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CES 2014: Panasonic Stand Report

By dpreview staff on Jan 8, 2014 at 21:56 GMT
Panasonic shows off Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2
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Panasonic shows off Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2

Mounted on a Lumix GH3, our Panasonic reps gave us a peek at the fast portrait prime first teased at Photokina 2012. It's equipped with Power O.I.S. stabilization, making it the world's fastest image-stabilized lens.

Read more about the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH lens

Take a look at our Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH sample gallery

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Total comments: 19
davids8560
By davids8560 (1 month ago)

I am very tempted by the TZ40/ZS60 Travel Zoom, as some very compelling features, like RAW files and a viewfinder, have been added to the this latest iteration. Despite the small sensor.

I wonder if the TZ40/ZS60 has the same viewfinder as the tiny LF-1. I also wonder how different the IQ will be from the much larger FZ70, or even the FZ200. They have the same 2/3 sensor, I believe.

This line sure has come a long way since the TZ-1. Canon's SX230HS was great, and I may be in the minority, but I really liked the output from the Fujifilm F770 EXR, too. But neither had a viewfinder. I no longer will consider any camera without a viewfinder, at least for the time being. So the little TZ40/ZS60 interests me!

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (3 months ago)

Nice to see 4k pushing into the enthusiast category rather than waiting for some commercial content. I think the FHD (1080p) is good to 30" diag and after that you can see the pixels. Yeah, ok, good news for pixel peepers.

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Optical1
By Optical1 (3 months ago)

@RichRMA: it's the video capability. Panasonic is cutting edge here with 4k video - giving it an advantage over the competition. For stills alone it is overpriced in my estimation.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (3 months ago)

A bit ridiculous. m4/3rds, 16mp for $2000 versus FF from Nikon or Sony for the same price. What exactly makes the Panasonic worth that kind of money? At $1000 a body, premium m4/3rd cameras were ok, not for $2000.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

If Sony's FDR-AX100 4k video entré is priced at $2,000, then Panasonic will insert its 4k m4/3 in the market at the same price, and assume that buyers will ignore the cost of lenses or already have them. 12 months from now, however, the prices will fall, or there may be poor man's versions available. Canon and Nikon may take their own sweet time: live and let die. No proof, so far, that Sony, Oly, or Panasonic will turn profits on cameras, even after cutting P&S operations.

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tjbates
By tjbates (3 months ago)

It is indeed a video thing. There are several reasons why m4/3 is popular with videographers and therefore worth the price over FF Nikon and Canon.
1. Panasonic know how to make cameras (GH2 and later the GH3) without noticeable moire and aliasing and near HD resolution.
2. EVF
3. Smaller lighter lenses that are tack sharp wide open - unlike many fast aperture FF primes.
4. Improved codec over all other cameras in this price bracket with an EVF.

If you're just shooting stills then I'd go with FF as well. Infact that's why I use both formats.
But right now for video, unless you want to hack a $3K 5DMK3 and then add an EVF, I'd suggest m4/3 is indeed worth $2,000. I'd pay a lot more if it had an internal broadcast codec like ProRes422.

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tjbates
By tjbates (3 months ago)

"The Lumix GH3 made a surprising appearance, sporting a '4K' badge that may indicate future developments for video in the GH-series."

Was DPReview actually there? If so, did you forget to ask if the badge did indeed indicate future developments or not.
No other info? Strange - doesn't sound like a "report" to me.
For many of us - this is one of the most exciting cameras and we don't get any information.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

A 4K decal pasted onto a GH3. People blink or shrug, or fall asleep, but don't press Panasonic the obvious question.

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Tony T C Lau
By Tony T C Lau (3 months ago)

I look forward to the 35-100mm for GM1. I plan to get the camera (or its successor) and the two lens when they become available as a bundle.

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fishywishy
By fishywishy (3 months ago)

no update to the ts5 is disappointing

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

16mp
1/8000 shutter
1mil dot OLED screen
21mm OLED viewfinder, 3,000+ dot.
Time code
200mbps mp4 All-i/100mbps IPB
4k/30p
4:2:2 10/8bit output
3G-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/

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (3 months ago)

2799 Euros, $3400??!

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igorek7
By igorek7 (3 months ago)

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/

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BarnET
By BarnET (3 months ago)

You guys are from dpreview. Come on dig up some info of that 4k gh3.
That can be the only decent scoop of CES this year.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (3 months ago)

Too boring perhaps. More fun to check up on the curved displays or video game innovations. The truth may turn out to messy as well: perhaps the company hasn't made up its mind whether to call it a GH4 or GH5, there is too much moiré in the 4k video to make an acceptable debut, and existing NLE 4k project settings don't support the codec or yield pretty resuults.

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peterwr
By peterwr (3 months ago)

It's featured in photo #6 - along with about all that can be said about it at this stage. Exciting, nonetheless, and puzzling that DPR haven't made a headline item of it.

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mcshan
By mcshan (3 months ago)

Barn, Obviously you haven't read about the NEW grips Fuji announced. Now there is some scoop!

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (3 months ago)

Looks like fun.
Just curious.
Are you using the camera or smartphone for grab shots?

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misolo
By misolo (3 months ago)

A camera, evidently, judging by the depth of field.

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