New firmware update for the Blackmagic MFT camera coming soon.

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Blackmagic announced ont heir forum that they will release a new firmware update for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (here on BH) and Pocket Cinema Camera (here on BH).

Hi,
I know there are some concerns that we are no longer supporting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Pocket Cinema Camera. I just want to assure you that this is not the case.
Let me give you some background information about the development and why it is taking longer than expected.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was our very first foray into cameras and since then, we have shipped 3 more cameras, the Pocket Cinema Camera, Production 4K and the Studio Camera.

The original 2.5K camera had fundamental architectural differences in firmware compared to the other cameras which doubled the effort when trying to do any bug fixes or add new features to the cameras. As such, we knew we had to re-architect the firmware so as to bring it up to speed with the current cameras. This is not simple and taking longer than we thought. However, we are close now, close enough that beta versions have been seeded to some users for the past few months.

We should be able to see an update, as I’d mentioned in my post, to the 2.5K camera and Pocket Cinema Camera soon with the features below:
1. New debayering for shooting directly to ProRes or DNxHD on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and MFT
2. Improved MFT lens support on the Pocket Cinema Camera
3. Compressed RAW support on the Production Camera 4K
4. Autofocus support for EF lenses on Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and Production Camera 4K

What is also in this release are also certain hooks that are required for audio level metering and histogram display. It won’t be visible as yet but will allow us to quickly followup with an update to add these 2 tools we know you guys are asking for.
Let me also answer some other questions I’ve been asked below:
• Formatting of media
Yes, we want to do this. A large part of the work has been completed so I don’t believe this will be a big effort to implement. However, it is very unlikely that we will support deleting of clips directly in camera due to the risk of media fragmentation.
• Time Remaining indicator
Yes, this is going to happen. It’s probably in the next update or an update after.
• Black Sun effect
This is a fundamental characteristic of CMOS sensors. Some sensors have additional circuitry to try and overcome this and this was available in the Pocket Cinema Camera. Unfortunately, it is not in the 2.5K sensor. Also, black sun correct circuitry is also not an on/off switch and with some sensors, it may result in other unwanted artefacts so we have to be really careful about it. Another method of overcoming the black sun effect is via image processing after the image has been acquired and passed on from the sensor. This is basically running an algorithm to try and detect what looks like the black sun and just clipping the black areas. Again, this could result in false positives and if you have a pattern in the image that is similar to the black sun, it could mistakenly be “corrected” as well. As you can see, this is a tricky situation. We are not ignoring it, but working to see what is the best way to address this.

I hope this gives you more information about what we’re currently up to. I’m tempted to keep this thread locked as it tends to go off topic but I’ll leave it open for now. Please try and keep on topic.
Thanks

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Full list of current Panasonic US lens savings.

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$80.00 off on the Black Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$80.00 off on the Silver Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$200.00 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 45-175mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward) and Bhphoto (and 4% reward).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).

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New GH4 review by Akihabara. Philip Bloom prefers it over the Sony A7s.

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Early bird sunrise [Lumix GH4 anamorphic 4K] from Martin Wallgren on Vimeo.

Martin Wallgren (video on top): “A short cinematic piece shot with a pre-production GH4 and vintage Sankor 16C 2X anamorphic adapter on OM 50/1.8 lens. Shot in 4K DCI and edited in a 1080p timeline in FCPX, I wanted to see how the 2X anamorphic held up in terms of sharpness with all the detail in the 4K footage. Really pleased with the results. Ungraded footage! Enjoy!

GH4 review at Akihabaranews:

“Panasonic has (arguably once again) done what no other camera manufacturer seems keen to do, and they’ve delivered an easy to use, madly capable true hybrid photography camera that can go toe to toe with specialist systems in both stills and video. On top of that, the GH4 delivers quality at a price point that makes the more traditional, expensive products that are associated with ‘professionals’ seem like a complete waste of money for all but the smallest minority who truly need that extra performance.”

Philip Bloom about the new Sony A7s:

It’s just a real shame there is no internal 4K recording…now that would be mind-blowing . That means the camera with a sensor half the size of this, the Panny GH4 stills has the edge on 4K recording over it due to it’s ability to record internally. With a Metabones speed booster (still no EF mount) you can make that sensor give you a field of view not far off S35/ APS-C.

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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