WPPI is upon us, and Fstoppers is here to give you an inside look at all the exciting new products on display and/or announced during this three day event in Vegas. Yesterday, we were able to get an inside look at Animoto, the Nikon D4s, and pricing and info for the Panasonic Lumix GH4.
For those who are unaware, Animoto is a brilliant video creation website that allows you to create videos of your images with seamless panning, music and everything in a drop and drag interface. In fact, Brad told us that even one of the designs is inspired by the requests of our very own Lee Morris. Announcing 3 new designs, Animoto was able to walk us through their system and show us how incredibly easy it is to use.
I'm a Canon shooter through and through, but nonetheless, I was handed the new Nikon D4s to play with and see what the new $6500 flagship camera has to offer. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is the impressive 11fps. While not much of an upgrade from the 10fps of the Nikon D4, it still is impressive to hear the rattling of the mirror going up and down. While Nikon was unable to speak to us, they did hand off the camera with us for a second to play with (And they'll probably do the same for you if you are in town and ask).
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Perhaps one of the most anticipated announcements recently has been the announcement of the Lumix GH4. The forth generation of the much loved 4/3rds series from videographers everywhere, the GH4 goes above and beyond and now offers 4K video at 30fps, and allows to downscale to 1080p at an incredible 4:4:4 bitrate. While they couldn't give us much info on the price and release date, you should be able to pick it up sometime in the next couple months, for a price under $2,000 hint hint wink wink.
Stay tuned for continued insight of all that is happening in the showroom floors at WPPI. And if you see us on the floor, be sure to stop us and say hello.
that Gh4 if is very interesting
Aside from 4K video the electronic shutter supposedly allows 40 fps busts in still at fill 16 megapixel raw resolution. That could be a game changer if those still maintain the same quality as stills taken with a shutter...they should.
Did that GH4 have a Leica lens on it?
Yes, they are showing the new Leica designed 42.5mm f/1.2 AF lens with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. ( equivalent angle of view to an 85mm on a Full Frame still photo camera ) It should be a kick-ass lens for low-light portraits with the GH4.
When it was doing the touch screen focus pull, it honestly didn't seem THAT fast to respond...maybe once the focus started moving, but it seemed like it took a second at least to change focus....
I agree, maybe its just "faster" than it was. I honestly don't care how fast it is as long as it's accurate. Nobody uses auto focus when you are actually filming anyway.
That's true, although i can see the touch focus pull being useful if the whole rig is locked down on a tripod....as long as there is no hunting involved...
This is changing focus in video mode which would look rediculous if it changed instantly from one focus point to another. In stills mode the AF should be extremely fast.
Since I do a lot of ambient light indoor shoots with the BM Pocket Cinema, I sure wish that the GH4 promises better DR that could at least come closer to it. While the BMPC gives out outstanding output, it's UI, battery life and design leaves me wanting more.