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Panasonic Lumix GH4 DSLM 4K camera

07/02/2014. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Phone cameras are making inroads into the snapshot market but traditional cameras remain hugely popular, spurred by tech advances and keener pricing. The sales of SLR cameras are, in fact, growing and demand for mirrorless compact cameras has increased by 60%.

The first mirrorless compact camera, the Epson R-D1, was introduced in 2004 but it was Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1 that really kicked off the DSLM (digital single lens mirrorless) market in 2008. It was the first digital camera to meet the MFT (Micro Four Thirds) standard.

Panasonic’s latest creation, the 16.05-megapixel Lumix GH4, is the first DSLM camera capable of recording high-resolution 4K video. 

As you would expect from a Lumix, the GH4 looks pure pro –

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Lumix GH$ press release 

According to Panasonic’s PR Newswire press release, the GH4 can record in –

Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160 at 24fps) and QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 at up to 30fps) in both MP4 and MOV formats. The GH4 is also capable of recording Full-HD video with ultra high bit rate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit.

For professionals working globally, the system frequency can be easily selected between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. A total of 22 LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses offer any creative perspective according to the scene, including HD lenses allowing silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording.

The authoritative DPReview has a GH4 quick review, mentioning –

“… the bulk of the camera’s improvements will be most apparent to video shooters, but there are also some extra features added for the stills photographers…”

Panasonic’s Lumix GH4 images

This is an impressive-looking camera. Here are some more images of the GH4 from Panasonic’s UK release:

Panasonic Lumix GH4 top

Panasonic Lumix GH4 loaded

Samsung Android-based Galaxy Camera

12/02/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , .

The Android-based Samsung Galaxy Camera packs a host of features which will impress even the most pretentious gadget freaks:

Full-HD video capture, 120fps slow motion mode, HDR and night shot features, 16.3MP backlight-illuminated CMOS sensor, continuous shooting and bracketing, 1.4 GHz Quad-core processor, Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G, GPS. The list goes on and on. You can even play Angry Birds on this camera!  Read more…

Nikon D600 Ultimate Time Lapse video

15/01/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Nikon D600

In an interesting marketing move Nikon teamed up with wildlife photographers Florian and Salomon Schulz to shoot a range of effects with the Nikon D600 in a series called “Chasing the light.”  The results are informative and entertaining, showing the capabilities of the camera in the hands of professionals.

The D600 is Nikon’s most compact full-frame HD-SLR to date. Its 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor captures 5.5 frames-per-second (fps) on continuous shooting. And, as Nikon states, “Shoot 1080p HD videos with selectable frame rates of 30p, 25p or 24p and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. Bend time with 720p HD at 60p, 50p or 30p for ultra-smooth video playback of fast moving subjects, or create slow-motion footage during post processing.”  Read more…

Nikon D4 Digital SLR

18/06/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Nikon D4

When Thomas Sutton designed the first photographic single lens reflex (SLR) camera in 1866 he probably could not have dreamt of the Nikon D4. Cameras have, thanks to the advances in computer and lens technology, become full multi-media gadgets.

The FX-Format D4 digital SLR, for instance, can shoot 10 frames per second with full autofocus, laying each shot on a 16.2 megapixel canvas. The 36 x 23.9 milimeter imaging chip ensures good results particularly in low light. In fact, its image sensor supports a sensitivity range from ISO 50 to an incredible ISO 204800.  Read more…

Leica S2 tells a thousand words

27/11/2008. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

“Remarkable new camera from Germany redefines the professional DSLR class with a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30 x 45 mm sensor built into a 35mm-sized body.” That’s how dpreview describes the Leica S2.

Leica revolutionized the world of photography with their new S-system, it is said, with the introduction of a completely new digital photographic system. Its sensor is 56% larger than those used in 35mm full-frame DSLRs. Professional Photographer UK thinks it stunned the industryRead more…