Panasonic manager talks about S1H and GH5 successor. Vows to keep developing the MFT system

CineD published a full interview with Panasonic’s Director of Imaging Business Unit. The English translated text of the interview can be read on their site. Here are some hints about future products:

S1H successor:
Of course, we are thinking about a successor model to the S1H. Regarding the video performance of the S1H’s successor model, I am thinking of one rank higher, so I think that the technical difficulty will become even higher, too. We are continuously developing technologies regarding heat dissipation, and we hope to develop this technology will make it an attractive product.

GH5 successor:
Nearly 3.5 years have passed since the launch of the GH5, and many customers are still purchasing GH5, but many creators still shoot movies in a Micro Four Thirds format. As I have assured many times, we will continue to develop products for Micro Four Thirds as well as Full Frame to meet the needs of a wide range of creators. Regarding the replacement model for the GH camera that you asked about, I will inform you but the information may be spread. Of course, we are considering it, and we look forward to seeing you there.

8K:
We are currently exploring the future potential and marketability of 8K, and continue to develop technologies for the future and the expanding needs of the market. I feel like the needs of the market are a little behind from what I thought 3 years ago.

I wonder how serious Panasonic really is about MFT. It may be that they simply will slow down the pace of innovation and product announcement with MFT to cut the costs….

Sony will soon announce the new “Sony A7C” super compact FF E-mount camera

SonyAlphaRumors shared the specs of the next new Full Frame E-mount camera:

Sony A7c specs:

  • In mid September Sony will announce the new “Sony A7c” entry level Full Frame compact camera
  • similar Sony A7III specs (SAR note: I guess it means same 24MP sensor and same AF performance)
  • It has the same A7sIII fully articulating screen
  • body size of the A6600
  • The camera will be marketed for vloggers and youtubers
  • Battery is NP-FZ100,
  • USB is Type-C.
  • it has a single SD card slot
  • It has both a mic-in and a headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi (11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth
  • price will be above A7III (slightly above $2,000)
  • New lens line will be announced too: The compact lenses will have the code “V”

Is the vlogger market really the main market now?

Panasonic manager confesses: Compact fixed lens camera business is “going down”

Say goodby to the LX100 line :(

In an interview released by Imaging Resource Panasonic admitted the fixed lens camera business is no more:

“this category is affected by the smartphone’s expansion. But still, there are people who continue to use this model. But we have to admit that this category will be going down. And so as a camera business, we have to decide the priority of the development resources, which category is the most important. We have to study for the future.”

They also said this about their system cameras:

  1. Micro Four Thirds will focus on hybrid shooters and telephoto segment
  2. They want L-mount to become the main platform for video shooters (and dethrone PL-mount)

It ain’t going to be easy. Canon and Sony are pushing hard in the video orld too!

Rumor says Sony might give you a new Full Frame A5 with IBIS, pop up EVF, 4k60 (crop) for a price around $1,000

rendering of a possible A5 camera (Yukai)

Now if that rumor turns out to be true than Fuji and MFT folks will have to worry. Sony might plan to launch a new $1,000 Full Frame camera in September. Those are the first and super wild rumored specs via SAR:

  • new body design similar to a5xxx/a6xxx mixed metal and plastic.
  • The grip is pretty large to accommodate the battery.
  • 5 fps
  • ibis
  • no pop-up flash
  • there is a pop-up evf with 770.000 pixels (2.3m points) 0.6x mag.
  • Also touch screen like the a7sIII
  • records 4k 24p 10bit 100mbps, 4k 30p 10bit 100mbps and it even has 50/60p 4k but is really crippled they told me no audio, cropped and works only in s&q mode

This one would sell hot and basically kill the entire APS-C segment!

MR note: I only wrote this statement to attract Fuji and MFT trolls in the comment system….like flies on shit :)

Sony registered a new camera in Taiwan: And this might be the new Sony A5/6 entry level cam!

Sony registered a new camera code in Asia. And this seems to be the new Sony A5 (or SonyA6) camera! Here is what we know so far from this model (via SAR).

FACTS (What we know from the Sony Taiwan official registration):

  • Battery is NP-FZ100,
  • USB is Type-C.
  • it has a singl SD card slot
  • It has both a mic-in and a headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi (11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth

SOLID RUMORS: This is what I know so far about this model from TRUSTED sources:

  • It’s a new Full Frame E-mount camera
  • It’s an entry level model
  • It’s something COMPLETELY new in the lineup (no A7 or A9) model.
  • I don’t have confirmation on the name yet but I suspect it will be named A5 or A6
  • Announcement around mid September (if Covid19 doesn’t mess this up)

UNCONFIRMED: This is what we I heard from new sources (unreliable yet):

  • It has no EVF
  • very compact A6xxx kind of size
  • price around $1,000 (which makes it the cheapest “new” camera in the lineup). Of course the first generation A7 and A7II are priced below $,1000 but they weren’t that cheap when announced.