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]
MC Editor in Chief Scott Giorgini interviews Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett about his latest projects in the world of Hybrid Photography, his upcoming appearance at the PMA Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 5th 2014, and what is coming in the future for Hybrid Photographers. The topic of Will’s presentation at the show will be “The Profitable eProduct” – and he’s got some really great stuff in the works!  Best of all, you don’t have to be at the show to see the presentation.  Just go to >>  HybridLIVE.pro << on Sunday, January 14th 2014 at 6pm EST [More]
Marc Hauser is one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, and he has a history of being on top of, if not leading, trends in the industry.  Prime example…  Marc was one of the first photographers to move away from film and embrace digital imaging, but he is also not one to sacrifice quality for the sake of being trendy.  He just recognizes when better technology emerges that allows him to more efficiently product the breathtaking images for which he’s famous. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.pro) takes us on a [More]
Over the last several months (which of course, have been leading up to the Holiday Buying Season), we have seen the release of several remarkable cameras from all the big mirrorless camera companies, including Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic – the latter two, being the developers of micro 4/3 cameras and technology.  The M43 top dogs have not disappointed, as their latest releases represent long awaited upgrades of some of their most popular cameras. In the case of Olympus, the new OM-D E-M1 chimes in as the successor to the highly popular, and highly acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 – which [More]
One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1.  The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters.  But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it…  it was getting long in the tooth.  It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed [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 new Lumix GF6 is Panasonic’s new entry level replacement for the Lumix GF5, is now hitting stores.  The new model features a lot of exciting upgrades over it’s predecessor, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the one found in the GX1) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over the previous model, with a more substantial build, sleek metal top plate and mode dial. ePhotozine just posted their hands on review of the GF6 and are highly impressed with the new camera. EPZ’s Review [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]
The Lumix G5 was released less than a year ago, but Panasonic are already poised to release it’s successor, the Lumix G6, in just a few weeks.  But will the new model warrant an upgrade from the G5, which is an exceptional camera in it’s own right? The folks over at ePhotozine have just released their initial hands on review of the new Panasonic Lumix G6, and they are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. Panasonic Lumix G6 Features The Panasonic Lumix G6 has a number of improvements and updates over the Panasonic Lumix G5, including a new [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]
The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 (aka TZ40) is the latest Panasonic pocket superzoom camera to hit the market.  The compact superzoom was invented by Panasonic a few years back, and since then it appears that they, as well as their competitors, release new versions on an annual basis.  Does the new ZS30 represent enough of an improvement over last years model to warrant an upgrade? The video above gives a good overview of the new ZS30, and CameraLabs have now published an in depth review of this years pocket superzoom from Panasonic, and they’re impressed with many of the ZS30’s new [More]
The new Lumix GF6, which is Panasonic’s new entry level replacement for the Lumix GF5, is now hitting stores.  The new model features a lot of exciting upgrades over the previous model, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the GX1’s) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over it’s predecessor, with a more substantial build (albeit slightly bigger), sleek metal top plate and mode dial. PhotographyBlog recently got to spend some quality time with the new GF6 and posted their initial impressions of the new [More]
The video test above was shot with the Lumix GF6, the new micro 4/3 camera from Panasonic that succeeds the popular Lumix GF5.  The GF6 represents a considerable upgrade over the previous model and incorporates several new featires that should prove to be popular with consumers. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a higher resolution 16MP Live MOS sensor and the latest Venus Processing Engine to boost the image quality while reducing high ISO noise.  Noticeable differences on the exterior include a new high resolution tiltable LCD touch screen and a mode dial on the top, as well as a metal top [More]
WhatDigitalCamera weighs in with another first look preview of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 Interchangeable Lens micro 4/3 camera. The GF6 is a substantial upgrade over previous models and integrates many exciting new features, such as a mode dial, tilting touch screen, wifi and NFC capabilities. WDC reports… The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a new base model compact system camera which sees significant improvements to the outgoing Panasonic Lumix GF5 it replaces. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a higher resolution 16MP Live MOS sensor and new processor to boost the image quality and reduce high ISO noise, while externally the [More]
Gordon Laing of CameraLabs catches up with Lumix UK Product Manager Barney Sykes to talk about the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 micro 4/3 camera. Other than the name and a cursory resemblance to it’s predecessor, there is much that separates the GF6 from the previous model.  Indeed, Panasonic have raised the bar considerably with the new Lumix GF6. On the outside, it’s slightly larger than the GF5, and the new model also incorporates a mode dial, metal top plate and a tilting touch screen (a’la smart phone) that can flip a full 180 degrees to face forward for self portraits. The [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
Oops…  Looks like someone over at Techradar prematurely released a review of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 even though the camera isn’t scheduled to be released until April 9th (next Tuesday). The review was quickly taken down, but not before some eager folks grabbed some of the photos and posted them up in numerous places on the interwebs.  There’s a gallery of the leaked photos over on Imgur (featured in the video above and embedded at the bottom of this article) and some on the DPReview forums. What’s in the new GF6? It looks as if Panasonic are kicking things [More]
The best Hybrid Camera on the planet just got better… New firmware updates are now available for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a pair of Lumix Lenses.  It seems that Panasonic have now simplified Wi-Fi connections between the GH3 and both PC and MAC computers, as well as adding a new high res MP4 option for video.  (video above features cool shots of Hong Kong taken with a GH3, courtesy of MergeProductions) Details of the firmware update are as follows… Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled. 1920 [More]
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the best cameras to be released in the last year, and it would easily be the flagship model in many company’s product lines.  Had it not been for the subsequent release of the Lumix GH3, it more than likely would’ve garnered a lot more attention.  Consequently, the G5 is probably one of the most overlooked cameras of the last year as well, and according to the folks over at 43Rumors, although the G5 was only released a scant 9 months ago it appears that Panasonic are on the verge of announcing the release [More]
Lenses…  They’re arguably the most important component of the image making formula. Indeed, a great lens can make a mediocre camera sing in much the same way that a mediocre lens can stifle a great camera.  But should we be quick to evaluate whether or not a lens is a gem or a dud?  Recently, two image making masters sat down and had such a discussion. While attending the WPPI show in Las Vegas, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Trail Blazer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sat down for coffee and conversation with wildlife photography legend Scott Bourne (PhotoFocus.com), and the two [More]
Pulling out one specific color from a black and white image is one of the coolest photographic effects you can get, and nowadays, it’s easier than ever to do.  In the video above, Howard Pinsky shows you how to achieve the effect using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but did you know you can easily achieve the exact same effect without any Photoshop skills or post processing of your images whatsoever? If you think this sounds too good to be true, then check out the image below: This photo was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX7 on a trip to the Botanical [More]