviews

Amarcord: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5

Image courtesy: Tanaka.

Unlike Olympus Panasonic has no history of film cameras. Their first cameras were the digital DMC-LC5 and DMC-F7 released in 2001. The LC5 was (or is) a very nice camera with fixed lens while the DMC-F7 were particularly ugly (to see here on that eBay auction). But the real unique features of both cameras were the fact that they used a Leica designed lens. At that time Leica was in huge crisis and maybe Panasonic should have bought Leica :)

The LC-5 had a 3,8 Million Megapixel CCD sensors, a rangefinder look and a built-in optical viewfinder. The major drawback from the camera was that it could take only 1 image every 6 seconds because of the slow processor. Anyway, what you will notice is that the LC5 has the one elegant style that Panasonic keeps reproducing on modern digital cameras. And it may be that the future GX2 or high end compact cameras will look even more like the LC5.

You can read two reviews at DCresource and Steve Digicams. Great camera!

DMC-LC5 auctions on eBay (Click here).

April 10, 2014
Posted in reviews

GH4 tested at DxOmark: Becomes best ranked MFT camera!

DxOmark (Click here) tested the GH4 sensor performance and it becomes the best rated Micro Four Thirds camera yet although it beats the E-M1 by 1 point margin only. DxO writes:

The sensor performance is on a par with the highly regarded Olympus OM-D E-M1 and is competitive when viewed against rivals using APS-C size sensors. Sony has yet to revise the aging NEX-7 though the new full-frame Sony A7s looks as though the firm is tempted to build more video-centric models. However, for the time being at least the hybrid GH4 looks like a formidable contender for both stills and video users.

More GH4 tests:
First Lab Shots now posted at Imaging Resource.
GH4 with Nocticron image samples at Cameras.reviewed.
Panasonic Lumix GH4: Product Overview – Adorama Photography TV (Youtube).
B&W from a GH4 4K Stream (Outbackphoto).

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 10, 2014
Posted in deals

Save $300 on the E-M1 with 12-40mm lens kit.

The following deal will be sold out soon: CameraLand sells two E-m1 with 12-40mm lens kits for $1,899 only via eBay US (Click here).

One more thing: GH4 DxOmark results will be published today. What’s your guess…will it beat the E-M1?

April 10, 2014
Posted in news

First APP to create 2K 4:4:4 from your GH4 4K 4:2:0 video!

Thomas Worth created an APP to create 2K 4:4:4 files from your GH4 4K 4:2:0 recorded video (download at EosHD forum). Nick Driftwood resampled his 4K file and this is the result:

Panasonic GH4 C4K to 2K 10-bit Pro Res 444 from Rarevision – improves luminance from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo.

You can download the full 2k 4:4:4 video from Nick on Vimeo. Quite amazing the quality you can get out of the GH4 recorded video!

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 9, 2014
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

New York – A cinematic portrait from luismonteiro on Vimeo.

Video on top by Luis:I wanted to share with you a video I made with the GX7 a while back this year on a trip to New York. It’s my cinematic take on that city and the iconic moments I got to experience.

GH4 test at Colorfoto (German).
Panasonic Noctircon review at Pixelmania.
Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 review at Admiringlight.
Stylus 1 wins CameraGP award (Capacamera).
Transcend UHS-I Class 3 memory cards support 4K video capture (Dpreview).
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Vs Sony Alpha A58 DSLR (ePhotozine).
Win A £50 Olympus Voucher (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. Review at ShotSlot.

Sol:I put together a mini crash-course on what makes the Panasonic GH4 so exciting: Why you should be excited about the Panasonic GH4 (http://suggestionofmotion.com/blog/panasonic-gh4-top-features/)

Nikola:This is just a quick email to see if you are interested in posting my user video review of the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2 lens http://youtu.be/bRiONP7SM3k

Bishakh:These environmental portraits are not natural. But they aren’t artificial either. Olympus OMD E-M5 ‘s colour reproduction makes them heavenly! (Samudranil).

Skog Redd:Norwegian Spring Impressions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SinkxH6Aiw

Romeo:Nothing beats Olympus colors. After an experience with Nikon D300 + D700 and Sony NEX-7 + A7r, now since a few months I use two bodies Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED + Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED. Result: small is beautiful. http://www.romeocolombo.com/Sony7andOlympus5

 

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