US deal reminder: GH4+Yagh bundle, BMPC and 20mm pancake.

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while the GH4 camera is still out of Stock the $400 deal on the GH4 and Yagh bundle is running and in Stock at KenmoreCamera (Click here) and Omega Broadcast (Click here).

The current Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera sells for $998 at Adorama (Click here) but you get a $150 gift card for free(!) too.

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II  $80 rebate and 4% reward at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). The rebate also runs at Amazon US (Click here) but without the 4%reward.

Lexar SD cards discounted at Adorama (Click here).

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Panasonic GH4 engineers interviewed: Did you know it can track a train at 200km/h?

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The GH4 developer team (Image: DC.watch).

DC.watch (google translation here) interviewed the Panasonic engineers in charge of the GH4 development.

– The “H” in the name stays for “High Definition” and “Hybrid”
– GH4 continuous shooting speed is now about twice as fast as on the GH3
– The biggest challenge was how to reduce the heat.
– Low pass filter has been necessary for video recording. But it doesn’t mean Panasonic will get rid of it in future.

UPDATE: Dicahub provided me with a nice translation and pointed me about one curious GH4 feature: The engineers said tracking performance of gh4 is 3x faster than gh3. And it can be tracking the train running about 200km/h!

GH4 North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Ritz Camera and Panasonic. Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek.
GH4 camera with interface unit at Adorama and BHphoto. Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. Price: $1,998

GH4 Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

Asian preorders, shipping date and price:
Digitalrev and Digidirect Australia.

4K cards
Kingston 16-32-64 GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sandisk 16-32-64 GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Transcend 64-128 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic 16-32-64 GB SDHC-UHS-I U3 Card (90MB/s) at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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Blackmagic Pocket cinema camera for $850 (with gift card). GH4 and YAGH kits still in Stock.

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Sounds like BMPC is feeling the pressure from the GH4 or maybe preparing a new successor. The current Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera sells for $998 at Adorama (Click here) but you get a $150 gift card for free(!) too. You basically pay $849 only for the camera.

$400 off on the GH4 with YAGH bundle at KenmoreCamera (Click here) and Omega Broadcast (Click here).

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II  $80 rebate and 4% reward at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). The rebate also runs at Amazon US (Click here) but without the 4%reward.

Lexar SD cards discounted at Adorama (Click here).

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Olympus president Hiroyuki Sasa says they will focus on premium mirrorless market.

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Bloomberg and Toyo Keizai interviewed  Olympus Ceo Hiroyuki Sasa.

– Mirrorless market will growth particularly in the premium segment.
– Also Europe and North America mirrorless market is expected to grow. And OMD models did well.
– Olympus was mainly a compact camera producer and Olympus is now shifting to mirrorless system cameras. Low price models have been reduced
– Olympus expected a break-even last year but PEN sales were lower than expected. And Olympus also had delay in shipments (example for the E-M10).
– The camera unit will probably have operating profit of 5 billion yen in the 12 months starting April 2015, after a loss of 3.5 billion yen expected in the current fiscal year.
– Olympus targets to sell 630,000 units of mirrorless cameras this year, 24 percent higher than the previous 12-month period. Sales of compact cameras are expected to plunge to 1 million units this year from 2.71 million units a year earlier
– Olympus plans to focus their camera business also on new markets like vehicle cameras and of course medical business
– Olympus will never stop the digital camera business because it also influences technology development in other business (like the medical).

In short: More premium cameras to come and break even expected for the current fiscal year. Looks good if they can really achieve the goals!

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Panasonic 12-32mm review at Photozone: Congrats for the size, but performance is just average.

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Image courtesy: Photozone (Click here)

Photozone (Click here) tested the tiniest of all large sensor zoom lenses and writes:

We certainly congratulate Panasonic for having created this tiny wonder and along with his in-house cousin it is obvious choice when size and weight really matter. However, if you are after a high performance lens you should look towards the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED Pro or Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S. instead.

The lens gets a 2,5 out of 5 average score. Note that Photozone is a very sever website and doesn’t share high scores easily! I do own the lens and it does exactly what I needs. Take good quality pictures while keeping the overall GM1+lens size down. Or do you really want to use a Large Olympus 12-40mm on it? :)

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