IMHO, it's more of the advertisement of video than still-imaging. Unfortunately, Nikon 4S is still not the best tool for this.
Captivating photo: excellent use of the flame as a light source!
igorek7: The lens is a high-quality alternative to the cheep and decent Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, similarly as Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is to Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. I am considering to buy 15mm together with Lumix GM1. As a kit lens, the price is right.
I now hope that Panasonic would return 150mm f/2.8 to their roadmap, and would design 10mm f/2.5 or similarly wide-angle rectilinear prime.
The prices will get settled, and as a kit lens 15mm is a good option. Unfortunately, Samyang 10mm f/2.8 was originally designed for the APS-C-sensor cameras, thus it's size and weight makes it less attractive for the MFT. I'd check the upcoming Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 as a rectilinear wide-angle prime alternative. I'm not considering Olympus tele-zooms, due to the lack of the on-lens O.I.S. Panasonic's mockup version of 150mm f/2.8 was more interesting in that respect.
igorek7: In all, the US space agency sent 14 cameras to the moon during its Apollo 11-17 missions in 1969-1972. There have been also a few training cameras and the story. There is the official Apollo 15 stowage list, http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/ so its easy to check the camera number, such as, for example, in this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/igor29768/8017234445/
BTW, there have been previously an E-Bay auction for the one of the copies of Hasselblad Electric camera 500EL that was given to the then President of Hasselblad who then gifted it to the Head Canadian Distributor http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hasselblad-500EL-ELECTIC-CAMERA-NASA-Lunar-Apollo-Mission-80mm-250mm-Rare-/281142070601?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item41755f8d49&afsrc=1&afsrc=1
There have been another controversial story related to Apollo 15 mission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15_postage_stamp_scandal
In all, the US space agency sent 14 cameras to the moon during its Apollo 11-17 missions in 1969-1972. There have been also a few training cameras and the story. There is the official Apollo 15 stowage list, http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a15/ so its easy to check the camera number, such as, for example, in this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/igor29768/8017234445/
The lens is a high-quality alternative to the cheep and decent Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, similarly as Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is to Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. I am considering to buy 15mm together with Lumix GM1. As a kit lens, the price is right.
There is also the SLR Magic 12-36x50 ED "spotting scope" lens for the MFT http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/03/27/SLR-Magic-releases-Monster-Lens-II-spotting-scope-for-Micro-Four-Thirds.
igorek7: It's nice to see some progress with the Nikon's professional "action" camera, and a brave decision to not increase the pixel count of the sensor.
Perhaps, video capabilities is the major upgrade. Video bit rates up to 1080@60p is a good addition, but limiting video stream to 42Mbps (10 min limit), and 24Mbps (20 min limit) is not. The D4s can now adjust audio volume as it records, which is good. Unlike existing Nikons, the D4s can now simultaneously output uncompressed video over HDMI and record to internal memory cards --great.
However, I'm asking myself, with all those D4s video improvements, why not to add a 4K video, like in Panasonic GH4? Why not to add a silent shutter, an electronic one or a rolling shutter? Many of Nikon D3/D4 are used in external-noise-sensitive environments, such as theater/public performances, etc.
@noirdesir Thanks for the clarification! Limits due to broadcasting rights is a new one for me. I guess, Nikon would implement an automatical split of a running video recording into multiple files.
It's nice to see some progress with the Nikon's professional "action" camera, and a brave decision to not increase the pixel count of the sensor.
There were also two other Kowa MFT lens prototypes 16mm T1.9 and 50mm T2.1, plus all-black versions which can be seen here https://vimeo.com/79305426
History does not repeat itself, but, as Mark Twain remarked, it does occasionally rhyme.
Remember how Black Magic has delayed their first 2.4K RAW camera, and started to ship it just before the announcement the Production 4K Camera while discounting 2.4K on $1,000? I remember the urgent activity of people converting their orders from 2.4K to 4K while listening promises from the BM that this would never happen again. May be it's worth to wait till NAB (April 2014) when a new BM model is announced?
The Olympus OM-D EM-1 contains a Panasonic 34231 (MN34230 die markings) CMOS Image Sensor with on-chip phase detection pixel array http://chipworks.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=OLY-E-M1_Pri-Camera
peevee1: Venus IX? Did they skip Venus VIII?
But it is sick pro camcorder in an innocent photo camera shape...
Panasonic GX7 has the imaging processor Venus VIII
Minimum shutter speed is 60 minutes (not 60 sec)!
It is also specifically mentioned in the Panasonic "Picture quality" description: "Plus, superior noise reduction allows max. 60 min long exposure"
Monochrom: The viewfinder has only 1/10th of the pixels you need to judge focus in 4K. Peaking is not enough there.And i doubt that SDHC cards are capable of recording 4K without huge compression. They're just not fast enough to handle the big datastream.
Fortunately, the auto-zoom while manually focusing works fine in GH4 even with simultaneous focus peaking.
You may want to use an available Panasonic external monitor BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD, for the complete 4K monitoring.
While my main current interests in any camera is its video capabilities, GH4 still-imaging capabilities are impressive for any mirrorless camera, even including other recent Panasonic cameras, such as GH3, G6, GX7 and GM1, that alone makes GH4 a fantastic choice for photography. Besides the similar to GH3 camera body shape, I see significant changes in almost every other hardware and software parts: sensor, digital signal "imaging/video" processor, internal memory, etc. I'll wait for the first real-world GH4 tests, but this camera is already in my shopping list.
Besides significant improvements in the GH4 video capabilities --even in comparison with already impressive GH3, G6 and GX7-- GH4 offers drastic improvements for still-image photography as well, considering its new hardware and software resulting in:* decent improvements in AF speed be means of new Depth from Defocus method;* less rolling shutter effect in silent shooting mode due to 50% faster sensor read-out speed;* 1/8000 sec minimum shutter speed;* much faster continuous shooting speeds -- up to 12fps at full 16Mpix;* significantly improved LCD and EVF, + focus peaking, zebra pattern, and luminance level adjustment benefit still imaging, too.
BarnET: 16mp1/8000 shutter1mil dot OLED screen21mm OLED viewfinder, 3,000+ dot.Time code200mbps mp4 All-i/100mbps IPB4k/30p4:2:2 10/8bit output3G-SDI and XLR adaptor (An adaptor that the camera sits on with XLR x2, HD-SDI x4)Price: €2799
Most specs are rumoured but the 200mbps was confirmed by an panasonic spokesperson. According to Engadget. I will try to find out more.http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/panasonics-4k-mirrorless-gh-camera/
The quoted camera (body-only?) price is different. "Panasonic's next GH mirrorless camera will record 4K video, arrive late February for under $2,000" http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/panasonics-4k-mirrorless-gh-camera/
This sample, unfortunately, doesn't demonstrate a beautiful bokeh of the lens, neither tell us much about the effectiveness of its O.I.S. which together with f/1.2 aperture makes this lens unique. This lens is designed also for video, rising the question if the lens "breathe", change focal lengths slightly while racking focus? Fortunately, there are already more image galleries to argue that the lens is outstanding for both still- and video-imaging, see links here, http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4612/panasonic-42.5mm-f1.2-and-150mm-f2.8-mft