The Panasonic GH5 rumor (6K and 20+ Megapixel sensor)

The Sigma and Panasonic lens announcement of last week took away some of the spotlight of the most recent Panasonic 6K camera rumor posted by Nikkan. So let’s recap and discuss the details fo the rumor.

Panasonic will announced a 6K mirrorless system camera during fiscal year 2016. This means it will be announced within now and March 2017. Easy to guess that Photokina is the best spot to announce that new High End camera. While it has not been confirmed by Nikkan sources, it’s very likely that this will be the new GH5 camera. The GH5 will have those specs:

– 6k recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– Each 6K frame has 18 Million Pixels. this means you can screen grab 18MP photos from each 6K recorded frame
If the camera records 6K than the Four Thirds sensor will have 20+ Megapixels in “normal still photo mode”.

I don’t think the GH5 will have the new “organic sensor”. That’s highly unlikely to happen any time soon. And 8K will find his way in a future GH6 model in 2018-2019. at 8K every single frame has 33MP resolution:


Panasonic: “optical lens stabilization is superior”.

Mr. Uematsu explaining the limits of displacement sensor for stabilization in the body

The Spanish site DSLRmagazine (google translation here) interviewed Panasonic manager Uematsu. And here are some key info he shared:

  1. Unlike Olympus Panasonic says that optical stabilization is still superior as on sensor stabilization can only correct around 1% of the shifting. That’s enough for wide-angle lenses but not enough for tele lenses. With “extreme” tele lenses you would need a sensor that can shift 20% of its size!
  2. For this reason, Panasonic plans to continue implementing, despite its cost, optical stabilization in all those objectives that actually exceed the 25 mm focal length.
  3. The reason why they added in sensor stabilization on the GX8 is that they understand the value of stabilization with legacy lenses
  4. Panasonic recognizes there is a demand for more “classic” camera with direct controls (like the Fuji X100 or PEN-F).
  5. Panasonic admits that they had to go above 16MP because of pure “marketing” request.

What are your thoughts on this?

(FT4) Nikkan says Panasonic will launch a 6K mirrorless system camera in fiscal year 2016!

A photoshopped GH5 :)

The Japanese site Nikkan reports that Panasonic will launch a new 6K capable mirrorless camera during fiscal year 2016 (goes til March 2017). Those are the cameras new features:

– Records 6k at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– From each 6K frame you can grab 18 Million Still images.
– This could be a new GH model (GH5?)

There is yet no other info unveiled by the site. But we can assume that camera will be announced at Photokina!

found via Digicameinfo.

(FT5) Olympus to ship the first f/1.2 lens by mid 2016!

50mm12 Image on top shows the OM 50mm f/1.2 lens (here on eBay)

This is a rock solid rumor. Olympus will launch a new f/1.2 lens line soon. And a trusted source just added that the very first lens will ship this summer. The announcement date is yet unknown but there is a chance Olympus will display that lens as a prototype at the CP+ show in late February!

Bit of history: Olympus OM system had two f/1.2 lenses: The 50mm f/1.2 (here on eBay) and the 55mm f/1.2 (here on eBay).

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Would you buy a m43 camera with Black and White sensor?

One way to get larger pixels, the maximum possible sharpness and resolution is…to get rid of colors! Leica did it with the M Monochrome camera ($7950!). I was wondering if you think a Black And White Micro Four Thirds camera would be a nice addition to the system:

Tell me what you think about the B&W MFT camera:

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My personal note: I would buy it if there would be a considerable gain in dynamic range.