First competition for the GH4 has been announced. Sony A7s.

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The first real competition for the Panasonic GH4 has been announced. And it’s hard to say if it’s a real challenger. First of all Sony didn’t unveil any pricing. From a tech point of view these are also very different cameras. For example the Sony A7s cannot record 4K internally on SD cards (the GH4 can do that). And Sony also doesn’t offer something like Panasonic’s handy YAGH interface (Sony says you have to buy a third party external 4K recorder). And the A7s uses the same slow focusing system of the A7-A7r camera which are by miles behind the GH4 speedy, reliable and video optimized af. There is also little info about the software. Overall it looks more like an A7 camera with 4K added feature rather than e specifically designed hybrid camera. The big plus of the A7s is that it doesn’t use any pixel binning and from a pure photography point of view it’s curious to get back to 12 Megapixels which on a Full Frame camera like that should deliver impressive IQ (ISO goes up to 409,600).

But like I said, it’s too early to get an idea about the A7s. it will be also interesting to see the specs of the new JVC 4K MFT camera.

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.

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New GH4 image/video samples!

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GH4 CineD Vs Cine V from Sherif Mokbel on Vimeo.

Time to make a new GH4 samples roundup. Interesting to notice that firmware is still at 0.4. In one month from now the camera will ship and it will be nice to see what improvements they can bring till there.

The video on top shows you the performance of the GH4 with the latest 0.5 firmware. And if you are interested in seeing still images watch these GH4 image samples by Wasabi on Flickr (Click here) and Reality Scanner also on Flickr (Click here). And Lightweaver sent me the following message “If you are interested, I just posted on my long neglected blog, my thoughts on the Panasonic GH4 and its potential impact on markets other then the mostly discussed enthusiast, commercial and entertainment markets.  Feel  free to post the link if you find it interesting. http://lightweaversblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/panasonic-lumix-gh4-more-then-just.html

Panasonic GH4 graded with Arri Alexa profile in Film Convert from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

P.S.: The Gh4 preorders at Amazon are still good and the camera holds the position around place 22th (Click here to see full ranking).

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.

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$80 off on the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens! E-P1 Gold Box deal. Free lens with E-Pm2.

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20mm II:
Panasonic US launched a new deal today: There is a $80 off on the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7II at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and Panasonic store (Click here). The lens comes also with free extras at Cameta (Click here). And there is a 4% reward at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here), In short the lens will cost you $334 only!

E-P1:
And today there is a Gold Box Deal running on the E-P1 kit at Amazon US (Click here).

E-PM2:
Free 40-150mm lens with the E-PM2 kit at Amazon US (Click here).

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Update on the Panasonic-Leica partnership rumor…

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The first Leica T picture appeared and as you know it’s said to be made in partnership with Panasonic (More info at MirrorlessRumors). The camera will cost $3,000 and have an APS-C sensor and T-mount. So it’s not going to compete against the MFT or any other current mirrorless system. What’s still not 100% sure is if the Leica T is made by Panasonic or if Panasonic just makes the electronics and then ships them to Germany so that Leica can assemble them there.

What I am sure yet about is that Panasonic will not join such a system. This is all about selling a red logo on a camera :)

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