Photokina 2016 coverage. Panasonic GH5, Sony A99II, GoPRO HERO 5 Black, HERO 5 Session, Karma Drone and much more


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This blog post will be updated as I go along. I will do individual blog posts on specific things when I can.

I am not here to cover the exhibition, I am here to talk daily on the Sony stand, but I will be checking out what there is in my free time! Whilst I am being paid by Sony to speak here,

I am not under contract with them or exclusive, it is the same old me. Total camera whore…any brand doesn’t matter! As long as it gets me excited!

Keep an eye on my Facebook page for frequent updates and live streams from the show!

I wont be doing this on the Sony stage!
I wont be doing this on the Sony stage!

If you want to come to my talks at the show I am on the Sony stage in hall 5.2. Here is the schedule:

Tue 20th Sep: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Wed 21st Sep: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Thu 22nd Sep: 11:50am to 12:50pm
Fri 23rd Sep: 13:40pm to 14:40pm
Sat 24th Sep: 12:15pm to 13:15pm
Sun 25th Sep: 13:30pm to 14:30pm

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Panasonic GH5

This was a development announcement with a mock-up camera. Release is due in the “first half of 2017”

The headline feature is: 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video. The 6K video that people have initially mentioned is the 6K photo mode, not video. More info when I have it!

Photos courtesy DP review and Engadget.

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Here is the official press release:

Cologne, Germany, 19 September 2016 – Panasonic today announces the LUMIX GH5, the world’s first[1] Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) interchangeable lens camera capable of recording high-precision smooth 4K 60p/50p and faithfully reproductive 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video[2]. This premium camera will offer exceptional performance for professional photographers, videographers and emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.

The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled to enter the market in the first half of 2017 and will feature Panasonic’s new ‘6K PHOTO’ offering – an approximately 18-megapixel-equivalent still image extraction from an ultra-high quality video with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD. Furthermore, an approximately 8-megapixel equivalent ‘4K PHOTO’ can be extracted from a video shot at 60 fps.

Panasonic also announces the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. These announcements demonstrate Panasonic’s dedication to continually deliver outstanding customer value and new culture in photography and film production by developing premium, new-era products and functions.

Commitment to innovation

The LUMIX GH5 will allow creative minds to capture their vision with ease and style, and further confirms Panasonic’s commitment to develop incomparable products and functions to address the new demands in photography and film production.

Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “create a new photo culture in the digital era”. The company brought the world’s first DSLM camera, the DMC-G1, to market in 2008[3] and the succeeding DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009[4].

Professional, versatile 4K videography with freedom and ease

The LUMIX DMC-GH4 has received much critical acclaim since its launch in 2014 and was the first camera to realise 4K 30p/25p video recording[5]. Building on its predecessor’s success, the LUMIX GH5 will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit.

Exceptional 4K video recording will be packed into a compact, lightweight design created for videographers to take the camera anywhere and shoot in any location. With the unprecedented video recording performance of the LUMIX GH5, Panasonic aims to elevate its status in the film production industry.

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SONY A99II

I attended the press conference of this and actually did my first ever Facebook live stream with it which you can check out below.

This is Sony’s flagship beast of a stills camera. Here are the specs that I know of…

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  • S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • Hybrid Phase Detection AF System
  • 0.5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • ISO 102400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & NFC; 14-Bit Raw Output

The biggest downside that I can see for this is that it uses the old Minolta-based Sony Alpha mount. I don’t own any lenses in this mount, and E-Mount won’t work as the flange is way too short on those lenses, and you can’t even use Canon or Nikon lenses as the flange is greater than those on the Alpha mount. Poo.
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GOPRO HERO 5 BLACK

GoPro have finally announced a replacement for the GoPRO Hero 4 Black, the unsurprisingly named HERO 5 Black.  It is waterproof to 30 feet without a housing, a redesigned body, interface, better audio, touch screen, voice control, electronic stabilised image. We don’t have 4K 60p, sadly, but things like being waterproof without housing, proper audio, and rear screen are all big improvements.

No word on improved low light sensitivity. That is one area that really needs improving, as does full manual control.

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The Krama drone looks very cool. Landing gear and arms are foldable so it is very compact. The stabiliser comes out and can be put on the handheld grip, like an Osmo. Click on each image below to expand.

We still have the distorted lens look from the Hero 5, which is very evident in the Karma footage. I am so used to rectilinear lenses with the DJI drones that it jars to see the fisheye again. It is fixable in post but takes time. Besides that, the design, features, and price look excellent.

 

The Hero 5 Black will sell for $399, the 4K shooting Session 5 Black will go for $299. The Karma on its own will be $799 and with the Hero 5 Black will be $1099.

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Nikon Key Mission 360 is also finally looking like it will be released next month. About time! I can’t wait to try it!

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