Black Friday may be well and truly over, but there are still a lot of sales going on and we’re well into the Holiday Season now. Have you already got your loved one (or yourself) that perfect gift? If not, here are some options for you. This is the first of our 2019 gift guides, and we’re going to start with cameras. These are some of the new cameras that have come out over the last year as well as some of the steadfast favourites that we’ve used throughout the year.
Recently, Panasonic announced they were getting out of the chip business, selling their semiconductor business to Taiwan’s Nuvoton Technology or $250 million. Israeli chip manufacturer, TowerJazz has a 51% stake in a joint venture with Panasonic, and there was some confusion about whether this joint venture was included in the sale.
Some reports had said that Panasonic’s sale would include the TowerJazz joint venture, which operates three chip-manufacturing facilities in Japan. To squash any rumours, TowerJazz has now announced that they are not selling their controlling interest or giving up board control.
Panasonic has announced that they have sold their semiconductor business, so they won’t be making any more sensors. The press release, via Reuters, says that Panasonic is selling its semiconductor unit to Taiwan’s Nuvoton Technology Corp for $250 million, as they struggle to increase profit.
This means that the Fuji/Panasonic organic sensors mentioned back in 2013 and finally realised just last year may have a somewhat uncertain future now. We don’t know if this tech will now continue to develop and come to Panasonic or Fuji’s future mirrorless cameras. If it does, though, it’s unlikely to be Panasonic that’s manufacturing them.
Panasonic announced a small handful of firmware updates a couple of weeks ago for the Panasonic G9, GH5, GH5S, S1 and S1R mirrorless cameras. The biggest changes were noted for the Panasonic G9, which gives it pretty much all of the video capabilities of the somewhat legendary GH5. Now, those firmware updates have been released, but Panasonic has added updates for a few more cameras to the list, too.
The updates add new features, new compatibility, and bug fixes for various models of full-frame and Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, as well as some of Panasonic’s compact cameras.
Panasonic is set to launch some new firmware on November 19th for both the G series (GH5/GH5S/G9) cameras, as well as their full-frame S1 and S1R mirrorless cameras. The firmware updates offer some nice functionality for all models, but most interesting is the addition of 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video to the G9, bringing it largely in line with the GH5 in terms of video.
We really didn’t know what to expect going into this. Panasonic hasn’t even made an APS-C body before, nevermind a full-frame flagship mirrorless camera. Though, it seems they realized the S1 series needed to make a splash if its release was going to trail behind Canon and Nikon’s first foray into professional-grade mirrorless cameras because the Panasonic S1R is massive.
This body is titanic compared to its competitors: the A7R III, Z7, and EOS R. Panasonic has decisively abandoned the notion that photographers want mirrorless cameras because of their reduced size and weight. The Panasonic S1R weighs in at 1.98 pounds. That’s about half a pound heavier than the Z7, or less than an ounce shy of the medium format Fuji GFX 50S! This camera is a beast!
Atomos has announced that they are working with Panasonic to co-develop Raw over HDMI for the recently announced Panasonic S1H mirrorless camera. Naturally, the device they plan to record to is the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder. Atomos says that this will be a free update for the Ninja V when released by Panasonic.
We all knew it was coming, but we never really knew for sure exactly when. May 31st came and went with nothing but crickets. But today seems to be a day for new gear announcements, so Panasonic has jumped on the bandwagon by announcing the new Panasonic Lumix S1H full-frame camera aimed at video shooters. For the stills folks, it’s a 24.2-megapixel L Mount mirrorless camera. But it’s video where things get interesting.
While it’s not the first, nor the cheapest, camera to shoot high-quality 6K footage, it is the first full-frame mirrorless camera to shoot 6K. And the Panasonic S1H shoots it at 24 frames per second and also offers 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K DCI and 4K UHD. But high-resolution video isn’t the only trick the S1H has up its sleeve.