After a preliminary unveiling at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Panasonic are announcing the release of their newest flagship micro 4/3 camera – the Lumix GH4. Like it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH3 (which will remain available), the GH4 is designed as a “Hybrid Camera” that is ideal for shooting both top quality still photos and stunning HD video files, this time with 4k capability.  Panasonic have really upped their game in the video department with the GH4, and this is no small feat considering that video is an area where they are already at or near the top of the [More]
When Sony released the RX1 Fixed Lens Full Frame System a year ago, we wondered out loud how long it would be before there was an interchangeable lens mirrorless system to go along with it.  Our query has now been answered, as Sony have now released their all new interchangeable lens system cameras, the Sony A7 and Sony A7R. But just what is the difference between these two cameras, and do they live up to the standards that most people associate with the term “Full Frame?” Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from The Camera Store got their hands on both [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
When Fujifilm released the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 in 2012, the photography world stood up and took notice.  The first generation Fuji X-Trans sensors and processing technology were really something special, and though the sensors aren’t “full frame”, they produce some of the tastiest files you’ll ever get from any camera, and the image quality is nothing short of spectacular.  But what these cameras brought in IQ, they also lacked in Autofocus speed. MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett is no stranger to the Fuji Cams – and the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 were two of his favorite [More]
Youtube User DIGIFOTO Pro posted the video quality comparison above between the Panasonic Lumix G6 and Panasonic’s former flagship, the Lumix GH2 (you can see Part I of our video quality comparison here). Just to recap, the Lumix G6 and GH2 share the same sensor.  But the G6’s processing engine is now several generations beyond that of the GH2 and allows the G6 to tap into much more of the sensor’s brilliant image capturing capacity in still photos mode.  But does the Lumix G6 match up well with the legendary GH2 in video mode? Watch the video above, which shows both graded [More]
When Panasonic Launched the Lumix G5 last year, it was touted by many as the GH2.5, but even though the G5 is built around the same sensor that powers the highly celebrated Lumix GH2 and it’s updated Venus Image Processor considerably upped the sensor’s image capturing capabilities in still photos mode, the G5 lacked the manual controls, mic input and full array of video modes packed into the GH2.  Enter the new Lumix G6, which is still loaded up with the same GH2 sensor, but it’s packing an even more advanced Venus Image Processor for faster autofocus and better low [More]
Back on Valentine’s Day, we posted an article about a couple of films shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 that were making waves at the Sundance and Slamdance Fim Festivals.  Now one of those films, a sci-fi thriller by director Shane Carruth called Upstream Color (see trailer at the top) is starting to pull some big numbers at US Box Offices, amassing over $300,000 USD in receipts (and counting).  This is great news for indie filmmakers, especially considering that it’s now possible to capture cinema quality HD footage with a camera that costs less than $1,000 USD, and there are [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has been one of the most celebrated cameras of the last few years, and it’s spectacular capabilities in video mode have given the GH2 a cult-like following among indie and enthusiast video producers.  One thing is certain, even though the capabilities of the GH2’s sensor wasn’t fully realized for still images, the camera can produce crazy brilliant image quality in video mode (especially after it was hacked).  When the Lumix G5 came out last year, complete with a GH2 sensor inside, the superb image quality for which the sensor is famous was finally realized in still [More]
Black Magic grabbed the lion’s share of attention at NAB earlier this year when they unveiled the Pocket Cinema Camera, a miniaturized version of their highly popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera that’s about the size of an iPhone. The video above,  from director John Brawley, shows some of the first footage recorded with the new camera, and although it’s basically shot camcorder style as John walked through a local market, it looks pretty darn good. The shoot as described by Brawley… “This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it’s just home [More]
Hybrid Photography is a quickly emerging art form that combines still photos, video, audio and graphics and pushes the boundaries of creative vision.  As more and more photographers realize the importance of integrating Hybrid into their workflow, the need for cameras that can capture high quality photos, videos and audio equally well becomes increasingly important. The gold standard for Hybrid Cameras at present is the Panasonic Lumix GH3, followed closely by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX 6.  Each of these cameras are exceptional, and will set you back $1,000+ USD, plus whatever you spend on lenses.  Not too [More]
On a Skype conversation last week with my good friend and MC contributor Giulio Sciorio (of SmallCameraBigPicture.com), G gave me a sneak peek at the new Panasonic Lumix G6, which he’s been testing for the company.  Giulio walked me through the G6’s new features and upgrades it has over the G5, and there’s a lot to be impressed with in the new offering.  What has me most excited though, is the wifi and enhanced video capabilities of the G6 as displayed in the video above, where you’ll see Giulio putting the G6 to the test as a travel camera, for [More]
Here’s a short but great video by Mark Toal, my good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero from DiscoverMirrorless.com about using auto vs manual control for video on the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Mark is a highly talented photographer who also works for Panasonic, and this video is in response to a schlew of questions he received after doing a G+ Hangout series about video with another Hybrid Hero, Carol Schlintz. Mark always brings great information to the table and we definitely wanted to share this with our readers.  Enjoy! Buy the Panasonic Lumix GH3 on Amazon Here
The hot news at NAB 2013 so far has come from Blackmagic Cinema, who today announced an all new 4k Cinema Camera as well as a Pocket Cinema Camera that’s about the size of a Sony NEX camera and has a LIVE micro 4/3 lens mount that’s not yet available on their full sized M43 video camera, and at $995 USD it should have a broad appeal for video shooters.  BMC expects the Pocket Cinema Camera to ship in July. The video above from NextWavG on Youtube shows a presentation on the new cameras. The video below, from endgadget, shows [More]
The amazing video above, shot by pro photographer/director Vincent Laforet and Team, is all the more amazing when you consider that it was shot entirely using one piece of equipment – the new MōVI – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal that Laforet was testing.  Vincent and his crew were so impressed with the unit that he calls it a “game changer,” going so far as to say that “it’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.” When you watch the video above, you can understand why as it’s chock full [More]
World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC. According to Bloom… “Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Rock Star Will Crockett answers a reader question from our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com, and debunks one of the biggest myths there is about shooting video. Will Writes… One of our readers named Mike asked about one of the common “rules” you hear floating around the interwebs.  You know, the one that says that when you’re shooting video you need to use a shutter speed that’s 2 times the framerate.  (“Need”…  Ouch – I hate that word!) Is that true?  Not so fast…  Watch the video above and read my response below to find out just [More]
While reporting from the SXSW Film Trade Show in Austin Texas, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul gets his hands on the new Digital Bolex Film Camera, and looks at some of the prototype accessories that are coming soon. This looks like a promising piece of equipment to say the least, and indie filmmakers are licking their chops over this one as it’s adaptable to both ef mount and M43 lenses – AND (drum roll please…) – the Digital Bolex has a global shutter! The D16 camera is almost complete, should have working models at NAB. Product will launch with accessories [More]
Here’s a great comparison video from Nate “Blunty3000” Burr pitting the undisputed King of the Action Cam Mountain – The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – against the tough as nails upstart – The Ion Air Pro HD.  It’s Apollo Creed vs Rocky Balboa in a head to head POV matchup. From a cursory viewing, GoPro get’s the edge with it’s feature rich menu and stabilization technology, but the Ion Air Pro counter punches with it’s rock solid build quality and punchy color reproduction. Which one is the winner?…  That’s up for you to decide.  Let us know which one you [More]
Here’s another cool device that we found kicking around on Kickstarter.  Meet the Genie Motion Control Timelapse device, which can be used for either live motion in video shooting or for perfect motion control in timelapse photography.  It’s highly versatile and it’s made to work with just about any camera that you may already have, which is probably why the Genie is proving to be so popular among Kickstarter Backers (the makers of the Genie have shattered their pledge goal of $150,000 and have racked up nearly $700k). Here’s the skinny on the Genie… “The Genie is a simple, affordable [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett answers a reader question that was posted by a gentleman named Trace on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Question… “We do video work and for some clients, and we need to achieve a little more of an “artisan” look than I can get from a Canon XF100 (in particular shallow depth of field). We are about to invest in a new camera system. We do want to shoot some still work, but 90% of the decision is based on video performance. We edit primarily on FCPX. Most of our [More]
Since the release of the GoPro Hero3 Cameras last fall, one of the biggest questions that fans of the GoPro action camera lineup has been this… Just what is the difference between the GoPro Hero3 Black, Silver and White Editions, and are they any better than the Hero2? The video above from eyeofmineGoProHDHero showcases the differences between the 3 Hero3 Editions and just what separates them from the previous generation, the Hero2. Hero3 vs Hero2, in a nutshell… Starting off with the advancements between to last 2 generations of GoPro cameras, the first thing you’ll notice is that the GoPro [More]
Here’s a nifty little device we’ve come across that may be a perfect fit for shooting video with a mirrorless camera system, such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Sony NEX 6. Meet the dougmon.  Invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – the dougmon is touted as the swiss utility knife of hand held camera support systems. Doug Monroe is a cameraman who specializes in reality television and documentary shooting and the video tutorial above illustrates how to use this smart simple camera support system. Doug has spent nine years perfecting the dougmon and [More]
IndyMogul’s Griffin Hammond returns with another production tutorial, this time focusing on Real Estate Films. The meat of the content begins at about the 1:35 mark in the video, and Griffin covers many aspects of Freelance Videography, including the equipment he uses, shooting techniques, editing, music and how much to charge. This is an excellent resource for those aspiring to become a freelance videographer (You can also watch Griffin’s Tutorial on shooting Wedding Films Here) Within the body of this video, Griffin hits on one of the main reasons why I personally chose to use Panasonic cameras to produce my [More]
CameraLabs have posted the latest in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which takes the place of the highly popular Lumix GH2 as the flagship of Panasonic’s micro 4/3 camera lineup. The GH2 has achieved a loyal following and an almost cult like status, mostly because of it’s superior abilities as a video recording device.  But can the GH3 live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor in the video department while surpassing the GH2’s performance as a stills camera? Here is CameraLabs Final Verdict… “The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy successor to the GH2. The [More]