Panasonic Lumix G5 Announced

Panasonic Lumix G5

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera and it sports a 16MP image sensor with full time live view and a 3-inch touch screen LCD.  In addition to 16MP RAW image files, the new G5 also captures 1080/60p HD video with 150 minutes max clip time when shooting AVCHD video.

The G5 is packaged with a 14-42mm kit lens for $799 and is available here at B&H Photo.

Alongside the G5, Panasonic also announced a new 45-150mm HD zoom lens, priced at $299 and available in both black and silver. [Read more...]

Sony NEX-VG20 APS HD Camcorder Announced

Sony NEX-VG20

The Sony NEX-VG20 is a follow-up to last year’s groundbreaking NEX-VG10.  The new NEX-VG20 includes “comprehensive manual controls, improved imaging quality and upgraded sound” according to Sony’s press release – all of which are welcomed for this prosumer camcorder.

The NEX-VG20 captures 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video at 60p or 24p frame rates.  The 24p mode offers the ability to use Cinema Tone Gamma and Cinema Tone Color presets for richer color out of the camera.  The NEX-VG20 also continues the use of the Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone; however, it now supports stereo and 5.1 channel surround.

Sony has also improved the access to the camera’s controls, allowing access to the manual control dial even when the flip-out LCD is closed.

In addition to its video capture features, the NEX-VG20 also captures high-resolution still images with its 16.1MP CMOS image sensor.  It even offers the option to capture RAW image files – something that its predecessor did not do.

The Sony NEX-VG20 should be available in November for $1599 (body only) and $2199 when equipped with the 18-200mm kit lens.  Check availability on B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Sony A77 and A65 Officially Announced

Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT-A77

The day is finally here.  The long-awaited Sony A700 replacement has arrived.

The Sony A77 and its little brother, the A65, are the latest in DSLR-alternatives from the consumer electronics giant.  Packing an APS-C format 24.3MP CMOS sensor, the A77 and A65 use Sony’s translucent mirror technology to keep the autofocus fast while displaying a live feed to the rear-panel display screen or the electronic viewfinder.

 

Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT-A65

Check out the key specs and press release for these new cameras below. [Read more...]

How to Import AVCHD Files from a Memory Card or Hard Drive in Final Cut Pro X

FCP X Camera Import

FCP X Camera Import Window

For all of its faults, Final Cut Pro X offers much better native file compatibility than its predecessor.  However, all files aren’t equal when working in Final Cut Pro X.  Some files, like the .MTS files produced from AVCHD video capture, require you to take a couple of extra steps to get them into FCP X.

Here are a some simple tips to make it smoother to get those .MTS files off of a memory card or hard drive – and without the need to connect the camera to your Mac. [Read more...]

Panasonic LUMIX G3

The Panasonic LUMIX G3 is a new 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera that can capture 1920 x 1080 HD video in AVCHD.

The G3 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-6400 and a capture rate of 4 frames per second.  The G3 has a 3″ articulating touchscreen LCD monitor, as well as an electronic viewfinder.

The Panasonic LUMIX G3 should be available in June at an initial retail price of $699.99 with a 14-42mm kit lens and $599.99 for the body only.  Check availability on Amazon.com and B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Sony A77 Price and Features: Soapbox Edition

In the recent post about the Sony A77 prototype camera on display at CP+, Chris left a comment asking about the price of the new camera, which is due to be released later this year.

So far, Sony hasn’t revealed the price point for this new camera.  However, we do know a few things about the A700 successor. [Read more...]