Sony has released some white paper specs on a new Micro 4/3rds sensor that is as of now, the most advanced ever on the format considering the mix of Backside illumination, Stacked technology and high resolution color at 10 bits on full sensor read outs. The frame rates offered are also quite impressive with up to 1139fps at 0.46 Megapixels or 1760px Horizontal x 262px Vertical on the fastest range and 121fps at the full sensor area read-out at 20.9MP.
The Panasonic GH6 is coming later this year and it is estimated that this new sensor is actually the one that will be used on that camera. If Lumix technology can make full use of the sensor specs even for small fractions of time, we could have a killer slow motion mass produced camera. The VFR mode on Panasonic Lumix cameras has always been more than acceptable and they could breathe new life into the format if these sensor specs are used to their fullest. We expect at least 1080p at 240fps which will be a slightly stretched delivery from the 1760 x 1318 240.2fps mode listed on the sensor specs. → Continue Reading Full Post ←
Nikon has either gone crazy or has analyzed a market that is actually alive and well when it comes to all in one prosumer compact cameras. The P900 was a best seller for several years in the segment with an 83x optical zoom formula of 24-2000mm equivalent. Now the new P1000 increases that range by 1000mm to do a previously ludicrous spec of 24 wide-angle to 3,000mm telephoto range or 125x optical zoom.
The sensor is tiny at 1/2.3″ the same as small compact cameras and just slightly larger than the typical phone sensor of 1/3″. This is what makes it possible for the camera to create such a zoom range without the lens being larger than a Napoleonic war artillery cannon. The video modes are decent with 4k 30p but the high-speed modes are lackluster which is a shame considering this camera could be used effectively for extreme wildlife shots in super slow motion.
Nikon P1000 Main Features:
Lens Focal Length 4.3-539mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-3,000mm lens in 35mm format)
125x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens.
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) 16.0 million
Image Sensor CMOS Sensor Size: 1/ 2.3 in.
Image Size (pixels) 4608 x 3456 (16M)
RAW Stills Mode
ISO 100–1600 & ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M or Movie manual mode)
Weight : 49.9 oz. (1,415 g)with battery and memory card
There is no denying the power of the zoom range but do not expect image quality to be outstanding even with all of that ED and Super ED Glass trying to fix the chromatic aberration and softness. There is, of course, the fact that a small sensor in the 1/2.3″ size will mostly use the center of the glass to gather its light so, in theory, it should be able to use the sharpest part of the elements to get the image quality up to a good standard.
The camera will not be stellar in low light and the full moon if you have ever shot it is so bright that you can safely shoot it at 1/200 to avoid overexposure. Good luck shooting bats or other night creatures with any sort of acceptable quality. Appart from the moon or well lit night scenes or flash shots, this camera should be mostly used in the daytime to get acceptable quality.
The P1000 Camera will only shoot 120fps in VGA 640*480 mode and up to 60fps in Full HD. There is no ultra-high-speed mode like in the Sony RX series cameras. we are disappointed as this was a true competitor option to the Sony RX10 series in a similar form factor. Quality on the tiny sensor will also be lacking so any higher frame rates should be grainy and prone to artifacts.
This is an interesting camera for Nikon that cements their product line for extreme telephoto enthusiasts. However, if the quality is what you seek, you are better off with an RX camera with a 1″ sensor or a Micro 4/3 camera with a 400mm lens which will in EX Teleconverter mode be a good match to this one without having such a small sensor. a GH4 or GH5 camera would be a better fit with a 400mm lens and a teleconverter, plus it will be less heavy when attached to a 14-140mm lens for example. Cool camera but could have been so much more in the video department. -HSC
As suspected in a previous article from HSC the Panasonic G9 bitrate for VFR or high frame rate mode is much lower than on the GH5. The Manual has been released for the G9 showing this lower spec. It is of note that the codec used on both cameras is very efficient which lends itself to good quality even at 20mbps. However, for those that want to prioritize fine detail and the utmost sharpness, the GH5 will, in the end, be the better option for slow motion.
There is also the upcoming announcement rumor of the GH5s Lumix camera now with leaked images here with 240fps at full HD using a completely new sensor which may be able to improve of the GH5 slow-motion quality which in our analysis was lacking when using 150fps and 180fps on the regular GH5. Aliasing and moire were evident in footage which is not present in the 120fps mode. Considering the GH5s might be recycling the same image processing engine but with a new sensor, we may still see some artifacts.
Lumix GH5 vs G9 High Speed VFR From PDF Manuals:
Lumix GH5 Manual Page Showing High Frame Rate Bit Rates up to 100Mbps depending on Codec / Low of 24Mbps:
Lumix G9 Manual Page Showing High Frame Rate Bit Rates Max 20mbps at 1080p:
For the majority of users, the 20mbps on the G9 vs 24 -100mbps on the GH5 for the slow motion VFR mode will be of no consequence. Detail will be lost and color correction/grading will be less forgiving but for anything broadcasted over the web at 1080p, you may see almost no difference. Still, we think the GH5 is the superior video product as the camera is more geared to the footage acquisition camp since the start. G9 is a photographers camera that does excellent video as a side effect of Lumix GH pedigree, probably the best stills performance from a Lumix camera yet.
Panasonic Lumix G9 Slow Mo test FHD- 180FPS by ЗВЕРЬЕ live:
We are eager to see next Monday, January 8th, 2018 the rumored announcement of the Panasonic GH5s which should be important going forward as 240fps continuous shooting might be possible for the first time in a camera of this kind. -HSC