Canon 5D MkII vs Panasonic GH1 video shootout @ EosHD

A very interesting shoot-out, with some unpredictable results:    "It's a widely held belief that in low light the 5D trounces the GH1. But it is simply not the case. In fact the GH1 often matches or produces a punchier image, especially at ISO 800 - and it's not even much nosier, usually."    

Panasonic GH1 Review @ DCRP

Another review, another happy reviewer :) "The GH1 records video at 1920 x 1080 (1080p), with a "cinematic" frame rate of 24 fps using the AVCHD codec until your memory card fills up (except in Europe). You can also record at 720p (1280 x 720) at 60 frames/second, with three quality

Panasonic GF1 review(ish) @ GX Garnerings

I like user reviews that venture a bit away from the beaten path. Added bonus, some garneshing of engrish. How about lenses that "hunt like fanatics"?:   "Unfortunately, GF1's focusing speed becomes a bit sluggish in low light situations with the pancake and the kit zoom lenses alike. Moreover, although the manuals say that the two lenses afford a closest focusing distance of 0.2m and 0.3m respectively, the lenses hunt like fanatics when the subjects are around

Panasonic announce GH1 body only purchase option.

Makes you wonder who would buy this video orientated camera without the excellent 14-140 lens, but there you go:   "Panasonic is pleased to announce that its award winning DMC-GH1 interchangeable lens camera will be available to purchase as body only – offering Micro Four Thirds Lens owners a cost effective solution to using the DMC-GH1.

DC watch: The 10 most important cameras of 2009

The Google translation says "most historical", and we can't quite make out some of the orther stuff, but the camera models selected speak for themselves. One interesting tidbit is the medium format film camera among the 10, and also the complete lack of any Canon models. As an added bonus they list the most historical cameras of the past 10 years too:

DC watch compares Olympus E-P2 & Panasonic GF1 image quality

Reading the text might get you dizzy, but pictures are as always worth more than words: "Does not GF1 is equipped with image stabilization and you say No, the target LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 ASPH. And LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4 ASPH. Maikurofosazu two lenses to use the book except Panasonic I do not feel a lack in any way. Because it has image stabilization capabilities in the lens

Panasonic takes over Sanyo

In a way, Sanyo returns "home", because it was started by the brother-in-law of Panasonic's founder. Now, Sanyo may not be a well known name for us consumers, but it is a major player in many areas of the "underlying" electronic components, such as stepmotors, semiconductors and batteries, like the

Panasonic Leica 45mm F2.8 Macro OIS Lens Review @ DPreview

''The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS is one of two compact lenses for Micro Four Thirds that Panasonic announced alongside the DMC-GF1 in September 2009, the other being the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Pancake. Like its sibling it fits a lot into a very small space; the 45mm measures just 2.5" in each dimension, yet manages to to incorporate both optical image . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS @ DPreview

"A fundamental component of the Micro Four Thirds system design is the use of software to correct certain lens aberrations. For most users this is completely transparent - the camera corrects both the viewfinder image 'on the fly', and the JPEG files it records. Also, both the SilkyPix software supplied with G-series cameras and industry-standard alternatives such as Adobe Camera Raw convert raw files . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens Review @ DPreview

"The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH was announced earlier this month as the natural companion to the compact Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera, alongside a Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro (the camera is also available with a 14-45mm kit zoom). The H-H020, as Panasonic curiously likes to call it, is a large maximum aperture 'normal' prime in a very compact 'pancake' type body. It gathers a stop and a half more light than Olympus's M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 pancake (which is only marginally smaller), and is therefore sure to be of interest to E-P1 owners who want to . . . read more

Panasonic GH1 Review @

Michael Reichman clearly "gets" that the GH1 "gets it" "If you want a peek at what the future of both still and video cameras might look like over the next few years, drop into your camera dealer and have look at the Panasonic Lumix GH1. To my mind it's the first Combocam that "gets it", delivering both image quality and functionality that don't

Panasonic GH1 Review @

"Evolutionary dead end", or the beginning of a revolution? This little camera rocks the boat sea in a big way: "The contrast detect auto focus, especially in combination with the new 14-140mm lens, has been optimized for video operation as well. It's much quicker than on DSLRs and actually very usable, which makes the GH1 a much better all round video camera than any of the video DSLRs we have

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS @ DP review

"With all this software correction of lens aberrations going on, it's perhaps inevitable that some people will look upon Panasonic's approach as 'cheating'. After all, the argument runs, film camera lenses were always properly corrected optically, so surely the use of software to achieve the same effect is simply cost-cutting, and therefore somehow 'cheating'. We think this is fundamentally the wrong way to look at it. In photography, what ultimately counts is the final image - the means to get there is relatively unimportant. As we've s . . . read more

Panasonic GH1 Review @

Even if this camera is half as good as the hype surrounding it should still be a strong card. And half the price of what Panasonic as asking would also be a nice option. Excerpt: "The GH1 seems to have a slight but clear edge over the G1, but its sensor does seem to suffer from more banding. The

Panasonic released firmware updates for LX3 & G1

 Panasonic DMC-G1 firmware version 1.1 fixes and improvements: 1. Makes it possible to check the exposure with Live View during the AE lock.  2. Makes it possible to continuously display the enlarged screen of the MF assist.  3. Added "color adjustment function" for the LCD monitor/View finder.  4. Added "Red-eye reduction forced flash on" to the flash setting for the [PARTY]. 

Panasonic Lumix LX3 new firmware

Panasonic will release a new firmware update for the Lumix DMC-LX3 on 15th December. Version 1.1 includes a compatibility update for the optional FL220 flash unit, and improves auto white balance performance. 

Panasonic Lumix G1 @

g1The first micro 4/3 Dslr does not appear to be a very special deal (given the lack of a video capture mode non the less), but looks may deceive some times. Excerpt: "As the very first camera in a substantially new and different format, we're impressed with the Panasonic Lumix G1. The company has successfully conquered the nagging problem of delivering an effective Live View system in an interchangeable-lens camera, and done so in a design that's both compact and comfortable. Image quality results from the lab also earned our respect: not flawless certainly, particularly when it comes to image noise, but competitive with the traditional SLRs we benchmarked it against and, in several cases, superior." Link 

Panasonic releases 14-45mm & 45-200mm Micro 4/3 Lenses

p14Two new lenses to accompany the panasonic G1, from a roadmap that also includes a 14-140mm f4.0-5.6,  one 7-14mm f4.0 and a 20mm f1.7, all three to be released in 2009. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 micro 4/3 camera

g1The first micro 4/3 camera to hit the market is curiously enough not  a a Olympus but a Panasonic.  Did they get it right? Well, time and reviews will tell and so far the specs look nice, but at a time when new dslrs start to feature video capture, this feature is strangely absent here.  And it would be really at home here, with the articutaled lcd and the super hi-res EVF. Oh well, The press release:

Panasonic: we're still with the 4/3 format

This one from amateur photographer UK: " Panasonic has given Amateur Photographer (AP) its reaction to internet rumours that the firm is about to withdraw from the Four Thirds camera system.  Panasonic Europe has rubbished the rumours and confirmed that the company plans to continue with the format.  AP approached Panasonic for comment after several internet postings suggested that the company was poised to pull out of Four Thirds. Our enquiry was referred to Sven Dabelstein, digital still camera marketing manager at Panasonic Europe who said: 'The information found in the articles is incorrect. Panasonic will be continuing with the Four Thirds format.' "   

Panasonic Introduces 3-Megapixel Camera Module

Industry's thinnest 8.63 mm module incorporates auto-focus and image-stabilizer - Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic SC Device Solutions Co., Ltd. (PSCDS), a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., today announced the development of a 3-megapixel camera module designed for mobile phones. With the latest v Maicovicon? image sensor at the core, the module, GP-KM3500V, incorporates auto-focusing and image-stabilizing capabilities in the industry's thinnest 8.63mm package. The GP-KM3500V makes camera phones thinner while ensuring superb picture quality.     "Conventional 3-megapixel Charge Coupled Device (CCD) and CMOS image sensors are not small enough to design compact camera modules, resulting in bulky mobile phones. This new camera module successfully combines quality imaging with compact design by taking full advantage of the new 3-megapixel v Maicovicon? that features the industry's smallest 2.2-micron pixel size. Advanced mounting and image processing technologies, as well as the ultra-mini focus actuator and thinner lenses, also contributed to reducing the size," said Mr. Satoru Masuda, Director of Engineering, PSCDS.    
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