Panasonic G9, GH5, and GH5S Firmware Updates Released


You can download the firmware updates for the Panasonic G9, GH5, and GH5S here.

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Olympus’ New Multi-Storied Photodiode Sensor


Olympus disclosed information about a new sensor they are working on in a paper Multiband Imaging CMOS Image Sensor with Multi-Storied Photodiode Structure that Image Sensor World stumbled upon:

We developed a multiband imaging CMOS image sensor (CIS) with a multi-storied photodiode structure, which comprises two photodiode (PD) arrays that capture two different images, visible red, green, and blue (RGB) and near infrared (NIR) images at the same time. The sensor enables us to capture a wide variety of multiband images which is not limited to conventional visible RGB images taken with a Bayer filter or to invisible NIR images. Its wiring layers between two PD arrays can have an optically optimized effect by modifying its material and thickness on the bottom PD array. The incident light angle on the bottom PD depends on the thickness and structure of the wiring and bonding layer, and the structure can act as an optical filter. Its wide-range sensitivity and optimized optical filtering structure enable us to create the images of specific bands of light waves in addition to visible RGB images without designated pixels for IR among same pixel arrays without additional optical components. Our sensor will push the envelope of capturing a wide variety of multiband images.

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Viltrox EF to MFT Firmware Update 3.0 Released


The Viltrox EF-M2 just received a firmware update that improved AF speed. You can download a copy here.

EF-M2 Version 3.0
Update Date: 2018-05-22
Update as follows:

1. Improved the auto focus speed in Olympus E-M1 and E-M1 II.
2. Improved the compatibility for BlackMagic Design.
3. Improved the stabilization for GH4. In picture mode, please turn off the lens IS when camera idle.

Attention: Please dismount the device when you upgrade.

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Panasonic G9, GH5, GH5S Firmware Updates Coming May 30th


Panasonic Japan announced some firmware updates coming soon and ephotozine clarified the improvements coming, which you can find below.

Lumix GH5 firmware version 2.3 key points: 

  • Improved AF performance – increased tracking AF performance allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies.
  • L.Monochrome D & Grain effect – The new L.monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a fantastic addition to the mank black and white options of Lumix cameras.
  • Live view boost – Viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low light environments.
  • MF assist – More accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks to up to 20x magnification available in MF assist mode.
  • Night mode – Camera screen displays all information in red, so photographers and subjects are not disturbed by light emission.
  • Like 709 & V-LogL improvements – Like 709, V-Log L and V-Log L View Assist in Photo Style can now be used for still photo shooting and time lapse video. [LUT monitor Display] and [LUT HDMI Display] can be used in playback mode to check the appearance.

Lumix GH5S firmware version 1.1 key points: 

  • Improved AF performance – The autofocus for low light and low contrast shooting has been improved
  • L. Monochrome D & Grain Effect – The new L.monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a fantastic addition to the mank black and white options of Lumix cameras.
  • Enhanced sound quality – Sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone.
  • Better control of video settings – Vector scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance.

Lumix G9 firmware version 1.1 key points:

  • Improved AF performance – Enhanced tracking AF performance allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies.
  • L. Monochrome D & Grain Effect  The new L.monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings – a fantastic addition to the mank black and white options of Lumix cameras.
  • Live view boost – Viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low-light environments and helping to frame their perfect shot.
  • MF assist – More accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks up to 20x magnification available in MF assist mode.
  • Improved high-resolution mode – Photographers will appreciate the expended aperture range of the G9’s high-resolution mode – from f/8 to f/11, and the improved motion correction.
  • Enhanced sound quality – Sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone.
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Japanese Camera Journal Press Club Olympus Wins Camera Grand Prix 2018 Lens Prize and Panasonic Camera Grand Prix 2018 Camera Reporter Club Award


Reason for selection
Among the series of open F1.2 aiming at achieving both high resolving power and the quality of blurring, the largest wide-angle lens at the present time at the present time. While wide angle lenses are easy to use angle of view, you can enjoy shallow depth by opening F 1.2. The blur which the maker worked directly from the front is a depiction which blends beautifully with the amount that can be expected as a full-fledged camera. It is a lens that can trust the thought of the photographer. High contrast and high resolution feeling is also attractive as depiction which can be used from opening of aperture. It is a natural depiction that does not feel the complexity of the lens configuration, widens the expression of Micro Four Thirds, in which the imaging element is small and the actual focal length of the lens is short. When combined with the company’s body, it is possible to achieve reliable focusing as an AF lens. It is an outstanding depiction and one of the best.


Reason for selection
A top-level model conscious of photographic enthusiasts who appeared in the tenth year of Mirror-less cameras started from LUMIX G1 (released in 2008 · the 20th Camera Press Club Award). As a high-end machine of a full-scale still camera, it has significance to improve the performance, it has matured from the conventional model. While built to the details of the act of taking a still picture, the latest features such as LUMIX-like 4K / 6K photo are incorporated. It is a serious camera that felt that the creator was facing a photo, and it was completed as a micro Four Thirds machine, showing the direction of a practical digital camera in the future. High speed continuous shooting performance, AF performance etc. It is an ambitious one that can adapt to shooting according to the scene, it can be said to be the best camera for photographers.

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Olympus TG-5 Best Water Proof Compact Camera of 2018 and Panasonic TS7

The Olympus TG-5 is the best waterproof compact camera currently available in 2018 for photographer according to DPReviewTV. They also give us a quick look at the new Panasonic TS7.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 Digital Camera
Black: B&H PhotoAmazon / Adorama
Red: B&H PhotoAmazon / Adorama

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