Weird rumor: Panasonic to revive the Lumix G7 lineup

The Chinese rumor site CameraBeta wrote this strange message:

Over the past two years, cameras have become more and more expensive, and flagships have become even more difficult to obtain. Personally, I want a compact and lightweight camera that can shoot 4K.

Recently, there are rumors that Panasonic wants to revive the G7 in China.
A 4K flagship that costs over 2,000 yuan and includes a body and lens kit.

The camera weighs 360g, has a micro four thirds mount, supports 4K video, and has a 12-60mm lens that can meet most of your daily needs for street snaps and daily video shooting.

CameraBeta believes that some sort of G7II camera might be coming. I have no hint about this yet.

The only “evidence” that this might be true comes directly from Panasonic manager Yamane. He recently said that more affordable Lumix MFT cameras might be coming soon.

via Asobinet

Yosuke Yamane manager CEO hints that the first Lumix MFT camera with phase detection might be announced soon!

The French magazine Phototrend interviewed Yosuke Yamane, director of the Imaging Business division at Panasonic Corp. And there are a couple of interesting news:

First they asked him if Phase Detection will be implemented on future FF and MFT cameras:

We will consider adding phase detection AF to our cameras depending on the model characteristics, not only for full-frame cameras, but also for Micro Four Thirds. And on this last point, I invite you to stay tuned for our next announcements.

So it’s super clear that a new MFT camera with phase detection is coming VERY soon!!!

When asked about possible G9, G90 or G100 successors he answered:

As for the next Micro 4/3 box, we are thinking about it while monitoring the evolution of demand. Again, I invite you to stay tuned for our next announcements.

So to me this sounds like a G9II with phase detection could be the hottest candidate for a Spring release. What do you think?

LEAKED: OM 90mm macro lens specs!

On February 8th OM Digital will announce the new macro lens. Here are the specs:

  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO
    – Lens construction: 18 elements in 13 groups (2 Super ED lenses, 4 ED lenses, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens)
    – Minimum focusing distance: 22.4 cm
    – Maximum magnification : 2.0x (35mm equivalent: 4.0x)
    – Filter diameter:
    62mm – Size: φ69.8 x 136mm
    – Weight: 453g
    – Image stabilization effect: Up to 6 steps (Lens IS), up to 7 steps (Sync IS)
    – Dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof performance

via Digicameinfo

OM teased an “Exciting Announcement” on Feb 8 – Stay tuned!

OM System launched that teaser for an “exiting announcement”. I guess we will finally get that new 90mm macro lens!

One more thought: OM writes “exciting” which leads to believe there might be more than “only” a 90mm macro lens. Let’s hope this is the case…but I learned to not trust marketing phrases :(

Leaked images and specs: Panasonic will have phase detection AF on their S5II and S5IIx

The new S5II specs got leaked and indeed it will have phase detection AF. I am 100% sure from now on all new Panasonic MFT cameras will have the same autofocus system.

Panasonic S5II

specification sheet

  • 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
    , AR coat
    , sensor shift type dust removal unit
    , 14+ stops in V-log,
    5-axis 5-step in-body image stabilization
    , Dual.IS 2 6.5-step image stabilization
  • H.264/H.265
  • 6K 30p 200Mbps LGOP 4:2:0 10bit
  • C4K 60p 4:2:2 10bit
  • 3.68 million dots OLED viewfinder 0.78x 120fps
  • Free angle monitor 3.0 type 1.84 million dots
  • Image plane phase detection AF / Contrast AF
  • DFD technology
  • AF -6EV – 18EV
  • ISO 100-51200
  • Extended ISO 50-204800
  • Dual Native
    , Normal ISO 100/640
    , V-Log ISO 640/4000
    , HLG 400/2500
  • Mechanical shutter 1/8000 – 60 seconds
  • Electronic shutter 1/8000 – 60 seconds
  • Continuous shooting speed
    ・Mechanical maximum 9 fps
    ・Electronic SH 30 fps H 9 fps
  • Video function
    ・Vertical position
    ・Level gauge
    ・Knee control
    ・Waveform monitor
    ・Anamorphic de-squeeze display
    ・HLG view assist
    ・LUT view assist
    ・Color bar
    ・Luminance level
    ・Live crop
    ・Stop motion animation
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
  • HDMI A 4:2:2 10bit C4K 60p
  • 3.5mm microphone headphone
  • SD card dual slot
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fan Auto/Auto2/High Speed/Normal/Slow/OFF
  • 2200mAh battery
    , 370 still images
    , USB power supply, charging
  • Battery Grip DMW-BGS5
  • Dust and splash proof
  • Size 134×102×90mm
  • Weight 740g

Panasonic S5IIx

  • 24.2 megapixel full-size sensor with effective pixels
  • 6K30P video (full size)/4K60P video (APS-C size)
  • Supports Apple ProRes recording
  • Supports IP streaming function (Wi-Fi, USB, wired LAN)

LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO

  • Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups (1 aspherical ED lens, 1 aspherical lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.15m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.5x (at 28mm) / 0.25x (at 14mm)
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Size: φ84 x 89.8mm
  • Weight: 345g
  • Dust-proof, splash-proof, and freeze-proof specifications

via Asobinet