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]
43Rumors received a nice piece of trivia regarding the Panasonic Lumix GH2.  It seems that Top Gear, which is the world’s most watched television show, uses the GH2 for their aerial photography (so it was most likely used in the sequence above). Here’s the tip as it appears on 43Rumors P13DigitalMedia sent me [the picture below] with the following text: “If you want some trivia, the world’s most watched TV show, Top Gear uses the Lumix GH2 for aerial shots (pic via twitter).”  The BBC has very strict rules regarding image quality and I am glad to see they use the [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]
MC Contributor and Photo/Video/Hybrid Photography Super Hero Will Crockett answers a reader question posed on DiscoverMirrorless.com about sensor size and whether or not it really matters, or if it’s just a bunch of marketing hype? As we’ve stated in this space before, the image quality lines between mirrorless camera systems with their “crop” sensors and “full frame” DSLR systems has been blurred over the last few years, and now there are several mirrorless systems that are cracking the “Pro Level” glass ceiling.  So can the smaller sensors on mirrorless cameras hold their own against the big boys?  More and more [More]
Our favorite Hybrid Hero is back, and this time with Breaking News! MC Contributor and Photo-Video Innovator Will Crockett is the first guy in the country to get his hands on the new PRO Flash solutions made specifically for the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Panasonic Lumix G5 mirrorless camera systems by Quantum – a major player in wireless TTL Flash systems. The GH3 and the G5 are two of the best camera releases of the last 12 months, and the advent of these new flash systems mean that top level pro companies are now taking mirrorless cameras seriously. Will [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]
Once upon a time, those who aspired to create big screen, Hollywood caliber productions had to raise enough funding to allow them to lease behemoth, Panavision film cameras (or the like) to record their movies.  These cameras were expensive to lease and expensive to operate since their size required all matter of specialized equipment in order to get the shots envisioned by the film’s director. In the digital age, cameras became somewhat smaller and somewhat easier to operate, but they were still very expensive.  Indeed, may of the upper echelon video cameras like the RED Epic, Arri Alexa, etc., still [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul discusses the basics of wedding videography, from how to get your first gig, through what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your shots and how to tell a story with your video. This is an excellent peek behind the curtain for any filmmaker, but especially for those aspiring to get into the lucrative wedding industry. Griffin’s camera and gear set up is excellent.  You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Panasonic Lumix GH2 for shooting video.  Griffin also uses a GoPro Hero2 in the video.  This is an excellent choice for [More]
Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com.  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment. Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on [More]
DPReview conducted an interview with Panasonic’s Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group, and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group.  The following is some highlights from that interview. The GH3 has been well received… In reference to Panasonic’s new flagship micro 4/3 camera, Mr. Uematsu said the following… ‘the GH3 has been well received, especially for motion pictures. As you know we interviewed many people in the industry in Europe and North America, so it would offer what they needed – broadcasters needed bitrates above 50Mbps so we offer 50 and 72Mbps. In Europe they needed 25p, [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]
“Full Frame”…  It’s a term that you hear bandied about a lot on most of the more prominent photography blogs and forums.  There almost seems to be an air of aristocracy to those who purport that a camera just won’t deliver quality results unless it’s “full frame.”  Whether or not a camera with a smaller sensor can deliver top tier image quality is one of the most common arguments in the photoverse, and it’s one into which we’ve delved several times in this space.  After all, I’m of the opinion that the term “full frame” is a misnomer, and that [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses. Out with the Old, In with the New It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that [More]
I have no idea what the guys in the video above are saying, but I do know they’re talking about CP+, and they seem pretty excited. Maybe it’s because there’s no less than FIVE (count ’em, FIVE) micro 4/3 lenses that have been announced at the event so far.  There are the 3 new Sigma lenses that we already told you about, and there are two more, as reported by MirrorlessRumors. Looks like another banner year for micro 4/3! First up, it’s Panasonic with an update (or replacement) to their mediocre 14-42mm kit lens.  The new 14-42mm lens will have [More]
These days, there are a lot of photographers pondering whether or not it might be a good time to consider getting rid of their DSLRs and moving over to mirrorless cameras.  There have been major advancements in mirrorless technology over the last several years that has brought about major improvements in autofocus, high ISO performance, Image Quality, etc., and we’ve witnessed the release of new mirrorless systems like Sony’s NEX 7 (and now, the NEX 6), the Fuji X-Series Cameras (X-Pro1 and X-E1) and the top of the line micro 4/3 cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, the OM-D E-M5 and [More]
(Via PhotographyBlog) – Olympus have just announced that there will be five new companies that will be joining Olympus and Panasonic in making micro 4/3 cameras, lenses and gear; including JK Imaging (a US Based company that will manufacture cameras under the Kodak name), innovative digital cinema camera (aka Blackmagic Design – which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT), Photron (experts in high-speed digital imaging), German company SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. Olympus states “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing [More]
EOSHD posted a great story by a young filmmaker named Roberto Miller who has shot a feature film called “Mandorla” using 2 Panasonic Lumix GH2s and LOMO Anamorphic Lenses.  Hats off to Miller for having the passion and commitment to take on such a huge project.  We wish him well with the movie and will keep an eye on this story.  We’re also removing our chappeau for Andrew Reid and the EOSHD Community for inspiring countless young artists like Miller.  We are entering into an exciting new era of filmmaking, due in large part to the advent of cameras like [More]
On Christmas Eve, 2012, we posted the Teaser Video for a video project called “The End of the World Shootout” by Shian Storm, which is a head to head camera shootout pitting the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $679 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range.  Here’s Parts I (above), II and III of the shootout (Below).  Watch the videos and see if you can pick out which camera is which.  Cameras will be revealed in part II and the guys [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
Via 43Rumors – HawaiiRocksOn loaded several video comparisons of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, testing them with a variety of lenses and in low light conditions (the video above tests the two cameras’ abilities shooting city lights at night). Watch the rest of the videos below, and then read my conclusions at the bottom… Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 Comparison (Note: The last 3/4 of this video is blank) Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – Christmas Lights Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO Tests My 2 Cents The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a transformational camera.  [More]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [More]