Panasonic introduced a new large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal-length lens, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 (S-S85) that enhances portrait photography with its beautiful bokeh effect.
Based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless camera, Panasonic is going to release four F1.8 large-aperture lenses as previously announced, and this 85mm F1.8 is the first one.
These four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantage in use, for example, when the camera is on a gimbal, it is easy to exchange lenses quickly with minimum adjustment of connected gears.
Filters can also be used in common thanks to the same diameter. Boasting high mobility realized by its compact size and light weight, the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is also suitable for stills.
Comprising 9 elements in 8 groups, the use of 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Panasonic S series lenses even pursue the beauty of bokeh and the LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides a smooth defocus graduation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light without vignetting.
The LUMIX 85mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a critical problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.
With its compact, approximately 355g of light weight, the LUMIX 85mm F1.8 features stunning mobility. The rugged dust/splash-resistant design with stands use under harsh conditions even at 10 degrees below zero for high mobility. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
In additional to the four F1.8 large-aperture lenses, a 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens is also under development to further enhance LUMIX S Series lens lineup. Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance are committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup to fulfill the needs of the customers.
Panasonic announced the release of the brand’s first box-style LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DC-BGH1. Based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new LUMIX BGH1 takes advantage of high-mobility, an extensive interchangeable lens lineup, and even includes technologies Panasonic has acquired through the development of professional cinema cameras, camcorders, and the LUMIX GH series.
Against a background of increasing streaming opportunities in addition to traditional broadcasting, Panasonic offers the LUMIX BGH1, an easy-to-install camera with high expandability allowing multi-camera control. It can be used in a variety of ways from shooting on drones to IP remote control to live streaming and more.
The LUMIX BGH1 is a compact, light-weight box-style camera. Its body is composed of aluminum and magnesium alloy to ensure durability and light weight. The LUMIX BGH1 has a new heat dispersion structure to achieve unlimited video recording. It offers Power over Ethernet + (PoE+), simplifying installations by providing power, signal and control over ethernet.
Control over a maximum of 12 LUMIX BGH1 cameras is available from the Panasonic LUMIX Tether for Multicam application. A future firmware update will support IP streaming over wired ethernet [RTP/RTSP].
The included ethernet port or the USB 3.1 Type-C, 3G-SDI and HDMI Type-A terminals can all be used for simultaneous output. Genlock IN and Timecode IN/Out functions simplify multi-angle synchronized video recording and integrate into a scalable system with external monitors, rigs and gimbals supplied from other manufacturers.
The LUMIX BGH1 is equipped with Dual UHS-11 SD Card slots for backup recording or relay recording.
The LUMIX BGH1 will be available at valued channel partners in December for $1,999.99.
Panasonic announced the new LUMIX S5, a new hybrid full-frame mirrorless camera that achieves both excellent performance in photo/video and stunning mobility for serious photographers and videographers.
At the heart of the camera, the LUMIX S5 contains a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that boasts a wide dynamic range and sensitivity performance. The LUMIX S5 further realizes recording maximum ISO 51,200 crystal-clear high sensitivity video with the adoption of the Dual Native ISO technology.
As a pioneer of photo/video hybrid mirrorless cameras, LUMIX has the largest lineup of cameras that record 4K 10-bit video. As the latest member of the family, the LUMIX S5 is capable of 4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. It is also capable of 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 bit HDMI output. For 4K 30p 4:2:0 8-bit internal recording, there is no time limit.
Panasonic’s exceptional heat dispersion technology delivers stable, long-time video recording. The LUMIX S5 provides 14+ stops of dynamic range, which is as wide as those of cinema cameras, and V-Log/V-Gamut compatibility with popular colorimetry called “VariCam Look”. A variety of recording formats and modes including 4:3 Anamorphic mode, Slow & Quick Motion, 4K/60p interval shooting and 4K HDR are also provided.
The LUMIX S5 boasts high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) in both photo shooting and video recording that are made possible with advanced deep-learning technology featuring real-time detection of the subject’s type and features such as human eye, face, head and body.
The Lumix S5 will be available at valued channel partners in mid-September for $1999.99 for the body only and $2299.99 with a 20-60 kit lens.
Panasonic introduced a new interchangeable standard zoom lens, the LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 (S-R2060) based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series Full-Frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera. Designed for professional use, the LUMIX S Series pursues uncompromising photographic expression with its high-quality cameras and lenses.
The new LUMIX F3.5-5.6 is a compact, lightweight standard zoom lens that covers from ultra-wide 20mm to standard 60mm focal length for versatile use including landscape photography. The wide viewing angle makes it easier to shoot indoors where space is limited and stunning close-up capability of 5.9 inches / 0.15m (maximum magnification 0.43x) supports still life photography. The new LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 also ensures smooth, high quality video recording because of a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which can be an issue in interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.
With 11 elements in 9 groups, the use of aspherical lenses and 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Astigmatism is also corrected with these aspherical lenses, achieving high resolving performance. Furthermore, a UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) lens achieves uniform image quality from the center to edges of the image while contributing to downsizing of the lens unit.
With its compact, approximately 12.3 oz / 350g of light weight, the LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 features stunning mobility. The rugged dust/splash resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 14°F / -10°C for high mobility. In addition, a fluorine coating on the front element repels water and oil and prevents them from attaching. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.
The LUMIX S 20-60mm lens will be available at the end of July for $599.99.
Panasonic announced the introduction of the AW-UE100 integrated pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera, which supports a wide variety if IP transmission protocols, including high-bandwidth NDI, high-efficiency NDI®|HX and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT).
This new PTZ camera with newly-designed direct drive motor for smooth pan and tilt movement offers installation flexibility, low noise and high-resolution image capture, and will facilitate high-quality live remote and studio production in broadcast, staging, corporate, sports and house of worship applications.
The AW-UE100 features a 1/ 2.5-type 4K MOS sensor to produce stunning UHD 4K/60p video and offers a wide variety of interfaces including 12G-SDI, HDMI and IP. For capturing images in tight spaces to large venues, the UE100 has exceptional capabilities. A wide-angle lens with a horizontal angle of view of 74.1 degrees enables enables a wide area to be shot from a limited installation space, and its 24x optical zoom maintains high image quality at high zoom rations, permitting shooting large indoor spaces.
For low latency, live video transmissions, the AW-UE100 offers high-bandwidth NDI for transmitting 4K/60p video at speeds of approximately 250 Mbps and for transmitting full HD video at approximately 100 Mbps, all over a single LAN cable. It also offers a high-efficiency, low bandwidth NDIIHX to enable video transmission at low bitrates. Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) maintains stability when transmitting high-quality video, even in unstable network environments; and its RTMP/RTMPS function provides direct streaming via a single cable to live broadcasting services such as YouTube Live and Facebook Live.
Its FreeD output connection with AR/VR system and allows camera tracking information (pan/tilt/zoom/focus/iris) to easily build system without an encoder. The inclusion of a Direct Drive mechanism with roll compensation improves stillness and quietness pan/tilt operations.
The AW-UE100 will be available in both black and white versions in third quarter 2020, with pricing to be announced.
In an expansion to its AK series studio/field camera line, Panasonic has announced the cost-effective AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ 1080p HDR studio camera system, which will be upgradable to native 4K 60p/50p. The new HC3900 follows in the footsteps of the company’s AK-HC3800, a model that has defined high-quality professional systemization and cost-efficient production for close to a decade.
Improvements distinguishing the AK-HC3900G include a full simultaneous HDR/SDR feature set, expanded multi-format capability (1080: 59.94p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97PsF, 23.98PsF, 720: 59.94./50p) and future optional upgrade to 4K 60p/50p production. The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ captures raw image from an internal 4K imaging system to deliver its stunning HD HDR images with ITU-BT.2020 wide color space. The Internal 4K capture also means that the future optional 4K system upgrade will yield a full 2000 TV lines horizontal resolution.
The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ achieves a high sensitivity of F10 at 59.94Hz (2,000 lx) and a S/N ratio of 62 dB. The camera offers a built-in motorized ND filter.
The new cost-effective AK-HCU250PJ/PSJ/EJ/ESJ camera control unit (CCU), in combination with the new AK-HRP250GJ remote operation panel (ROP), will connect the high-grade uncompressed video and control to the camera head via optical fiber or utilize SMPTE Hybrid cable to provide camera power as well. The new CCU includes all the system features of the HC3800 along with simultaneous output of HDR/SDR, and the HC3900’s expanded multi-format capability and 4K upgrade path. New features include 3G trunk and 3G prompter functions. The new ROP now includes PoE power (no power supply required) for easy installation.
Both the CCU and the ROP are equipped with SD card slots, which can be used for storing various settings or upgrading firmware. Camera operators will have a choice of two electronic viewfinders, either the AK-HVF100GJ nine-inch or AK-HVF75G seven-inch LCD color models.
The AK-HC3900GJ/GSJ, AK-HCU250PJ/PSJ/EJ/ESJ and AK-HRP250GJ will be available in the fourth quarter 2020, with pricing to be announced.
Panasonic has introduced the new LUMIX GH5s C4K mirrorless camera. It is a professional grade camera that offers over 29 LUMIX and LEICA compact lens options built in the next-generation (ILC) interchangeable lens camera standard [Micro Four Thirds] pioneered by Panasonic.
It’s “mirrorless” design enables the high performance, durability, mobility and low light gathering needed for professional cinematic and anamorphic 4K video production. The LUMIX GH5s comes installed with HDR Hybrid Log Gamma and Panasonic’s V-logL along with professional grade exposure tools like: Time Code sync, Waveform, Vector Scopes and programable Zebra patters.
The LUMIX GH5s supports important recording features like 14bit RAW for stills, dual native ISO, Panasonic XLR mic Adaptor support, and the return of multi-aspect capture.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is estimated to ship in Feburary-March.
- 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
- Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit; 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR
- 4K anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance, durability, and mobility
- TC In/Out/Synchro Terminal (via included BNC cable), 3.5mm Mic Jack with Line Input, 3.5mm headphone jack 2.5mm remote socket, HDMI Type A Socket, USB-C 3.1 Socket
- Dual SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible), V-LogL pre-installed, and 4K HDR hybrid log gamma support
Panasonic’s new LUMIX FZ80 4K Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera is an “All-Rounder” that everyone can enjoy. It is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to capture amazing moments near and far. It was first announced in January, and is available now for $399.99.
The LUMIX FZ80 is from the popular FZ series that packs a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability, including manual operation over photo and video recording. The LUMIX FZ80 features the optically stabilized LUMIX DC VARUO 20mm ultra wide angle lens with a 60x optical zoom that makes it possible to capture dynamic landscapes, wild animals and birds from a long distance.
The newly integrated 18.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and advanced image processor Venus Engine also achieve high-speed response and high quality images even in high-sensitivity recording.
- Exclusive 4K Photo combined with 4K video capture performance
- 18.1MP sensor resolutions
- Optically stabilized 20-1200mm (60x) LUMIX DC VARIO lens
- Fast and accurate focusing utilizing LUMIX DFD focusing system
- Travel ready USB charging
- Wi-Fi connection to a mobile device
- High-resolution 1,170k-dot viewfinder, and touch enabled LCD display
- Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
- Effective 18.1 Megapixel
- Still Images: JPEG, RAW
- Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4
- Max Resolution: 4896 x 3672
- Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
- Image Stabilization: Optical
- Mechanical Shutter Speed: 4-1/2000 second
- Electronic Shutter Speed: 1-16,000 second
- ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-3200 (Extended Mode: 80-6400)
- Built-in Flash
- External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
- Memory Card Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Video Clip Length: Up to 29 minutes 59 seconds
- Audio Recording: Built-in Mic With video, stereo
- Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 895 mAh
Panasonic has introduced a new Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera for camera enthusiasts or anyone looking for an alternative to bulky DSLRs. The LUMIX DMC-GX85 (GX85) offers high image quality and high performance packed into a compact body.
The LUMIX GX85 delivers impressive large sensor performance in the most compact camera system ever designed by Panasonic LUMIX. Thanks to the elimination of the low pass filter, its fine detail resolving power is boosted nearly 10% over previous 16-Megapixel sensors.
The LUMIX GX85 incorporates a new 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) for more effective suppression of blur. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the 5-axis Dual I.S. Compensates for a larger range of movement than ever before. Users can enjoy blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low light situations.
The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without a Low Pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high resolution images in detail with high contrast, impressive color reproduction. The LUMIX GX85 adopts a new electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit. The shock caused by the movement of shutter diaphragm is dramatically reduced and the shutter sound is also minimized.
The LUMIX GX85 is capable of recording 4K video. It records stunningly smooth, high resolution 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p or 24p in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60 Hz) videos with practical full-time AF. The LUMIX GX85 comes with the Post Focus function that enables users to select an in-focus area even after shooting. You can get multiple shots with different focus points with a single shutter release to choose from.
The LUMIX GX85 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners at the end of May for $799.99 in both silver and black versions with a 12-32 kit lens.
More pixels and more frames! That’s the direction that video is heading in 2015. And while this trend has been making progress in terms of LED and other types of video displays, projectors have lagged behind. That is, until today. During NAB 2015, Panasonic unveiled the PT-RZ12KU, the world’s lightest 3-Chip DLP laser projector.
This 12,000 lm WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) projector boasts 120 Hz frame-replacement technologies and is compatible with high frame rate contents, reducing blur from motion to deliver a clearer image. It will provide the highest image quality for rental and staging, sports production and digital signage solutions. The PT-RZ12KU also comes with a contrast ratio of 20,000:1 that, with the high-resolution performance, makes it ideal for simulation, monitoring, and specialist education roles. This projector excels in large exhibition venues, virtual reality theaters, and in corporate applications.
The new PT-RZ12KU projector allows for vertical, horizontal and tilting 360-degree projection enabled by a laser light source. With multi-screen projection and geometric adjustment Panasonic emphasizes its focus on system and installation flexibility for many different types uses.
This new projector should hit the market during summer of 2015. No information has yet been given on retail pricing.