April 23, 2014
Posted in reviews

Focus on stills: Panasonic GH4 image samples and tests.

Image courtesy: Imaging Resource

We talked a lot about the GH4 amazing 4K video quality. But now let’s focus on the brand new stills test:
Imaging Resource added the GH4 to their comparometer.
Photograhyblog posted a set of full size image samples and a short ISO test.
ePhotozine also posted image samples, ISO samples and White balance test. You can also download the RAW files.

Would be nice to hear your opinion about the GH4 stills quality. As far as I can tell there is small improvement over the GH3 and also a different kind of handling noise.

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

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.

April 23, 2014
Posted in news

Lytro Illum announcement: This is what a future Panasonic Light Field camera could do!

Last week I reported about a Panasonic patent disclosing a Light Field sensor with high-resolution (original article can be read here). Well to get a glimps of how such a Panasonic camera could work check out the newly announced Lyto Illum camera at lytro.com. It has an astonishing 30-250mm f/2.0 constant aperture lens for a 40 Megarays 1 inch sensor! 40 megarays is around 4-5 megapixel in 2D resolution. Such a compact and fast lens is possible to make for a Light Field camera because you don’t need glass to correct aberrations (A Light Field Sensor captures all light directions).

Now imagine Panasonic making a MFT camera with such a sensor. I think it could become a killer camera!

P.S.: Play with that image to learn in three seconds what a Ligh Field Camera can do:

April 22, 2014
Posted in deals

Finally all kind of E-M10 kits in Stock.

The “mini OMD” is now in Stock as body only and in kit version at Amazon US (Click here).

Other Olympus US deals reminder:
$100 off on the E-m1 at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), Adorama (Click here with 4% reward) and Bhphoto (Click here with 2% reward).
Ref. E-m1 for $1039 only at GetOlympus (Click here).
Up to $800 savings on PEN or OMD camera camera+lens combos at GetOlympus (Click here).
BestBuy is selling the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $999 on eBay US (Click here).

April 22, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) More confirmations from sources that GF line is “on hold”.

Over the weekend I got more confirmations from sources saying the GF line up is “on hold” for this year. It’s unclear if there will be ever new GF model in future. This could really be the end of the GF line which started with the great Panasonic GF1 camera (still for sale on Amazon).

I guess Panasonic wants to focus on the more “Premium” GM line instead (which I do own and like a lot!). What do you think…

Do you think it would be a wise decision to quite the entire GF line?

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