This is the real camera surprise of the CES show: Sharp announced a new 8K Micro Four Thirds camera!

Well, at last we got something very interesting on the CES show.

Shapr quitely announced the development of the first 8K Micro Fou thirds mount camera. This is a prototype and full specs have not been unveiled. But this is what Kinotika found out:

– The Full Specs and pricing will be unveiled in Q2 (NAb show  maybe)
– The camera costs below $5,000
– It records 8k at 30fps in H.265 codec
– It has a single UHS-II SD card slot
– It has on sensor stabilization
– It has a huge 5 inch flip out display

Here is Kinotikas video about the new camera:

New Nikkor Z lens roadmap announced in Japan!

Nikoneye got their hands on the new updated Nikon Z lens roadmap announced today in Japan. There are four changes compared with the original Photokina roadmap:

1) First we now know that these lenses will come in 2020:

  • 20 mm f/1,8 S
  • 50 mm f/1,2 S
  • 14-24 mm f/2,8 S

2) The 24mm f/1.8 will be released in 2019 instead of the previous estimated 2020 release

3) In 2020 we will get additional four TBA (to be announced) lensees instead of the previous three

4) In 2021 we will get 7 lenses instead of the previous 8

via DC.watch via Chassimages

Thanks Mistral!

Nikon will soon release a Nikon Z firmware update to add Eye AF, Raw video and CFexpress support

Press text:

The Nikon Z Series: Upcoming Firmware on Display

The Nikon Z series will continue to adapt to changing user needs through the development and roll-out of firmware updates to meet and exceed creative expectations. Taking into account feedback from photographers and creators, Nikon will display three feature updates under development that open creative opportunities for the Z 6 and Z 7. Displays will include:

  • CFexpress Coming soon to the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras is support for CFexpress, which is compatible with the XQD memory card form-factor.
  • Eye AF Under development is an Eye AF function, which will automatically detect the subject’s eyes to make attaining critical focus on the eyes easier. It will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject’s eye, which is useful for portrait, event and street photography scenarios.
  • RAW Video Support Nikon is currently developing a feature that works with the ATOMOS Ninja V to output video in RAW format, using the ProRes RAW codec.

Details, including the release date of new firmware updates, will be shared at a later date.

via Dpreview

Panasonic S1-S1R will ship in late March and feature High Resolution mode and HLG shooting

Panasonic has a CES event and talked a lot about the new S1-S1R cameras. But they still did nto share the full specs and pricing. Those are “rumored” to be unveield in late January. The new info we got today has been summarized by L-rumors.com:

1) They will be able to shoot in High Resolution mode. It takes 8 photos and merges them for better resolution in varying lighting conditions.
2) They will capture HLG photos
3) The cameras will start shipping out in late March

UPDATE: Here is the official press text:

Panasonic Announces Additional Key Functions for the New Full-frame Mirrorless Camera at CES 2019

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2019) – Following an announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic will unveil additional key features of the new LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless cameras at CES 2019. The LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses will be available at the end of March 2019.*

A Whole New Style of Photo Expression

High Dynamic Range Still Photo – HLG Photo Mode

HLG Photo allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range. By reproducing both glaring lights and dark shadows that are likely to be overexposed or underexposed, the Lumix S achieves rich, precise color expression as close as possible to visual memory. 43rumors

HLG Photos are produced as an HSP file. The user can play back these vibrant images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG- compliant devices. It is also ideal for photographers’ photo presentations.

Stunning Details with a Realistic Sensation

High Resolution Mode

Taking advantage of the Body Image Stabilizer. (I.S.) mechanism, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor. These eight images are synthesized into a single image by the new Venus Engine, which boasts high-speed signal processing. Precise details are faithfully reproduced to be saved as a beautiful, highly realistic image. This mode is ideal for shooting natural landscapes or fine art objects with delicate details.

Considering situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, sub options are available to suppress motion blur, so photographers can use this mode the same as shooting in a normal photo shooting mode.

*Availability date may vary depending on the sales area •Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic hints that both new cheaper “entry-level” and more video oriented L-mount cameras are on the roadmap

 

Dpreview had a chat with Panasonic manager Yosuke Yamane. Here is the summary via L-rumors.com:

1) The Trend is “moving towards full-frame mirrorless cameras

2) Explaining the big size of the S1-S1R: “We didn’t want to compromise on features for the sake of body size

3) About the S1-S1R shutter: “Most competitive cameras are guaranteed to 200,000 actuations. Our camera will be tested for more.

4) The S1 and S1R will be the most durable on market: “We are targeting the very highest level of durability in the industry. [The S1/R] are 100% sealed against dust and water, and operate in very low temperatures – even exceeding the limits of the GH5.”

5) About future entry level L-mount cameras: “The first generation will be specialized for professionals but in the future, of course we’re also aiming to attract entry-level users.

6) No APS-C L-mount cameras from Panasonic: “We have our own Micro Four Thirds system and we think that [because of the greater difference in size between full-frame and M43] this is the best balance. We have no plans to develop APS-C products.

7) L-mount lens design is more difficult because: “In the case of M43, we prioritize compactness. But in full-frame we set higher targets, to meet professional specifications.

8) About future video oriented L-mount cameras: “One of our assets is our experience of professional video, over more than 40 years. This is one of the areas where we contribute to the market, so in the future it’s possible that [our L-mount lineup] will expand to include such products

9) About 8K cameras: ” After the Olympics, we will create a new generation of 8K video cameras, which are currently in development.

Summary:

Panasonic entry level Full Frame camera are likely to be developed
Panasonic video oriented S camera is coming too
8K cameras will come AFTER the Olympics

Panasonic S1-S1R rumors and specs roundup!

We still know little about the new Panasonic S1 and S1R cameras. The facts we know can be seen on the image on top and below:

But there are also some rumored new specs that might be true:

Panasonic S1-S1R rumors:
Panasonic might announce more S1-S1R specs in January (article here).
Rumored price: $4,500 (article here).
Panasonic S1 and S1R camera might output RAW video? (article here).
List of new S1-S1R features “under consideration” (article here).
The Panasonic 24-105mm and 70-200mm have a constant f/4.0 aperture (article here).
Panasonic will not make an MFT to L-mount adapter (article here).