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2017.01.04

Towards the end of 2016, Panasonic teased that their next flagship mirrorless camera would capture 4K at 60 FPS and shooting continuously at 6K or around 18 megapixels. This morning at CES 2017, they completed the launch of this new mirrorless which is to be available in late March this year.

The new Panasonic Lumix GH5 was unveiled as the ultimate Panasonic mirrorless. Boasting a new 20 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor without anti-alias filter and ultra-fast read-out, the GH5 can shoot continuously full-resolution images at 12 FPS with a mechanical shutter for up to 600 JPEG images or 60 RAW files! Dropping slightly down to 18 MP, the speed jumps up to 30 FPS using an electronic shutter. Going further down to 8 MP, which is 4K, the speed doubles to an impressive 60 FPS.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Continuing their trend of adding image-stabilization to bodies, Panasonic has squeezed a 5-axis image-stabilization system into the GH5. This system works in cooperation with lens-based stabilization to deliver up to 5 stops of improvement over hand-holding. Unfortunately, they did not disclose how much of that stabilization comes from the body and how much comes from the lens.

The new Panasonic Lumix GH5 boasts an unprecedented amount of video features, taking everything the GH4 could do and doubling its speed, up to 4K at 60 FPS. Cinema 4K though, still maxes out at 30 FPS though. In-body stabilization is also available during video-recording. Speaking of which, the GH5 does not limit recording time before the memory card fills up. The GH5 is also the first Panasonic to feature dual UHS-II SDXC memory card slots.

The Contrast-Detect AF system in the GH5 offers 225 autofocus points. Thanks to the faster sensor read-out, the camera samples focus distance and measures defocusing at 480 Hz to deliver ultra-fast focus-acquisition times. Panasonic claims it can be 0.005s now while keeping its class-leading sensitivity of -4 EV.

Ergonomically, the GH5 looks very similar to its predecessor which is known to handle extremely well. All three control-dials, the classic mode-dial and drive mode-dial are all in the same place as before. Some buttons have moved a little but the layout remains essentially the same. A welcome improvement is the addition of a Focus-Point joystick. The most significant change is a new huge EVF with 0.76X magnification and a class-leading resolution of 3.6 megapixels! This is almost 50% more resolution than any of its peers.

Underneath its outer shell, the Panasonic GH5 boasts improved sealing which makes it weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C, a Panasonic mirrorless first. Recall that earlier today Panasonic announced their first 3 freezeproof lenses but Olympus also makes some.

There is just not that many things the GH5 cannot do. This is a mirrorless with an extremely rich feature set which competes with top-of-the-line DSLRs. Even Bulb exposures are possible up to an hour. Panasonic knows this and has given this new mirrorless a price to match. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is expected to ship next month for a price of $2000 USD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2017.01.04

Panasonic is always one of the biggest announcers at CES and this year is no exception. They of couse go seriously beyond digital photography with everything from microwaves to giant illuminations being announced. Their digital camera division just unveiled 5 new Micro Four-Thirds lenses. The two big changes across the board are improved image stabilization with the new Power OIS 2 system, now fully working in conjunction with in-camera stabilization which is why they call it Dual IS 2, and weatherproof construction on all lenses. Several are also freezeproof down to -10C.

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F/2-4 ASPH Power OIS

The newest and most-improved lens is the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS. This one runs parallel to the older Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F/3.5-5.6 lens as a higher-end model given it is freezeproof and offers a brighter maximum aperture, from ½ on the wide end to 1 stop on the long end. Magnification has been improved slightly to 0.3X with a minimum focus-distance of 20cm at wide-angle and 24cm at the telephoto end. Panasonic also pre-announced future additions to the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit series: An 8-16mm and a 50-200mm lens.

Four second version of existing lenses were released this morning:

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 II ASPH Power OIS

The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 II ASPH Power OIS is the new constant bright aperture standard zoom in the lineup. It is freezeproof down to -10C and offers better image stabilization than its predecessor, although Panasonic does not quote efficiency for lenses alone now, counting on them being used on a body with built-in image-stabilization.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F/2.8 II ASPH Power OIS

The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F/2.8 II ASPH Power OIS is the new constant bright aperture telephoto zoom in the lineup. It is freezeproof down to -10C offers improved image-stabilization. Labelled Lumix G X, this completes the pair of large aperture zoom which are part of Panasonic high-end offerings.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F/4-5.6 II Power OIS

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F/4-5.6 II Power OIS is another refresh, this time of the basic Lumix G series. This is one is weatherproof but not freezeproof. It also offers Dual IS 2 stabilization and is compatible with new high-speed focusing at 480 Hz.

Panasonic Lumix G 100-300mm F/4-5.6 II Power OIS

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4-5.6 II Power OIS provides exactly the same improvements as the previous lens: a weatherproof body and improved image stabilization.

While a lot of these changes are repetitive, it is great than Panasonic is pushing weatherproofing in its historically excellent lenses. This makes  weatherproof bodies much more versatile, particularly with the Lumix G X and Leica DG series which are most likely to be needed by professional photographers.

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2017.01.04

CES 2017 kicks of the start of the year tomorrow with press releases already trickling in. This year, we do not know much of what to expect. Camera makers have either been keeping things well under wraps or are not planning that many product launches. As with previous years, we do not expect that many new camera models.

Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II

First off the door this morning was Canon with their announcement of the Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II, a revised and slightly faster version of their smallest G-series cameras. The processor has been changed, allowing up to 8.2 FPS continuous shooting for 38 JPEG images or 21 RAW files. Sensor, lens and body remain the same. The G9 X Mark II is expected to arrive next month for $529 USD.

Nikon Coolpix A300

Nikon is warming up their press-release muscles with the launch of 3 existing digital cameras, plus a new one! The ultra-compact point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix A300 makes its debut at CES 2017. This is a camera built around a 20 MP 1/2.3″ CCD and 8X wide-angle optical zoom lens with image stabilization.

The Nikon Coolpix A10 and waterproof Nikon Coolpix W100 were announced to the US market too. Also re-announced was the Nikon D5600 entry-level DSLR, replacing the excellent Nikon D5500 reviewed here with a nearly identical mode, adding Bluetooth, NFC and Time-Lapse Video.

Happy New Year Neocamera Readers!

Thank you for visiting! We will continue delivering all press releases and announcement to keep having the most complete database of digital cameras and internet on the mark. New camera and lens reviews will pause from Feb to June as we embark on a trip around the globe and push our current gear to their limits. Expect many new fine-art travel photography galleries to appear on Neoluminance!

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2016.08.25

Today, Fuji unveiled the successor to their entry-level mirrorless digital camera. The new Fuji X-A3 boasts a standard 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Anti-Alias Filter and a Bayer Color-Filter-Array, just like its predecessor. Recall that higher end siblings use a 6×6 Pseudo-Random X-Trans sensor and do not need a Low-Pass filter. As an entry-level model, the X-A3 has a single control-dial and no viewfinder, nor provision to add one.

Fuji X-A3

The 24 megapixels Fuji X-A3 has a hybrid design, combining a retro look and modern digital controls which should be familiar and intuitive to entry-level users. Thanks to the presence of an aperture-ring on most X-mount Fujinon lenses, this camera can be operated more efficiently than most mirrorless aimed at beginners. For lenses without an aperture-ring, the camera control-dial toggles between exposure parameters with an easy press.

The advantage of having a standard CMOS sensor is that this camera produces more conventional rendering and is more easily supported by RAW processing tools. The anti-alias filter also avoid moire artifacts at the expense of critical sharpness. The sensor is paired with a fast processor which lets the X-A3 shoot continuously at 6 FPS. Its hybrid shutter offers an ultra-fast 1/32,000 shutter-speed and Bulb exposures up to an hour. A 3″ LCD with 1 megapixels which tilts upwards 180° and built-in WiFi round-up the important features of the X-A3.

The Fuji X-A3 is expected in October for a low suggested price of $599 USD, including a Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens. Preorders are already accepted by B&H Photo and Adorama.

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2016.01.15

Fuji X-Pro2

The original Fuji mirrorless was upgraded today. The new X-Pro2 introduces the first 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Pro processor to provide a worthy upgrade over its predecessor.  With what is a highly analog design, the X-Pro2 offers a hybrid viewfinder which switches between EVF and OVF modes like the original X-Pro1, except with several refinements later introduced with the X100T.

The 24 megapixels APS-C sensor uses the X-Trans pseudo-random color filter-array made of 6×6 grids which make an anti-alias filter unnecessary to prevent moire artifacts. It keeps a base ISO of 200 and expands its standard sensitivity range up to 12800, up one stop from previous generations despite having 50% more pixels. Its expanded range covers ISO 100-51200. A new hybrid shutter offers mechanical speeds up to 1/8000s and electronic ones up to 1/32000s. It can also capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS with a deep buffer for 83 JPEG images or 33 RAW files.

The design of the X-Pro2 remains largely the same as the original X-Pro1 with a few changes, including a two-level shutter-speed and ISO sensitivity dial, plus a small joystick to move the active AF-area. The EVF remains at 2.4 megapixels with 100% coverage while pushing the refresh rate to 85 Hz.  The rear LCD now has a much higher resolution at 1.6 megapixels.

The new Fuji X-Pro2 is weather-sealed and freezeproof down to -10C, completing its professional feature-set, including dual control-dials. It is the first Fuji mirrorless to feature dual memory-card slots, both SDXC but one UHS-II and one UHS-I. It is unclear what this means when using the slots in redundancy mode.

The X-Pro2 is expected at the end of next month for $1700 USD or $1900 CDN. Pre-orders are already accepted. Check out the Fuji X-Pro2 specifications page for locations.

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