“Chinese” G5 and G6 battery grip

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An anonymous source sent me these images of a new “Chinese” G5 and G& battery grip. I don’t know where you can buy this. Installation guide showing how to install the battery grip on a Panasonic Lumix G5 camera can be found at Youku.com.

Let me know if you know where you can buy this! Thanks!

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The Leica branded and Panasonic built mirrorless camera will be announced on April 24.

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Over at MirrorlessRumors I posted a new rumor about the new Leica mirrorless system launch on April 24.. The reason why this could be interesting for us MFT camera owner is that Panasonic will produce camera and zoom lenses for Leica! Obviously the design and logo will be from Leica. But it will be interesting to see if one day Panasonic will join the system with their own Panasonic branded camera. We don’t know yet for sure if this will be an APS-C or FF sensor system. All I know is that it is certainly not a MFT camera :(

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UPDATED: The new 35-100mm compact zoom will not have a f/2.8 constant aperture!

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Mockup 35-100mm lens without aperture marks (Image courtesy: ePhotozine).

 

Marc Baber (Panasonic) said in an interview (youtubevideo below at 8.30) that the compact 35-100mm lens that will come later this year has a constant f/2.8 aperture just like the 35-100mm X Panasonic lens.

One of my very trusted sources (Thanks!) said that Marc Baber made a mistake. The lens will not have a constant f/2.8 aperture. Probably Marc was caught in a moment full of stress and made that error. Obviously we understand Marc had a busy time so don’t worry :)

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Special E-M5 and 12-40mm shipping from today. New Panasonic Gold SD cards.

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The special new E-M5 and 12-40mm kit will start to ship worldwide from today (Source: DC.watch).

And Panasonic launchedGold Series SDUC Card which are suitable for 4K video. Here is the Press Text:

Panasonic Announces SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Card

Today, Panasonic is introducing new SDXC and SDHC UHS-I cards, the Gold Series “SDUC”, complying with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and suitable for 4K video recording. UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) is the standard announced in November last year by the SD Association responsible for establishing an SD card standard to respond to market needs for 4K video, defining a new Speed Class that guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s.

The Gold Series “SDUC” introduced by Panasonic can provide this UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and is capable of stable and continuous real-time video recording at a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (240 Mbps). It can be used not only for unlimited 4K video recording in MOV/MP4 format, but is also capable of ultra high bitrate video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) for enabling smooth and beautiful high-quality video without the dropouts caused by an insufficient writing speed.

With products not compatible with UHS Speed Class 3, the Gold Series cards are compliant with UHS Speed Class 1 or Speed Class 10 with a constant minimum writing speed of 10 MB/s (80 Mbps). The stable writing performance ensures highly reliable recording of low bit-rate 4K videos as well as Full HD and standard videos. Further, the Gold Series cards are a perfect match for the New LUMIX-G “DMC-GH4”, which is capable of providing awesome video quality for unlimited expressiveness.

The other features of the Gold Series “SDUC” are shown below.

1. Ultra High Speed Transfer – – With UHS-I Bus Interface

The Gold Series can work with the UHS-I bus interface, which is capable of ultra high-speed read/write operations. When used with a UHS-I compliant product, the card can have a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speed of 45MB/s*1. The high-speed read capability enables a smooth transfer from the SD card to a PC or tablet as well as quick preview on such products, while the high-speed writing capability is ideal for photo burst shooting by a D-SLR or D-SLM camera.

2. Tough and Long Lasting

The Gold Series offers long lasting data retention thanks to MLC flash memory, which is suitable for repetitive writing and offers long lasting data retention. The Gold Series is also equipped with the Proof 7 feature (water-, shock-, magnet-, X-ray-, electrostatic-, temperature-proof, and built-in fuse) to withstand severe conditions like those seen during heavy field use. Even if the internal destruction of the card occurs, the built-in fuse prevents it from overheating or igniting.

The new Gold Series “SDUC” cards will be available in memory capacities of 64 GB, 32 GB and 16 GB.

*1- Under UHS-I bus interface. The speed shown in the table above is not possible with a non-compliant UHS-I device. In that case, high speed mode or default mode is implemented. The actual speed depends on devices and conditions.

*2- Both the Speed Class and UHS Speed Class can only be implemented with Speed Class / UHS Speed Class compliant products.

*3- The SDXC memory card can be used with products that comply with SDXC, and the SDHC memory card can be used with products that comply with both SDHC and SDXC.

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