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.
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).
Reminder: The GH2 should be announced in few hours (tomorrow morning between 7-9am London time)
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”
The giant GH2 advertising at Photokina. The text says “Foto, Video. No compromise“. Click on picture to enlarge.
Image courtesy: System-camera-forum
We just learned that the new Panasonic GH2 will be available starting by late October. We also know the EVF and LCD will both have a higher resolution than the current Panasonic GH1 but we are not sure about the exact specs. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you want to tell me more about it! Thanks!
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