GH5 FW v2 has been announced..No sign of the new software on Panasonic’s web site yet ?

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Panasonic email to lots of customers “We’ve just released a firmware update for the GH5 which enhances the functions of the camera.”

Yet on Panasonic’s own web site we have the following statement…

To further compound the issue, I get a reply from Panasonic saying this to my question Q. “Still no sign of the new software on the Panasonic web site yet ?” Panasonic respond A.”It’ll be available in a few days to download from the software site.”

Sorry but as end users we have been waiting quite a while for this firmware and can’t quite understand why we have to wait a further month to use it.

Apart from the obvious updates to bit rates and 10bit 4:2:2 implementation, I am glad to see the ability to lock the “Display” button as this can be a pest when using the GH5 hand held. One of my readers put it in a nutshell “Now, thats what I call a serious update from a camera manufacturer. We have everything we need for less than 2000 Euros.”

Panasonic announcement “Panasonic has announced the forthcoming release of a major new firmware version for the Lumix DC-GH5 that adds a collection of new features to upgrade many of the camera’s operations. The improvements apply to modes for both still and video users, and centre around enhancing the quality of the camera’s output and handling.”

New features:


  • Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software
  • Improved handling for 4K Photo and 6K Photo
  • New wireless features
  • Improved AF in low contrast scenes


  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Improved AF in video recording
  • All-Intra recording mode
  • 6K and 400mbps 4K anamorphic shooting
  • Improved in-body stabilisation

Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software

Now still life, portrait and macro photographers will be able to check composition on the big screen and control camera functions remotely via a new tethered shooting mode. Using the new Lumix Tether software users can connect the GH5 to a PC via USB and record stills, video and 4K/6K Photo sequences.
The software allows control of all the main features of the camera, including exposure, focus, white balance, flash controls and file formats – to name just a few. With the camera connected to the computer we can preview our images, make adjustments and inspect the results from a distance. The images can be saved to the camera’s memory card or downloaded directly to the computer as they are recorded.

Improvements to the focusing system

The GH5’s AF system is improved in performance and handling for both still and video shooters. An important change comes in the camera’s ability to work in low contrast areas, as this helps in both still and video work. Autofocus tracking is also improved in video modes, and when using the AF Tracking feature we can now place the tracking box on the screen before the subject has arrived. Also now the AF point can be moved during Burst mode if the subject is traveling across the frame.
If you want to keep an eye on what is being focused on there is now an option to keep the AF display on when multi-area modes (auto or custom) are in use.

4K/6K Photo

Better processing has reduced the time we have to wait between one 4K/6K Photo burst and the next, and now the AF point can be shifted while a 4K/6K Photo sequence is being recorded. 6K Photo can also now be used in loop recording mode.

Higher quality video

The new firmware adds 400Mbps data rates and 4:2:2 10-bit colour as well as ALL-Intra compression to the camera’s 4K and Cinema 4K video formats. This improves the range of tones and colours that can be recorded, while the compression works on each individual frame rather than on groups of several frames at a time. All-Intra compression also reduces the file size of your video so we can fit more into the same space on the memory card. Those who shoot in Full HD will benefit from an additional 200Mbps mode, also with the enhanced colour and compression characteristics.

HDR recording

The Lumix DC-GH5 is, according to Panasonic, the first digital camera that’s capable of shooting ‘HLG’ 4K HDR video. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and means that the camera can produce a wider range of brightnesses in its video to create footage with detailed highlights as well as shadow areas. This mode is designed to work with the new wave of 4K HDR televisions and computer monitors, and will allow users to continue to create technologically advanced content well into the future.

High resolution anamorphic modes

Firmware Version 2.0 enhances the DC-GH5’s ability to record anamorphic content with new 6K resolution settings, as well as giving 4K anamorphic formats the extra bit rates and colour depth introduced to normal video shooting modes.
Anamorphic shooting is assisted by a new de-squeeze display mode that compensates for the squeezing effect of the lens to show what the letterbox-shaped footage will look like after stretching in post-processing. Guide line options allow users to preview the area that will be used as well, with guides selectable for 1:1, 16:9, 2.35:1 and 2.39:1 formats. A new in-body stabilisation mode is available that’s designed for use with anamorphic lenses and adapters, and users have a choice of 1.33x and 2x settings to match the characteristics of the lens in use.
Using almost the full sensor the anamorphic mode allows lenses to squeeze wide views into a 4992×3744-pixel frame (full sized stills are 5148×3888 pixels) which can then be stretched to the 2.39:1 format and 8948×3744 pixel dimensions. Stills from the de-squeezed footage contain 33.5 million pixels.

Wireless functions

Bluetooth plays a much bigger role in the wireless communications between the DC-GH5 and your smartphone with Version 2.0 firmware. Previously Bluetooth could be used to connect the camera and phone, while WiFi took over for the hard work. With the new firmware the camera can be controlled via Bluetooth, so users can access the shutter release remotely. Bluetooth also allows for a shutter lock to be activated for Bulb exposures or burst sequences, and video recording can be started/stopped in the same way.

Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)

* [I.S. Lock(video)] is added. This powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.
* A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x anamorphic lens.

Correction of white balance setting

* When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the color temperature with 2-axis white balance compensation, the setting was reset. This bug has been fixed.

Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot

* The time to finish shooting and the number of recordable pictures are displayed on the stand-by screen.

Improved usability of Power Save LVF

* Power Save LVF can now be used in all stand-by display options.

Other Settings and Bug Fixes

  • A rating function using an Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback.
  • The following functions can be assigned to Fn buttons – [Constant Preview] [6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving]
    [Min. Shtr Speed] [RAW Processing] [Rec/Playback Switch] [Destination Slot] and [Mic Level Adj.].
  • The DISP.Button can be locked.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was not able to be reset. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting.
    This bug has been fixed.
  • The image quality when applying the following settings is improved:
    Extended low ISO, [i.Dynamic] (Intelligent D-range Control) and Highlight Shadow.

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The balance of weight on one part of your body

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I saw this in a tweet and decided to blog about it as I can’t quite understand where its coming from.

No matter how you dress this graphic up holding 17.9lbs of camcorder for a day will still harm you, I am testimony to that.

I had a Sony PMW-350 during 2010 and I loved this camcorder, apart from the weight on my shoulder, which eventually led to a very painful right arm which still bothers me today. Seven years later I have very little feeling in my index finger due to a damaged nerve.

Dont kid yourself its all about the weight bearing down on your shoulder thats the main problem, a balanced camera will not feel any lighter. Only with the addition of an Easy Rig could you hold this camcorder all day without sustaining shoulder damage.

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Final Cut Pro 7 won’t work with macOS High Sierra…You have been warned ?

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Prepare for macOS High Sierra by updating your Pro Apps—including Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, Logic Pro, and MainStage.

Customers using earlier versions of Apple Pro Apps—including Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor, or MainStage—need to update their apps to be compatible with macOS High Sierra, available this fall.

These versions of Apple Pro Apps are compatible with macOS High Sierra:

  • Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4 or later
  • Motion 5.3.2 or later
  • Compressor 4.3.2 or later
  • Logic Pro X 10.3.1 or later
  • MainStage 3.3 or later

You can update to the latest versions of these apps or buy them in the App Store. Previous versions of these applications, including all apps in Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio, are not supported in macOS High Sierra.

To check the version number of your apps do the following:

  1. In Finder, choose Go > Applications.
  2. Select the Pro App, then choose File > Get Info.
  3. You can see the version number in the General section of the window.

If you install the macOS public beta, Apple strongly recommends installing it on a secondary system, or on a secondary partition on your Mac. Make sure to back up your Mac with Time Machine before installing any beta software.

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DJI Ultimatum for Spark owners…”Update or grounded”

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This must be a first where you are made to update your equipments firmware before a set date or it will be forced to stop working, what happens if someone is on holiday and can’t update before the 1st of September ?

DJI will be releasing a new firmware update this week to further enhance flight safety and performance of the DJI Spark.

The new firmware update enhances Spark’s battery management system to optimise power supply during flight. In addition, the new firmware has added support to fully integrate Spark with the DJI Goggles, optimised the PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff, improved the accuracy of controls under the QuickShot Dronie mode and enhanced the compatibility of the remote controller when syncing up with new firmware updates.

When prompted on the DJI GO 4 App, users with internet connectivity will be able to download the new firmware to update their aircraft’s and battery’s firmware. The aircraft and battery firmware updates can also be done via the DJI Assistant 2 desktop software. If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off. DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximise flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities.

The update comes after DJI released new features for its Spark in early August to deliver a more powerful combination of video and photo improvements including a new gesture to start and stop video recording and enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control.

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Barry Green’s take on Panasonic’s EVA-1

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Barry Green’s take on Panasonic’s EVA-1 “The EVA1’s 5.7K Super-35 sensor has almost twice as many photosites as 4K,” noted Mitch Gross, PMEC Cinema Product Manager. “That means the 4K videos recorded in the camera will be crystal clear with rich color information. The EVA1 also inherits the unique Dual Native ISO sensor technology from our Cinema VariCam line, allowing it to shoot in bright sunlight or night exteriors without compromising the image quality. And the 14 stops of Dynamic Range capture a huge scope of exposure detail.”

The newly-designed EVA1 sensor is Super-35 sized (24.60mm x 12.97mm) with 5.7K resolution.
With an active resolution of 5720 x 3016, the EVA1 delivers more than 17.25 million photosites, nearly double the 8.8 million for 4K DCI (4096 x 2160). By starting at a higher native resolution, the 5.7K sensor yields a higher resolving image when down-sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K, or even 720p. Additionally, the increased color information results in a finer, more accurate finished image.

A key feature of the VariCam cameras, Dual Native ISO utilizes a process that allows the sensor to be read in a fundamentally different way, extracting more information without degrading the image. This results in a camera that can switch from a standard sensitivity to a high sensitivity with almost no increase in noise or other artifacts. Dual Native ISO has allowed cinematographers a greater variety of artistic choices as well as the ability to use less light on set, saving time and money. The EVA1’s Dual Native ISOs are 800 and 2,500, which will allow cinematographers to shoot in almost any lighting environment.

The EVA1 delivers 14-stops of Dynamic Range, enabling fine gradation in exposure from bright to dark. The ability to capture accurate colors and rich skin tones is a must for any filmmaker. The EVA1 features full V-Log/V-Gamut capture to best utilize high dynamic range and broad colors. V-Log has log curve characteristics that is HDR ready and V-Gamut delivers a color space that will cover BT.2020.

Weighing only 2.65-lbs (1.2Kg, body-only) with a compact form factor (6.69” H x 5.31” W x 5.23” D) and a removable handgrip, the EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications. Because of its compact form factor, it can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves. There will also be numerous mounting points and Panasonic is currently working with top accessory makers to allow further customization with the EVA1.

The included adjustable handgrip offers several controls, including Menu, REC start/stop, Iris and Two User Buttons. The EVA1’s LCD screen is a 3.5” touch panel for menu selections, expand (image zoom) positioning and playback controls. The LCD has an adjustable backlight control, including a Power LCD mode for bright viewing conditions.

For lensing, the camera utilizes a native EF-mount, giving shooters access to the broad EF lens ecosystem, including dozens of cinema-style prime and zoom lenses from numerous manufacturers. Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) within the camera will counterbalance camera shake and blurring, enabling smooth movement for handheld shooting. There will also be full Iris Control, One-Push Auto Focus, and Lens Data.

Behind the lens mount, an integrated ND filter wheel in 2, 4, and 6 stops allows for precise exposure control. The EVA1 also allows the IR Cut to be swung out of the path to the sensor at the push of a button. Unique photographic effects and night vision imagery are possible with this control over infrared.

The ND filter and IR Cut filter operate electronically, allowing wireless remote control from smartphones and tablets. EVA1 will have a remote-control app for a tablet (iOS, Android) that enables users to control an EVA1 when the camera is on a camera crane, or remote location.

Ideal for indie filmmakers, the EVA1 records to readily-available, lower-cost SD cards. With two SD card slots, you can capture footage either with Simul Rec (simultaneous dual record) or Relay Rec (continuous record). There’s also One Shot Record, which enables single frame video for stop motion capture.

The camera can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 4:2:2 even in 4K. For in camera recording, you can capture in 4K (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), Full HD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720). In a future firmware upgrade, EVA1 will offer ALL Intra compression for in camera recording and 5.7K RAW output to 3rd party recorders.

For high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers up to 59.94fps/50fps for 4K/UHD, up to 120fps/100fps for 2K/Full HD, or 240fps/200fps (cropped area).

On first release, available bit rates will range from as low as 8Mbps up to 150Mbps, depending on frame rate, resolution, and codec. In a future firmware update, 400Mbps recording will be added.

As a professional video production tool, EVA1 contains several professional imaging tools, including Peaking, Expand (Image Zoom), Waveform, Zebras, and Spotmeter (Y-Get). EVA1 also utilizes Focus Squares, an array of green squares that grow in size when their local area appears to be sharp, to enable shooters to achieve critical focus.

The HDMI and SDI video outputs are both 4K-capable and each can be adjusted separately, allowing HD to be fed to a viewfinder or other third-party monitor while 4K is sent to an outboard recorder or monitor. The camera is also equipped with standard TimeCode functionality.”

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Review of the Canon C200 by Matthew Allard of News Shooter

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Having had a Canon C300, the best bit about the C200 is finally Canon have had the sense to put the XLR,s onto the body of the camera itself. Like all of us these days we don’t have time to review every camera that appears on the market so here is a very good technical review of the Canon C200 by Matthew Allard, ACS accredited freelance Director of Photography with 27 years’ experience.

Here is the full review on News Shooter…

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DJI Osmo head for sale…in perfect working order £150 SOLD

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I already own the Osmo PRO and therefore do not use the original Osmo X3, thats why its now for sale. A new Osmo X3 head will cost you £359 so this is well below half price. SOLD

This is our X3 in use while producing a video review. Interested…send an email to naming it Osmo sale and I will get back to you.


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DJI Phantom 3 SE…£599

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Just when you thought it was safe to look up to the sky DJI deliver another drone, the Phantom 3 SE.

Perfect for beginners or experienced drone operators, the Phantom 3 SE features the reliability, intuitive controls, excellent image quality, and powerful flight performance that make DJI’s Phantom series so iconic. With its 4K camera, 4 km control range, vision positioning system, and 25-minute flight time, users can experience the thrill of flying with incredible ease.

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FREE Download from Alister Chapman…Quick Reference Guide to Sony’s FS7 v1/v2

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Alister Chapman “I was recently asked by Sony to write a user guide for the PXW-FS7 and FS7M2. Well it’s now complete and available for free download from Sony. The guide does not replace the manual but should act as a useful point of reference for those unfamiliar with the cameras. It should also help guide you through the use of the CineEI mode or change the various gammas settings in custom mode to suit different types of scene.

There are sections on exposure tools and controls, the variable ND filter, exposure tools and controls. Custom mode paint settings, Cine EI and LUT’s and additional information on the various shooting modes and functions.

There are two versions of the guide. One is an ePub book that can be displayed and read by any book reader programs such as iBooks and the other is an interactive PDF formatted for use on a mobile phone or tablet.”

Click here for the PDF

For the ePUB version click over to XDCAM USER…

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Panasonic EVA-1… My First Thoughts

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I trashed my last post because it was in my own opinion far to personal and not judged to be a good post about a new camcorder. As more and more companies are moving over to Panasonic within the Scottish region thanks to having 10bit 422 camcorders like the PX270 and the GH5 lets take a look at their latest offering the super 35mm large sensor EVA-1.

So lets look at the Panasonic EVA-1 in detail. What did we gleam from the information so far…

  • The newly developed 5.7 K Super 35mm image sensor achieves high-quality 4K/10-bit 4:2:2 images.
  • The wide 14-stop dynamic range, V-Log gamma and wide-color- gamut V-Gamut colorimetry, which are inherited from the VariCam Series, ensure cinema-like pictures.
  • Dual native ISO of 800/2500 offers very high sensitivity with low noise.  Supports High-frame-rate recording of 4K 60 fps/2K 240 fps maximum.
  • The IR (infrared ray) cut filter ON/OFF mechanism provides the ability to shoot fantasy-like IR images with Cinematography mode.
  • The main unit is lightweight and compact, weighing only 1.2 kg.
  • It is equipped with an EF lens mount. The LCD monitor features a touch-panel function and allows flexible mounting.
  • The detachable handle and rotary grip add a new dimension of mobility by enabling the installation of the camera to a drone or gimbal.
  • Price £6,215 plus vat

Panasonic have decided EVA-1 is more hi end than we were expecting hence the price £7,458 after 20% vat is added. I am not going to beat around the bush and say I was rather disappointed in the price as I thought we were getting a camera that was a bit dearer than the AF101 £4,200, I plumbed for a price of £5,500 being closer to what I had decided was the EVA’s competition.

Price aside so far we have not yet seen any footage from the camera, that will come closer to IBC 2017 in September.

Running 4K 50p will be the making of this camera for me personally as it will integrate with my GH5’s.

I still think EVA-1 will be a cracking large sensor camcorder, I am personally glad Panasonic went down the super 35mm route and not the micro four thirds. Giving the camera a Canon EF mount will allow us to enjoy a lot of the new Sigma ART lenses especially the 18-35 f1.8 (29-56 with 1.6x crop).

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