(FT4) One more E-M1 firmware upgrade info…

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We got more info about the mysterious 4K firmware upgrade. As you know it’s yet not 100% sure if that 4K fw upgrade is coming on Monday or maybe with a later fw update. But we got the image of the E-m1 4K menu on top that consolidates our hopes! And here are some more info that make will make you jump off the chair:

FW 2.0 new features:
Higher Bitrate (similar to the GH4, also for the 1080p too)
4K + the usual FullHD, HD recording mode
Slow motion mode at 240fps and 120fps
New codec (Panasonic patent, AVC-I-U)
Framerate control (24p,25p,30p,50p,60p, including the slow motion one)
Updated ColourCreator
FullHD 4:2:2 in MJPEG mode too
Uncompressed HDMI with 4K support
More manual control during recording mode
Better mic control
UHS-2  support (improvement of the UHS support)
Improvement of the Wifi control (including a live control)
A lot of picture improvement and art filter update (composite, etc…)


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(FT4) Panasonic will display a smarthphone-photocamera hybrid device at Photokina.

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Image of one of the current Panaosnic smartphones (not form the yet rumored hybrid cam).

This is no a Micro Four Thirds news but as you know the smartphone market is eating up the compact camera segment and Panasonic apparently wants to merge the two kind of devices into one. I have heard that Panasonic will “display” a sort of high end smartphone-photo hybrid camera. I have no specs about the sensor and lens used ut the goal of that device is to deliver very high image quality on smartphones. It should be something like the Samsung Galaxy Camera (here on eBay) which has a Cmos 1/2.3″ sensor size and 21x optical zoom. I see success only if Panasonic manages to use a larger sensor inside it (1 inch?). I know I am dreaming :)


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First video taken with the new Panasonic Varicam 35 4K.

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Varicam 35: First Look from Varicam on Vimeo.

Short break from MFT rumors to show you one video sample taken with the new Panasonic’s 4K VariCam 35. It’s not a FT camera but it shows you the quality of the 4K footage. It may be that one day we can have that 14-stops quality on a GH5…or not? :)

Thanks Irfin and David (via Newsshooter).

P.S.: New Panasonic’s 4K VariCam 35 specs:
4096 x 2160 Super 35mm CMOS sensor
14+ Stops
Internal 4K – 120fps
UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K-RAW
Two XLR inputs.

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Two technical notes: Site loading issue and facebook photo sharing.

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Short technical note:

1) The site sometimes doesn’t load well or not at all. It’s Photokina time and therefore server has some issues :(  Please just reload the site again to see 43rumors again. Thanks!

2) Facebook mysteriously removed the possibility to share pictures on 43rumors account. I still don’t know why they did this but I will try to fix this or find another way to let readers share their pictures.

Thanks!

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GX7 (with free extras) now sells for $615.

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The GM5 is coming and the GX7 price is dropping. You can grab it for $615 at 6ave eBay (Click here). Doesn’t mean the GM5 replaces the GX7. I still hope they will make a GX8 in 2015 :)

Panasonic extended the rebates on the GH3, GX7 and G6:
$300 off on the Panasonic GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here)and BHphoto (with 4% reward).
$300 off on the Panasonic GX7 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Panasonic G6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (with free SanDisk 32GB).

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