April 8, 2014
Posted in news

First pictures and specs of the first JVC 4K Micro Four Thirds Camera!


Image courtesy: Dvinfo.

What you see here on top is the JVC GY-LSX2 Micro Four Thirds camera! Dvinfo and Dpreview posted some images of the camera. The camera records 4K at 24 and 30p on SDHC/SDXC media. And it can simultaneously record and stream. The ‘Super 35′ 4k-capable sensor is made by Altasens. It has 13,6 MP and a size of 22,6x17mm (Code: AL41410C)

There is no info about the price yet but rumors has it that it will be around $15,000!

also via Cinescopophilia.

April 7, 2014
Posted in news

Blackmagic announces the new “Studio Camera” and features an active MFT lens mount!

Blackmagic just announced the first ever Micro Four Thirds Studio Camera! It features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount (active means you can also use autofocus). There will be two camera versions: HD and a 4K Studio camera. You can preorder them already:
HD studio camera at Adorama (Click here).
4K studio camera at Adorama (Click here).

You can read all the info at blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicstudiocamera

They also announced the URSA camera. It doesn’t have an MFT mount but it has a very unique concept with an interchangeable sensor and mount! You can see it here: blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursa

P.S.: BHphoto (Click here) launched many new NABshow special deals.

April 7, 2014
Posted in news

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

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.

April 7, 2014
Posted in news

JVC joins the MFT system and will show new MFT 4K camera soon!

JVC (news via Olympus Japan) officially joined Micro Four Thirds! And they also said they will show a new 4K camera (with MFT mount) at the NABshow in Las Vegas! Info at jvckenwood.co.jp. There are no images or specs of the camera yet! Let me know if you can find them…thanks :)

This is again a great new for the MFT system!!!

April 7, 2014
Posted in reviews

New GH4 image/video samples!

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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