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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 with enhanced camera integration

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 20:51
The Snapdragon 835 pictured between the Snapdragon 820 (left) and a penny

Chip maker Qualcomm, whose processors power the vast majority of high-end Android smartphones, has announced the successor to its Snapdragon 820 chip: the Snapdragon 835. The chipset will be the first to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process, which means it is 35% smaller than its predecessor. The technology also reduces power consumption by 25%.

The Snapdragon 835 has been designed with VR applications in mind and offers full Windows 10 support. Compared to the previous generation, the new chip has been improved in pretty much every aspect and now comes with eight cores. 

On the camera side of things the new integrated Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP can manage image sensors with up to 32MP or 16MP dual-cams. It supports hybrid autofocus using laser, contrast, structured light and dual-phase detection methods. There is hardware-accelerated face-detection, and optical zoom and HDR video recording are supported as well. 4K video capture and playback are offered at 60 frames per second. 

The EIS 3.0 video stabilization software provides advanced yaw, roll and rolling shutter correction and Qualcomm Clear Sight uses multi-frame methods and dual-cams for improved sharpness, noise reduction and dynamic range. The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and should appear in the first devices in the first half of 2017. More information is available in the press release below or on the Qualcomm blog.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform to Power Next-Generation Immersive Experiences Qualcomm Technologies’ First 10nm System-on-Chip to Provide World-Class Performance and Enhanced Power Efficiency

At CES® 2017 today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Company’s newest premium-tier mobile platform, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor with X16 LTE. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the first mobile platform to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node, allowing for breakthrough performance and superior power efficiency. The Snapdragon 835 is designed to support next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer and enterprise devices, including smartphones, VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras, tablets, mobile PCs and other devices running a variety of OS’s including Android and Windows 10 with support for legacy Win32 apps.

Key components of the Snapdragon 835 processor include an integrated X16 LTE modem for Gigabit Class LTE connectivity, integrated 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 5, and optional 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity. Improved processing power and performance is supported with our new Qualcomm® Kryo™ 280 CPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 682 DSP, which includes support for TensorFlow for machine learning and Halide for image processing. The Snapdragon 835 also includes substantial enhancements to the Qualcomm® Adreno™ visual processing subsystem, including the new Adreno 540 GPU and Qualcomm Spectra™ 180 image sensor processor (ISP) for next-generation camera capabilities. Also new in Snapdragon 835 is the Qualcomm Haven™ security platform with enhanced security for biometrics and device attestation.

“Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity while supporting a variety of thin and light mobile designs,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT. “The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences.”

The improvements available with the Snapdragon 835 powers can be summarized across five key technology pillars underpinned with a foundation of enhanced machine learning. The five technology pillars are:

  • Battery life: The Snapdragon 835 is 35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25 percent less power compared to our previous generation flagship processor, which equates to longer battery life and thinner designs. The Kryo 280 CPU provides a highly efficient architecture for power, while the integrated Hexagon 682 DSP adds support for TensorFlow and Halide frameworks. The combination of the CPU, GPU, DSP and software framework support in the Snapdragon 835 offers a highly-capable heterogeneous compute platform. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 is equipped with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 for up to 20 percent faster charging and up to 30 percent higher efficiency than Quick Charge 3.0;
  • Immersion: The Snapdragon 835 is designed to simultaneously meet the high performance demands, thermal limits and power efficiency constraints of the next-generation virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) designs, and supports Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. Many improvements were made to enhance visual quality, sound quality and intuitive interactions. Such improvements include up to a 25 percent increase in 3-D graphics rendering performance and support of up to 60 times more colors with the Adreno 540 visual processing subsystem. Snapdragon 835 also supports 4K Ultra HD premium (HDR10) video, wide color gamut 10-bit displays, object and scene-based 3D audio, and outstanding VR/AR motion tracking that includes our own sensor fusion-based six degrees of freedom (6DoF);
  • Capture: The Snapdragon 835 enhances both still and video capture experience with smooth optical zoom capabilities, fast auto-focus technologies and HDR true-to-life colors with perceptual quantization video encoding. At the core of the capture experience is the Qualcomm Spectra 180 camera ISP, featuring dual 14-bit ISPs that will enable up to 32MP single or dual 16MP cameras for the ultimate photography and videography experience;
  • Connectivity: The Snapdragon 835 comes with an integrated X16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem, with integrated 2x2 802.11ac Wave-2 and 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, making it the first commercial processor equipped to deliver Gigabit-Class connectivity at home and on the go. With several Gigabit LTE networks expected to be rolled out around the globe in 2017 and increasing use of 802.11ad, the Snapdragon 835 is designed to empower a new generation of connected experiences in the areas of VR/AR, infinite cloud storage, rich entertainment and instant apps;
  • Security: The Qualcomm Haven security platform provides support for fingerprint, eye and face-based biometrics. It also includes hardware-based user authentication, device attestation, and device security for use cases such as mobile payments, enterprise access, and users’ personal data;
  • Pillars bolstered by machine learning: Upgrades to the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine software framework include support for Google’s TensorFlow and enhancements to Hexagon DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtentions (HVX), including custom neural network-layer support, and power and performance optimizations on Snapdragon heterogeneous cores. OEMs and software developers using machine learning can now enable rich experiences such as intelligent photography, strong security and privacy protection, smart automobiles and personal assistants, and responsive and true-to-life VR and AR.

The Snapdragon 835 features:

  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz;
  • an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE download speeds up to one gigabit per-second, and Category 13 LTE upload speeds up to 150 megabits per-second;
  • integrated 2x2 11ac MU-MIMO with up to 50 percent reduction in size and up to 60 percent reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 820;
  • 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, offering up to 4.6 gigabits per-second peak speed;
  • the world’s first certified Bluetooth 5 commercial technology offering up to two megabits per-second speed and a suite of features that enable many new use cases (Bluetooth, FM radio,Wi-Fi and RF offered through companion WCN3990 solution);
  • Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DX12;
  • Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX;
  • Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API;
  • dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz;
  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems, which in combination with LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity to provide “always-on” location and context awareness;
  • up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual-camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14-bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF), Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR video recording;
  • 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps, support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC);
  • maximum On-Device and External Display Support including Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth;
  • Quick Charge 4 technology;
  • the Snapdragon security platform including the Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware and software and the Qualcomm Haven security suite;
  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec combined with Snapdragon 835 supports an audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz support with an SNR at 115dB and ultra-low -105dB THD+N and native DSD hi-fi audio playback. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 supports Qualcomm® aptX™ and aptX HD Bluetooth audio with 2x improved power for wireless connectivity;
  • and manufactured on 10nm FinFET technology.

The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017. Please stop by Qualcomm Technologies’ CES booth #10948 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to see live demos or visit our website for more information: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon.

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Movie Maven: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 First Impressions Review

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 is the fifth in the company's industry-changing video and stills 'hybrid' lineup. With its 20MP Four Thirds sensor and deep video-centric feature set, it looks likely to pick up where the GH4 left off as a favorite of indie filmmakers and photographers whose interests venture into the realm of motion picture work.

The GH5's feature set moves on suitably far from its predecessor that the company says the GH4 will remain in its lineup as a lower-cost option for users who don't need the additional capability that the GH5 brings.

For many users, the addition of in-body stabilization and 4K video without cropping might be enough to make the camera a worthwhile upgrade, but Panasonic has revised and improved almost every aspect of the camera's behavior and performance.

Key Features
  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor (no OLPF)
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with 'Dual IS 2' support
  • All 4K footage taken using full width of sensor (oversampled from 5.1K footage)
  • Internal 4K/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture
  • 4K/59.94p and 50p shooting with 10-bit 4:2:2 output or 8-bit, 4:2:0 internal recording
  • 1080 video at up to 180p, enabling 7.5x slow-motion
  • 9 fps shooting with continuous autofocus
  • Advanced DFD autofocus
  • Dual UHS II card slots (V60 ready)
  • Autofocus point joystick
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Pre-configurable rack focus mode
  • Waveform and vectorscope monitors
  • Paid upgrade to enable V-LogL video capture with LUT-based preview display
Two pre-announced firmware updates

It's worth noting that Panasonic already has two firmware updates planned for the camera, one expected around April, which will bring 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p capture, and a second at some point during the summer.

The summer firmware update promises some very big improvements, including DCI/UHD 4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 200Mbps, both using All-Intra compression. Support for anamorphic 4K capture will also be added at that point.

With attachments such as the DMW-XLR1 accessory microphone unit, the GH5 promises to be a great tool for video enthusiasts and pros. 4K 60p video

The eye-catching feature on the GH5 is its ability to shoot 4K footage at up to 59.94p and 48p (or 50p if you're shooting for PAL). Footage is oversampled from 5.1K, thanks to full sensor readout, meaning sharp footage that takes advantage of the full size of the sensor. Internal recording will be limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 IPB encoding at up to 150Mbps but with higher quality available if an external recorder is used. 4K video is shot using the full width of the sensor and has no time restrictions.

At lower frame rates, the camera can capture 10-bit, 4:2:2 footage internally: the kind of quality you needed an external recorder to capture from the GH4.

To understand the distinction (and much of what is significant about the GH5), read our basic explanation of video capture terminology.

Advanced DFD

The GH5 features the latest iteration of Panasonic's Depth From Defocus autofocus system, which uses pairs of images and an understanding of a lens's out-of-focus rendering to create a depth map of the scene, to speed up focusing. The latest version samples the scene more often and builds up a higher-resolution depth map, for faster, more decisive focus.

The GH5 also gains a more advanced algorithm for interpreting movement within the scene, to reduce the risk of the camera getting confused by movement as it builds its depth map. This, combined with faster sensor readout, should mean faster and more accurate autofocus. Further to this, Panasonic has added more AF configuration options to help the camera understand subject movement and the correct response to it.

Still image processing

Panasonic is keen to stress the GH5 is intended for stills as well as video. The greater processing power of the GH5 allows the camera to consider a wider area of the image when calculating the color values from each pixel. Panasonic says this makes it possible to extract greater JPEG resolution from the captured image.

The GH5's greater processing power also allows more sophisticated sharpening, promising reduced over-shoot that can cause unnatural-looking 'halos' on high-contrast edges.

Updated noise reduction is also supposed to be better at distinguishing between noise and detail, meaning that detail is better preserved during the noise reduction process.

'6K' Photo and advanced video-derived shooting modes

Also on the stills side of things, the GH5 offers higher resolution versions of its video-derived stills features such as 4K Photo, Post Focus and Focus Stacking. The GH5 uses its higher pixel count sensor and more powerful processor to add '6K Photo' modes at up to 30 fps, in addition to 4K Photo at up to 60 fps. As before, there are various ways of triggering the mode to ensure you have a short video clip from which you can extract exactly the moment you wanted to capture.

However, don't go assuming that '6K Photo' mode is taking images from an area of the sensor 6000 pixels across: it isn't. Instead it's capturing images with the roughly the same number of pixels as a very widescreen 6000 x 3000 video clip would have. It's not the most misleading marketing statement we've ever seen, but be aware that 6K may not mean quite what you might expect.

Availability

The Panasonic GH5 will be available in late March for $1999 (body only).

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Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

At first glance, the GH5 looks a lot like the GH4, but this hides probably the biggest step forward the GH series has made since its introduction. Like the previous iterations, Panasonic has been speaking with a range of video users to make sure the features they need are incorporated and work the way they want.

There are a host of technology improvements that make the GH5 significantly more capable than its predecessor.

Future Firmware

The camera starts off as very capable, right from launch, but some of its functions won't be available immediately. Panasonic has announced a series of features (including 10-bit 4:2:2 capture of 1080p video) that will arrive as part of a firmware update in April 2017. A second update in the summer will bring further capabilities, including 400Mbps All-Intra compression and higher-res capture of anamorphic video.

As we take a closer look at the camera here, we'll discuss the camera's eventual full capability, but will try to make clear when a feature not available at launch is being discussed.

GH5 video features

On the video side of things, the GH5 gains UHD 4K shooting at up to 60p and DCI shooting as up to 48p. Significantly, all of the camera's 4K video modes are taken from the full width of the sensor and have no time limits imposed on them, so you can shoot without any horizontal crop for as long as your cards or battery will allow.

This will make it easier to shoot wide-angle scenes than with its predecessor and, though use of a larger sensor area, should improve video quality. And that's before we get to the camera's more advanced processing.

Video beyond the headline figures

Dig a little deeper and the full extent of the improvements becomes apparent. The GH5 is the first in the series to gain image stabilization, with 5-axis image stabilization for both stills and video shooting (combined digital/sensor shift stabilization for video).

In addition, there's the all-important small-print when it comes to the video spec. The GH5 will capture 10-bit 4:2:2 video at up to 4K/30p internally. If you're willing to use an external recorder, you can get 10-bit 4:2:2 footage at up to 60p over the HDMI socket.

For full details of this, read our in-depth First Impressions Review, where we discuss the importance of adding waveforms and vectorscopes, and the camera's clever focus assist feature.

GH5 for stills shooting

But, as Panasonic is always at pains to stress, the GH5 isn't just about video capture and the company has done a lot of work on the stills side of things.

More processing power allows more sophisticated image processing. These improvements include more subtle sharpening that we're told will enhance fine detail without creating exaggerated haloing at the fringes. Improved processing also promises better-targeted noise reduction. Panasonic was one of the first companies to introduce context-sensitive noise reduction and the system on the GH5 promises to be better at distinguishing between noise and detail, so it can suppress one and preserve the other.

Panasonic also says it's done work on the camera's color rendition, so we look forward to seeing the results.

Connection changes

The GH5 gains a full-size HDMI socket and comes with a screw-in HDMI cable retainer, to give a more reliable, more durable means of connecting the camera to an external recorder.

The camera's headphone socket has also been moved up very slightly compared with the GH4, so we're hoping this means it doesn't clash so awkwardly when the fully articulated screen is flipped out.

New, faster sensor

The camera is built around a 20MP Four Thirds sensor with no AA filter. Additional processing power means that the camera's JPEG engine can calculate pixel values based on data from a larger area of imaging sites, reducing moire and increasing detail, the company says.

In addition, the camera's sensor readout is faster, bringing benefits for AF speed as well as reducing rolling shutter effect in video.

Revised ergonomics

Panasonic has opted not to make too many changes to the camera's ergonomics, so most GH4 users will be able to pick the camera up and start shooting almost immediately.

One of the biggest changes though is the movement of the [REC] button to the camera's top plate. We're not sure whether there are significant benefits to one position, rather than the other, in terms of shaking the initial part of each video clip, or whether one is easier to access when the camera's embedded in a rig, but the button is large and prominent in its new home.

Autofocus joystick

On the back of the camera is the other big ergonomic change: the addition of a joystick to control the camera's AF, in addition to touchscreen control.

The camera's AF has been given a significant update. The system samples the scene at a higher speed but in addition to this, its underlying algorithms have been updated and the level of control increased. The GH5 can continuous autofocus when shooting at up to 9 fps.

The camera's depth-from-defocus system now assesses the scene in more detail and, we're told, is less easily confused by movement while it's building its depth map. The GH5's AF system also allows the user to specify the behavior of the subject they're shooting, to improve the camera's success rate at following and focusing-on the correct subject.

Larger, better viewfinder

Another area in which the bare specs don't tell the whole story is the GH5's viewfinder. It's bigger (0.76x magnification, in 35mm terms, rather than 0.67) and higher in resolution (3,680k dots, rather than 2,360k dots), but that doesn't really convey just how much better it is.

The screen looks remarkably realistic: to the point that the DPR writers in the product briefing each did a double-take when first holding the camera up to their eyes.

DMW-GGH5 Battery Grip

In the place of the pro-video-centric 'YAGH' interface box, the GH5 will instead by compatible with a more conventional photographers' battery grip. The DMW-BGGH5 adds a second battery and duplicates all the camera's key controls for shooting in the portrait orientation. It features the same level of weather sealing as the camera body.

DMW-XLR1 accessory

With the 'YAGH' interface unit no more, Panasonic has created an optional adapter for attaching two XLR connector external mics. The DMW-XLR1 has two full-sized XLR sockets and full physical controls for adjusting mic levels on the fly. It draws its power from the camera's battery, so it doesn't add to the number of separate batteries you need to keep charged, and supports phantom power if your mics require it.

Revised menus

The camera's menus have also been subject to a major refresh. Smaller type and less of a gap between each menu option means all the options can be fitted onto fewer pages. The camera's Custom Setup menu has also been split into named sub-sections, making it easier to find the option you want, and bringing the camera into line with what we consider best practice.

Finally, the camera gains a user-populated 'My Menu' tab into which you can add your most-used functions, to avoid having to delve around in the rest of the menu to find them.

Same battery

The GH5 will immediately endear itself to existing users by continuing to use the same battery as the GH4 and GH3.

Panasonic hasn't yet said what impact the camera's greater processing power will have on battery life, so the decision to use the same battery might be a slightly mixed blessing. Still, it's one of the highest-capacity batteries used in a mirrorless camera, so we're not too concerned about this.

Twin card slots

The GH5 has twin card slots, both of which are UHS II style. These can make use not only of the U3 speed class, which guarantee 30MB/s sustained read and write, but will also be able to make full use of the V60 standard cards that double this capability. This will become more pressing when the 400Mbps (50MB/s) All-I video modes become available with the GH5's summer update.

The card slots can be used such that video writing auto-switches when the first card is full. That first card can then be hot-swapped and the camera will switch back to writing to a fresh card when slot 2 is full.

No built-in flash

A close look at the GH5 reveals that there's no built-in flash anymore. This will require the use of an external flashgun, such as the DMW-FL200L, pictured. Alternatively the hotshoe can be used to power an LED panel, mount an external recorder or for use with the XLR1 adapter (which itself has a 'cold' shoe for mounting other devices on).

Summary

The GH5 isn't as overtly the processing powerhouse that Olympus's OM-D E-M1 Mark II represents, but the closer you look, the more it becomes apparent that there's a lot of grunt lurking in the GH5's familiar-looking form.

Even those video users who never shoot 60p will benefit from the GH5's better-quality internal video recording and full sensor-width capture.

Meanwhile, stills users are likely to love the camera's new viewfinder, improved JPEG processing and more advanced autofocus. To fully appreciate the full extent of the GH5's new features, read our in-depth First Impressions Review.

The Panasonic GH5 will be available in late March for $1999 (body only).

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A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

Panasonic combines its 'beauty'-oriented GF line of interchangeable lens cameras and the ultra-compact-oriented GM line with the introduction of the Lumix GX850 (GX800/GF9 in some markets). The GX850 has a lot in common with its most direct predecessor, the GF8, but one major improvement is the inclusion of 4K video capture (at 24/25/30p). It also gains all of Panasonic's 4K-related stills modes as well as post focus. 

On the surface the GX850 looks more like it belongs in the super-small GM series, sporting a rangefinder-style design, than the GF series, which leans toward an SLR-style design. And despite looking pretty similar to the GM5, the GX850 has no electronic viewfinder, bringing it more in-line with the GF7/GF8 and GM1. It effectively replaces both the GF8 and the GM5.

Get a closer look at Panasonic's newest, littlest ILC by clicking through the slides above.

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

The GX850 uses a familiar 16MP Four Thirds chip with no optical low-pass filter and Panasonic's latest Venus engine. The burst rate is 5.8 fps with focus and exposure locked on the first shot and 5 fps with continuous AF/AE. Thats a 1 fps drop from the maximum burst rate (w/ AF-C) offered by its big brothers, the GX85 and G85, and the same burst rate offered by its predecessor. 

The GX850 uses Contrast Detect AF and offers Panasonic's excellent Depth from Defocus AF, which has impressed us with its abilities to maintain focus on moving subjects. 

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

The GX850 features a 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting monitor, which can be flipped up 180-degrees for selfies. It has the same ‘Beauty Retouch’ function found on the GF8, which clears up skin texture, whitens teeth and adds makeup after-the-fact. It also has a 'slimming' effect mode.

Additionally, the camera offers both 'Buddy Shutter' and 'Face Shutter' to make taking selfies easier. The former snaps a photo when the camera detect two face close to one another, the later fires the shutter when you wave your hands in front of your face. Additionally, users can now capture panoramas in Self Shot mode.

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

The top of the camera doesn't offer a whole lot of control points, but then again, Panasonic's intended consumer is 'step-up' users, so they may not mind. There is a dedicated 4K photo button (that can be re-programmed). The camera also offers a built-in pop-up flash which, sadly, cannot be tilted upwards. It has a guide number of 5.6m at ISO 200.

If you were hoping for a hotshoe like on the GM5, you're out of luck. It's worth noting that the flash is now located directly above the lens, which was not the case with the GM1 (though was the case for the GF7/GF8).

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

In case you can't tell from the image above, the GX850 is very small. It is also incredibly light, weighing in at 9.5oz/269g. That's actually a little heavier than the GM1 and GM5, and about the same weight as the GF7/GF8.

The back of the camera doesn't offer users a whole lot in the way of physical control points, though most folks will likely control the majority of settings via the touchscreen. Fortunately, Panasonic offers one of the best touch implementations of any camera manufacturer. 

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

The GX850 has both HDMI and USB ports, the latter of which is used for both transferring images and for charging the camera. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, which Panasonic touts as being incredible easy to set up and use in conjunction with one's smart device. Our past experiences with Panasonic's Wi-Fi implementation are largely positive. 

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

The GX850 uses the same DMW-BLH7 battery as its predecessor and is rated at 210 shots per charge, which sounds pretty limited. A microSD slot also shares the same compartment as the battery. The GX850 is the company's first mirrorless camera to use this minuscule card format.

Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix GX850

Lastly, the camera gains Panasonic's relatively new 'L.Monochrome' photo style, which is meant emulate 'deep black and rich gradation like that of B/W film.' We're big fans of it, and users will likely appreciate its moody look. And of course, it wouldn't be a Panasonic camera without the 'Cute Dessert' scene mode.

The GX850 will be available in the US in early February kitted with the 12-32mm3.5-5.6 collapsible zoom lens for $549. It ships in the silver and black design (shown here).

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Panasonic offers 12-60mm, first of Leica DG F2.8-4 series

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
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The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens was first shown at Photokina 2016, and has made its official debut at CES 2017. The first of the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4 series to reach market, this premium lens is equivalent to 24-120mm on a Micro Four Thirds cameras and supports Panasonic's Dual IS system for enhanced shake reduction on compatible bodies. 

Like other lenses planned for the series, the 12-60mm F2.8-4 is weather-sealed and functional down to +14°F/-10°C, and offers a nine-blade aperture. Panasonic touts it as a good fit for video with a quiet inner focus drive system and a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments to compensate for changes in brightness. The lens will be offered in metallic black and will ship in late March for $999.

The New Standard Zoom Lens for High Image Quality LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-ES12060) Covering 24mm Wide Angle to 120mm*

*35mm camera equivalent

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic is proud to introduce a new standard zoom digital interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm) as the first lens to be introduced from its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series.

Covering a focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, this new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves exceptionally high descriptiveness for both photo and video recording, and yet its size is kept compact. All of the lenses in this series feature a 9-blade diaphragm to give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. All lenses also take advantage of Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring. They boast a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and are even freeze-proof down to -10℃ to withstand professional use under harsh conditions. The high-quality video recording capability is also one of the advantages of this lens series.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. offers a versatile 5x zoom range of 24-120mm. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations, providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.

Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features four aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve stunning picture quality. The use of these lenses also enables high mobility.

In addition to the wide aperture, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, making it easy to shoot even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)*1, 5-axis Dual I.S.*2, and 5-axis Dual I.S.2*3 system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera.

The linear motor enables the camera to comply with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. It also helps to reduce wobbling. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. The AF tracking performance in zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Offered in sharp, metallic black color, the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. stylishly matches the LUMIX G DSLM cameras.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series lineup will expand with additional lenses. An 8-18mm (16-36mm, 35mm camera equivalent) wide zoom lens and 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are presently under development.

*1 Complies with the LUMIX GX8.
*2 Complies with the LUMIX GX85.
*3 Complies with the LUMIX GH5 and G85.
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 specifications Principal specificationsLens typeZoom lensMax Format sizeFourThirdsFocal length12–60 mmImage stabilizationYesLens mountMicro Four ThirdsApertureMaximum apertureF2.8–4Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringNoNumber of diaphragm blades9Aperture notesMicro-step drive system in aperture control sectionOpticsElements14Groups12Special elements / coatingsNano Surface Coating, 4 ASPH elements, 2 ED elementsFocusMinimum focus0.20 m (7.87″)Maximum magnification0.3×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight320 g (0.71 lb)Diameter68 mm (2.68″)Length86 mm (3.39″)SealingYesColourBlackZoom methodRotary (extending)Power zoomNoFilter thread62.0 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo
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Panasonic updates four lenses, improving autofocus and image stabilization

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
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Panasonic has renewed four LUMIX G lenses to have full compatibility with their current camera lineup. The aforementioned lenses are a selection of fixed and variable-aperture zooms that feature an updated version of Panasonic's Power OIS system that works with 5-axis Dual I.S. and Dual I.S.2 systems.

All lenses gain a new exterior finish and a new iris for smoother automatic exposure changes, as well as updates to their autofocus system for faster readout.

The updated lenses are:

  • LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035)
  • LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100)
  • LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200)
  • LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300)

The 12-35 F2.8 II and the 35-100 F2.8 II both start shipping in March for $999 and $1099, respectively. The 45-200 F4.0-5.6 II and the 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 start shipping in February for $449 and $649, respectively.

The Renewal of LUMIX G Lenses Offer Higher Performance and Image Quality

LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.(H-HSA12035)
LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S.(H-HSA35100)
LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S.(H-FSA45200)
LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) 

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic is renewing four LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses to gain higher performance and mobility: the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035), LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100), LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300). All of these new lenses comply with the advanced functions of the latest LUMIX G digital cameras.

In addition to the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in each lens, they work with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)*1, 5-axis Dual I.S.*2, and 5-axis Dual I.S.2*3 system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera.

The LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) boast dust/splash-proof durability. A total of nine lenses in the full LUMIX G lens lineup now feature a rugged design to withstand use under harsh conditions.

Notably, the new lenses excel in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly capture the brightness changes when zooming or panning. The AF tracking performance when zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

The LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200) and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300) now complies with the sensor drive at max. 240-fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF.

These lenses are designed to match LUMIX G DSLM cameras.

*1 Complies with the LUMIX GX8.
*2 Complies with the LUMIX GX85.
*3 Complies with the LUMIX GH5 and G85.


A 24-70mm* full-range F2.8 fast standard zoom lens with a rugged design for high picture quality and performance.

LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035)
*A successor to the H-HS12035

・Versatile usage ranging from portraits and landscape to street photography.
・Achieves handheld shooting without using a flash thanks to the F2.8 high-speed aperture and 5-axis Dual I.S.2. even in low-lit situations, including indoors.
・Splash/dust-proof and freeze-proof down to -10℃ with a rugged design for heavy field use.
・Supports high-quality video recording(as described above).
・The lens system comprises 14 elements in 9 groups including 4 aspherical lenses with 5 aspherical surfaces, 1 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens and 1 UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens.
・Panasonic’s black box technology Nano Surface Coating is applied to minimize ghosts and flaring.
・Max.240-fps sensor drive for high-speed, high-performance AF.

The HSA12035 will be available in black for $999.99 in March. 

A 70-200mm* full-range F2.8 fast standard zoom lens with a rugged design for high picture quality and performance.

LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100)
*A successor to the H-HS35100

・Allows high-speed shutter release, and provides beautiful defocus effect in portrait or close-up shots.
・Achieves handheld shooting without using a flash thanks to the F2.8 wide aperture and 5-axis Dual I.S.2. even in low-lit situations including indoors.
・Splash/dust-proof and freeze-proof down to -10℃ with a rugged design for heavy field use.
・Supports high quality video recording(as described above).
・The lens system comprises 18 elements in 13 groups including 1 UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens and 2 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses.
・Panasonic’s black box technology Nano Surface Coating is applied to minimize ghosts and flaring.
・Max.240-fps sensor drive for high-speed, high-performance AF.
・No front lens rotation/ length extension in zooming.

The HSA35100 will be available in black for $1099.99 in March. 


A 90-400mm* telephoto zoom lens with a rugged design and 5-axis Dual I.S.2. for active field use

LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200)
*A successor to the H-FS045200

・Achieves handheld telephoto shooting with POWER O.I.S. and 5-axis Dual I.S.2.
・Max.240-fps sensor drive for high-speed, high-performance AF.
・Rugged, splash/dust-proof design for heavy field use.
・Supports high-quality video recording(as described above).
・The lens system comprises 16 elements in 13 groups including 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses.
・Multi coating to minimize ghosts and flaring.

The FSA45200 will be available in black for $449.99 in February.


A 200-600mm* telephoto zoom lens with a rugged design and 5-axis Dual I.S.2. for active field use

LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300)
*A successor to the H-FS100300

・Achieves handheld telephoto shooting with POWER O.I.S. and 5-axis Dual I.S.2.
・Max.240-fps sensor drive for high-speed, high-performance AF.
・Rugged, splash/dust-proof design for heavy field use.
・Supports high-quality video recording(as described above).
・The lens system comprises 17 elements in 12 groups including 1 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens.
・Multi coating to minimize ghosts and flaring.

The FSA100300 will be available in black for $649.99 in February. 

*35mm camera equivalent.

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Panasonic's flagship Lumix DC-GH5 officially launched, hits store shelves in March

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
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Panasonic teased the photography world with information about its flagship Micro Four Thirds ILC, the Lumix DC-GH5, at Photokina 2016. Today the company has released all of the details, as well as a release date, making it what we consider the most significant camera launched at CES 2017.

At the GH5's core is a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. Its new Venus Engine processor improves resolution, color, and noise reduction, and offers roughly 1.3x higher performance compared to previous models, according to Panasonic. These are encased in a rugged, weatherproof body with 5-axis image stabilization (with 'Dual IS 2' support), dual UHS-II SD card slots and a large electronic viewfinder which is arguably the best we've used. Photos can also be composed on a 3.2" fully articulating touchscreen display. It uses the same battery as its predecessor and should last for about 410 shots per charge (CIPA estimate).

The GH5 uses an updated version of Panasonic's Depth from Defocus AF system with a 480 fps drive speed and 225 selectable focus points. This results in focus times of 0.05 sec according to Panasonic and 9 fps bursts with continuous AF (12 fps with focus locked). Panasonic also promises improved plane and depth tracking, along with precise control over how the camera handles these situations, with the updated DFD system.

As with the GH4 that came before it, pro video capture is the main selling point of the GH5. Straight out of the box the GH5 can capture UHD 4K video at 60p and 50p (8-bit 4:2:0), with a bit rate of 150Mbps and no cropping (it uses the full width of the sensor). DCI 4K (24p) and UHD/30p video also offer a 150Mbps bit rate with 10-bit 4:2:2 color. A firmware update coming this spring will add a 10-bit 4:2:2 1080/60p option. Arriving later this summer is DCI/24p, UHD/30p capture at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p capture at 200Mbps, both using All-Intra compression and 10-bit 4:2:2 color. Also coming in that firmware update are support for anamorphic 4K video capture, a 4K HDR Photo Style and USB tethering.

The DC-GH5 has a host of tools for video capture, including waveform and vectorsope monitoring, '709 Like' gamma and knee control, optional V-LogL support, adjustable 10-bit luminance level adjustment and much more. The GH5 can output 10-bit 4:2:2 color to an external recorder alone (via its full-size HDMI jack) or at 8-bit 4:2:2 when also recording internally (at 8-bit 4:2:0). While current Panasonic cameras have a '4K Photo' function, the GH5 has moved to 6K, allows users to extract an 18MP still. 4K Photo is still available, now at twice the frame rate (60 fps).

As one would expect, the GH5 is equipped with Panasonic's well-designed Wi-Fi system, but now it supports ultra-quick 802.11ac as well as Bluetooth (which allows your mobile device to 'wake up' the camera) and NFC.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 will go on sale at the end of March in a body-only configuration for $1999. 

Read our First Impressions Review

Press Release:

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 DSLM camera featuring the World’s First 4K 60p/50p[1] and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10- bit[2] Video Recording Function

Panasonic once again pushes still and video boundaries with the LUMIX GH5

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic has today announced the LUMIX GH5, the latest flagship model of LUMIX G DSLM cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new camera delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p/50p video and 6K PHOTO.

Defying all the general concepts of what a mirrorless camera can do, the LUMIX GH Series has reached a number of milestones with this introduction. Packing a host of innovative advancements in picture quality, response and performance into an unimaginably small-sized body, the new LUMIX GH5 opens the door to a new stage of photographic and cinematographic culture.

Unprecedented Picture Quality in the History of LUMIX Cameras

The LUMIX GH5 is able to achieve high-quality images with real-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Its new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor increases the pixel count by 25% compared to the GH4, from 16.05 to 20.3 megapixels, while also removing the low-pass filter.

The camera also comes with a new image processor Venus Engine, which achieves improvement especially in natural texture expression. The engine’s Multi-pixel Luminance Generation renders clear, sharp images by referring to a 9x larger area of pixel information during the de-mosaic process for precise detail reproduction. With Intelligent Detail Processing, the characteristic of every single pixel is analyzed to detect whether the pixel is located at a flat, detail or edge part of the picture. Optimum processing according to the characteristic of each pixel is then applied. This results in high-precision yet natural images with stunning detail suppressing false colors at its edges.

Also, Three Dimensional Color Control detects not only hue and saturation, but also brightness, and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor. This achieves rich color reproduction from shadows to highlights of the image. The conventional Multi Process NR (Noise Reduction) is upgraded to High Precision Multi Process NR. It boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy compared to the previous engine and preserves details even after the noise reduction process. As a result, photos can be clearly shot even at high sensitivity ISO values of up to 25,600.

The LUMIX GH5 also incorporates the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2[3], which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The LUMIX GH5’s high-precision gyro sensor controls both the O.I.S. and B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use a max. 5-stop slower shutter speed[4]. This is highly beneficial not only for wide-angle and telephoto shots, but also in adverse situations, such as at night-time or when shooting with one hand.

The world’s first DSLM camera that meets professional quality standards

The LUMIX GH Series created an epoch-making industry sensation by achieving outstanding video recording performance with advanced features that meet the needs of professional quality levels and standards.

With the LUMIX GH5, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed. This synergy realizes 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording for the first time in a DSLM camera. It is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording, which is the color subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction[5].

The high-sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine effectively suppress rolling shutter distortion and realize high-speed readout of full digital signals. This ensures an outstandingly high image quality for every single frame. In addition, the focal length in video recording is kept the same as that in photo shooting (no cropping). 

Users can freely choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates, and there is no recording time limit for both FHD and 4K video. Professional users working globally can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz or 24.00Hz.

While ‘Cinelike D’ and ‘Cinelike V’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production, are available in Photo Style for video recording, the LUMIX GH5 also provides ‘Like 709’ for compatibility with HDTV. A paid software upgrade to support V-LogL video recording is also available.

In response to requests from professional users, the LUMIX GH5 comes with a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope. It also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize multiple video footage or sound sources in the post production workflow. Luminance levels can be selected between 64-1023 / 64-940 / 0-1023 (10-bit). Synchro Scan mode suppresses flicker and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are also available.

New AF system with advanced DFD Technology never misses a once-in-a-lifetime moment

The LUMIX GH5 comes with a newly improved Depth from Defocus[6] and Contrast AF technology, which not only calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, but also analyzes the form, size and even motion of the subject comprehensively. Thanks to the new Venus Engine, the time for measuring the distance to the subject is 6x faster, while factoring the distance into in-plane or in-depth is 2x faster.

The speed of sensor drive during auto focusing in photo shooting mode has been increased to 480 fps, which is 2x faster than that of the GH4. Consequently, the LUMIX GH5 realizes ultra-high-speed AF of approximately 0.05 sec [7] and 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps high-speed burst shooting using a mechanical shutter in full resolution. By analyzing every single frame precisely, it achieves a maximum 200% higher precision frame detection with minimum motion detection error for higher tracking tolerance against moving subjects.

For even more precise focusing, the number of focus areas has been increased from 49 to 225. Users can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition and can control it easily with a new joystick located on the thumb position, without taking your eyes off the subject. This is possible even when using the LVF or releasing the finger off the shutter button. 

If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed, the LUMIX GH5’s Post Focus function [8] enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting – particularly helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required. In addition, the camera also features a Focus Stacking function. Taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus can sometimes be difficult, Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points. You can then combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.

The LUMIX GH5’s new 6K PHOTO[9] function makes it possible to capture unmissable moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high resolution photo. 4K PHOTO has also been upgraded enabling 60 fps high speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. In 6K/4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst. 

By compensating the signal information between the frames, the Venus Engine makes it possible to apply Post Recording Refinement over the pictures to correct distortion and reduce noise when playing back or cutting images out of the 6K/4K burst file. As a result, the picture quality of 6K/4K PHOTO shot at high shutter speed in high sensitivity or those shot in panning are dramatically improved.

High mobility in rugged design for heavy field use

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX GH5’s main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy, full die-cast front/rear frame. Secure construction and the sealing of every joint, dial, and button makes the camera not only splash/dust-proof, but also freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius. 

The LUMIX GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II for the first time in the LUMIX digital cameras. Users can flexibly choose the recording method either in Relay Rec, Backup Rec or Allocation Rec.

The LUMIX GH5 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). The high-precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution achieves approximately 100% field of view.

Finally, the shutter unit is durable for approximately 200,000 releases.

Expandability, optional accessories, other features 

  • The LUMIX GH5 integrates Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi® 5GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
  • The LUMIX GH5 is compatible with the new Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life for longer time shooting.
  • The optionally available microphone adaptor DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in type adaptor for XLR microphone to record high quality stereo sound.
  • To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF sensor. Various shutter systems are available with the LUMIX GH5: A mechanical shutter with maximum 1/8000 sec, an electronic-first curtain shutter with maximum 1/2000 sec which can be used with flash while suppressing the shutter shock, and an electronic shutter without shutter shock with maximum 1/6000 sec. Firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April 2017); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017). 

The Lumix GH5 will be available (body only) in late March for $1999.99. For more information please visit LumixLounge.com. Panasonic is proud to share that the GH5 is a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree.

[1] As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera as of 4 January, 2017
[2] As an interchangeable lens system camera as of 4 January, 2017
[3] 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the H-FS12060 and H-FS14140 (requires firmware update) lenses as of January 4, 2017. The firmware for the use of 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 with H-RS100400 will be released in February 2017. The newly introduced lenses H-ES12060, H-HSA12035, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300 are all compatible with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2.
[4] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50-140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=100-280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.
[5] 4:2:0 8-bit in 4K60p/50p recording on SD Memory Card
[6] Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
[7] In AFS, at wide-end with H-ES12060 (CIPA).
[8] The Post Focus function needs to be activated manually in the camera menu.
[9] 6K PHOTO’ is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 specifications PriceMSRP$1999 (body only)Body typeBody typeSLR-style mirrorlessBody materialMagnesium alloySensorMax resolution5184 x 3888Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9Effective pixels20 megapixelsSensor photo detectors22 megapixelsSensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)Sensor typeCMOSProcessorVenus EngineColor spacesRGB, Adobe RGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)Boosted ISO (minimum)100White balance presets5Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)Image stabilizationSensor-shiftImage stabilization notes5-axis; Supports Dual IS 2Uncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsFine, standardFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & FocusAutofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (2x, 4x)Manual focusYesNumber of focus points225Lens mountMicro Four ThirdsFocal length multiplier2×Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFully articulatedScreen size3.2″Screen dots1,620,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeElectronicViewfinder coverage100%Viewfinder magnification0.76×Viewfinder resolution3,680,000Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed60 secMaximum shutter speed1/8000 secMaximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 secExposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNoExternal flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)Flash modesAuto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced OffFlash X sync speed1/250 secContinuous drive12.0 fpsSelf-timerYes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)WB BracketingYesVideography featuresResolutions4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)ConnectivityUSB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)HDMIYes (4:2:2 10-bit output w/o internal recording, 4:2:2 8-bit with internal recording)Microphone portYesHeadphone portYesWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n/ac with Bluetooth 4.2 LERemote controlYes (via cable release or smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedYesBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionDMW-BLF19 lithium-ion battery & chargerBattery Life (CIPA)410Weight (inc. batteries)725 g (1.60 lb / 25.57 oz)Dimensions139 x 98 x 87 mm (5.47 x 3.86 x 3.43″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesGPSNone
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Bringing tiny back: Panasonic announces ultra-small mirrorless Lumix DMC-GX850/GX800/GF9

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
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For a while, it appeared as if Panasonic's beloved 'GM' series of ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds cameras were gone forever. Thankfully, that's not true, as the GM and GF lines have merged, with the Lumix DMC-GX850 (GX800 and GF9 in some markets) being the result.

The GX850 sports a 16MP Four Thirds sensor with no low-pass filter – likely the same one as in the DMC-GF7. It adds Panasonic's latest Venus Engine and Depth from Defocus autofocus system along with UHD 4K video and all of the things that come with it, such as 4K Photo mode. Stalwart Panasonic features such as Post Focus and Focus Stacking are also present.

Its 3" touchscreen LCD can flip upward by 180 degrees and the camera's face and 'buddy' shutter features make selfies easy. The GX850 has more in common with the original GM1 in that it has a built-in flash but no electronic viewfinder. There's no room for a hot shoe, either. Something that some folks may not like is the GX850's use of microSD cards, which tend to get lost about five minutes after you unbox them.

The DMC-GX850 is capable of bursts at 5.8 fps with single AF and 5 fps with continuous. Battery life is rated at a lowly 210 shots per charge. As with most Panasonic cameras these days, the GX850 has Wi-Fi but no NFC.

The GX850 will be available this February with the collapsable 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 lens for a price of $549. Buyers can choose from black or silver bodies.

Read our Panasonic GX850 hands-on

Panasonic unveils the LUMIX GX850: A sleek and stylish camera with advanced selfie and panorama shoot function technology

Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera Featuring 4K PHOTO and 4K Video Recording

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic is today launching the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera for selfie-takers – the LUMIX GX850 – which offers great image quality for those who want to capture amazing scenery and unmissable moments. Featuring technological advancements, the LUMIX GX850 offers a flip-up rear monitor and a host of options, such as the newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body.

The 3.0-inch 1040K-dot static type touch control screen boasts a 180-degree tiltable structure and the camera goes into Self Shot mode automatically once the monitor is flipped. In Self Shot mode, a variety of functions for selfies are available on the LUMIX GX850, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. The beauty functions enable users to shoot portraits more attractively and after shooting, aesthetic/make-up retouching can even be applied in the camera with the Beauty Retouch function. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can be shot in Self Shot mode.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive color reproduction and maximum ISO 25,600 high sensitivity.

The LUMIX GX850 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and Light Composition. 

For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style including L. Monochrome mode are included. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Scene Guide make LUMIX GX850 easy to use even for people who are new to digital interchangeable lens system cameras. Also the camera integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. 

Available in silver and black, the LUMIX GX850 boasts a sleek, stylish profile in a traditional camera design. 

Capture amazing selfies with the new 4K and panorama selfie

The new LUMIX GX850 is designed and refined to make selfie-shooting more enjoyable. Taking advantage of 4K technology, it captures the best moment in which everyone is smiling in a group selfie or in situations where the background is moving, such as a train passing by. 

A rich variety of beauty functions in the LUMIX GX850 enables users to shoot more attractive portraits, offering Soft Skin, Defocusing and Slimming effects. After shooting, aesthetic/make-up retouching can even be applied in the camera with the Beauty Retouch function. Background Control mode also lets users capture the background clearly or defocused while traveling or at an even more impressive event. Selfies can additionally be shot in panorama pictures, which is ideal for group selfies and selfies in front of a dynamically scenic background.

When the monitor is flipped up, the camera automatically activates Self Shot mode and the hands-free selfie allows users to use their hands as they like, resulting in freer, more expressive posing. Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter functions can also be used to trigger the shutter release in the LUMIX GX850. They work when the face is once covered with a waving hand or when two faces come closer in a frame.

Capture unmissable, fleeting photo opportunities with cutting-edge 4K technologies and stunning performance 

The LUMIX GX850 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K videos yet despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy-efficiency within a compact design.

Thanks to this 4K technology, users can also experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30-fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of a 4K burst file to save as a photo. In 4K PHOTO, three modes can be chosen from depending on the situation; 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these functions in 4K PHOTO let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high-resolution, which will allow printing up to 16 x20 inches. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.

The LUMIX GX850 also comes with a Post Focus function that lets users select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful in situations like macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function was developed by combing the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.

Achieve true-to-life detail and impressive color reproduction 

The LUMIX GX850 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high-quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive color reproduction. By removing the low-pass filter, the limiting resolution has been improved. The Venus Engine reproduces vibrant, impressive colors for images such as clear skies by dividing the hue, saturation and luminosity and finely adjusting them separately. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-lit situations. 

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at a maximum of 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec.

A host of other exciting features  

  • iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photos and Videos

For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode provides beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control and Food Recognition.

  • Scene Guide

The Scene Guide offers 21 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to their shooting situation and the optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set.

  • Creative Control

The LUMIX GX850 integrates a variety of artistic functions that adds fun to digital photography. The popular Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options.

  • Time Lapse Shot

The camera automatically starts recording photos at a time lapse sequence once the start time, interval and the number of pictures to shoot are set.

  • Snap Movie

Users can record video in a designated short period of time (2/4/6/8 sec) as they shoot “moving photos”. In this function, rack focusing or addition of a fade effect (color in/out, black in/out, white in/out) are available.

The GX850 will be available for $549.99 in early February.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850/GX800/GF9 specifications PriceMSRP$549 (body only)Body typeBody typeRangefinder-style mirrorlessSensorMax resolution4592 x 3448Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9Effective pixels16 megapixelsSensor photo detectors17 megapixelsSensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)Sensor typeCMOSProcessorVenus EngineColor spacesRGB, Adobe RGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 200-25600 (extends down to 100)Boosted ISO (minimum)100White balance presets5Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)Image stabilizationNoUncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsFine, standardFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
  • MPO
Optics & FocusAutofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (2x, 4x)Manual focusYesNumber of focus points49Lens mountMicro Four ThirdsFocal length multiplier2×Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDTiltingScreen size3″Screen dots1,040,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeNonePhotography featuresMinimum shutter speed60 secMaximum shutter speed1/500 secMaximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 secExposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Child
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYesFlash range4.00 m (at ISO 100)External flashNoFlash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reductionContinuous drive10.0 fpsSelf-timerYes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)WB BracketingYesVideography featuresFormatMPEG-4, AVCHDModes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesmicroSD/SDHC/SDXCConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portNoHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/nRemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionDMW-BLH7Battery Life (CIPA)210Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)Dimensions107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingYesGPSNone
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80/FZ82 combines 60x zoom and 4K video

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:45
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Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-FZ80 (FZ82 in some markets), an update to its FZ70 consumer superzoom. It provides the same 60x, 20-1200mm F2.8-5.9 zoom lens but adds an 18MP sensor and updated processor, bringing the video spec up to 4K/30p (for clips of 15 minutes or less). With 4K comes Panasonic's assortment of 4K-driven modes including Post Focus, Focus Stacking and 4K Photo. High speed video has been added as well, including 240 fps 640 x 480 and 120 fps 1280 x 720 options. 

Other features include 10 fps bursts (with focus locked), a 3" 1040k-dot touchscreen LCD, electronic viewfinder and, of course, Wi-Fi.

The FZ80 will be available in March for $399.

Panasonic introduces the new LUMIX FZ80, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast to capture amazing moments near and far

The LUMIX FZ80 features ultra-wide and dynamic zoom, 4K video recording and 4K PHOTO 

Las Vegas, NV (January 4, 2017) - Panasonic has today announced the new LUMIX FZ80 from the popular FZ series that packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability, including manual operation over photo and video recording. The LUMIX FZ80 features the exceptionally-versatile LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 60x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm), which makes it possible to capture dynamic landscapes, wild animals and birds from a distance. 

The newly integrated 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and advanced image processor Venus Engine also achieve high-speed response and high-quality images even in high-sensitivity recording.

For an even faster response and higher mobility, the LUMIX FZ80 boasts a high-speed, high-precision AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology[1], which shortens the focusing time. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at a high 240-fps signal exchange speed. As a result, the LUMIX FZ80 achieves an AF of approximately 0.09 sec[2]. This benefit increases as the focal length grows. 

The LUMIX FZ80 also offers high-speed burst shooting at 10-fps (AFS) / 6-fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus. Thanks to the touch-control system, users can quickly focus right on the subject and even release the shutter with touch operation to capture fleeting photo opportunities. 

The LUMIX FZ80 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p. The powerful 60x optical zoom and POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode suppresses blurring, even in video recording. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as the new Focus Stacking, Post Focus, Light Composition, and 4K Live Cropping. For more creative freedom, Creative Control and Creative Panorama options are available.

The LUMIX FZ80 also integrates a 1,040K-dot rear monitor with touch-control system. Together with the 0.2-inch 1,170K-dot EVF (Electronic View Finder), users can capture subjects in clear focus. It also includes Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image-sharing with easy operation. With hot shoe and compatibility with a variety of optional accessories, the LUMIX FZ80 goes beyond a standard telephoto zoom compact camera while providing high-quality photos and an exceptional 4K video recording experience.

Mitigate distances with a powerful 60x optical zoom lens

The LUMIX FZ80 features the stunningly versatile LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 60x optical zoom - both as photos and video footage. The 20mm ultra wide-angle lens captures an approx. 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm angle of view. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration both in photo and video recording.

The Intelligent Zoom is included with the LUMIX FZ80, which extends the zoom ratio up to 120x equivalent, maintaining high picture quality even when combining a digital zoom. 

Capture unmissable moments with high-speed response, 4K PHOTO and 4K video

The 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor is newly-integrated into the LUMIX FZ80. Together with the high-performance image processing LSI Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality to an even higher level. Incorporating high-speed digital signal output technology, the FZ80 shoots 10 (AFS) / 6 (AFC) fps in 18.1-megapixel full resolution with a mechanical shutter.

Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO shots with the LUMIX FZ80. 4K PHOTO lets the user capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the best frame from a 4K burst file to save as a photo. Plus, multiple images can be automatically saved as 4K PHOTO shoots all at once. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds can be saved following a designated frame.

It also comes with the Post Focus function, which enables users to select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful especially in macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function has been developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology with 4K technology. Both Post Focus and Focus Stacking can be activated quickly with the dedicated button on the top panel.

The LUMIX FZ80 also records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p in addition to Full-HD 1920x1080 videos at 60p in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF. 

The LUMIX FZ80 enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording to achieve stable panning or zooming in video recording. Thanks to its digital operation, panning and zooming images are smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens. 

A variety of video recording options are also available for users to choose from - High Speed Video, Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation. High Speed Video records subjects in fast motion at 120fps. 

Take amazing images and video even under strong sunlight

Equipped with a static-type touch-control system, the 3-inch rear screen with 1040K-dot high resolution features an approximately 100% field of view. The touch-control system lets the user immediately focus on a subject and even release the shutter by simply touching the screen.

The LUMIX FZ80 also has a 0.2-inch LVF (Live View Finder) with a magnification ratio of approx. 2.59x / 0.46x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3) in 1170K-dot equivalent high resolution, 100% field of view. Thanks to the high 60-fps frame rate, image lag is also minimized making it suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects under strong sunlight.

Full manual control is available with LUMIX FZ80 to enjoy more creative photography. The design of the grip has also been re-engineered for stable holding during extended shooting.

Other Features

  • Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones

The LUMIX FZ80 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to provide a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera and a smartphone or tablet are connected, installing Panasonic's dedicated application, Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. Users can also upload images to a variety of social media services right on the spot.

  • AC/USB Power Charging

The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB based on the users’ preference.

The FZ80 will have a black body and will be available in March for $399.99.

[1] Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
[2] In AFS, at wide-end (CIPA).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80/FZ82 specifications PriceMSRP$399Body typeBody typeSLR-like (bridge)SensorMax resolution4896 x 3672Image ratio w:h4:3Effective pixels18 megapixelsSensor photo detectors19 megapixelsSensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)Sensor typeBSI-CMOSProcessorVenus EngineColor spacesRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 80-3200 (expands to 6400)Boosted ISO (maximum)6400White balance presets5Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)Image stabilizationOpticalUncompressed formatRAWFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)20–1200 mmOptical zoom60×Maximum apertureF2.8–5.9Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4x)Manual focusYesNormal focus range30 cm (11.81″)Macro focus range1 cm (0.39″)Number of focus points49Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFixedScreen size3″Screen dots1,040,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeElectronicViewfinder coverage100%Viewfinder magnification0.46×Viewfinder resolution1,166,000Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed4 secMaximum shutter speed1/2000 secMaximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 secExposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYesFlash range14.10 m (at Auto ISO)External flashYesFlash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, 1st Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain SyncSelf-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 3 images x 10 secs)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)WB BracketingYesVideography featuresFormatMPEG-4, AVCHDModes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC cardConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portNoHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/nRemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoBatteryBattery PackBattery Life (CIPA)330Weight (inc. batteries)616 g (1.36 lb / 21.73 oz)Dimensions130 x 94 x 119 mm (5.12 x 3.7 x 4.69″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesGPSNone
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Ricoh releases Ricoh R Developer Kit offers 360-degree live streaming

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 17:00

Ricoh has announced a new camera aimed specifically at 360-degree live streaming and app development. The Ricoh R Developer Kit includes a camera capable of live streaming 360 video with 2K resolution at 30 fps. The camera can live stream for up to 24 hours running via and AC adapter, and can output live video over HDMI or USB.

The kit will go on sale in spring 2017 and includes a camera stand, an SDK and source code to encourage third parties to build apps for it.

Ricoh announces industry’s first camera to deliver up to 24 hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live streaming video

Spherical live video streams expected to have wide range of potential applications in entertainment, telepresence, computer vision, and more; available spring 2017

TOKYO and LAS VEGAS (CES 2017, South Hall Booth #26717), January 4, 2017Ricoh today announced the industry’s first camera capable of delivering up to 24 continuous hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live video streams. Being unveiled and demonstrated in Las Vegas at CES 2017, the camera and related technology will be sold as the Ricoh R Development Kit and be available in spring 2017.

Live streaming of fully spherical video is an emerging technology, with content creation, distribution and viewing still largely in their infancy. Following a series of beta tests with a diverse group of customers – ranging from a live concert produced by a leading entertainment company to an internet high school enrollment ceremony where students “participated” via live streaming video on virtual reality (VR) headsets – Ricoh has determined there is significant business potential for this new technology.

Applications for a compact camera capable of continuous, high-quality and fully spherical video streaming are wide ranging, and Ricoh anticipates the new technology will be embraced by industries including entertainment, gaming, education, scientific research, and many others. For this reason, it is initially offering the camera as part of a development kit to allow third parties to create applications that will enable its use in a variety of environments and industries.

Using Ricoh’s original fully spherical imaging technology, the RICOH R Development Kit can live stream fully spherical 360-degree image in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second. A unique and first-of-its-kind feature of the RICOH R technology is that the video is stitched within the camera in real time to the Equirectangular Projection Format, which is the standard format for fully spherical images. Video is then output via HDMI® or USB, and—by using an AC power adapter – continuous, live streaming up to 24 hours is possible. To keep the camera thin and lightweight, it records onto a micro SD card.

The RICOH R Development Kit consists of the camera, camera stand, downloadable software development kit (SDK), plus image-control tools and source code. The prototype is being showcased at CES 2017 at South Hall 2F, #26717.

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Nikon brings its D5600 DSLR to the US

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 15:00
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Nikon's D5600 digital SLR, announced globally in November of last year, is now coming to the US. The D5600 builds on the strengths of its predecessor, adding 'SnapBridge' (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + NFC), improved touchscreen operation and a time-lapse feature.

The D5600 will be sold in several kits. It will be available body-only for $699, with the AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G lens for $799, with the 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G lens for $1199, and with the 18-55 and AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G lenses for $1149. All of these kits will be available this month.

IGNITE THE ARTIST WITHIN: CAPTURE CREATIVELY, SHARE EASILY WITH THE NEW NIKON D5600

The Nikon D5600 is a Compact Creative Companion that Delivers Stunning Clarity, Impressive Performance and the Ability to Share via Nikon SnapBridge 

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 4, 2017 at 10:01 A.M. EST / 7:01 A.M. PST) -- Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. availability of the compact and lightweight Nikon D5600, a connected DSLR camera for those ready to step up their photography and unleash their inner artist by creating captivating images that deserve to be shared. The 24.2-megapixel D5600 features Nikon SnapBridge1, which allows users to easily and automatically transfer images directly from their camera to a compatible smart device, making it simple to share amazing images with friends and family. 

“The Nikon D5600 is the latest camera in Nikon’s popular D5000 series -- a camera line that represents a stepping stone for photographers who want to further explore their creative boundaries,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Now with Nikon SnapBridge, users can easily upload and share images with their friends and family, showcasing what and who they love. With the introduction of Nikon’s D5600, Nikon demonstrates our commitment to providing an attainable and highly capable camera option for photographers of all skill levels.”

The Nikon D5600 offers users the creativity and performance benefits of DSLR photography, including amazing image quality, the ability to isolate foreground from background, full manual controls, incredible low-light performance and a class-leading autofocus (AF) system. For those looking to travel the world or capture their child’s birthday party, the Nikon D5600 offers a full suite of creative effects, robust features and controls, a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor and enhanced video features.

  • Seamless Connectivity Through Nikon SnapBridge: Nikon SnapBridge makes it easier than ever to share photos wirelessly through Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) technology2. By establishing a constant connection between the Nikon D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi3
  • Performance that Keeps Pace with Creativity: The 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp images with color and clarity that blow away images taken with a mobile device, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life. Continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) and a 39-point autofocus system helps capture fleeting moments and fast moving subjects with ease. The Nikon D5600 is a great companion for those looking to capture and share life’s special moments, especially when combined with the distinct perspective of NIKKOR lenses.
  • Amazing Low-Light Performance: The Nikon D5600 also provides users the capability to shoot in challenging light with an expanded wide 100-25,600 ISO range. The ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination gives users the tools to capture brighter, sharper images.
  • Creative Features: From down to a child’s perspective to a shot above a crowd, it’s easy to compose from any angle with the 3.2-inch 1.037k-dot touchscreen Vari-angle LCD. Various in-camera shooting and special effects modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode allow users to take creativity to a new level and help capture a special moment with ease.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D5600 will be available in the U.S. in January 2017 for the suggested retail price (SRP)* of $799.95 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. It will also be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lenses, for $1,149.95 SRP*. Additionally, the Nikon D5600 will be sold as a body only for $699.95 SRP* or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP*. For more information on the Nikon D5600 as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon D5600 specifications PriceMSRP€820 body only, €930/£800 w/18-55 AF-P, €1090 w/18-105, €1140/£990 w/18-140Body typeBody typeCompact SLRBody materialCompositeSensorMax resolution6000 x 4000Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000Image ratio w:h3:2Effective pixels24 megapixelsSensor photo detectors25 megapixelsSensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)Sensor typeCMOSProcessorExpeed 4Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 100 - 25600White balance presets12Custom white balanceYesImage stabilizationNoUncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, BasicFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Nikon NEF, 12 or 14-bit)
Optics & FocusAutofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesManual focusYesNumber of focus points39Lens mountNikon FFocal length multiplier1.5×Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFully articulatedScreen size3.2″Screen dots1,037,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCD monitorLive viewYesViewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)Viewfinder coverage95%Viewfinder magnification0.82×Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed30 secMaximum shutter speed1/4000 secExposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • portrait
  • landscape
  • child
  • sports
  • close up
  • night portrait
  • night landscape
  • party/indoor
  • beach/snow
  • sunset
  • dusk/dawn
  • pet portrait
  • candlelight
  • blossom
  • autumn colors
  • food
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)External flashYes (Hot-shoe)Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtainFlash X sync speed1/200 secDrive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous (low, high)
  • Quiet shutter release
  • Self-timer
  • Interval timer
Continuous drive5.0 fpsSelf-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)Videography featuresResolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)FormatMPEG-4, H.264MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXCConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)Microphone portYesHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFCRemote controlYes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionEN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & chargerBattery Life (CIPA)970Weight (inc. batteries)465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingYesGPSOptionalGPS notesOptional GP-1/GP-1A
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Inexpensive Nikon Coolpix A300 and W100 now available in US

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 15:00
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After being offered for months elsewhere in the world, two new inexpensive Nikon compacts are coming to US shores. 

The Coolpix A300 is an ultra-compact camera with an 8X, 25-200mm equivalent lens, 20MP CCD sensor, optical image stabilization (which Nikon calls VR), 720p video capture and a 2.7" LCD. It provides Nikon's SnapBridge system for easy pairing with Android devices using NFC and a persistent connection with smartphones compatible with Bluetooth 4.1. The use of Bluetooth also allows for low resolution images to be transferred to your mobile device as they are taken.

Nikon's Coolpix W100 is the company's bargain-basement rugged camera. It has a smartphone-sized 13MP CMOS sensor, 30-90mm equiv. lens, electronic VR, 1080p video capture and SnapBridge. It's waterproof to 10m/30ft, shockproof to 1.8m/5.4ft and freezeproof to +14F/-10C. 

The Coolpix A300 will be available in February in silver for $139. The W100 is priced at $159 and comes in blue and white.

EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE NIKON INNOVATION AT THE 2017 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

Nikon’s CES Booth Features Immersive Experiences, Presentations from World Class Photographers and a Showcase of the Latest Innovations in Digital Imaging

LAS VEGAS, NV, CES BOOTH #14117 (January 4, 2017) – Today, Nikon Inc., a world leader in digital imaging, returns to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2017 to exhibit the latest immersive and innovative technologies in the digital imaging space. Visitors to the Nikon booth will have the opportunity for hands-on time with the latest Nikon products, including the new connected Nikon D5600 DSLR and the KeyMission line of action cameras, as well as hear from Nikon professional photographers at the Nikon School Theater. Other experiences on the show floor include the return of Project HeliX powered by Nikon and an interactive VR area featuring content captured with the KeyMission 360.

“Nikon remains committed to helping storytellers everywhere capture and celebrate their passions in the quality they deserve,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “At CES 2017, we are excited to provide attendees with access to engaging experiences, innovative products and incredible Nikon photographers, all of which provide a glimpse into how the latest Nikon technologies are being used to fuel our passions and tell incredible stories from around the world,” 

Nikon’s Latest Products

Nikon will showcase several new products on the show floor, headlined by the lightweight Nikon D5600 DSLR. Introduced in the U.S. market today, Nikon’s latest connected DSLR helps users improve their photography with an array of creative features and encourages the easy sharing of incredible images using Nikon SnapBridge technology. Featuring a 24.2-megapixel sensor, incredible performance and an intuitive touch screen Vari-angle LCD monitor, the D5600 is an ideal companion for photographers ready to capture and share the things they love.

Also announced in the U.S. market today are two new additions to Nikon’s COOLPIX compact camera line, the COOLPIX W100 and COOLPIX A300. Waterproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof, the COOLPIX W100 helps anyone in the family capture beautiful images worry-free, and supports Nikon SnapBridge to allow for seamless connectivity and sharing. Other features include a 13.2-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens and full HD video capability. The ultra-thin and stylish COOLPIX A300 is a compact and lightweight slim zoom offering ready to capture amazing images and HD video. Complete with a 20.1-megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom lens, high-performance Vibration Reduction (VR) and connectivity and sharing via Nikon SnapBridge, the A300 is an affordable and versatile compact camera offering for those always on the go.

The Nikon D5600 will be available in the U.S. in January 2017 for the suggested retail price (SRP)* of $799.95 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, alongside other kit configurations. Both new COOLPIX offerings will be available in the U.S. in February 2017. The COOLPIX W100 will be available in Blue and White for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95. The COOLPIX A300 will be available in Silver for $139.95 SRP*. For more information on Nikon’s newest products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon Coolpix A300 / W100 specifications  Nikon Coolpix A300Nikon Coolpix W100PriceMSRP$139/£129$159Body typeBody typeUltracompactBody materialCompositeSensorMax resolution5152 x 38644160 x 3120Other resolutions3648 x 2736, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 5120 x 2880 (16:9), 3864 x 3864 (1:1)2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 16:94:3Effective pixels20 megapixels13 megapixelsSensor photo detectors21 megapixels14 megapixelsSensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)1/3.1" (4.7 x 3.5 mm)Sensor typeCCDCMOSColor spacesRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISO80-3200Auto, 125-1600White balance presets5Custom white balanceYesImage stabilizationOpticalDigital onlyImage stabilization notes3 stopsUncompressed formatNoJPEG quality levelsFine, normalFile format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)25–200 mm30–90 mmOptical zoom8×3×Maximum apertureF3.7–6.6F3.3–5.9Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4x)Manual focusNoNormal focus range50 cm (19.69″)5 cm (1.97″)Macro focus range2 cm (0.79″)5 cm (1.97″)Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFixedScreen size2.7″Screen dots230,000Touch screenNoScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeNonePhotography featuresMinimum shutter speed4 sec1 secMaximum shutter speed1/1500 sec1/2000 secExposure modes
  • Auto
  • Scene Auto Selector
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Sports
  • Night portrait
  • Party/indoor
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Sunset
  • Dusk/dawn
  • Night landscape
  • Close-up
  • Food
  • Fireworks
  • Backlighting
  • Panorama assist
  • Pet portrait
Built-in flashYesFlash range2.80 m3.10 mExternal flashNoFlash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow syncDrive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
Continuous drive1.1 fpsSelf-timerYes (2, 5, 10 secs)YesMetering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)±2 (at 1 EV steps)Videography featuresResolutions1280 x 720 (30p, 25p)1920 x 1080FormatMotion JPEGMPEG-4, H.264MicrophoneMonoStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesInternal + SD/SDHC/SDXC cardSD/SDHC/SDXC cardStorage included19MB22MBConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMINoYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portNoHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g + Bluetooth 4.1802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LERemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoYesBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionEN-EL19EN-EL19 lithium-ion battery & USB chargerBattery Life (CIPA)240220Weight (inc. batteries)119 g (0.26 lb / 4.20 oz)177 g (0.39 lb / 6.24 oz)Dimensions96 x 58 x 20 mm (3.78 x 2.28 x 0.79″)110 x 67 x 38 mm (4.31 x 2.64 x 1.5″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingNoGPSNone
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Canon announces PowerShot G9 X Mark II with improved stabilization, 8 fps Raw bursts

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 14:00
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Canon has announced the successor to the tiny PowerShot G9 X, dubbed the G9 X Mark II. The new model retains the same basic look, feel and weight of the original, meaning it continues to be the smallest compact camera on the market with a relatively large 1"-type sensor. It carries over the existing 28-82mm equiv. F2-4.9 lens, with all major updates under the hood.

Headlining those updates is the new Digic VII processor, first seen in the larger G7 X Mark II. This processor enables Raw burst shooting at up to 8.2 fps for ~21 frames (the previous model shot around 1 fps in Raw), and Canon has added Dual Sensing Image Stabilization, meaning that information from the lens and sensor is combined to offer a claimed 3.5 stops of image stabilization.

Other additions include greater customization options, improved AF tracking, better scene recognition in auto mode and in-camera Raw conversion.

The G9 X Mark II is set to ship in February in your choice of black or silver for $529.

Press Release:

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera

For those looking to make a step up to a premium point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II features a 1.0- inch 20.2 Megapixel sensor and packs a lot of punch in a very small package. It also features the latest image processor, DIGIC 7, providing users with improved subject tracking and scene detection, and more. For added social network-sharing convenience the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot digital camera equipped with Bluetooth for easy pairing with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers of all skill levels looking for more “pro-like” features will appreciate the in-camera RAW conversion feature and improved Time-Lapse Movie Mode to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera Features include:

  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and Bluetooth capability
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28-84mm)
  • 3.0” Touch Panel LCD
  • Full HD, Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Movie video functions
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps (In JPEG and RAW)

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera is scheduled to be available February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $529.99.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II specifications PriceMSRP$529Body typeBody typeCompactSensorMax resolution5472 x 3648Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9Effective pixels20 megapixelsSensor photo detectors21 megapixelsSensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)Sensor typeBSI-CMOSProcessorDIGIC 7Color spacesRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 125-12800White balance presets6Custom white balanceYesImage stabilizationOpticalUncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fineFile format
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)28–84 mmOptical zoom3×Maximum apertureF2–4.9Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4x)Manual focusYesNormal focus range5 cm (1.97″)Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDFixedScreen size3″Screen dots1,040,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeNonePhotography featuresMinimum shutter speed30 secMaximum shutter speed1/2000 secExposure modes
  • Scene
  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Panning
  • Star Portrait
  • Star Nightscape
  • Star Trails
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYesFlash range6.00 m (at Auto ISO)External flashNoFlash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, offDrive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive8.2 fpsSelf-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)WB BracketingNoVideography featuresFormatMPEG-4, H.264Videography notesAlso has star time-lapse. miniature effect, and digest modesModes
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 8 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 3 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXCConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portNoHeadphone portNoWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC and BluetoothRemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedNoBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery and chargerBattery Life (CIPA)235Weight (inc. batteries)206 g (0.45 lb / 7.27 oz)Dimensions98 x 58 x 31 mm (3.86 x 2.28 x 1.22″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingYes (star time-lapse)GPSNone
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Kate Middleton is rightly honoured for her photographs – they are full of love

Some scoff that the Duchess has been praised by the Royal Photographic Society. But, like Kim Kardashian, she understands the power of the camera

Royals make natural photographers, it seems. They are born not just with a silver spoon but a golden camera. First Prince Harry showed his photojournalism from Lesotho, and now the Duchess of Cambridge has been honoured by the Royal Photographic Society for her baby pictures.

Could this recognition be a tiny bit sycophantic? The clue is in the institution’s name. The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853 and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were patrons. Yet its new year announcement of lifetime honorary membership for Kate and slavish – sorry, lavish – praise of her “talent and enthusiasm” has irritated a few camera buffs. Sarcastic social media commenters went so far as to joke that she probably “knew someone”, and even compared her with Brooklyn Beckham, who also points a camera about from time to time.

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The best photographs of Barack Obama's presidency – in pictures

The Obama presidency was a gift to picture editors: young and attractive with a handsome family, he brought an openness and sense of fun to the White House unseen since JFK. Our US picture editor, Sarah Gilbert, selects her favourite pictures from his eight years in office

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Eyewitness: Myanmar

Pictures from the Eyewitness series

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Pulse: Extreme weather in black and white

DP Review News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 09:00

Mike Olbinski has captured some pretty amazing footage over the past year; you may remember this video that we posted back in October and this one from July. Needless to say, he had a busy 2016. For his latest project, he decided to do something a bit different by presenting the entire 4K time-lapse film in black and white.

This type of treatment definitely comes with its own set of challenges, but we think it showcases the drama and unpredictability of thunderstorms in a refreshing way. Make sure to enjoy this one in HD with the volume turned up and the lights turned down.  

Song by Tony Anderson: “The Way Home" (Licensed through The Music Bed)

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Samsung patent shows dual-camera tracking feature

DP Review News - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 19:17

2016 was a breakthrough-year for the dual-camera concept on smartphones, with several models being launched. Notably the largest manufacturer of Android smartphones, Samsung, has so far not participated in the dual-camera game. This appears to be changing however, as a patent application has been filed with the South Korean Patent Office suggests that the tech giant is at least considering smartphone models with dual-cameras. The patent suggests that the phone would feature two different focal lengths, similar to what we have already seen on the LG G5 or Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The patent application is for a specific dual-camera feature that allows for tracking a moving subject with the preview-image of the wide-angle lens and then capturing it larger in the frame with the tele-lens. In the images included in the patent application the frame lines of the tele-image are superimposed onto the wide-angle image, which should make it easier to follow a fast moving subject. 

As usual, there is no way of knowing if the concept will ever make it into a final product but the system certainly looks possible to implement with current technologies. We probably should not expect a dual-cam in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship but after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster the Korean manufacturer could certainly do with a stand-out feature in one of its next models to recover lost market share.

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Magic Lantern proof-of-concept shows in-camera DNG shooting

DP Review News - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 18:49

Magic Lantern, the free software add-on for some Canon cameras, may one day offer in-camera DNG shooting, at least per a proof-of-concept that has appeared on the company's forums. The proof-of-concept comes from forum administrator ‘a1ex,’ who details a way in which he got Magic Lantern to produce an in-camera lossless 14-bit DNG file that Adobe’s dng_validate accepts. Although most high-end Canon cameras shoot Raw, files are recorded in Canon's proprietary .CRW and .CR2 formats.

This proof-of-concept is not a feature currently offered by Magic Lantern, so current users will not be able to access it, and there is no indication at this time whether the software will ever add this feature.

Magic Lantern forum user 'Danne' went on to provide sample DNG images taken using this encoder mod; a direct download is available here.

Via: PetaPixel

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How to use John Berger’s ‘language of images’ on Trump, polar bears and Kim Kardashian

In the 70s, the late critic revolutionised our appreciation of the visual arts. How do his ideas translate to contemporary culture?

John Berger, who died on Monday, wrote and said a lot of smart things, but he will be remembered longest for his 1972 BBC television series and book Ways of Seeing. The TV series belongs to the pixellated past, but the brilliantly designed book published alongside it by Penguin, with boldly montaged illustrations and stark, pithy text, is a bestselling modern classic.

As Berger put it, we are visual animals who see before we learn to read and, even as adults, get our most basic orientation in the world with our eyes, which makes images extraordinarily powerful.

Related: John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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