Panasonic just unveiled a new lens for Micro Four-Thirds, an 8mm f/3.5 fisheye offering a 180 degree field-of-view. Frankly, I would have preferred to see more development by means of faster, more useful primes. A fisheye is a “fun” lens on occasion, but I don’t own one for my Canon system. Why would I get one for my Micro Four-Thirds body in favor of the system with the bigger sensor…especially since the announced price makes them comparably priced? Yikes.
So, it would seem that the Lumix G1 that I picked up after reading through Michael Reichmann’s glowing reviews, and which I have enjoyed immensely in this past two months, is officially obsolete. Panasonic has announced the “GH1,” which is the same camera but with the ability to record high-definition video.
After looking through Panasonic’s Web site for the new GH1, it would appear that the camera offers slightly more manual control than the Canon 5D Mark II’s video mode. Specifically, the aperture can be controlled by the photographer, as opposed to the 5D, which requires some clever manipulation in order to specify the aperture.
(A Google search will come up with a wealth of resources, but the bottom line is that a manual-aperture lens mounted via an adapter is the easiest way to control the video on the new 5D.)
No word on Panasonic’s Web site, or from DPReview, whether the audio levels can be controlled manually. Because any mention of such a feature is absent, I’m left to assume that Panasonic followed Canon and simply reverted to auto gain for audio. Nothing is ever perfect! More after the jump. Continue reading “News coming out of PMA”→