Announcements from Fujifilm and a new low-light GH5?

Ethics statement: I have not been hired by Panasonic or Fujifilm to write this blog. This blog is from is my own personal thoughts and experiences using the mirrorless camera mentioned in this blog. This is not a review!


At this time of the year, I get very excited over the announcements of new cameras and gear. Last month, Panasonic kicked off 2018 with the announcement of the GH5S, a video-focused camera aimed at low-light filmmaking and now includes Pre-Installed V-LogL.


Panasonic is making huge-steps over the competition, and the GH5s is another fantastic camera which took everything we loved from the GH5 and improves it in many ways. There are some drawbacks to the new system such as the beloved ISIS which has now been removed from the camera due to the larger sensor.


The GH5s has a new 10.2-megapixel MFT (Micro Four Thirds) sensor. It will provide the filmmaker more flexibilities when shooting in low-light, due to the larger pixels coming from the sensor. You could say that the GH5s is the MFT version of the Sony A7s.


Today I spoke to Wex Photo and Video, a company that sells film and photography gear in the UK. We had a long conversation about MFT sensors and how the Panasonic GH5 has put a massive mark on the film industry, we also spoke about the potential GH5s has for filmmaking.

The GH5s is not designed for photography, and I would urge you to look at either the GH5 or the brand new G9 if you are considering shooting with MFT cameras for photography and filmmaking.


The GH5s will not be replacing the GH5. The GH5s is designed to sit alongside the GH5s and provide more benefits for filmmakers as opposed to photographers. The price is another issue expressed by myself and filmmakers. For £500 more than the GH5 you are losing key features on the GH5s such as the IBIS, so why is the price so high? This is a question that Panasonic should address, but it could be due to the new technologies made inside the new sensor and Panasonic's way to target the specifically at filmmakers. Its great to see Panasonic creating new exciting cameras for the market and I can't wait to get my hands on the new camera.


You can read the full announcement on the Panasonic site here: http://shop.panasonic.com/about-us-latest-news-press-releases/01082018-ces-gh5s.html


Panasonic GH5 and GH5s are available to buy today.


Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm today announced the long-awaited and rumoured X-H1. Fujifilm states that the X-H1 is built to incorporate "a range of extremely useful features that support shooting in various scenarios demanded by professional photographers and videographers." (Fujifilmeu, 2018)


For the first time, Fujifilm will include IBIS (In-body image stabilisation) to the X-H1. It will also be the "first camera in the X Series to include ETERNA, a new film simulation ideal for shooting movies." (Fujifilmeu, 2018) claims that ETERNA is designed to allow the filmmaker more creative colour controls and allow them to create that "cinematic look".


The X-H1 uses the same APS-C size X-Trans™ CMOS III sensor from the X-T2 and X-Pro2. Fujifilm claims that the new camera is now much more capable in low light — focussing down to -1EV, compared to the X-T2 0.5EV. The camera will shoot in *4K @ 200 Mbps but only in 4:2:0 at 8bit (10bit with an external recorder). The camera will only be able to record for up to 15 minutes unless you pay for the VERTICAL BATTERY GRIP KIT which will increase the time up to 30 minutes.


The camera also will include 120fps mode, F-log SD card recording and a 12-stop dynamic range setting. Fujifilm also claims that the X-H1 includes a new high-sound quality internal microphone (24 bit/48 kHz) - However, from previous experiences using internal microphone on DSLR's or Mirrorless camera, I've never been convinced to use them.


However, I very excited to get my hands on both cameras very soon.


I will be writing another blog go over my initial thoughts using the cameras for the first time. You can read the full announcement on the Fujifilm website here: https://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/news/article/never-miss-the-moment-fujifilm-introduces-the-flagship-x-h1-the-most-high-performance-elite-camera

The X-H1 will be available from March 2018, priced at £1699 Body only and £1949 Body with Vertical Battery Grip Kit.


*X-H1 required UHS-II cards for recording at 200 Mbps.


References:


Fujifilmeu. 2018. FUJIFILM United Kingdom. [Online]. [15 February 2018]. Available from: https://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/news/article/never-miss-the-moment-fujifilm-introduces-the-flagship-x-h1-the-most-high-performance-elite-camera

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