Panasonic and DJI are jointly testing a new LIDAR based focusing method?

CameraBeta reports:

It looks like Panasonic and DJI are jointly testing a new focusing method. The new system is said to utilize the LiDAR focus technology released with the Ronin 4D. If this technology can be introduced to Panasonic’s mirrorless camera, we can expect a significant improvement in video shooting. It is currently undergoing in-house testing and will be available in the near future.

If Panasonic manages to fix their autofocus issues we can really look forward to get some great cameras!

via Asobinet

CameraBeta: Panasonic S5II will be more expensive and the S1II will be announced in Q3

CameraBeta reports:

I just got new information from the roadside agency. It seems that the S5 series has to walk on two legs, and the Mark II exposed this time is more like a high-end line (positioning and price or It is higher than the current S5) to replace the current S1 on sale. After all, the S1 has been released for some time, and the update should be its top priority, and the information shows that the new phone is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of next year. More news and​​​ …Expand

LUMIX S5 Mark II

  • Announced at CP+ in February 2023
  • Positioning and price may be higher than the current model

LUMX S1 Mark II

  • Q3 2023

via Asobinet

Here are the leaked Panasonic 18mm f/1.8 L lens specs!

Digicameinfo leaked the specs of the new Panasonic lens:

  • LUMIX S18mm F1.8
    – Lens construction: 13 elements in 12 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 1 UED lens, 3 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
    – Shortest shooting distance: 0.18m
    – Maximum magnification: 0.2x
    – Number of aperture blades: 9 (circular aperture)
    – Filter diameter:
    67mm – Size: φ73.6 x 82mm
    – Weight: 340g

Announcement in September!

Nikkei report: Panasonic quits low end camera business and release a camera jointly developed with Leica

The prestigious website Nikkei reports:

The company (Panasonic HD) said, “We have stopped developing new models that can be replaced by smartphones.” Production of existing products will continue for the time being, but in the future, the company plans to concentrate on developing high-end mirrorless machines aimed mainly at enthusiasts and professional filmmakers. We are planning to release a mirrorless machine jointly developed with Leica Camera, which we formed a comprehensive partnership with at the end of May, in about a year.

via Digicameinfo

Good news from Sigma: Their new Full Frame Foveon sensor will be “ready” end of this year!

Teh Sigma CEO released an interview and said the following:

  • We are still in development and are working on a prototype of a three-layer Foveon X3 sensor.
  • This sensor should be available later this year
  • The Foveon X3 sensor is not a versatile sensor and has disadvantages such as dark performance
  • But when the amount of light is widespread, this camera can produce very beautiful and wonderful pictures.

via DClife

Sigma will soon announce the new 20mm f/1.4 and 24mm f/1.4 L-mount lenses

The Japanese blog Digicameinfo spotted the specs of these two upcoming Sigma Full Frame L-mount lenses:

  • 20mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 15 groups (2 SLD glasses, 3 aspherical lenses)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.23m
    Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 6.1
    Filter Diameter: 82mm
    Size: φ87.8 x 111.2mm (E-mount version 113.2mm)
    Weight: 635g (E-mount version 630g)
  • 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art
    Lens configuration: 17 elements in 14 groups (1 piece of SLD glass, 2 pieces of FLD glass, 4 pieces of aspherical lens)
    Number of aperture blades: 11 pieces (circular aperture)
    Minimum shooting distance: 0.25m
    Maximum shooting magnification : 1: 7.1
    Filter diameter:
    72mm Size: φ75.7 x 95.5mm (E-mount version 97.5mm)
    Weight: 520g (E-mount version 510g)