The Hardware of the Panasonic GH5 – An Interview with Panasonic’s M. Uematsu by: Fabian Chaundy

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Jan 082017

With the expected shipping date for the Panasonic GH5 just over the horizon (here’s our detailed feature GH5 hands-on post from earlier today), we thought it would be a good time to catch up with Panasonic’s M. Uematsu to chat about some of the more technical aspects of the next member of the popular GH line of mirrorless cameras. Check out our interview at cinema5D HQ… shot, of course, on the Panasonic GH5.

We all know how much of a cut-throat business the camera world is, with manufacturers constantly trying to one-up one another in a constant and quick succession of new camera releases. As the first big camera release of 2017, the Panasonic GH5 aims to come out swinging, promising to bring a host of truly nice features for indie filmmakers. And about time, too, as after almost 3 years, the popular GH4 was slowly starting to lag behind next to the competition.

But before diving into the great features that the GH5 will bring in a couple of months, we first wanted to know why Panasonic didn’t decide to go all out with some much-requested bells and whistles, especially given its popularity among filmmakers both amateur and professional. So, Panasonic, why didn’t you include internal ND filters and RAW recording?

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Jul 232015


In addition to the new GX8, Panasonic today also announced the new Lumix FZ300, a superzoom camera that’s capable of 4K video recording.

On the front of the camera is a 24x lens (the equivalent of a 25-600mm in 35mm terms) that boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across the entire zoom range. Paired with the max ISO of 6400, the lens allows users to capture fast moving subjects and low-light scenes with clarity.

At the core of the dust- and splash-proof camera body is a 12.1-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor powered by the Venus Engine image processor, a combo that can capture 4K video at 30/24p. There are also features that allow you to capture 8MP photos at a whopping 30 frames per second.

The back of the FZ300 features a 1.44MP electronic viewfinder with a 100% field of view and a 4:3 aspect ratio. The EVF sits above a 3-inch, 1.04MP swiveling touchscreen.

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Sep 272014

When the Panasonic FZ-1000 was announced, it was obvious to everybody that Panasonic was going for the Sony RX20′s jugular… metaphorically speaking. It was cheaper, could shoot 4K and had a longer (albeit darker) lens.

Well, it seems Sony is ready to fight back, and soon, with a 4K-capable RX20.

The rumor broke over on Sony Alpha Rumors, who was told by an anonymous source that the RX20 would use the same 20.1MP sensor and 24-200mm f/2.8 lens as the RX10, but feature 4K video, 120fps capability at 720p and the ability to shoot the XAVC-S codec.

According to this source, the camera will be announced in mid-October for $1,300 USD — what the RX10 originally cost before the price dropped to $1,000 post-Panasonic FZ-1000 release — while the original RX10 will remain on the market after an additional $100-$200 price drop.

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Sep 162014

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