Sigma announces the development of 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Sigma officially announced the development of the new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds.

The release date and price information to be determined later. The lens hood will be available as an accessory (LH716-01).

The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens would be the second budget-friendly fast aperture optic after the 30mm version. We expect the price will stand around $399 just like the 30mm F1.4 DC DN. … Continue reading


Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.1 Now Available

Panasonic has released a major firmware update ver.2.1 for their GH5 Micro Four Thirds camera. Check out the Panasonic GH5 firmware update Ver2.1 details and download links below.

The Panasonic GH5 is the world’s first camera that records 4K 60p / 50p and 4K 30p 4: 2: 2 10-bit video.

This is a quick one and for users who are already upgraded to major Ver2.0 firmware should make this upgrade. The new firmware update ver.2.1 fixes several bugs that were found after updating the firmware to Ver.2.0.

Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.1 Released

Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.1 Now Available

Improvements
Date/Version Description
2017/10/10
Ver.2.1
Following bugs were found after updating the firmware to Ver.2.0 but now they have been fixed.
  1. [Power Save LVF Shooting] was automatically set to [1 sec].
    (This makes the camera go into sleep mode in 1 sec in a standby mode.)

    * [Power Save LVF Shooting] will be set to [OFF] when the firmware Ver.2.0 is updated to Ver.2.1.
    If you would like to enable [Power Save LVF Shooting], please set it on manually by selecting a designated time.
  2. The parameters of picture quality adjustment in Photo Style were all set to -5 when setting the recording mode to [MP4 HEVC(AAC)]. This bug has been fixed.
    * The parameters of picture quality adjustment in Photo Style will be reset to ±0 when the firmware Ver.2.0 is updated to Ver.2.1.
    If you would like to adjust the picture quality in Photo Style, please adjust them manually.
  3. There were cases where [V-LogL View Assist] did not work, This bug has been fixed.
  4. There were cases where motion pictures recorded in [AVCHD] cannot be divided. This bug has been fixed.

Download Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.1


Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.0 Released

Panasonic officially released the major firmware update ver.2.0 for their GH5 Micro Four Thirds camera.

The new firmware update ver.2.0 enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using the “LUMIX Tether” PC software. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via a USB. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products, etc where continuous confirmation is required.

The firmware also improves AF performance, faster shooting in 4K Photo and 6K Photo modes, an additional ALL-Intra-I Video Recording mode, 4K HDR video recording, various enhancements to the Anamorphic video recording mode and the in-body image stabiliser, and much more. The GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.0 is free and now available for download here. Panasonic also released a new firmware version 2.7 for Lumix GH4 mirrorless camera. See below for details.

Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.0 and GH4 Firmware 2.7 Now Available

Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.0 Released

1. Compatibility with “LUMIX Tether” PC software

This new firmware enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using “LUMIX Tether” PC software. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products and so on, where continuous confirmation is required. You can use [6K PHOTO] [4K PHOTO] and start and stop video recording with the tethered shooting. It is also possible to choose the folder to save the image files in the PC.

2.Improved auto focus performance

  • Auto focus performance for subjects with low contrast in photo shooting is improved.
  • Tracking auto focus performance in video recording is improved.
  • The customized AF area can be continuously displayed in [Multi AF] and [Custom Multi AF] during live-view.
  • The AF area in [Multi AF] can be moved to the other edge (side, top or bottom) when it reaches one edge.
  • The start point of AF lock can be set on the live view screen in advance in [AF Tracking].
  • The AF area can be moved while the shutter button is half-pressed or while recording in [Burst Mode], [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO].

3. Improved performance in [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO]

  • The waiting time to start the next burst shooting sequence after [6K Burst] and [4K Burst] is shortened to less than half the time.
    • [Loop Rec] is available in [6K PHOTO]
    • Use of Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90 is recommended for [Loop Rec] of [6K PHOTO].

4. An additional ALL-Intra Video Recording mode

  • 4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra video recording mode is added to 4K/FHD video recording.
  • Use of SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 60 or higher is recommended for 4K ALL-Intra video recording. Operation is confirmed with Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90.

5. 4K HDR video recording

  • [HLG] (Hybrid Log Gamma) is added to [Photo Style]. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a mode to reproduce both bright part and dark part in an image, making it look just as human eyes see. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and you can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in [Photo Style].
  • A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG was added. This enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

6. Enhancement of the Anamorphic video recording mode

  • High-Resolution Anamorphic mode, which enables video recording in 18-mega effective pixels, is added. *Recorded in HEVC

7. Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)

  • [I.S. Lock(video)] is added. This powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.
  • A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lens.

8. Correction of white balance setting

  • When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the color temperature with 2-axis white balance compensation, the setting was reset. This bug has been fixed.

9. Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot

  • The time to finish shooting and the number of recordable pictures are displayed on the stand-by screen.

10. Improved usability of Power Save LVF

  • Power Save LVF can now be used during all stand-by display options.

11. Wireless functions

  • The Bluetooth Remote Control function can be used with Image App, which will also be updated at the same timing with the GH5 firmware release.
  • If the camera has not completed image transmission when it is turned off, it restarts transmission when it is turned on with the [Auto Transfer] function.

12. Other improvements

  • A rating function using an Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback.
  • The following functions can be assigned to Fn buttons – [Constant Preview] [6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving] [Min. Shtr Speed] [RAW Processing] [Rec/Playback Switch] [Destination Slot] and [Mic Level Adj.].
  • The DISP.Button can be locked.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was not able to be reset. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting. This bug has been fixed.
  • The image quality when applying the following settings is improved: Extended low ISO, [i.Dynamic] (Intelligent D-range Control) and Highlight Shadow.

Download Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.0

GH4 firmware update ver.2.7 features list:

  • In VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting mode, there were cases where the image stabilization did not operate when non-Panasonic interchangeable lens is used. This bug has been fixed.

Download Panasonic GH4 Firmware Update Ver.2.7


New Panasonic GH5 tests on the web

Here are several GH5 tests video footage covering ISO range, low-light performance and comparison. Let’s discover various Panasonic GH5 tests.

The Panasonic GH5 is the world’s first camera that records 4K 60p / 50p and 4K 30p 4: 2: 2 10-bit video. The Micro Four Thirds shooter features a 20.3MP Live MOS image sensor with no optical low pass filter.

The video-centric prodct is selling for $1,999. It has a bundle with the new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 lens in overseas markets. … Continue reading


Panasonic GH5 Sensor is the Best Performer in the Lineup

Panasonic GH5 sensor test results published by DxOMark. The video-centric Micro Four Thirds camera achieved a score of 77 points.

According to DxOMark Panasonic GH5 sensor review, mirrorless camera delivered excellent all-round image quality. With a combination of 23.9 bits color sensitivity, 13 EV dynamic range, and 807 ISO low-light score – the Lumix GH5 is the best performer in the lineup.

The Panasonic GH5 is the world’s first camera that records 4K 60p / 50p and 4K 30p 4: 2: 2 10-bit video. The MFT shooter costs $1,999. … Continue reading


Panasonic GH5 Firmware V1.1 Released

Panasonic issued a new firmware update for its high-end video centric GH5 mirrorless camera.

The firmware v1.1 for the GH5 brings 4:2:2 10-bit Full HD video capture and a series of enhanced capture options for anamorphic shooters.

The update adds 4:2:2 10-bit IPB capture at 100Mbps to 1080/59.97p resolution. Anamorphic shooters also get 10-bit 4:2:2 IPB capture but with the larger, 3328 x 2496 shooting region encoded at 150Mbps. The update also includes two minor bug-fixes.

The video-centric prodct is selling for $1,999. It has a bundle with the new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 lens in overseas markets. … Continue reading


Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A6500 – Comparison

Here’s a comparison of two mirrorless cameras, the Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A6500.

This specs comparison table between these two high-end cameras will tell you the differences of both. The first one is the sensor size. The Panasonic GH5 has a smaller sensor than the Sony A6500. The a6500 has a larger APS-C sensor and hence bigger sensors are intend to capture more light and deliver better image quality.

Both cameras can shoot 4K footage. The Panasonic GH5 can shoot at 60fps with no recording time limit. The A6500 remains limited to 4K Mode @ 30 frames per second. The GH5 has the ability to shoot 10bit 4:2:2 video up to 4K @ 30fps internally to the SD card. … Continue reading


Panasonic G85, GX85 and 100-400mm lens firmware updates

Panasonic updates firmware for its G85, GX85 mirrorless cameras and 100-400mm lens.

Firmware Ver.1.2 for G85 and GX85 both reduces the operation noise during the shooting standby or the motion picture recording. Dual I.S.2 function also comes to 100-400mm lens paired with the G85 upgrade.

More details about these upgrade can be found below with the download links. … Continue reading


Panasonic GH5 vs GH4 Comparison

Panasonic has announced a new high-end camera for videographers with a quiet lots of features. So here is our Panasonic GH5 vs GH4 comparison that shows the highlights to help you decide whether you should upgrade.

If you want us to say it without extending it, yes; the new GH5 is a better camera than the GH4. After 3 years the successor model has these standout new features. The Panasonic GH5 sports a new 20.3 megapixel Four Thirds sensor without a low-pass filter.

They include 4K internal recording at 10bit 4:2:2 up to 30fps (24 and 25p are also supported), 4K/60p recording, 6K photo capture for approximately 18 megapixel stills images, and a 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 (in-body image stabilization). … Continue reading


Panasonic GX850 Compact MFT Camera Announced

Panasonic Lumix GX850 (GX800 and GF9 in some markets) ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds camera unveiled at the CES 2017 event.

The mirrorless shooter features a 16MP Four Thirds image sensor with no low-pass filter.  Derived from the GM-series, the camera powered by the Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine and Depth from Defocus autofocus system.

The LUMIX GX850 offers a newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video . The MFT camera records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4.

The sleek, stylish compact body will be available in black or silver options from this February. It will be marketed with the collapsable 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 lens for a price of $549. … Continue reading