Panasonic will announce the box-style 6K mirrorless camera “LUMIX BS1H” in the near future. Equipped with a 24.2 million pixel sensor. Is the US price $ 3497
GH6 specs at BHphoto
Long was Panasonic stubborn. They kept claiming their contrast AF is very close to the performance of the phase detection AF. Well, they might gave up on this. It’ rumored the GH6 will break the tradition and feature a new sensor with phase detection AF. The question now is if also future S cameras will have the same new AF tech!
Itmedia analyzed the current difficult situation for the Panasonic Lumix brand. The market is shrinking and Panasonic didn’t manage to keep up with Sony and Canon. In their view only a strong focus on the video segment will keep the Lumix system alive.
Sigma CEO Yamaki said in a Dpreview interview:
We’re still at the research and development stage for the sensor. It’s mainly being worked on by Sigma engineers here. It will take some time to have a prototype of the new 3-layer X3 sensor and then we’ll see if we can move to the next stage, which will be a product. I don’t think we’ll have a product to show in 2021. Maybe 2022 or even 2023. We don’t know what kind of technical issues or challenges we’ll have to solve with the sensor yet.
Sounds like we have to wait a very long time to get this 🙁
The Japanese site DC.life is speculating about a possible L-mount move from OM Digital. They name a couple of reasons why they think that might be the case:
- First we have fact that the L-mount alliance itself announced that new partners might be coming soon.
- OM Digital is now free from Olympus “philosophy” of sticking to MFT only
- OM Digital announced a new “WOW” product for end 2021 or early 2022. This wow product may be a FF camera?
I think these speculation are unlikely to be true. Nevertheless…you never know!
Next week we are likely to get two big news:
- New Sigma FP-L announcement
- New Panasonic firmware update for S cameras
I got very wild rumors about a possible new 60MP sensor that might be used on the FP-L. To me this rumor sounds “to crazy to be true”. But you might judge for yourself:
SIGMA fp L use a special pixel type effective 60.75 megapixels sensor named IMX513BQR from sony-semiconductor to replace the unstable Foveon X3 sensor. in 30 megapixels output mode, pixel can be full sampled, which makes it the same image quality as the Foveon X3. in 120 megapixels mode, fp L output the maximum resolution in the world of full frame single shooting.
The newly CMOS sensor of sigma fp L has a CFA like the fujifilm’s Super CCD. Sigma get a customized full frame 61 megapixels no-LPF BSI sensor with zig-zag manner pixels and 45° rotated bayer color filter array, which pixel design based on sony-semi’s most popular 3.76um Exmor R series. This special pixel array was name as “Q67” or “ClearVid” in sony’s speech, was used in F65RS cine camera.
This 61 megapixels zig-zag pixel sensor can output 30 megapixels green channel image without any interpolation and color the picture like the Foveon X3 Quattro. So it can be the flat version of Foveon X3, but save the high ISO.
In additionally, this customized sensor use the same color filter as the PhaseONE IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. It has the best color reproduction even better than the old Foveon X3.