Fujifilm X-H1 Released to Compete With Panasonic GH5/GH5S

images courtesy of camerasize.com

Yesterday Fujifilm released the Fujifilm X-H1, which starts a line of cameras that will compete directly with the Panasonic GH line of cameras. Sony doesn’t really have a direct competitor for either of these video-centric cameras at this time and it will be interesting to see how they compare after the X-H1 hits the market. Up until now the Panasonic GH line of cameras hasn’t had any real competitors and Panasonic has continued to advance their system rapidly, which has largely justified its high price point. The coming weeks are going to be interesting if some GH videographers/cinematographers start to move over to the Fujifilm X-H1. If the Fujifilm X-H1 interest you there is a spec sheet below and you can read more on Fujiaddict.com.

Panasonic GH5: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
X-H1 Camera: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Translated Press Release: Developed 8K high resolution, high performance global shutter imaging technology with CMOS image sensor using organic thin film

Industry’s first * 1 High resolution with high resolution up to a very bright scene (450,000 saturated electrons) Realizing high-quality shooting without motion distortion

Developed 8K high resolution, high performance global shutter imaging technology with CMOS image sensor using organic thin film

* 1: According to our company on February 14, 2018


Panasonic Corporation is capable of reading images at a high frame rate of 60 fps, high saturation of 450 thousand electrons and global shutter [1] with sensitivity modulation function, achieving 8 K image quality with a high resolution of 36 million pixels We have developed a CMOS image sensor technology. In the present technology, a laminated structure is provided in which an organic thin film that carries out photoelectric conversion and a circuit part that performs charge accumulation and reading are completely independent, and a high-speed noise cancellation technique and a high saturation technology are newly developed and mounted in this circuit part It is. In addition, by realizing the global shutter function using the configuration unique to an organic sensor that can control the voltage applied to the organic thin film and change the sensitivity, these performance are simultaneously realized for the first time in the industry * 1 .

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Translated: Panasonic Develops CMOS Image Sensor with Global Shutter for 8K

Comparison of pixel configuration with ordinary CMOS image sensor (left)

Comparison of pixel configuration with ordinary CMOS image sensor (left)

Translated From DC.Watch

Panasonic Corporation, a high-resolution 36 million pixels that yields an 8K image quality, speed reading frame rate of 60 fps, developed CMOS image sensor design technology capable global shutter imaging with high saturation and sensitivity modulation function of 450,000 electron We announced.

In this technology, the function of converting light into an electric signal is an organic thin film, and the function of storing and reading signal charges is completely and independently performed in the lower layer circuit section.

These, taking advantage of the structural features of organic CMOS image sensor, mounting the freedom of arrangement of the larger circuit unit to realize high speed noise canceling technology and high saturation in the art, in 8K high resolution typically as a tradeoff 60 fps read out, wide dynamic range by realizing high saturation characteristics, global shutter function for the first time in the industry simultaneously realized. Read More »

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Panasonic GX9, ZS200 And TZ200 Announced

Panasonic GX9 MFT mirrorless camera: official website

  • 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Tilting 2.76m-Dot 0.7x EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.24m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30 and 24p Video Recording
  • Built-In Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • ISO 100-25600 and 9 fps Cont. Shooting
  • 5-Axis Dual I.S.2 Image Stabilization
  • 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic GX9 Pre-Order: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic ZS200/TZ200 compact camera: official website

  • 20.1MP 1″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar 15x Zoom Lens
  • 24-360mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 0.21″ 2330k-Dot Live View Finder
  • 3.0″ 1240k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • UHD 4K Video at 30 and 24 fps
  • Full HD High-Speed Video Recording
  • 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.
  • 4K Photo Burst Mode at 30 fps; ISO 25600

Panasonic ZS200/TZ200 Pre-Order: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Imaging Resource – Panasonic GX9 Review
Photographyblog – Panasonic Lumix GX9 Review
ThePhoBlographer – First Impressions: Panasonic GX9 (Micro Four Thirds, Sample Images Included)
Dpreview – Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 First Impressions Review and Sample Gallery
Imaging Resource – In-camera compositing? I bet your camera can’t do this, but the Panasonic GX9 can

ePhotozine – Panasonic Lumix TZ200 Hands-On Preview
Photographyblog – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ200 Review

Panasonic GX9

Panasonic ZS200/TZ200

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Panasonic GX9 and TZ200 Photos Leak

Nokishita leaked photos for the soon to be released GX9 and TZ200.

Panasonic GX9

  • Size: 124 mm x 72.1 mm x 46.8 mm
  • Weight: 450 g

Panasonic TZ200

  • Size: 111.2 mm x 64.4 mm x 45.2 mm
  • Weight: 340 g

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Panasonic GH5S vs Fujifilm X-H1 by The Spec Sheet

The Fujifilm X-H1 sits somewhere between the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S  since it is one of the few hybrid cameras with Cinema 4k support, but I wanted to create this chart showing how it compares to the new Panasonic GH5S since the X-H1 has more professional video features than the GH5 even though the GH5 has an unlimited record time compared to the X-H1’s 15min/30min hard limit. To begin the Panasonic has a very clear edge with their codec and compression, which is second to none, but the Fujifilm X-H1 has a big resolution advantage for stills and superior AF performance thanks to phase detection AF. The codec limitations of the X-H1 might be overcome with an external recorder, but we will have to wait for professional videographers to weigh in, while the GH cameras are limited by their roughly 10 and 20-megapixel sensors.

The Panasonic GH5S might have better low light performance, but that is yet to be tested and so far it hasn’t lived up to the claims that it can compete with the Sony a7SII. The Panasonic GH5S doesn’t have a size or weight advantage either, with both cameras being very similar in size. Here is where removing the IBIS might be an advantage for Panasonic on the GH5S, because man professionals would rather use stabilization rigs for their video cameras than IBIS so the X-H1 loses points here for some, but it’s interesting to see Fujifilm kind of copy Panasonic’s camera strategy up until now. Fujifilm has a high end stills camera the Fujifilm X-T2 and now a hybrid camera the Fujifilm X-H1, so maybe they will make a straight up video camera like Panasonic. They also have the GFX which is just a high end over all camera. It seems Panasonic did something right before anyone else with the release of the original Panasonic GH camera, which Sony emulated and now Fujifilm is too.

Panasonic GH5S: B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Panasonic GH5 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

via FujiAddict

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