Some rumors we received do say that Panasonic developed a sensor which has a better High-ISO quality (around +1stop quality gain) and better Dynamic Range. It is very likely that there will not be a Megapixel-number increase. In February and March both companies (Panasonic and Olympus) are going to unveil new cameras which will use the new sensor. Olympus should unveil one (or more?) FourThirds cameras and Panasonic a new MicroFourThirds model.
(FT2) One of our very new sources also told us that Panasonic has applied the backlight-tecnology to the FourThirds sensor.
Editos’s note: I always thought that backlight tecnology would only make sense on very small sensor so I can’t judge if the rumor is fake or if it referrs to a completely new type of backlight sensor which also works for bigger sensor.
“I recently completed a documentary style music video for New York based artist Taiyo Na for his song Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother). It’s a music video dedicated to not only immigrant mothers but all our moms. It was completed just this past Thanksgiving weekend and done in time to commemorate and give thanks to our moms. And I wanted to share it here because it was all shot with the GH1 with many people who I just handed the camera to and said, “Here go and film your mom!”
The process of this film was a community based one so much of the main footage was shot by youth and adults who had very little experience using a camera. So in many respects this piece is a different kind of music video not that aesthetics are thrown out the window but that it is a much more process driven creation. The “mom” footage piece was shot with two GH1s with much of the stock lens footage on auto focus. Although I hate working with autofocus, we just didn’t have the time to teach people how to use the camera, the goal was more here’s a camera point and shoot with it. So in a way this is an experimental process, so yes from a technical stand point some footage shows some of the GH1′s issues and problems but over all it shows the power of the GH1 and m43 camera in general.
But I wanted to post this MV to show that sometimes we focus too much on the pixel peeping and the things that suck or are lacking about a camera and not enough time on the content or heart of a piece. Ultimately, we are telling stories be it in pictures or in a moving image. If that story is powerful enough I think then sometimes we can look beyond the negatives and see the real possibility of doing a lot with so little.
And that’s sort of what we did with this music video. Looked at using what we got now and to push it as far as we could to tell a compelling story.
I hope this little piece can inspire others to go out and shoot with the little you. And with the little GH1 we were able to get amazing results.
I hope you enjoy. I also run a blog called componentgeek too with some info. that may be useful for those who are using c-mount cine lenses.
Sadly sadly Amazon US delayed the in Stock status for the GF1. They promised us to have the GF1 in Stock today but now it says “in Stock on December 16!”. Remember, the GF1 has been unveiled on early September!
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