Panasonic GH3 Officially Unveiled

Panasonic GH3

The Panasonic GH3 is a new 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera with both still image and video prowess.   The GH3 features powerful 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB video capture and 1080/24p at 72Mbps ALL-I video capture.

The GH3 body is magnesium alloy and weather sealed and offers an OLED monitor and an EVF.  What’s more, the GH3 packs all of this into a $1299 price tag – available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

Panasonic GH3 Key Features

  • 16MP LiveMOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB and 24p 72Mbps ALL-I
  • 6fps Frame Rate
  • ISO 125-25600
  • OLED Monitor and Live View Finder
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body
  • Auto HDR Mode
Panasonic 35-100mm
Alongside the GH3, Panasonic is also announcing a new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens (70-200mm equivalent) for the Micro Four Thirds mount.  The lens, combined with the existing 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, makes a formidable combo (both of which feature optical image stabilization) to match up against full frame kits of the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 flavors.  The new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens retails for $1499 and is available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

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

Olympus E-PL5 Officially Announced with Ultra-thin 15mm Lens

Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 is a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a 16MP LiveMOS sensor.  The new mirrorless camera sports an all-metal body, a 170-degree tilting LCD and captures 1080i HD video.

Olympus also introduced a new body cap alongside the E-PL5 that sports a built-in 15mm f/8 lens, which means you can grab a quick shot without a bulky lens (you know, since it’s a lens too…).

Olympus E-PL5 Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • RAW Image Capture
  • 8fps Frame Rate
  • M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 Lens
  • 3.0″ Flip Portrait LCD w/ Touch Control
  • Full 1080i HD Video
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • ISO Range to 25600
  • 12 In-camera Art Filters
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The Olympus E-PL5 should be available in October for $699.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT (Micro Four Thirds Mount) Announced

BMCC

Blackmagic has unveiled a new version of its Cinema Camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount.  It will carry the same $2995 price as the Canon EF mount version and will be available in December.

This is a good move on Blackmagic’s part because the sensor crop has been the biggest limitation for the Canon EF mount.  A Micro Four Thirds mount puts the camera into a range of lenses that are more appropriate focal lengths for its sensor size.

Details on the BMCC MFT below. [Read more…]

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…]