Panasonic Introduce the Lumix S1 and S1R

As expected Panasonic have announced their new cameras.  They are thin on details right now apart from the 4K60P.

Here is what they are saying:

  • DFD autofocus like their M43 cameras except with AI (we are concerned about the performance of this but we must reserve judgement until it gets tested)
  • Dual I.S. (sensor + lens)
  • Fast flash sync speed (but it hasn’t been specified)
  • High quality EVF
  • Dual card slots (XQD and SD)
  • Titlable LCD (no fully articulated screen)

Additionally, the initially lenses are:

  • large, high quality, and expensive 50mm F1.4
  • 24-105mm zoom
  • 70-200mm zoom

The interesting point to us is that our source made two claims:

  • Panasonic is trying to go for the premium market and their bodies will be priced higher than Sony
  • $2700 initial price for the S1

Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K Now Shipping

We have received reports of consumers beginning to receive their Blackmagic Pocket 4K cameras in Australia.  Additionally, several US retailers have indicated that they will be receiving their initial shipments very soon.  The Europe dates are less clear.

This bodes well in general and let us hope they have a decent number of cameras produced for their first batch.

Ursa Mini Pro (with Blackmagic RAW) versus Canon C200 RAW Light

This is an interesting comparison. While Blackmagic’s new BRAW is not identical to their true raw, it’s close enough for most purposes and it it produces nicer looking noise, grain, and skin tones. We expect most people will happily shoot in BRAW without ever looking back.

This comparison pits the new BRAW (on a Ursa Mini Pro) against Canon’s C200 Raw light:

Blackmagic Pocket 4K versus Panasonic GH5

Interestingly the reviewer states that he’s observed these two cameras having pretty much the same dynamic range. We expected a one stop advantage to the Blackmagic camera. When dynamic range is measured we still expect a better result than the GH5. What’s not clear is if that advantage will be a stop or significantly less. Either way, the Blackmagic Pocket 4Ks footage looks great.

More Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K Footage

Blackmagic is our favourite company presently. The amazing products they produce at an affordable price have truly changed the industry and lowered the bar to entry. Their newest 4K pocket camera leaves nothing to complain about for the price.

If you need autofocus then this isn’t the camera for you. But that was always to be expected.

Canon SX70: A Canon SX60 with a slightly better sensor and 4K video

Canon makes some products we like, but they have not been showing love to their consumer and prosumer products for a while.  At least Nikon gave their camera crazy zoom.  The lens is 21-1365mm equivalent.  Same tiny sensor (which may have worked for 1080p video but struggles with 4K).

Price is expected to be $549 on launch.