(FT5) Picture of Kurt Russel with the new G4K! And new info about the video specs…

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Image courtesy: Defy on Facebook. (Thanks David Peterson for sharing the link.)

The image on top shows Kurt Russel with the new Panasonic G4K camera! I guess that’s a set of a commercial for the new camera :)

I also got some more info about the video specs of the camera:
1) It will have a quad core processor.
2) Sensor reading is 50% faster then GH3 so much less rolling shutter.
3) maximum bitrate of 200Mbps ALI and 100Mbps IPB
4) 4K, you will have MOV + MP4 only.
5) In 1080p you will also have AVCHD.
6) The camera will have focus peaking and the user will be able to change the color. Focus Peaking will also work from smartphone through wifi.
7) Focusing will be faster and have more AF points (compared to GH3).

An anonymous and nice ;) source sent me the following info too:  I am not 100% sure about this, but I was told the G4K will have an optional attachment and as I was told it will have XLR as well as dual 3G SDI output. Panasonic wants to position this to serious film makers.

Thanks!


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Panasonic financial report: “Operating Profit Increased Significantly”.

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Panasonic issued their latest financial report (PDF download here). And the good news is that “Operating Profit Increased Significantly”.  Bloomberg reports:

Net income rose 20 percent to 73.7 billion yen ($730 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, the Osaka-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. That beat the 44 billion-yen average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

The reason why Panasonic did so well is because they did cut investments in unprofitable businesses (like Plasma TV) and started a huge restructuring program. Panasonic is particularly doing well in the car supplying industry. There is no info in their report about the camera business. The only major camera related news is that Panasonic announced the reorganization of the Semiconductor Business and Transfer of Shares of Subsidiaries regarding Overseas Factories (PDF here).

Good news for the company while it remains a bit of a mystery what will happen with the camera business. Panasonic said many times they now want to focus on the more professional market. And the G4K is exactly going into that direction.

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All Panasonic and Olympus US deals roundup (combo rebates also valid on the new E-M10).

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Yesterday Olympus and Panasonic launched their new US deals. The Olympus camera/lens combo deals are also valid for the new E-M10:

Buy a Qualifying Olympus Compact System Camera and Save $200 on Select Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here).
Save $200 on Select Panasonic Lenses with the Purchase of a Qualifying Panasonic Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

$50 off on the Panasonic GM1 (Black or Orange kit) at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus XZ-2 for $299 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus XZ-10 for $199 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Full deal page overview at Amazon and GetOlympus.

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(FT5) G 4K has focus peaking, no AVCHD,

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Image courtesy: Photographybay.

I got some G4K info from different sources:

– G4K has focus peaking
– There is an attachable XLR adapter
– H264 codec all intra that give 422 color all intra in 100 mbps. To record this you will need to buy the new P2 Micro card in SD shape made by Panasonic (see image on top)
– it will be switch-able from 4K and 1080P with various frame rates (can shoot 120fps at 1080P for example)

Announcement on Friday Feb 7 at 4-5am London time. As usual follow the event live on 43rumors !


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(UPDATED) Mirrorless sales strong in Asia. Compact camera sales constant!

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Vitaly from Personal View made this nice graph based on the shipped camera data shared by japanese companies. The graph on top shows how mirrorless system camera shipments are constantly growing in Asia while they remain weak in EU and North America. And the graph below shows how compact camera shipments are always on the same level. The truth is system cameras shipment decreased over the last two years.

And as you can see mirrorless system cameras do sell well in Asia:

I will leave any comment up to the experts visiting this site :)

 

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