Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Canon's upcoming 7D Mark III rumored for a March 2018 launch .

Rumors speculate that Canon is set to announce the 7D Mark III DSLR camera in March of 2018 (next year) . The camera , a successor to the somewhat aged 7D MK II is set to challenge the Nikon D500 in the Sports , action and wildlife segments by featuring high frame rates , good dynamic range and most importantly , 4K video recording with Dual pixel AF .

Canonrumors  (see link below for more info) mentions the addition of Canon's C-LOG into the 7D mk3 , although the addition of such features will surely benefit users , Canon is known to deliberately leave out some features as it can cannibalize sales of the higher tier model (example - Leaving out 4K and a second card slot on the 6D mk2) , but in the case of the 7D - the flagship model in its APS-C lineup . The addition of 4K is probably going to happen as its direct rival - the D500 also features it (But we don't expect to see C Log) .

The 7D MK3 is also said to feature illuminated buttons , this is a plus point as the 7D user base are mostly photographing away from well lit studio environments . A recent patent by Canon backs this up and the design speaks of a internal gasket design with each button illuminated by a single LED .

via - DPreview

Rumors aside , the launch of a. 7D MK3 will surely put Canon back in the sports and wildlife game as it will go toe to toe with Nikon (and even Sony) . The Advanced video features may also appeal to video makers if they do a good job with 4K , Dual Pixel AF and most importantly - a flat color profile .(But of course , Magic lantern might save the day with that) .

Canon is rumored to launch the 7D MKIII in March 2018 and we will post all upcoming details as soon as they are available .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sources and Links -


DPreview(Canon back illuminated buttons patent)

image - Amazon/UK

Yashica Y35 Digifilm hits Indiegogo .. hits $1.2m on Kickstarter

Yashica basically trolled the photographic community with the announcement of its Y35 Digital film style camera back in October . The camera , which many photographers expected to be a 35mm film camera (according to hype) was actually revealed to be a digital camera with programmable film reels  (reels designed to look like film) which give the retro effect by allowing shutter speed and ISO controls based on the type of "reel" you purchase .

 While all this sounds like something fun (and expensive in a age where you can manually restrict yourself with the ISO and shutter speed) , the whole program did end up generating way more than what any of the naysayers had in mind . At present , the Kickstarter crowdfunding program has generated a whopping $1.27 million  (keep in mind that the retail on one of these Digital film cameras cost $142 ) and now the project is said to be on the funding page Indiegogo as well .

Of course , with all that funding , Yashica has decided to go the extra mile and make some improvements to the original camera . The digital sensor , originally planned to be a 1/3.2" sensor has been replaced with a 1/2.5" model (same as the ones found on current flagship smartphones ) . The sensor is backed up by a fixed 35mm f2.0 lens with 4 elements replacing the previous 35mm f2.8 one .

Black and white ISO400 "digiFilm" 

6x6 ISO200 digiFilm 
special "filter" digiFilm

special "filter" digiFilm
The shutter speeds however are still the same , you can select between 1s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/250s, 1/500s . The camera's ISO levels will depend on the type of "digiFilm" you use - for example a HighSpeed canister will give you the ability of shooting at iso 1600 while iso 400 and iso 200 film options are also available . There is also said to be a 6x6 "instagram" style format and even a black and white digiFilm available as well . The pictures are stored on a separate SD card and therefore the digifilms are mostly just there to limit your options which digital users take for granted (limiting yourself produces good results - that is if you know the basics) . The whole camera is powered by 2x AA batteries .

You can still donate to the Y35 program by clicking their Kickstarter or Indiegogo pages listed below



Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview

Huawei announces the Honor V10 . Honor 7x now available in Red

Huawei is set to release its Chinese variants of the newly announced Huawei Honor 7X and V10 soon . The two smartphones , set to launch on the 5th of December are both optimized for China's regional market with the international variants set to launch soon . The Huawei V10 , powered by a Powered by a Kirin 970 chipset features either  4GB RAM with 64GB storage or 6GB RAM with 64 or 128GB storage . The display - a 5.99" 2160x1080p LTPS panel with a 18:9 aspect ratio allows the phone to have a minimal screen to bezel ratio .

The Phone features a 20mp monochrome sensor with a f1.8 aperture with a 16mp RGB sensor with a f2 aperture . The front camera is a 13MP sensor with a f2 aperture . Pricing details are said to be CNY 2,700 ($410) , CNY 3,000 ($450) and CNY 3,500($530) and will be available in China on the 5th of December .

The Honor 7X is basically the latest iteration to the Honor 6X model launched earlier this year . The model , featuring a Kirin 659 Octa core processor with 8 A53 cores and 4GB of RSM with 32GB storage is possibly Huawei's next Bang for buck handset (Huawei will probably rename the model as the GR5 2018) . The rear ,packed with two 16MP sensors and a LED is backed up by a 8mp front sensor and it records 1080p . The phone features a 3340 may battery and is said to be priced below $300 . The phone , set to launch in China on the 5th of December , will also feature a Red variant .

Sources - GSMarena

Panasonic GH5s - Is Panasonic working on a low light monster ?

Panasonic is on a roll with its Micro Four thirds cameras recently . The GH5 , launched as their flagship mirrorless camera quickly became the darling of video shooters all over the world . But Panasonic ,who decided to cash in on the GH5's success ,launched the photo oriented LUMIX G9 last month . The new G9 basically had almost the same features as the GH5 , but was designed to be more of a rugged nature camera (following the likes of the Olympus OMD EM1 II) . But with competition increasing - especially from Sony's Alpha division , the company is now rumored to announce one more hit this year - the rumored GH5s.

The GH5s , another camera based on the GH5 chassis , is rumored to be the first micro four thirds camera designed for extreme low light . not much is known about the camera body, but it is said to feature Panasonic's new signature red ring on the mode dial to set it apart from the regular GH5 (apparently 43rumors published an article with a photo of what appears to be a GH5s being used by Casey Neistat ) .

The sensor , rumored to be made by Sony , is said to incorporate a 10.7mp CMOS sensor with Sony's STARVIS back illumination technology . The  IMX294CJK sensor is capable of delivering stunning low light video (close to A7s levels maybe) in Cinema 4K or UHD 4K at 120fps . The camera is also said to have improved HDR video thanks to its Quad Bayer HDR coding resulting in minimal artefacts.  The GH5s therefore will have half the megapixels of the current GH5 , but considering that most ultra low light cameras have fewer ,larger pixels , the 10 MP count will certainly be a positive for the camera (if you don't plan on taking photos that is ) , and as for autofocus , the GH5s will certainly improve on the original (just like the G9) . Not much is known about the GH5s yet , but rumors do speculate that this camera will be announced on the 15th of December (And it is rumored to be more expensive than the current GH5 ($2500 maybe?) .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - 43rumors , MLZphoto

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Canon ME20F-SHN

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 21 November 2017: Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the launch of the ME20F-SHN, a low light network camera with remarkable performance. As a sister product to the ME20F-SH, the ME20F-SHN which now features network capability, further enhances Canon’s Multiple Purpose camera line-up with a solid proposition in producing full colour and Full HD resolution images in limited light scenarios. Perfect for critical surveillance operations, the ME20F-SHN packs incredible low light performance, network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body.

Incredible low-light performance
Equipped with a 2.26MP Full Frame 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 processor, the ME20F-SHN delivers sharp, low noise, Full HD colour video in extreme low light conditions. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity. With a maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75db), which delivers amazing low-light sensitivity, the ME20F-SHN can capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Even greater detail can be captured in low-light environments by removing the IR cut filter when shooting in infrared mode.
Much like Canon’s Cinema EOS range, this network camera offers Canon Log and Wide DR from the Custom Picture menu, which enables a wide dynamic range of up to 12 Stops (800%), delivering high-quality images across a range of lighting scenarios. The Custom Picture menu has been upgraded, with the addition of the Crisp Img function, which obtains sharp images in well-lit environments and low noise image under low light conditions. These features are invaluable for users needing to capture clear and accurate images.

Enhanced network capability for surveillance applications
Featuring Ethernet, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports, the ME20F-SHN caters for a plethora of video outputs based on users’ application requirements. For local monitoring, the ME20F-SHN has 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports; while an Ethernet connection enables remote operation of camera settings, monitoring and recording via web browsers, mobile devices or other video management software. The microSD card slot supports record and playback directly from a microSD card. For unmanned and cost-efficient surveillance, the 6 built-in video analytics functions and Alarm I/O interface enables automated recording and output to external devices triggered by video motion detection and alarm input.
With the Area-specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) function, the ME20F-SHN enables users to capture absolute detail in selected areas of interest while reducing bit-rates in the other areas of the image to save network bandwidth. For ease of integration into existing video surveillance systems, the ME20F-SHN supports a wide range of video management software through Canon WebView and ONVIF protocols.

Flexible installation capabilities
Operators can select the ideal lens for each shooting and equipment scenario, taking aspects such as angle of view and level of brightness into account. Featuring an EF mount with Cinema Lock, the ME20F-SHN is compatible with a broad range of lenses across the Canon line-up, including zooms, primes and selected Cine Servo lenses for greater control. With PoE+ support, the data transmission via Ethernet and power supply are provided with a single LAN cable, which facilitates simple and rapid installation of the camera. The compact body and lightweight design are invaluable for users needing both a fixed and portable camera

ME20F-SHN key features

*Sharp, low noise colour video in extreme low light
*Network capable remote configuration and monitoring
*Supports a wide range of surveillance applications
*High-quality Full HD output
*Flexible installation

via - Canon UK

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Casio GZE-1

TOKYO, November 22, 2017 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the launch of the new G’z EYE brand of tough cameras designed especially for shooting extreme sports in harsh conditions. The first camera to be released is the GZE-1 camera, which features a shock-resistant, waterproof, and dustproof construction.

The new GZE-1 is a tough camera that is designed for the rigors of extreme sports such as BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and dance. The camera is shock-resistant to withstand a drop up to four meters,*1 waterproof down to 50 meters,*2 dustproof to the IP6X standard, and performs at temperatures down to -10°C. The GZE-1 was developed by leveraging the expertise Casio has amassed with its G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches and Outdoor Recorder series of detachable digital cameras for the outdoors. In addition to its shock-resistant and waterproof construction, the camera is equipped with a super-wide-angle lens that captures a 190.8° (still image) and 170.4° (movie) field of view, which delivers realistic images against a wide background. The camera also features Dramatic Slow Motion, which allows the user to highlight dramatic moments of extreme sports, such as tricks, by showing them in slow motion.

The GZE-1 has a cool, rugged look, both attached or as a handheld camera. In addition to its tough construction, the camera has been designed to fit in the hand, with buttons that are carefully sized and spaced on the camera body. Bumper protectors are used throughout to protect the lens and buttons against drops and impacts, as well as to guide the fingers to the buttons.
Casio has also developed a new dedicated G’z EYE app that connects the camera to a smartphone for transferring images and movies. The app also features a remote capture mode that displays only a large shutter button on the screen of the smartphone, allowing users to trigger the camera without looking at the phone so they can concentrate on the activity at hand. This feature helps users to capture the most dramatic moments while enjoying extreme sports.
A tough camera designed for the rigors of extreme sports, the GZE-1 captures stunningly realistic photos and movies.

*1 Tested to withstand a drop from a height of 4 meters onto a lauan plywood sheet (Casio standard).
*2 Operates underwater at a depth of 50 meters for 30 consecutive minutes (test conditions set by Casio).

Tough construction withstands the rigors of extreme sports

Bringing to mind the toughness of shock-resistant G-SHOCK watches, the GZE-1 camera is shock-resistant to withstand a drop up to 4 meters, waterproof down to 50 meters, dustproof to the IP6X standard, and performs at temperatures down to -10°C. The material used for the camera cover is urethane resin for shock protection, and the buttons feature double gaskets to keep water out. The camera also employs the same cylindrical guard structure used in G-SHOCK watches, to absorb shocks. The top surface of the waterproof components employs a comb-tooth wave-resistant structure for the cover to dissipate wave impacts and water pressure, protecting the directional microphone and speaker. The large buttons are easy to press and the camera functions are clearly labeled using white and red accent colors, enhancing both the tough styling and ease of operation.

Dramatic Slow Motion captures decisive moments in a cool arrangement

Dramatic Slow Motion is triggered while shooting movies to instantly*1 switch that segment of the video for playback at 120 or 240 frames per second, simply by pressing the button at the desired moment. The video thus captured can then be played back in slow motion. The user can set the Dramatic Slow Motion trigger in advance for either before, before and after, or after the shutter button is pressed. While normally it can be difficult to capture decisive moments, with Dramatic Slow Motion, the user simply presses the shutter button as the action happens, to capture the key moments. Dramatic Slow Motion makes cool movies that show dramatic moments in super slow motion—great for tricks or jumps that happen in an instant in extreme sports such as BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and dance. In addition, Dramatic Slow Motion can be triggered multiple times within a single movie clip. The feature is easily triggered by pressing the button on the camera, and can also be triggered from the dedicated smartphone app or by using the separate Remote Controller or Controller with LCD (optional accessories).
Users can easily capture cool movie clips featuring slow motion footage, with no need to edit on a PC, so they can share the clips on social media right away.
*1 Length of slow motion capture can be adjusted depending on the situation.

G’z EYE app makes shooting a breeze during sports

Casio has developed the dedicated G’z EYE smartphone app, which connects to the GZE-1 camera over wireless LAN, to easily operate the camera even when the user is in the middle of the sports action. In addition to standard shooting mode, the app features a remote capture mode that displays only a large shutter button on the screen of the smartphone, allowing users to trigger the camera without looking at the phone so they can concentrate on the activity at hand. In addition to transferring footage to the smartphone, the app can show basic previews before transferring clips, which is useful when transferring selected clips to the smartphone.
Casio has given the app a custom user interface with a tough-looking hexagonal honeycomb theme. The app uses a stylish red, white, and black color palette with a clean interface that is easy to operate.

Camera pairs with shock-resistant, waterproof Remote Controller or Controller with LCD (optional accessories)

The GZE-1 can be mounted on a selfie stick or harness and triggered or operated with the handheld optional accessory Remote Controller or Controller with LCD. The Remote Controller can be used to shoot still photos or movies and can trigger Dramatic Slow Motion. The Controller with LCD has the additional ability to act as a monitor and adjust the camera settings. The Remote Controller is shock-resistant to withstand a drop up to 4.0 meters*2 and waterproof down to 50 meters,*3 while the Controller with LCD is shock-resistant to withstand a drop up to 1.7 meters and waterproof down to 1.5 meters.*3 Both the Remote Controller and Controller with LCD perform at temperatures down to -10°C and are dustproof to the IP6X standard.
The GZE-1 also connects to the Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20 wrist device for outdoor activities,*4 which can be used for basic operations such as checking the monitor and triggering the shutter.*3
*2 Tested to withstand a drop from a height of 4 meters onto a lauan plywood sheet (Casio standard).
*3 Wireless connection does not work underwater
*4 Requires installation of G’z EYE Controller app for Android Wear.

Accessories expand the shooting range for extreme sports

Casio offers three other optional accessories for use in diverse shooting situations. The Chest Mount Harness holds the camera at chest height to capture footage against dynamic backdrops. The Carabiner Strap with Camera Stand enables stable shooting from a fixed position. The Gimbal reduces camera shake and is useful for shooting when moving along with the subject. The Gimbal is rated IP55 against dust and water ingress, for capturing shake-free footage even in challenging weather such as snow and rain. The Gimbal can be mounted on the FR series EAM-4 Multi-angle Stick (optional accessory), for ease of carrying and smooth capture.

Source - GSMarena , via - Casio

Leica CL

Leica has officially announced their latest APS-C mirrorless camera today . The new Leica CL , joining the TL2  , is aimed at casual photographers who love what they shoot with . The new camera , designed with retro aesthetics and a 24MP APS-C sensor  with Leica's Masters II image processor delivers exceptional image quality and good autofocus  tracking thanks to its 49 AF points .The body , designed with an aluminium  unibody , features a 3" display with a 1.04million dot TFT LCD and a EVF with 2.36million dots . With 4K video recording at 30fps , Hotshoe flash compatability  of 1/180   with a mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000 and a electronic shutter of 1/25000 , the Leica CL is certainly able to stand toe to toe with many of its crop sensor peers in this day and age.

Leica also announced a 18mm pancake lens for the new camera as well . The new lens , designed with a f2.8 aperture ,packs 8 elements in 6 groups and weighs only 80g .

The Leica CL is available as a body only option at $2,795 , and if you want to buy it with Leica's new 18mm prime kit lens , its going to cost $3,795 . Other options include

Leica CL Vario Kit 18-56 mm - $3,995
Elmarit-TL 18 F2.8 in Silver or Black - $1,295

price details via - Preview

Press Release


Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio with a new camera that unites innovative technologies, extremely easy handling and iconic design: the Leica CL. Its ideal balance between state-of-the-art technology, mechanical precision and compact construction makes it the perfect everyday companion – especially for spontaneous and discreet pictures.

The Leica APS-C System now offers two camera models made in Germany – the Leica CL and the Leica TL2. In technical terms, they are equals, but could hardly be more different with regard to their design and handling concepts: reflecting the traditions of Leica in the form of the iconic Leica CL and, in contrast, the futuristic look of the Leica TL2. Together with the extensive portfolio of TL-Lenses, they create a system that makes it possible to experience a special kind of photography.

One of the outstanding features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology developed by Leica especially for this camera. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the EyeRes® viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages: As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

In combination with the high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee maximum picture quality in all photographic situations. The Leica CL is not only an impressive still picture camera, this also applies to moving pictures captured with its video function at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The Leica CL also equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android. In addition to this, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles.

The Leica CL establishes the unmistakeable simplicity of iconic Leica design in the compact system camera class. In every respect discreet, this compact camera is an ideal companion with a user-friendly handling concept that makes it an intuitive tool. All essential controls are located on its top plate. In addition to the electronic viewfinder, there are two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed ISO value, and exposure compensation. Everything is so conveniently located that photographs can be made without taking the camera from the eye. An additional display on the top plate instantly provides information about all relevant settings and exposure parameters. Together with the perfectly defined release pressure point, this ensures that users have absolute control over every picture they take with the Leica CL.

The extensive portfolio of TL-Lenses is also available to the Leica CL. The lenses offer superior imaging performance and are responsible for the exceptionally high picture quality delivered by the Leica APS-C System. The portfolio of compact and fast lenses with focal lengths from 17 to 200 mm offers infinite opportunities for all kinds of creative photography. The elegant simplicity of the design of the three zooms – the Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/11–23 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–5.6/18–56 ASPH. and the APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/55–135 ASPH. – and four prime lenses – the Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH., Summicron-TL 1:2/23 ASPH., Summilux-TL 1:1.4/35 ASPH. and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60 ASPH. – perfectly complement the Leica CL, not only in terms of technology, but also in looks.

Developed by optical engineering specialists in Wetzlar, the Leica TL-Lenses all offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise and the use of finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.

Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL- and SL-Systems, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the CL and the TL2. Appropriate adapters are also available for using Leica M- and R-Lenses on the cameras.

An extensive range of technical- and style-accessories ideally complements the APS-C System.

The black version of the Leica CL will be available from the end of November.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Although the days of film are long gone , the cameras that of a bygone era have certainly left their mark on photographic history . Ihagee cameras , a German film camera maker has now been ressurected thanks to crowdfunding on Kickstarter and is set to make their first 35mm film camera (under the Ihagee name) since the brand disappeared during the 1970's .

 The camera , named the Ihagee ELBAFLEX (Ihagee used the Exakta name unto 1970 and it is still trademarked , but ELBAFLEX is said to be used in Ihagee cameras from the  1970's and the startup selected this name instead) . 

The camera , like most 35mm film camera revivals on kickstarter (Reflex 1 for example) is based on the Nikon F mount , With manual everything and wooden inserts , the camera is certainly going to be a great option for film shooters who want something "new" (but still old fashioned) . The ISO , shutter dials are all metallic and it features a flash sync port with 1/60 sync speed . The camera does not require any battery power as the shutter is all mechanical and It goes all the way unto 1/500 . 

Pricing (pledging) for the camera starts at $299 if you want a basic ELBAFLEX basic model . The ELBAFLEX prime model on the other hand requires a $529 pledge . The difference between the models include the addition of a wooden grip , leather coverings and a full 5 year warranty plus quality assurance in Germany . The base model on the other hand does not come with the wooden grip (optional) and has no leather options for its cover , it also lacks the 5 year warranty and instead comes with a 2 year one and a Ukrainian factory quality pass . Both camera models are hand made in the Ukraine with the German team of the project providing oversight and designs .

Click to visit 
Ihagee's Kickstarter page

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Petapixel

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sharp's new 8C-B60A broadcast camera shoots 8k

Sharp has officially announced their 8C-B60A broadcast capable 8K camera . The camera , which is designed with a custom 33MP Super 35mm sensor is capable of 60fps (10bit - 4.2.2) is capable of recording uncompressed 8K 60fps to SSD drives and even has a SD card to update firmware with , the camera features the Grass Valley HQX Codec (7680×4320 4:2:2 10-bit). The body features built in ND - Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND , a PL mount to adapt lenses to , a 2TB SSD bundle (which allows upto 40 minutes of recording ) and a price tag of 8,800,000 YEN - $ 77495 . The camera is expected to be on sale this December .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Sharp-World

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Apart from Panasonic's Lumix G9 announcement , the company also announced the LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S .- A leica branded Panasonic lens which ,when connected to a micro 4/3s body gives a field of view of 400mm (35mm equivalent) . The lens , which is said to feature excellent corner sharpness and OIS - optical image stabilization is perfect for wildlife and sports shooters as it also supports a teleconverter option DMW-TC14 which multiplies the 400mm by 1.4x giving a 560mm (35mm equivalence ) or the DMW-TC20 which gives a 800mm equivalence . Featuring 15 elements in 13 groups and two UED - extra low dispersion elements and a silent triple linear motor for precise AF action .The lens features a metal body and is dust ,water and freeze resistant (-10 degrees C) . Pricing is said to be £2,699 , $3000 ,€3,099.

The lens IS however said to work with only select Panasonic cameras . Although the list has not been made official ,the press release does indicate that the GX8 , GX80 will support IS and the later models - G89 , GH5 ,G9 will support IS2 (A more advanced IS feature )

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source / Press release - 43rumors

Panasonic Lumix G9 is official

Related - LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S

Panasonic has officially announced their  much rumored Lumix G9 camera . The G9 ,  a successor to the Lumix G series , departs from Panasonic's Video priority Micro four thirds systems and thus is their first Professional grade system designed with  Photography work in mind  . The system , based on the GH5  and related to the closely matched Olympus EM1 MkII , is designed for landscape and sport shooters who may benefit from the Micro 4/3 sensor as it allows a 2x reach on full frame lenses and still compensate for camera shake thanks to IBIS (In built image stability) on the sensor .



The camera ,as stated previously , is sort of a GH5 in a DSLR like body . The body of the camera is weather resistant - offering water , dust ,and freeze protection upto -10 degrees - a feature exclusive only to the related EM1II and the GH5 , makes this an appealing choice for wildlife and nature photographers who might want to take their cameras to the extremes . The body is made up of magnesium and features rubber and composite seals for the said weather resistance . The body , for the first time since the late Samsung NX1 , features a top mounted LCD to quickly view your setting (kind of like a DSLR body) .

The body of the G9 features dual SD UHS2 compatible card slots , a headphone and mic jack ,USB C 3.0 , a HDMI port and a pin socket for a grip battery . The camera also has Bluetooth and
wifi functionality .


The sensor on the G9 is similar to the one on the EM Mkii and the GH5 and it has the same resolution of 20.3 MP as well , the Lumix G9 sensor has no optical low pass filter OLPF which filters out reduces sharpness for the lack of moire .

The sensor features 5 Axis image stability (IBIS) on the sensor and it also can support 2 axis image stabilization on lenses with stabilization. This allows it to have a 6.5 stop advantage over an equivalent camera without IBIS  . Autofocus on the G9 is said to be improved over previous Panasonic cameras although it still has a similar  DFD - AF from the GH5 . The camera supports a native ISO range of 100-25600 .

Shutter speeds on the G9 are said to be from 1/8000 to 30s(with a 30 minute bulb mode)  , the camera has no external pop up flash but has a standard hotshoe mount for connecting external speedlights if need be , the camera does feature an AF assist lamp . Buffer speed on the G9 is said to be 20fps (in Autofocus Continuous) and 60fps in AF-L (locked).

Apart from the IBIS , the headphone and mic combo , the G9 features 4K video recording (60fps) and in a  150mbps bitrate  with a 16:9 aspect ratio. These features does make the G9 a good video option over G series cameras , but it still lacks some of the professional options of Panasonic's GH5 .


The G9 features a 3" capacitive touch display on a rotating joint (swivel) . The display has a 1.04m dot resolution and the 3.68m dot OLED evf has a magnification of 0.83x and 100% viewfinder coverage . There is also a monochrome top view Matrix LCD for quick settings


The Lumix G9 is said to be available for  $1697($1700 )    Body Only , or $2700 with the DG 12-60mm kit lens . Optional accessories include a grip - BGG9 which costs $349 . Separate 1800 mAh batteries BLF 19 cells cost $69 .

Olympus Eyetrek EL-10

Hopes were high when Google and many other companies tried their hand with smart-glasses , the technology ,which revolved around displaying data and recording video and photos via a built in camera was initially promoted as a cool-hip way to connect yourself online , but it was also seen as a cause for concern in a world that was taking privacy seriously . Although popularity and even sales of these wearables are virtually non existent (and it eventually paved the way for VR headsets), it has not stopped some companies from trying their hand , and now the latest member to join the club is Olympus with its Eyetrek camera system.

Armed with The power of Android , the Olympus system features a 2.4MP camera . The camera sits as an attachment to standard spectacles and it features a tiny heads up display with a 640x400 resolution OLED panel and is semi transparent . The touch and control unit , which is set onto the side (like Google Glass) features an internal battery(with a rated battery life of 1 hr)  and a Micro USB outlet for charging along with Wifi and Bluetooth for syncing to other devices.

With focus set for on site  work environments , Olympus hopes that its new smartglass unit will appeal to clients as its Open source structure permits the development of custom (work related) apps . The unit , which is available for retail  at $1500 is a bit steep for general users , but companies may pony up the cost (and  they usually order multiple units in one go ). But if you are curious , the retail  $1500 package will get you a pair of safety glasses , an additional battery of a bigger capacity and a wall charger and of course , the Eyetrek EL-10 unit as well .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview