pannumon

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OlyPent: I think the kit lens you mentioned was $599 by itself, which meant the camera was only $100 or so more than the G1 was at release so not expensive really. I still have a G1 which I bought in 2008 and used extensively (the novelty of mirrorless and all those aftermarket lenses), a very robust workhorse of a camera.

Stand-alone, the lens was 700€. I was stupid not to sell it after getting other lenses. Recently, the new 12-60mm (non-Leica) was 599€, and G7 plus that lens was 499€ in the same store. GH5 with the new 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 is 500€ more than the body-only. You conclude.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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deep7: Good article but I wonder about the headline. I'm sure my Olympus EP1 came out before the GH1 and it does shoot video, albeit only 720p. That aspect of the EP1 was very exciting at the time but I found the video could have a sort of "moving grain" in lower light which was pretty ugly.

I still have my EP1. The lack of viewfinder has always and will always annoy me but I still pull it out every now and then because it just feels good. That shutter!

@deep7 I know the feeling, I have been wrong once, but I don't want to talk about it. In the age of the Information Superhighway, I used a search engine to check the announcement dates. As far as I remember, E-P1 was almost immediately at the stores after the announcement, whereas it took four months to actually get the pre-ordered GH1. This might explain the it.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 00:52 UTC

At the time GH1 released, 5D mk II could only capture 18 or 20fps 1080p, and as mentioned, 500D only captured 20fps. Sometime after the GH1 release, 5D mk II got a firmware upgrade enabling 24fps 1080p.

One of the great things about GH1 was AF with video. I think Panasonic made the AF in video slower in the later models. GH1 could also focus well in low light, and the AF-S is still more than fast enough for most uses. It was really a revolutionary camera.

I'm really looking for comparisons between old and new cameras!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:36 UTC as 16th comment
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marc petzold: The Lumix GH1 is basically 95% a Lumix G1, same Body, Size, just added Video Features, same 12 MP mFT Sensor with great Colors & Tonality. My go-to walk-around mirrorless is always being the G1 & Lumix G Vario 14-45/3.5-5.6 Lens - it delivers, and that's it. Same as for the Sony R1, i never go >ISO 400 with this combo, shooting RAW-only.

GH1 had some interface upgrades, for example how to toggle magnified view. Also the grip was less rubbery. GH1 had a 16MPix sensor that was superior at ISO 100-800, but some of the cameras suffered terrible banding at ISO 1600-3200.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:35 UTC
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deep7: Good article but I wonder about the headline. I'm sure my Olympus EP1 came out before the GH1 and it does shoot video, albeit only 720p. That aspect of the EP1 was very exciting at the time but I found the video could have a sort of "moving grain" in lower light which was pretty ugly.

I still have my EP1. The lack of viewfinder has always and will always annoy me but I still pull it out every now and then because it just feels good. That shutter!

E-P1 was released several months later, in June 2009. That being said, I pre-ordered GH1 and got it in July 2009.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
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CaPi: How about GPS tagging via LE Bluetooth? Would you guys @CES check if thats a possibilty?

In some interview it was mentioned it is possible. Anyway, GPS tagging does not require an active continuous connection to the camera. Just set the Panasonic image app on your smartphone to log the coordinates. At the end of the day, connect the camera to the smartphone via WiFi and transfer the coordinates to the camera. If the app asks for time sync, select 'yes'.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 22:43 UTC
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rialcnis: Not going to debate with myself as to whether I want the GH 5 over the new Oly. Both are fine.

Wonder if the use of the new Zuiko lenses with added stabilization feature will be compatible with the GH 5 stabilization.

Also wondering how the weatherproofing will compare?

With (most) Panasonic stabilized lenses, both lens IS and sensor IS systems can be used simultaneously. With lens-stabilized Olympus lenses, you have to choose between the lens stabilization or in-body stabilization. There are very few stabilized Olympus lenses anyway, but the Olympus sensor IS is very very good itself.

I have not heard any reports of weatherproofing failed for either of the manufacturers. Instead, I have heard the opposite stories. Personally I dropped my Panasonic 100-300mm (mk I) into solid rock, where it bounced into a lake. It still works perfectly.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:46 UTC
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FLruckas: What is going on?

Sony full frame cameras. Itty bitty bodies. BIG FAT LENSES.

GH5. BIG FAT BODY. Itty bitty lenses.

I miss the GH1/2 form factor...Itty bitty body. Itty bitty lenses.

Have you considered G85 or GX85?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:31 UTC
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Androole: "The GH5 becomes the first Panasonic to allow the use of Auto ISO in manual exposure mode. It also maintains exposure compensation, when doing so. This is true for both stills and video."

Hallelujah! They listened! They listened!

Best feature addition.

@panther fan, according to TheCameraProject YouTube Video interview (https://youtu.be/8vyXs3W0RVo?t=13m17s), Auto ISO minimum shutter speed can be set on GH5.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
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noflashplease: So now it's Panasonic's "video and stills 'hybrid' lineup?" As someone who's more concerned with stills than video, color me unimpressed. The MicroFourThirds concept is increasingly irrelevant in the world of stills photography and is becoming a niche videocentric format.

The GH5 is a just another spec sheet hero. Classic Panasonic. More meh and better blah.

Spec sheet hero? You must be thinking of Sony. Panasonic excels in things that are beyond the specs, such as usability (ergonomics) and in terms of video how it actually looks.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
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maxnimo: Why no time-lapse and no hi-speed mode? Or did I miss the fine print.....

Time-lapse has been a standard feature for Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras for some time. It's enabled via the knob on the left. It's possible simply to save the frames, and the camera has the option to create an video as well. There is also an option for shooting direct video as low as 2 fps.

There are so many features, that it's hard to mention all in initial reviews.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)
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entoman: "Although all three cameras have two control dials, they are arranged so that both must be controlled using the thumb and, for many people, requiring the hand to be repositioned when switching from one to the other".

To be fair, I doubt if anyone is likely to want to adjust the mode dial while the camera is held to the eye. I'm not a great fan of Sony APS cameras, but I don't see the dual thumb dials as a limitation.

I believe they refer to the '4-way dial' right from the screen, not the mode dial. If you work in the A-mode, you use one dial for adjusting the aperture, and another dial for adjusting the exposure compensation. In these camerase, these dials are operated by the same thumb. In most of the advanced cameras, the other dial is in the front, and can be operated with the index finger. Some other cameras have a pushable rear-dial. allowing changing two parameters with one dial without moving thumb.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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Scintilla Aquila: "That said, I'm exploring shooting exclusively using my nose as my primary means of selecting an AF area."

I *trust* there will be an article forthcoming about the effectiveness of this approach.

Fully articulating screens should never be operated 'screen closed', screen facing the photographer (like normal digital cameras). When you see the screen, it should always be on the left side of the camera (from the perspective of camera).

This way, tilting the screen is simple and quick, and there is no way noses would change the AF area. Also there is no need to disable touch screen and the functionality of the 4-way pad by using 'direct focus area'. This way the screen is also always protected when not in use.

OK, I know some people do not like to use it that way. Anyway, actually, I hope someone from DPreview staff would trie this and actually do an instructional video about it!

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 04:23 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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Adgadg: One serieus problem Panasonic has to adress - Awful autofocus during video. It completely fails to track, it is the biggest letdown of my gx80.

The test videos in the review suggests that AF in video is pretty good. The ability to change the AF sensitivity during the video seems to be a game changer. My experience is that the problem with 4k video has not been tracking, but that the camera has not kept the focus on the subject it is currently tracking.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
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Osa25: The strange choice todo this lens on m43 is underlined by the fact there is exactly ONE lens at 20mm the "normal" focal length in this system.

Sigma could get away with releasing an oversized 20mm f1.4 on M43 and sell tons of those. Would sell even more of a properly scaled down one made specifically form43. But changing the mount on a 30mm, nah it's going to be a marginal product in the end.

If they don't put in proper effort, then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

Sigma has 19mm f/2.8 for Micro Four Thirds. That's pretty close to 20mm.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I'll be very happy to see Flickr disappear completely. Yahoo completely ruined the service after acquiring it 2005.

I was extremely annoyed when they made it impossible to use their service without giving them your phone number, but it's a totally different level of incompetence or even criminal negligence to allow hackers to steal HALF A BILLION USERS' data, including these phone numbers, several years later.

What were they thinking when they allowed the hackers to break in?

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (31 comments in total)
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garyknrd: That looks to be a very nice travel camera.

Especially for people who use cameras with USB-charging possibility (like GX80/85, not G80/85) it's a no-brainer to carry a USB-powerbank with you. It powers you phone for GPS and your camera. Even without USB-chargable camera, it makes a lot of sense. If it's not you, then someone else will want to charge their devices.

Omitting GPS is a nuisance, but not a problem, unless you make it a problem. Heck, you can buy an old smartphone with GPS for 30€/$. You don't need a sim card for it to work, although it does help. Additional phone will also act as an emergency device.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
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Al Valentino: In the future people that can afford two systems might go for m4/3 and MF as they compliment each other perfectly. Mirrorless MF reduces the bulk to make it more viable, but still a system for those with deep pockets .

You use Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds bodies. It's just that most people don't want to. Just Google "Metabones T Speed Booster Ultra 0.71x EF to Micro Four Thirds". This adapter effectively changes Micro Four Thirds sensor to crop 1.4 for full frame lenses.

Anyway, this is off-topic. I agree that µ4/3 and Fuji MF would be a great combination.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (31 comments in total)
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garyknrd: That looks to be a very nice travel camera.

Personally, if I need GPS I just use Panasonic Image app on my smartphone and make it log the GPS data. Then I can send the data to the camera using WiFi. The camera then adds the coordinates to the photos. Adding the data to the photos is a slow process, but it works.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
On article Video: First look at the Panasonic G85/G80 (31 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: What I don't like about Panasonic cameras is the Preview mode. In Preview mode there is always a text like "Shtr speed effect added" which hides an area of the field of view. Very annoying und ugly. And you have to assign a button to Preview mode in A, S or P mode. For example Sony cameras don't need an extra Preview button in A mode as far as I know.
And it's a bummer that Panasonic is not able to implement a minimum shutter speed option.

Just to make sure, Panasonic cameras are always in preview mode, except that normally the aperture and shutter speed are not shown.

How does it work with Sony cameras, then? Aperture preview is enabled from the menu and it is always on, until you set the menu item off?

I practically never use Aperture/shutter speed preview on my Panasonics, and I have never thought that guide text is annoying. I see your point, though.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
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