So today Panasonic announced a new camera, the G6 – and it has 24p! That’s a first for a non-GH series lumix M4/3 camera. An interesting development. It has the same sensor as the GH2, and ‘improved processing’. Depending on what video perfomance ends up looking like, this might be an interesting choice as a potential GH2 upgrade, if avoiding the moire and aliasing present in GH3 footage is a priority.
More interesting to me though is the new 14-140 lens. I used to own the old 14-140. It was a my go-to workhorse for shooting with my GH1, and before I got my Olympus zooms. F4-5.8 just didn’t cut it indoors with the ISO performance of the GH1 though, and overall I found the lens too contrasty and the auto-focus never really met my expectations. As my shooting style has evolved, however, I’m starting to see the possibility that owning a 10x zoom lens, even one with such poor aperture specs, would be useful for outdoor doc-style shooting. The new lens I find exciting because its a 3.5-5.6 lens, which means just enough brighter to make a difference. Will I buy one? It will depend on the price, but some day when I upgrade to GH3s and buy the 12-35 and 35-100 lenses, I just might pick up a new 14-140 as well. We’ll see!
Here’s the link to the press release: