Sony partners with Fixation to launch first authorised SONY Imaging PRO support walk-in centre
Sony today launched its first SONY Imaging PRO support walk-in centre, which officially opens its doors to the public on the 1st September, 2017. The first of its kind, customers will be able to get their Sony equipment[i] serviced and repaired at the new support centre based at Fixation in London. The centre offers rapid turnaround times for diagnosing issues, on-site repairs and servicing. Customers will also be able to rent Sony products at competitive prices while their kit is being repaired or to assist with purchase decisions or short term projects. All rental equipment is professionally cleaned and tested by Fixation’s own technicians to ensure best performance before any loan period.
The centre will also provide enhanced services in line with the Sony Pro Support Programme, to reinforce Sony’s commitment to the growing pool of professional photographers buying into Sony systems. In addition to the dedicated telephone help desk offered as part of the PRO Support service, members now have the chance to receive personal advice and support regarding their α camera equipment in the new walk-in centre. Instead of sending off units that require servicing, including twice-yearly sensor cleaning and firmware check-ups, equipment can now be quickly checked and repaired at the Fixation centre. For further information on PRO support and membership please check here.
Arnaud Gutleben, Head of Imaging for Sony UK and Ireland, said: “Following the recent launch of the α9, Sony is increasingly focusing its attention on addressing the needs of professional photographers. We understand that service and support are essential to any pro photographer, hence we are taking this opportunity to strengthen and build on the Sony Imaging PRO SUPPORT programme that we launched in the UK in September 2016. Thanks to our new partnership with Fixation, we are now able to offer a walk-in service centre in the UK where members of our Pro Support programme and professional photographers can get their RX series and α e-mount cameras and lenses serviced to the highest standard We believe this partnership will be instrumental in meeting and ultimately exceeding the expectations of all pro photographers using Sony cameras.”
David Garratt, CEO of Fixation’s parent company Wex Photographic, commented “We are absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the UK’s first Sony Authorised Service Centre dedicated to supporting Sony’s innovative range of pro-focused imaging products. Fixation has a long history of supporting professional photographers with first class service and we look forward to working with Sony to extend the range of imaging products we can support”.
To check the range of services offered at Fixation, please click here.
Fixation is a professional photographic service centre based in London, dedicated to providing authorised repairs, rentals and sales to photographers across the UK. Established in 1988 by one of the leading names in the industry, Fixation has become the trusted brand for professionals, having developed a reputation for unrivalled technical expertise and excellent customer service. Fixation entered a new phase of development in 2015 being acquired by Wex Photographic, the UK’s largest online photo retailer. http://www.fixationuk.com/about-us/
[i] The services and repairs are currently only available for Sony’s range of RX compact cameras and α e-mount interchangeable lens cameras and lenses.
Live the adventure with the all-new, all-weather COOLPIX W300
Sales start date: TBC
London, UK, 31st May 2017: Nikon introduces the all-new COOLPIX W300—the all-weather compact with deep-water credentials. Perfect for adventurers, this is an easy-to-use camera that’s ready to take on the great outdoors, the city, and everything in between.
The COOLPIX W300 easily captures 16 MP photos and 4K/UHD video at depths of up to 30 m without housing.1 A solid performer on land too, this dustproof compact keeps on shooting in temperatures as low as -10° C.2 And the shockproof body can tolerate drops from heights of up to 2.4 m.3 The bright NIKKOR wide-angle zoom lens gives users the freedom to capture superb shots of the action in low light or murky underwater environments. Macro mode will capture extreme close ups of tiny wonders above or below the water. Support for GPS/GLONASS/QZS makes it easy to geotag shots and log journeys. And SnapBridge connectivity lets users sync photos to a smart device as they shoot, or use the smart device to shoot remotely.
Chelsey Lavall, Product Manager, CDSC & Action at Nikon UK says: “If you love being outdoors and seek out adventure, this is the perfect camera for you. The COOLPIX W300 is waterproof up to 30 meters, allowing you to capture amazing memories whether in the pool, snorkeling in the Caribbean or diving off cliffs in the Mediterranean. You can shoot scenery from the back of a jeep on safari or out skiing on the slopes – the COOLPIX W300 is built to withstand anything you throw at it. SnapBridge also makes sharing your pictures easier than ever before, so your friends back home can stay up-to-date with your adventures.”
Summary of key features
Tough build. Tough performance. Real freedom. Waterproof to 30 m without housing.1 Shockproof when dropped from heights of up to 2.4 m.2 Freeze-proof down to -10° C, and dustproof too.3
Thrilling moments. Exceptional images. Sensitive back-illuminated 16 MP CMOS sensor and bright f/2.8 lens with 5x optical zoom. The 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom4 doubles the reach of the lens to bring the action that much closer.
Show more of the world. Record 4K/UHD 30p footage or Full HD (1080p) video on land or underwater. A new AE lock helps capture smooth video footage as the light changes, which is especially handy when filming underwater.
Sharp and steady. Speedy autofocus and Nikon’s impressive five-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction deliver fast, steady, spot-on shooting—on land or underwater.
Knows where you go. Shows where you’ve been. The camera’s new Tool button will instantly display GPS, number of steps taken, and altitude/depth or air pressure/water pressure readings on the monitor.
Easy control for lives rich with adventure. With a deep grip, a large monitor, and easy control underwater or when wearing gloves.
The world is waiting. Go find it. The camera’s tripod mount is just as useful for accessories—like Nikon’s SB-N10 underwater flash—as it is for shooting time-lapse movies with a tripod.
1 Waterproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that are equivalent to JIS/IEC Protection Class 8 (IPX8). Shooting at depths up to 30 m is possible for approx. 60 minutes.
2 Freeze-proof/dustproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that equivalent to JIS/IEC Protection Class 6 (IPX6).
3 Shockproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that conform to MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock (dropped onto plywood of 5 cm thickness from a height of 240 cm).
4 Dynamic Fine Zoom can zoom 2x further than the longest optical telephoto range, while maintaining maximum image resolution.
The camera’s Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® capabilities are only available when using SnapBridge. Nikon’s SnapBridge application must be installed on a compatible smart device before SnapBridge can be used with this camera.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon and its Affiliates is under license.
Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
The new ultra-rugged Tough! TG-5 camera from Olympus set to beat all others in all conditions
London, May 17th, 2017 – When you are looking for the ultimate tough, go-anywhere camera to capture the highlights of your latest adventure, the best in class just got better. With the TG-5, Olympus announces their latest flagship Tough! camera, and it comes with some serious enhancements. The class leading super bright 25-100mm* 1:2.0 lens is married to an all new sensor and the latest TruePic VIII image processor that deliver significant improvements in speed and still image quality in all conditions, while video now boasts 4K and 120FPS Full HD high-speed movies for better slow motion quality. Added to this are new easy to access controls and dual pane anti-fog glass. As Tough!’s tend to be used when the elements are at their harshest, this matters, so for all those who want to share spectacular evidence of their exploits this summer: Look no further than the new Tough! TG-5 available in red or black from mid June at £399.99.
The adventurer’s choice:
Annelie Pompe** is a professional adventurer from Sweden who has used the TG series for many years:
“I go climbing, freediving, running, skiing, surfing, kayaking and mountain biking so I need a camera that can go anywhere, stand the pace and create great pictures. The TG-5 takes all this in its stride and I love the new control dial and anti-fog dual pane glass – when you are in and out of freezing water these will make a great camera even better to use.”
There are plenty of “action” cameras but none that quite deliver the still image quality and convenience of the TG-5. In the middle of a tackle-anything adventure, your camera needs to be light and small enough not to get in your way, yet be able to take punishment so you don’t worry. Throw a TG-5 in a canoe with water sloshing – no problem. Stand on it in hiking boots – a walk in the park. Drop one from head height onto a boulder – all in a day’s shoot. Regularly awarded best in class since the introduction of the TG-1 in 2012, the flagship Olympus Tough! series has become the go-to rugged camera for die hard adventurists the world over. A classic blend of carry-anywhere size and hard as nails durability that Olympus pioneered, the TG-5 now heralds levels in image quality and video performance to add to a reputation for robust construction.
Better image quality, more tracking and sharing capabilities
Eiji Shirota is head of the Olympus team that developed the TG-5 in Tokyo and explains the camera manufacturer’s priorities as follows:
“Our priority with the TG-5 was to improve overall image quality in a wider range of conditions and to enhance the adventure capturing capabilities of the camera. Customer feedback told us that Tough! cameras are used in situations that are challenging both physically and photographically. The new sensor has a lower pixel count than the previous model, yet when combined with the latest image processor from our pro flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, gives better image quality than before with enhanced dynamic range and improved response time.
As a bonus, we have even included a version of the Pro Capture feature also taken from our professional OM-D line that helps catch the exact moment in action sequences. Finally, we added a temperature sensor to the existing GPS, manometer and compass so that users can share even more information with their images to really tell a story of their adventures.”
Five features for outdoor fans
The TG-5 has five main strengths. Its ultra-bright lens, its Variable Macro system, its range of accessories and its field sensor system combined with built-in WiFi for tracking and transferring data to smartphones. That’s four. Number five is the now legendary toughness. The TG-5 is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres***, crushproof to a weight of 100kg***, freezeproof down to -10°C***, dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 15m without a special underwater housing***. With the PT-058 underwater casing (sold separately), images and movies can even be captured in depths of up to 45 metres.
The super-bright 25-100mm* lens has a 1:2.0 maximum aperture at wide zoom settings, which means the TG-5 can capture colourful, low-noise shots in light-starved environments where fast shutter speeds and low ISO settings are a must: For example 15m underwater, with no need for a housing or extra light. Divers will not only profit from the built-in manometer but also from Underwater HDR to enhance areas of light and shadow, AF Area to shift the focus within the frame and the glove-friendly customizable mode dial together with a new control wheel.
For spectacular nature shots, the TG-5 has an advanced, four-mode Variable Macro system, with Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking Mode. The latter works without software, which is unique in this camera category. To maximise realism and colours and minimise noise, the TG-5 also supports RAW files.
Extended warranty and underwater tips & tricks at MyOlympus
The TG-5 is a comprehensive system for adventurous people with imaging ambitions to match. The great-value price includes a six-month warranty extension**** if new owners register their camera at MyOlympus.
Divers can find more information and tips & tricks on capturing pristine images with the Tough! series below sea level in our new Underwater Photography World at www.olympus.eu/underwater
> LG-1 Macro Light Guide for illuminating macro subjects evenly and counteracting camera shadow for truly spectacular shots
> FD-1 Flash Diffuser for redistributing light from the built-in flash to evenly illuminate close-up subjects in poor light
> FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter Lens for quirky, wide-angle shots in severe conditions, including underwater
> TCON-T01 Tele Converter Lens for extreme close-ups underwater, or elsewhere
> PT-058 Underwater Casing for capturing movies and stills worry-free at depths up to 45 metres
> CSCH-121 Neoprene Case for added protection against scratches and high drops – it’s mesh design allows quick draining and drying after underwater use
> CSCH-123 Sport Holder for carrying your camera hands-free and within reach on the front of a harness or backpack. Available in light blue and Orange
> CSCH-126 Silicon Jacket for protection from scratches
> CSCH-107 Hard Case with a carabiner hook for securing your camera to a variety of outdoors equipment
> CHS-09 Floating Handstrap in red for a sporty and highly visible way to hold onto or relocate your Tough!
Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus-europa.com/ for the latest specifications.
* 35mm equivalent
** @anneliepompe and www.anneliepompe.com
*** Waterproof according to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8. Shockproof figures compliant with MIL-STD810F (Olympus test conditions). Freezeproof and crushproof according to Olympus test conditions.
**** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.
Catch the shot of a lifetime with the all-new D7500
London, United Kingdom, 12th April 2017: Nikon announces the D7500, designed to expand the creative possibilities for photographers as they pursue their passion in photography. Powerful, nimble, and fully connected, the D7500 offers the same image quality as the D500—Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, and a performance that overcomes the most challenging conditions.
Packing powerful image technology in a travel-ready body, the D7500 is ideal for photographers who are always searching for the best possible images. As with the D500, the D7500’s 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range that extends to an incredible ISO 1640000 equivalent. Nikon’s EXPEED 5 processor is on board, offering faster, cleaner image processing. And the greatly increased pixel count of the 180K-pixel RGB sensor enables improved metering accuracy. Video shooters can record 4K/UHD movies, and Nikon’s in-camera Electronic Vibration Reduction counters the effects of unwanted camera movement. Ergonomic improvements include the new tilting monitor that offers touchscreen operation, and a deep grip for a stable, exceptionally comfortable hold. And this is the first Nikon DSLR to boast a built-in flash that supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting.
Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, Says: “The D7500 delivers the same superb image quality as the D500 but in a smaller, more lightweight body with easier handling. For amateur photographers who are looking to up their game and deliver best-in-class imagery, but perhaps don’t need so many of the professional features that the D500 offers, the D7500 is the perfect D-SLR. The camera comes equipped with SnapBridge which lets shooters share their incredible images wherever they are, and the chance to shoot at up to 8 fps with full AF/AE tracking allows the speed and precision to never miss a shot.”
Summary of key features
Flagship D500 image quality: 20.9 MP DX-format sensor. EXPEED 5. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor. Stunning light sensitivity: excel in low light with ISO 100-51200, extendable up to ISO 1640000 (equivalent). Phenomenal subject recognition: 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system. Capture precise exposures and dynamic compositions. Highlight-weighted metering: prioritises the brightest elements in the frame, helping to avoid images with blown-out highlights. Extreme AF precision: 51-point AF system accurate all the way down to an impressive -3 EV. Track, lock onto, and keep subjects in focus—even if the only light is the moonlight. Cinematic 4K/UHD video footage: record 4K/UHD 30p footage, or Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates of up to 50p/60p. Time-Lapse Movie: easily generate smooth, well-exposed 4K/UHD and Full HD time-lapse movies in-camera in full DX-format. 8 fps with Full AF/AE tracking: capture 50 NEF (RAW) or 100 Large JPEG Fine images in one high-speed burst. Tilt screen and touch controls: slim-line 8 cm (3.2 in) tilting monitor. Operate AF and shutter-release functions via touch controls when you shoot in Live View. Optical pentaprism viewfinder: offers approximately 100 % frame coverage. Picture Control Auto: In-camera Picture Control system features eight controls including the new Picture Control Auto, which optimizes color, contrast, and brightness according to the scene. Automatically adjusts variables when shooting multiple frames. DX agility: the camera body weighs just 640 g (approximately), boasts a deep grip, and is weather sealed. DX NIKKOR lenses are compact, and the 1.5x crop factor of the camera’s sensor delivers a telephoto effect when shooting with an FX lens. Expandable system: compatible Nikon Speedlights, as well as Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone and ME-W1 Wireless Microphone. Kits: the D7500 comes with multiple kit options. Shooting portraits or urban scenes? Go for a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR. Travel light with the compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Capture inspiring views of the world with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom.
The camera’s Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® capabilities are only available when using SnapBridge. Nikon’s SnapBridge application must be installed on a compatible smart device before SnapBridge can be used with this camera.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon and its Affiliates is under license. Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
Introducing the Leica M10: slimmest ever digital M delivers enhanced performance, intuitive handling and direct control
18 January 2017
Leica Camera has today announced the M10: the latest milestone in the Leica M rangefinder portfolio. This iconic camera system has once again set new standards with a perfect balance of long- established tradition and technical innovation, while embodying the true essence of photography like no other camera.
Although its features have been adapted to meet the precise needs of contemporary photographers, the essential principles of the renowned M-System have been meticulously retained. Every single component and technical detail is focused uncompromisingly on photography. With its compact dimensions, improved performance and intuitive handling, the Leica M10 has established a new landmark in the ongoing history of the legendary Leica M.
The form factor: analogue dimensions enter the digital age
Many photographers working with analogue Leica M cameras have expressed their interest in a digital M with the same ergonomic features and size that fits perfectly in the hands. With the Leica M10, this wish has become a reality, with a top plate depth of just 33.75mm – four millimetres less than its closest relative, the Leica M (Typ 240). The Leica M10 is now the slimmest digital M of all time.
The rangefinder: a precise window on the world
The rangefinder has always played a significant role in the heritage of the Leica M-System. Several key aspects of this legendary focusing technology have been further optimised in the Leica M10. To improve the view of the subject being captured, the field of view has been enlarged by 30 per cent and the magnification factor has been increased to 0.73. For eye-relief, the optimum distance of the eye from the viewfinder eyepiece has also been lengthened considerably. Thanks to a 50 per cent increase in this distance, the viewfinder is much more comfortable to use, particularly for photographers who wear glasses.
The sensor: the digital canvas
The key component of the Leica M10 is the 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor developed specifically for this camera, offering significant improvements in all image performance parameters: impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness and fine detail resolution. Its unique pixel and micro-lens architecture enables a particularly large aperture, ensuring rays of light hitting the sensor even from the most oblique angles are precisely captured by its photodiodes – this has been further improved compared to its predecessor. The glass cover plate of the sensor acts as an infrared cut-off filter, therefore avoiding undesirable refraction of incoming light with additional layers of glass. The omission of a low-pass filter also ensures the Leica M10 delivers maximum sharpness, leading to significantly enhanced imaging results, especially in the case of wide-angle and very fast lenses.
Thanks to the new design of the Leica M10 sensor, the ISO sensitivity range has been expanded, allowing exposures at values between ISO 100 and 50,000, with considerably improved noise characteristics at higher ISO settings. The Leica M10 opens up entirely new genres of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance even in challenging lighting conditions.
Image processing electronics: the next quality level
The latest-generation Maestro II image processor incorporated in the Leica M10 represents state-of- the-art, advanced processor technology. Combined with the new 24 MP sensor, it ensures that all exposures are captured with exceptionally brilliant image quality. Thanks to its 2GB buffer memory and continuous shooting at up to five frames per second at full resolution, photographers will never again miss the decisive moment. The Leica M10 is the fastest M-Camera ever made.
Furthermore, the processor allows the loupe function to be freely positioned for even better sharpness assessment. This new function can be used both on the camera’s monitor screen, and in conjunction with the Visoflex electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4 MP resolution. The viewfinder features a swivel function, enabling shooting from unusual angles, and an integrated GPS module for the geotagging of image files.
Intuitive handling – focused on the essentials
Since the beginning, Leica M-Cameras have always focused on the essentials of photography. This principle has been conscientiously pursued in the Leica M10, setting new standards in intuitive handling and rapid access to the most relevant settings: for example, the controls on the back are limited to a single joystick control and just three buttons for Play, Live View and Menu. Particular settings can be selected according to personal preferences and photographic needs via a freely- configurable Favourites Menu.
One of the most distinctive features of the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital Leica M, all essential shooting parameters such as focusing, aperture, shutter speed and ISO value can be selected manually without using the menu – or even switching on the camera – ensuring even more direct control and greater discretion when shooting.
WLAN module for wireless transfer and sharing
The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with integrated WLAN connectivity. This enables the fast, wireless transfer of pictures to Apple mobile devices, where they can be edited, posted and shared on social networks, for example. The Leica M-App also allows the direct transfer of RAW data in DNG format to mobile devices for further processing with suitable apps from iOS Version 10.2. The Leica M10 can also be remotely controlled by WLAN from a smartphone or tablet, making it easy to capture pictures from unusual angles or avoid camera shake when shooting with longer shutter speeds.
Leica M10: A further step towards perfection
Oliver Kaltner, CEO Leica Camera AG, explains, “The Leica M is the heart, the backbone and the soul of Leica Camera. The Leica M10 unites state-of-the-art technology and exceptional optical performance with a conscious focus on the traditional advantages of the unique Leica M rangefinder system. In this, the innovative camera and its concentration on the functions essential to photography set new standards, while its exceptionally lean handling concept takes us a further step towards absolute perfection. Made in Germany and made by Leica – the Leica M10 stands as an outstanding brand statement for the finest arts of engineering, highest quality and craftsmanship.”
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, emphasised, “The new M, the M10! Not a camera for everyone – but increasingly a camera for people who love a system that is built for the future while maintaining consistent compatibility with its past. The rangefinder system lets me frame and compose my pictures. The rangefinder system lets me tread in the footsteps of the world’s greatest photographers. The rangefinder system lets me create photographs with my own visual style. The new M10 and the wealth of present and past Leica M-Lenses – products that awaken and fulfil the desires of every photographer.”
Pricing and availability
The Leica M10 is scheduled to be available from 19 January 2017, at a suggested retail price of
£5,600 including VAT.
About Leica Camera AG
Leica Camera AG is an international manufacturer of premium cameras and sport optics products. The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, with a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. Leica Camera AG operates branch offices in the UK, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.
Leica M10 – technical specifications
Compact digital viewfinder/rangefinder system camera
Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Leica M lenses
Leica R lenses – using adapter, available separately
CMOS sensor, active surface approx. 24 x 36mm
DNG™: 5976 x 3992 pixels (24MP), JPEG: 5952 x 3968 pixels (24MP),
4256 x 2832 pixels (12MP), 2976 x 1984 pixels (6MP)
DNG™ (raw data, compressed loss-free), JPEG
DNG™: 20-30 MB, JPEG: size dependent on resolution and image content
2GB / 16 pictures in series
Automatic, manual, 8 presets, colour temperature input
SD cards up to 2GB/SDHC cards up to 32GB/SDXC cards up to 2TB
German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean
Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), with working aperture
For metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong centre-weighted;
For metering on the sensor: spot, centre-weighted, multi-field metering
At room temperature and normal humidity at ISO 100, at aperture 1.0 EV-1 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range
ISO 100 to ISO 50,000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments from ISO 200, choice of automatic control or manual setting
Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection – aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
Flash exposure control
Flash unit attachment
Via accessory shoe with central and control contacts
Optionally triggered at the 1st or 2nd shutter curtain
Flash sync time
1/180 s ; slower shutter speeds can be used, if working below sync speed: Automatic changeover to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units
Flash exposure metering
Using centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF40, SF64, SF26), or flash units compatible with the system with SCA3502 M5 adapter
Flash measurement cell
2 silicon photodiodes with collection lens on the camera base
Flash exposure compensation
±3EV in1⁄3EV increments
Displays in flash mode
In viewfinder only: using flash symbol LED
Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
Image field limiter
By activating two bright lines each: for 35 and 135mm, or 28 and 90mm, or 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached
The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens
Matching viewfinder and actual image
At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m
(For all lenses): 0.73 x
Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image
Effective metering basis
50.6mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification 0.73x)
In the viewfinder
Four-digit digital display with dots above and below
LCD monitor (back)
3” colour -TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colours and 1,036,800 pixels, approx. 100% image field
Tough, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass cover
Colour space: sRGB, for Live-View and review mode, displays
Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
For aperture priority: (A) continuous from 125s to 1⁄4000s, for manual adjustment: 8s to 1⁄4000s in half steps, from 8s to 125s in whole steps,
B: for long exposures up to maximum 125s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes), (1⁄180s): Fastest shutter speed for flash synchronisation, HSS linear flash mode possible with all shutter speeds faster than 1⁄180s (with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units)
Approx. 5 pictures/s, 30-40 pictures in series
Shutter release button
Two-stage, 1st step: Activation of the camera electronics including exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2nd step: Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated
2s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12s delay, set in menu, indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display in monitor
Turning the camera on/off
Using main switch on top of camera; optional automatic shutdown of camera electronics after approx. 2/5/10 minutes; reactivated by tapping the shutter release
1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 7.4V, capacity 1300mAh.; maximum charging current/voltage: DC 1000mA, 7.4V; Model No.: BP-SCL5; Manufacturer: PT. VARTA Microbattery, Made in Indonesia, Operating conditions (in camera): 0°C – + 40°C
Inputs: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 300mA, automatic switching, or 12V DC, 1.3A; Output: DC 7.4V, 1000mA/max. 8.25V, 1100mA; Model No.: BC-SCL5;
Manufacturer: Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd., Made in China, Operating conditions: 0°C – + 35°C
Only with Leica Visoflex viewfinder, available as an accessory
Not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation, i.e. enforced automatic shutdown in those countries
Data are written to EXIF header in picture files
Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WiFi protocol), channel 1- 11, encryption method: WiFi-compatible WPA™/WPA2™ encryption, access method: Infrastructure mode
All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather finish. Brass top panel and base, black or silver chrome plated finish
Image field selector
Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)
A ¼ (¼”) DIN stainless steel in bottom
0 – 40°C
ISO accessory shoe with additional contacts for Leica Visoflex viewfinder (optional accessory)
Dimensions W x D x H
Approx. 139 x 38.5 x 80mm
Approx. 660g (with battery)
Included with camera
Charger 100-240V with 2 mains cables (Euro, USA, varies in some markets) and 1 car charging cable, Lithium-ion battery, carrying strap, body bayonet cover, cover for accessory shoe
E&OE. Subject to changes in design, production and availability.
Panasonic announces LUMIX GH5 CSC camera featuring the World’s First 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10- bit Video Recording Function
Panasonic once again pushes photographic and cinematographic boundaries with the LUMIX GH5
Panasonic has today announced the LUMIX GH5, the latest flagship model of LUMIX G CSC cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new camera delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p / 50p video and 6K PHOTO.
Defying all the general concepts of what a mirrorless camera can do, the LUMIX GH Series has reached a number of milestones with this introduction. Packing a host of innovative advancements in picture quality, response and performance into an unimaginably small-sized body, the new LUMIX GH5 opens the door to a new stage of photographic and cinematographic culture.
Unprecedented Picture Quality in the History of LUMIX Cameras
The LUMIX GH5 is able to realise high-quality images with real-to-life detail through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction. Its new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor increases the pixel count by 25% compared to the GH4, from 16.05 to 20.3 megapixels, while also removing the low-pass filter.
The camera also comes with a new image processor Venus Engine, which achieves improvement especially in Natural Texture Expression. The engine’s Multi-pixel Luminance Generation renders clear, sharp images by referring to a 9x larger area of pixel information during the de-mosaic process for precise detail reproduction. With Intelligent Detail Processing, the characteristic of every single pixel is analysed to detect whether the pixel is located at a flat, detail or edge part of the picture. Optimum processing according to the characteristic of each pixel is then applied. This results in high-precision yet natural images with stunning detail suppressing false colours at its edges.
Also, Three Dimensional Colour Control detects not only hue and saturation, but also brightness, and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor.
This achieves rich colour reproduction from dark to bright parts of the image. The conventional Multi Process NR (Noise Reduction) is upgraded to High Precision Multi Process NR. It boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy compared to the previous engine and preserves details even after the noise reduction process. As a result, photos can be clearly shot even at high sensitivity ISO values of up to 25600.
The LUMIX GH5 also incorporates the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2, which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The LUMIX GH5’s high-precision gyro sensor controls both the O.I.S. and B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use a max. 5-stop slower shutter speed. This is highly beneficial not only for wide-angle and telephoto shots, but also in adverse situations, such as at night-time or when shooting with one hand.
The world’s first CSC camera that meets professional quality standards
The LUMIX GH Series created an epoch-making industry sensation by achieving outstanding video recording performance with advanced features that meet the needs of professional quality levels and standards.
With the LUMIX GH5, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed. This synergy realises 4K 60p / 50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording for the first time in a compact system camera. It is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording, which is the colour subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful colour reproduction.
The high-sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine effectively suppress rolling shutter distortion and realise high-speed readout of full digital signals. This ensures an outstandingly high image quality for every single frame.
In addition, the focal length in video recording is kept the same as that in photo shooting (no cropping).
Users can freely choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates, and there is no recording time limit for both FHD and 4K video. Professional users working globally can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz or 24.00Hz.
While ‘Cinelike D’ and ‘Cinelike V’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production, are available in Photo Style for video recording, the LUMIX GH5 also provides ‘Like 709’ for compatibility with HDTV. A paid software upgrade to support V-LogL video recording is also available.
In response to requests from professional users, the LUMIX GH5 comes with a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope. It also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronise multiple video footage or sound sources in the post production workflow. Luminance levels can be selected between 64-1023 / 64-940 / 0-1023 (10-bit). Synchro Scan mode suppresses flicker and Colour Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are also available.
New AF system with advanced DFD Technology never misses a once-in-a-lifetime moment
The LUMIX GH5 comes with a newly improved Depth from Defocus and Contrast AF technology, which not only calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, but also analyses the form, size and even motion of the subject comprehensively. Thanks to the new Venus Engine, the time for measuring the distance to the subject is 6x faster, while factorising the distance into in-plane or in-depth is 2x faster.
The speed of sensor drive during auto focusing in photo shooting mode has been increased to 480 fps, which is 2x faster than that of the GH4. Consequently, the LUMIX GH5 realises ultra-high-speed AF of approximately 0.05 sec and 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps high-speed burst shooting using a mechanical shutter in full resolution. By analysing every single frame precisely, it achieves a maximum 200% higher precision frame detection with minimum motion detection error for higher tracking tolerance against moving subjects.
For even more precise focusing, the number of focus areas has been increased from 49 to 225. Users can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition and can control it easily with a new joystick located on the thumb position, without taking your eyes off the subject. This is possible even when using the LVF or releasing the finger off the shutter button.
If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed, the LUMIX GH5’s Post Focus function enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting – particularly helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required. In addition, the camera also features a Focus Stacking function. As taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus can sometimes be difficult, Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points. You can then combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.
The LUMIX GH5’s new 6K PHOTO function makes it possible to capture unmissable moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high resolution photo. 4K PHOTO has also been upgraded enabling 60 fps high speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. In 6K/4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.
By compensating the signal information between the frames, the Venus Engine makes it possible to apply Post Recording Refinement over the pictures to correct distortion and reduce noise when playing back or cutting images out of the 6K/4K burst file. As a result, the picture quality of 6K/4K PHOTO shot at high shutter speed in high sensitivity or those shot in panning are dramatically improved.
High mobility in rugged design for heavy field use
To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX GH5’s main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy, full die cast front/rear frame. Secure construction and the sealing of every joint, dial, and button makes the camera not only splash/dust-proof, but also freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius.
The LUMIX GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II for the first time in the LUMIX digital cameras. Users can flexibly choose the recording method either in Relay Rec, Backup Rec or Allocation Rec.
The LUMIX GH5 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). The high-precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution achieves approximately 100% field of view.
Finally, the shutter unit is durable for approximately 200,000 releases.
Expandability, optional accessories, other features
The LUMIX GH5 integrates Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi® 5GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
The LUMIX GH5 is compatible with the new Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life for longer time shooting.
The optionally available microphone adaptor DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in type adaptor for XLR microphone to record high quality stereo sound.
To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF sensor. Various shutter systems are available with the LUMIX GH5: A mechanical shutter with maximum 1/8000 sec, an electronic-first curtain shutter with maximum 1/2000 sec which can be used with flash while suppressing the shutter shock, and an electronic shutter without shutter shock with maximum 1/6000 sec. Firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April 2017); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017).
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The Lumix DC-GH5 will be available from March 2017 and will RRP at;
£1699 Body only
£1899 Body & 12-60mm Lens (M Kit)
£2199 Body & Leica 12-60mm Lens (L Kit)
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 As an interchangeable lens system camera as of 4 January, 2017
 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the H-FS12060 and H-FS14140 (requires firmware update) lenses as of January 4, 2017. The firmware for the use of 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 with H-RS100400 will be released in February 2017. The newly introduced lenses H-ES12060, H-HSA12035, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300 are all compatible with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2.
 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50-140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=100-280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.
 4:2:0 8-bit in 4K60p/50p recording on SD Memory Card
 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
 The Post Focus function needs to be activated manually in the camera menu.
 6K PHOTO’ is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.
Panasonic unveils the LUMIX GX800: A sleek and stylish camera with advanced selfie and panorama shoot function technology
Compact System Camera (CSC) Featuring 4K PHOTO and 4K Video Recording
Panasonic is today launching the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera – the LUMIX GX800 – which offers great image quality for those who want to capture amazing scenery and unmissable moments. The DC-GX800 offers newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body.
The 3.0-inch 1040K-dot static touch control screen boasts a 180-degree tiltable structure and the camera goes into Self Shot mode automatically once the monitor is flipped. In Self Shot mode, a variety of functions for selfies are available on the LUMIX GX800, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can also be shot in Self Shot mode.
The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive colour reproduction and maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity.
The LUMIX GX800 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and Light Composition.
For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style including L.Monochrome mode are included. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Scene Guide make LUMIX GX800 easy to use. The camera integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
Capture unmissable photo opportunities with cutting-edge 4K technologies and stunning performance
The LUMIX GX800 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K videos yet despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy-efficiency within a compact design.
Thanks to this 4K technology, users can also experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of a 4K burst file to save as a photo. In 4K PHOTO, three modes can be chosen from depending on the situation; 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these functions in 4K PHOTO let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high-resolution, which is good enough for printing in A3 size. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.
The LUMIX GX800 also comes with a Post Focus function that lets users select the focus area after shooting. This function was developed by combing the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.
Achieve true-to-life detail and impressive colour reproduction
The LUMIX GX800 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high-quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction. By removing the low-pass filter, the limiting resolution has been improved. The Venus Engine reproduces vibrant, impressive colours for images such as clear skies by dividing the hue, saturation and luminosity, and finely adjusting them separately. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-lit situations.
The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at a maximum of 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec.
The LUMIX GX800 will be available from March 2017 in Silver, Black, Tan and Orange and will RRP at £499.99.
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 Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 5 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]
 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses