GH5 II Sensor tested by DxOmark: “welcome gains in color sensitivity and dynamic range, notably at high ISO settings”

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Dcomark tested the GH5II sensor performance and concluded:

The original GH5 had been showing its age lately, and while the launch of the GH5 II was overshadowed somewhat by the announcement of the GH6, the GH5 II as an interim model sees some welcome updates — and not just to its video specs. Although the sensor appears to be similar to the original, the addition of an AR coating has resulted in enhanced transmission by reducing reflection. This in turn appears to have improved the overall sensor SNR, leading to welcome gains in color sensitivity and dynamic range, notably at high ISO settings. Couple that with a lower list price at the time of announcement compared to the original model and the GH5 II seems like a highly compelling update, and that’s regardless of the incoming, more pro-oriented GH6, which is sure to be much more expensive.

Preorders:
GH5II at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon. Calumet DE, Park Uk.
GH6 at BHphoto.
25-50mm f/1.7 MFT lens at BHphoto.

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New Luminar update released: New Bokeh AI creates a beautiful background blur in seconds

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Skylum now released the latest update for the Luminar AI software. P.S.: Till August 3th you save 50% on Luminar AI using our code “SAR” (Click here).

Portrait Bokeh AI

The long-awaited Portrait BokehAI feature will help Luminar Creatives achieve dreamy and spectacular portraits. Using artificial intelligence, this tool quickly analyzes the depth of an image, and creates a beautiful background blur in seconds, adding a realistic and dreamy 3D bokeh effect to your portraits. 

Bokeh Al creates a beautiful background blur in seconds, adding a realistic and dreamy 3D bokeh effect to your portraits. You can use it to automatically emulate the stunning background haziness of a high-quality lens at maximum aperture; easily add volume, airiness, and depth to your photos; hide imperfections in an unfocused background; and let the subject in your photos stand out

Textures with visual preview

The improved Textures tool gives you incredible new possibilities.  In the Local Masking tab, click on +Add and select Textures. Now you can visually browse Textures in the dropdown list and instantly have an idea of what your final result can look like (just like in SkyAI and Augmented SkyAI).

Shifting Horizon Control in SkyAI

In Update 4, you can enjoy significant improvements to the SkyAI tool.There’s now a new slider that correctly adjusts the position of the sky. You can replace the sky and set the desired position of your horizon line thanks to the Shifting Horizon Control slider in the Sky Orientation section. Instead of Vertical Position, Horizontal Position, and Horizon Blending sliders, now there is just one smart control that saves time and is more efficient in getting your replaced Sky Texture exactly where you want it.

 

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Large Tripod Comparison/Review (Gitzo, Manfrotto, Leofoto, Sirui)

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es
The Basic Gear for Sports Photography (Explora).
M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑200mm F3.5-6.3 | Product review (Olympus Cameras Europe).
The Best Cameras for Vlogging (42West).
¿La MEJOR TARJETA SD y MicroSD para fotos y vídeo? 🥇Te cuento TODO sobre estas tarjetas de memoria (SPANISH): https://youtu.be/_DwuAfTqo7s

Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

 

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PANASONIC LUMIX G9: Firmware Update 2.4 Field Tests and First Impressions

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es
Camera features YOU DON’T NEED: Eye AF, Pixel Shift & more (Northrup).
Lighting for Outdoor Photo and Video (Explora).
Time Of Flight (TOF) Camera – Panasonic Direct Technology
Gh5II test at Fengniao.

Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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