William Innes talks about using the new Panasonic S cameras

Via Panasonic:

Let’s Talk Lumix S: William Innes

How long have you been shooting with Lumix?

A little over five years. I was shooting with a GH3. I became real serious when the GH4 launched and then finally the GH5 with dual card slots was a game changer for me. Having two cards available for wedding photography is critical. I shot over 35 events last year using two GH5’s. Now I am using a G9 along with my GH5’s.

Which models are your current favorites?

My current favorite model is the G9 for professional work. It is feature-rich and the new engine creates awesome JPEG files. I also like the 80MP feature for still images. For travel photography, I love the little ZS200 point and shoot. It has a 24-360mm zoom range which makes it a great companion for any trip. Although the new LX100 II may take over once I get to shoot with it.

Have you shot with other brands before? Why do you prefer Lumix?

I have shot with many different brands over the years. My favorite thing about Lumix is how they actually listen to their customers and incorporate changes in their products very quickly. I feel that there are some other camera manufacturers that have not done a very good job of hearing their customers lately. Lumix continues to innovate and incorporate awesome features and new technology in every new camera release.

What excites you the most about the Lumix S launch?

Low light photography. Being a wedding photographer, we get to shoot in very dim and dark environments. Many churches do not allow flash photography. Full frame and a new sensor, combined with fast lens will enable me to shoot some very creative low light photography.

How do you foresee your photography changing after the release?

I don’t see my actual photography changing. I will just have additional tools in my toolbox to achieve my goals. I will definitely be able to push the envelope when it comes to wedding receptions, being able to dial back flash photography and create images with existing low light. I am very excited about this.

Will you now be shooting with box Lumix G and Lumix S?

I will still use both systems for shooting weddings. I love the light weight of the G system. It is so easy to carry two camera bodies and lenses around the whole wedding day. I envision using the G series cameras for getting ready photos, photo journalistic images, some ceremony photos and detail images. The new S series cameras will be great for low light and portrait type photos. The file size of the S1R will enable me to print and sell extremely large prints and canvases.

What’s the first thing you want to try with a Lumix S?

As mentioned, I am excited to try out the low light capabilities of the S series of cameras. Although the G series have a great bokeh with their fast prime lens, especially the 42.5 mm f1.2, I can’t wait to see what the full frame S series will do with their new 55mm F1.4 lens.

ZDNET believes the L-mount alliance is “likely to hurt Sony more than Nikon and Canon”

This is a pretty strong statement from ZDNET:

The L-Mount Alliance will give buyers a choice of cameras and lenses from at least three different suppliers: Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. This seems likely to hurt Sony more than Nikon and Canon. Indeed, if Panasonic’s S1 and S1R handle video as well as its GH5 and GH5s cameras, Sony could be in real trouble.

Canon and Nikon have closed mount standards which forces third party to hassle with retro-engeneering. And that’s likely their weakest spot. While the L-mount alliance can offer both High End Value (Leica), affordable pro gear (Panasonic) and some exotic offering (Sigma Foveon) too.

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Rendering: This is the image of the Panasonic S1R with fully articulating screen

This is your dream come true! Panasonic S1R with fully articulating screen. But sadly it’s just a dream and I don’t think Panasonic will really change the camera design to fit the fully articulating screen. Panasonic officially said the three-way tilting screen is more sturdy and reliable. And in their opinion PRO’s don’t really need the fully articulating screen…

Image Credit:
Photo credit: Vlad Savov / The Verge
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Panasonic announced it’s first “8k organic sensor” camcorder. Might be coming on future S cameras too!

You may remember that years ago Panasonic and Fuji launched a partnership to develop a new kind of “organic sensor”. It would allo a dramatic improvement in image quality and speed. Well, it seems like that finally we are going to see if the promises hold up the expectations. Panasonic Japan announced they will launch the first 8K camcorder with Panasonic-Fuji organic sensor in late 2019.

I think there is a good chance this sensor might be implemented on future S cameras as early as in 2020.

This is the google translated text:

Panasonic Corporation has developed the 8K camera system equipped with the world’s first * 1 8K organic sensor. We plan to launch it in the fall of 2019 ※ 2 .

8K Multipurpose Camera AK – SHB 810 is a compact, lightweight, box – type camera that uses a PL lens mount. Equipped with 8K organic sensor which will be the first in the world * 1 . Efficient photoelectric conversion and charge accumulation are achieved at the same time by laminated structure using organic thin film for photoelectric conversion part. We realized a wide dynamic range corresponding to light / dark difference with 8K high resolution, global shutter without skew distortion and flash band * 3 , electronic ND filter function.

8K / 4K / HD video output is possible from the camera unit and the image processing unit AK – SHU 810 connected with optical fiber cable. We can accommodate a wide range of applications for broadcasting and video production, thanks to versatility of 8K video image and compact and light multi-purpose camera more than before.

We have been developing and providing 8K devices, including the release of 8K Super Hi-Vision recorder AJ – ZS 0580 last year. Looking ahead to 2020, we will continue to develop 4K / 8K devices / systems that can withstand actual operation, support high image quality of broadcast production and efficiency of broadcasting services, and contribute to the development of the broadcasting industry.

This reference machine will be exhibited to the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition “Inter BEE 2018” held in Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture from Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to Friday, November 16, 2018.

  • * 1: As of October 2018, we looked into our company. As an image processing sensor of accumulation structure using organic thin film for photoelectric conversion part.
  • ※ 2: We will receive about half a year from order receipt to delivery.
  • * 3: The global shutter operates only when the shutter speed is faster than 1/120.

<Main features>

  1. 8K high resolution realizes wide dynamic range corresponding to light / dark difference
  2. Skew distortion and flash band are prevented by global shutter (simultaneous exposure of all pixels)
  3. A simple electronic ND filter function is installed, and freedom of shooting is improved

【Contact Information】

Panasonic Corporation Connected Solutions Company Media Entertainment Division Marketing Center Product Marketing Department Market Communication Division
TEL: 06 – 6905 – 4640 (direct)

1. A wide dynamic range corresponding to light / dark difference is realized at 8K high resolution

A newly developed organic sensor realizes a laminated structure in which an electric charge accumulation part is arranged in a lower layer by using an organic thin film for a photoelectric conversion part. With each structure completely independent, both photoelectric conversion and charge accumulation are efficiently compatible. First, in the photoelectric conversion part, the area of ​​the light receiving part is enlarged, realizing a wide dynamic range corresponding to the contrast difference. For example, even at the stadium, shooting at 8 K high resolution will be possible even for scenes with a large difference in brightness, such as a strong sunlight field and an audience seating shade.

2. Prevention of skew distortion and flash band by global shutter (simultaneous exposure of all pixels) Equipped with simple electronic ND filter function, improved freedom of shooting

By increasing charge accumulation and readout efficiency, it is possible to mount a global shutter that simultaneously exposes all the pixels. This makes it possible to perform accurate imaging with no skew in the rolling shutter mode (a phenomenon in which skew distortion occurs in a moving object at high speed), flash band (phenomenon in which light and shade difference occurs in the upper and lower portions of the screen due to the flash being exposed) I will.

  • * It operates only when the shutter speed is faster than 1/120.

3. Equipped with a simple electronic ND filter function, improved freedom of shooting

Organic sensors can change the sensitivity by controlling the voltage applied to the organic thin film. The electronic ND filter is capable of continuous continuous step-by-step sensitivity setting, and the degree of freedom of photography is further improved.

 

 

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