RUMOR: Panasonic and DJI jointly testing a new LIDAR based focusing method?

CameraBeta reports:

It looks like Panasonic and DJI are jointly testing a new focusing method. The new system is said to utilize the LiDAR focus technology released with the Ronin 4D. If this technology can be introduced to Panasonic’s mirrorless camera, we can expect a significant improvement in video shooting. It is currently undergoing in-house testing and will be available in the near future.

Panasonic MFT and S cameras are yet not matching the performance of companies lie Sony. But if this partnership is real, than we might get a new MFT camera with superb AF soon!

via Asobinet

New Sigma patent discloses the design of two new MFT lenses: 20mm and 14mm f/1.4

Asobinet spotted the design of two new Sigma MFT lenses:

Example 1

  • Focal length: 20.59
  • F-value: 1.45
  • Angle of view: 57.90
  • Image height: 11.15
  • Total length: 70.00
  • Back focus: 3.6679

Example 3

  • Focal Length: 14.65
  • F-value: 1.47
  • Angle of view: 74.12
  • Image height: 11.15
  • Total length: 65.00
  • Back focus: 3.9367

Not sure if Sigma will launch those lenses or if they will let Olympus/Panasonic license this design. But it would be certainly nice to get this 14mm f/1.4 lens!

OM Digital talks about three possible future models: OM-1 “junior”, OM-1X and PEN-F successors!

Gizmomo talked with an OM System manager. Asobinet made this quick summary:

Q : Do you have high hopes for “OM-1 Junior” products as well?

A : We feel that there is a demand for an “OM-1 Junior” type product. I wonder what there is… (laughs)… I hope you can look forward to it.

Asobinet thoughts: “Many MFT users must have expected the “OM-5” to become a “OM-1 Junior” model. “OM-5” was not a model like “OM-1 Junior”, but I’m wondering if it will be “OM-5 II” or another model.”

Q : The current lineup is all in the 20-megapixel class, so is there a target there?

A : If you increase the number of pixels, you need to pay attention to the shooting processing time and noise resistance. For us, I think that the background is that we decide the number of pixels of the sensor based on the balance and sense of rhythm of the overall shooting, rather than trying to find the number of pixels unnecessarily.

Q: What about the development of high-resolution models and video-enhanced models?

A : Well, there are some things that are hard to say (bitter smile)…We would like customers other than Shochikubai’s current lineup to use our cameras. For example, in the case of video, we believe that our strengths, such as image stabilization and dust/splash resistance, will definitely come in handy, so we are of course considering (new products) that are different from what we have up until now.

Asobinet thoughts: “Will high-resolution devices and video-oriented cameras appear in the future? I think it is difficult to make a schedule in the corona crisis, but MFT users who are paying attention to whether they will follow competitors or push forward on their own route. Isn’t there a lot?”

Q: What is the evaluation and evolution of subject recognition AF?

Customers have strong expectations, and this is not the end of the story.

Q: What is the future development of the OM-D E-M1X line?

A : We have a lot of expectations and requests from our customers. We are not satisfied with that, and we are doing our best to deliver products that make the OM-1 even more powerful, regardless of what shape it will take.

Asobinet thoughts: “At the moment, I don’t know if it will be a direct successor to the “OM-D E-M1X”, but it seems that they are developing a model that is even more powerful than the “OM-1”. It will be interesting to see if it will be the “OM-1X” or a new model with a new concept.”

Q: What is the future development of the “PEN-F” line?

A : Looking at customer surveys, the design and profile control are highly appreciated. Based on these points, we are in the process of really considering how to evolve the “PEN” series in the future.

Asobinet thoughts: “There have been expectations for the new “PEN-F” for some time, but looking at the exchanges between the two, I get the impression that the fact that the “PEN-F” has not led to profits is a big obstacle.”

Q : What is happening with the lens type II renewal?

A : We are planning to gradually change the OLYMPUS brand to the OM SYSTEM brand for lenses that have already been released. In line with the movement, we will consider in the plan to change the necessary lenses while renewing them.


Panasonic says the GH6 sensor “is not made by the manufacturer everyone thinks we use”

Preorders: GH6 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Fotokoch DE, Calumet DE, Foto Erhardt DE. WexUK, Park UK.

PetaPixel reviewed the GH6 and they concluded that this is “One of the Best Hybrid Cameras You Can Buy“.

There is also a curiosity: Panasonic told PetaPixel that the sensor is “not made by the company everyone always assumes we use”. Which means this sensor isn’t made by Sony. I wonder why Panasonic doens’t mention the company making the sensor for them…would be interesting to know!

Panasonic is considering adding phase detection AF on future cameras

Imaging Resource had a chat with Panasonic and here are a couple of take always:

  • Regarding the new L2 partnership with Leica:
    Until now it was a relationship in which each company provided each other’s technologies and both sides used what the other had. From now on, it will change to a form of collaboration in which we create new things together.
  • Imaging Business success:
    Our imaging business in fiscal year 2021 achieved double-digit growth and profitability. In particular, the GH6, which was introduced in the 4th quarter of FY2021, realizes picture creating with a sense of 3-dimensionality and depth different from other Micro Four Thirds cameras so far and it has a slow-motion movie ability that gives a feeling of floating while still maintaining high definition, with modes such as 4K120p, FHD240p, 300p, etc. It has been very positively evaluated by creators, and sales are good.
  • The creator market is enormous:
    The “creator” market is enormous, and an obvious area for Panasonic to focus on. I knew there were a *lot* of people making videos on YouTube, but had no idea of just how massive that market is until I looked up some stats while writing this article. I didn’t do any deep research, but the stats in this article blew my mind: ( Upwards of 50 million people consider themselves to be online creators), with 3.3 million of those viewing themselves as professionals. While the vast majority of YouTube’s 37.5 million channels don’t make enough money to reach the US poverty line of ~$12,000 annually, globally, 2 million creators earn six-figure incomes from their craft. Given all that, there are a lot of people looking for affordable cameras able to produce high quality video like Panasonic’s GH series.”
  • About PDAF:
    “It is a fact that PDAF is one of the elements to improve the AF performance of LUMIX for the future.However, PDAF alone does not improve AF performance, and factors other than PDAF are required to determine “which to focus on”. With PDAF as an AF detection system in mind, we will continue to make every effort to improve the total performance of AF. We are positively studying PDAF for future products. We know that PDAF will enhance the total AF quality, so that’s why we’re actively studying it. We haven’t decided yet though.”
  • An affordable lens for the S5 owners:
    And now, for the next model, we are developing a wide-angle zoom in the popular price range. With this lens, the system lineup centered on S5 will be completed.
  • Both the GH5 and GH6 are both selling well:
    Between the two, the GH6 is selling more than the GH5 Mark II. [This is probably] because when we announced the GH5 Mark II, we made a development announcement for the GH6 as well, so the customers could get the right product from the GH series. So some people wanted to wait for the GH6 to come.

OM System announced the development of the new M.Zuiko 90mm f/3.5 Macro IS

I told you that OM should have announced the new OM-5 and a new lens in September. But the OM-5 launch got delayed so we now got “only” this: A new M.Zuiko 90mm f/3.5 Macro IS development info (and two telephoto lenses hinted on the roadmap):

Bethlehem, PA, September 8, 2022 – OM Digital Solutions Corporation is pleased to announce the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO (35mm Equivalent: 180mm), the first high- performance telemacro lens in the M.Zuiko PRO series which also conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard. This lens features amazing close-up shooting capabilities with 4×1 maximum image magnification, making it the perfect for macro nature photography.

Development Announcement Outline

Product Name Scheduled Launch Date
M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO 2023

M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO main features:

  1. Excellent optical performance of a 180mm focal length equivalent1 M.Zuiko PRO lens
  2. Amazing close-up shooting capabilities with 4×1 maximum image magnification
  3. Dustproof and splashproof protection class equivalent to IP53 for stress-free shooting in any condition
  4. In-lens image stabilization for easy handheld shooting

Note: This product is in development and the specifications are subject to change.

The development of this new M.Zuiko PRO telemacro lens reflects the brand’s commitment to meeting requests of customers and the marketplace. By adding one to the lineup, there are now three lenses with close-up shooting capabilities boasting a maximum image magnification of 2x1 or more at focal lengths of 60mm2, 120mm3, and 180mm4, for a macro lens lineup that covers everything from standard to telephoto range. This brings the lineup to 11 lenses5 capable of half-macro shooting at a maximum image magnification of 0.5x1 or more for getting close to subjects and making them appear larger, allowing users to enjoy everything from casual close-up photography to using macro lenses for super high magnification photography. This lens lineup is part of the appeal of the OM SYSTEM, bringing greater joy to users through macro shooting.

The OM SYSTEM aims to provide cameras you can take with you anywhere and let you capture emotions as you see and feel them, transforming the imaging experience into something more exciting. OM Digital Solutions will continue to make the most of the Micro Four Thirds System, expanding the lens lineup for greater possibilities of expression, helping every photographer on their adventures.

1 35mm equivalent
2 35mm equivalent, M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
3 35mm equivalent, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
4 35mm equivalent, M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO
5 M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II, ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO, ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO, ED 30mm F3.5 Macro, ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, ED 60mm F2.8 Macro, ED 90mm F3.5 Macro IS PRO, ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS, ED 150- 400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO. The ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO and the ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO are when combined with a teleconverter lens. As of September 8, 2022

via Dpreview