September 21, 2010
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Continually updated: Panasonic GH2 official!

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PREORDERS:
Amazon (Click here to preorder now!!!)

WHAT’S HOT!!!:
– Body only option is available!!! +option with 14-42mm or 14-140mm kit lens!
– The 1080i output is derived from 60p or 50p capture, rather than doubled-up from 24p or 25p on the GH1!
– 1080 60i with variable frame rate (80%,160%,200%,300%)!!!
– 24p native option available at 24 Mbps AVCHD
– 40fps mode using electronic shutter mode
– In Germany the price will be 900.- EUR for body-only. With the kit lens (14-42mm) will be about 1000.- EUR and twith the 14-140mm zoom lens about 1550.- EUR. According to Enagdget “The GH2 will ship in black and silver by “early December,” with a body-only model going for $899.95, a 14-42mm bundle going for $999.95 and a 14-140mm bundle for $1,499.95.
– 3CPU In order to achieve high quality processing. Compared to the conventional engine with 2CPU it boasts the power of approximately 1.8 times.
– LVF has 0.71× magnification (1.42 × 0.5)
– It can do 3D

– 3 new lenses: 14mm, 100-300mm and the 3D lens. The 14mm lens will be available late October. The other two by early November.

SPECS and INTERESTING NOTES:
– First preview on DPreview
Akihabara has been the first to report the GH2 press release: “Announced to be sold in Japan later this october, the GH2 comes with a 16.05Mpix Live MOS Censor, direct support of 3D video! Full HD Video recording at 60fps (1080/60i), Video with AF (like on the GH1), SDXC Support, an ISO Speed from 160 to 12800, and an impressive ultra fast AF capable to give you the correct focus in just 0.1sec.“. It also has a 460,000 dot 3-inch wide-view touch panel and 1.5 M dot EVF. 5fps.
– First image samples on Panasonic website: click here and here!
– Special digital zoom in FHD – 2.6x and 3.9x in other modes. Shooting still during video (with evry small video freeze).
– Panasonic will produce 5,000 units per month. Is that enough? :)
– The official Panasonic GH2 page on Panasonic Japan websites

PREVIEWS and HANDS-ON
First preview on DPreview
Test on SystemKameraForum (you need a registration and test is in german!)

KEY DIFFERENCES COMPARED TO THE GH1:
* New sensor with 18.3 million total pixels
* ISO range 160 – 12800 vs 100-6400 form the GH1
* Sensor outpus of 1080p at 60 or 50 fps (GH1 24 or 25 fps)
* Faster sensor read-out promises faster AF and smoother viewfinder image (less tearing)
* Larger EVF (852 x 600 rather than 800 x 600 pixels)
* Touch-sensitive LCD screen
* New, more modern looking menu screens
* G2-style combined AF mode/pattern control on top plate
* Direct movie shooting button moved to top plate from rear of camera
* Control dial moved from front of handgrip to rear of camera
* Dedicated metering and ‘film mode’ buttons replaced by highly customizable Fn buttons
* Q menu button moved from top plate to rear of camera
* New battery (DMW-BLC12E) with fractionally smaller capacity (1200mAh vs 1250mAh)
* Slightly heavier (394g compared to 385g body only)

USER REACTIONS:
GH2 official discussion thread at DVXuser-forum (With the GH1 hacker as moderator!)
E-P1.net

IMAGE SAMPLES:
More images samples on Panasonic.net
On Panasonic website: click here and here!


VIDEO SAMPLES:
Presentation by Panasonic Germany on Youtube
First video samples on Panasonics Japan!
GH2 first look on youtube

PRESS RELEASE:
ThePhoBlographer
Enagdget
Imaging Resource
Letsgodigital
Focus Numerique (french)
Quesabesde (spanish)
Digitalcamerareview
Photoscala.de (german)
Chip.de
The official Panasonic GH2 page on Panasonic Japan websites
Panasonic GH2 japanese press release
[Photokina 2010] Lumix GH2 officially Official! (Akihabara)


LENSES:
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens at DCwatch
Panasonic 12.5mm f/12 3D lens at DC.watch
Panasonic 100-300mm F4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S lens at DC.watch


There is also a zoom lever for the 14-140mm lens

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September 21, 2010
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New Panasonic lenses announced!


Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens at DCwatch
Panasonic 12.5mm f/12 3D lens at DC.watch
Panasonic 100-300mm F4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S lens at DC.watch

And on Panasonic Japan: 14mm, 100-300mm and the 3D lens.

September 21, 2010
Posted in Rumors

More GH2 rumors…

One of our sources tested the High-ISO image quality of the GH2. It was a short test with a pre-production camera and the GH2 firmware he used is version 0.3 only. Like me he was worried about the results because of the higher-resolution sensor. But we have good news folks! Images at 3.200 ISO are full of detail (so no heavy noise reduction). He has taken some pictures indoor and he couldn’t see any artifacts (bandings or other noise issues). Even in dark parts the image loooks good. Yes there is a slightly improvement compared to the Panasonic GH1. Maybe a 1/2 to 1 stop improvement. Anyway, in a few hours we will know more but the “feeling” is that the new Panasonic sensor+image processor does a better job than on the GH1.

One more thing:
Pictures do have 16 Megapixels in 4/3 mode, 15 Megapixels in 3/2 mode and 14 Megapixels. in 16/9 mode.

Few hours left guys and we will se the new GH2, 14mm f/2.5, 100-300mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 3D lens. The GF2 and prime lenses will be announced in 3-4 months. What else can we expect from Panasonic? According to one of our sources there could be a “surprise”. We re not talking about a real product but about a technology. The source can’t tell me anything about that, but he said it “could” be announced today.
Let’s see…

September 20, 2010
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(FT5) The Panasonic GH2 has a 1.56 Milion dots EVF! GH2+14-42mm kit!

According to one of our sources and the moderator from the french Chassimages forum the upcoming Panasonic GH2 will feature a high-resolution 1.56 milion dots EVF (electronic viewfinder). Very likely it will use the Epson Ultimicron (Click here to read the specs).

Source: Chassimages / Google english translation

The GH2 will be sold with the 14-140mm lens or if you preferr you can buy it with the much cheaper 14-42mm kit lens! I don’t know yet if you can have it body only.

Reminder: The GH2 should be announced in few hours (tomorrow morning between 7-9am London time)

September 20, 2010
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UPDATED: Olympus stops the developments of FourThrids lenses! Official Olympus press conference news.

Image courtesy: SystemKameraForum

UPDATE: Quesabesde (google english translation) had a small talk with Miguel Garcia (Marketing Managing Director Olympus Europe). He confirmed that “we are not developing more Four Thirds optics” He also said: “It is true that perhaps the E-5 lacks specifications to some expectations, but you just can not give everything“.

The german website Systemkameraforum followed the Olympus press conference at Photokina.

The most important news:
1) Miguel Garcia (Marketing Managing Director Olympus Europe) said the focus is on MicroFourThirds
2) the Olympus E-5 is NOT the last Olympus FourThirds camera
3) There will be a professional MicroFourThirds camera at 2011
4) The low-end MicroFOurThirds cameras will also be updated in 2011
5) Prime lenses will come in 2011 “We can assure that in 2011 we are going to launch very interesting Micro Four Thirds lenses. Spectaculars for all levels, not only for the consumer market.”
6) There will be new features like “Geotagging”

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