Micro Four Thirds

Solid State 4K: JVC GY-LS300CHU Camera & Atomos Ninja Inferno

By Chuck Gloman

Solid State 4K:

JVC GY-LS300CHU Camera

and Atomos Ninja Inferno


Chuck Gloman

JVC has updated the firmware on its GY-LS300CHU 4K solid-state camera and recorder. The camera features: a Super 35 sensor and internal recording to SD cards, as well as interchangeable lenses and the ability to automatically trigger an external SSD monitoring device like the Atomos Ninja Inferno. This review will describe the specifications of both the camera and recorder, evaluate how it performed on two different projects, and share what budding filmmakers believed were the strengths and weaknesses.


JVC GY-LS300CHU Camera

Having used JVC equipment since the early 1980s, I noticed the technology has made great strides forward in getting high quality images with a camera that is one- third the size of its predecessors. With many people shooting in 4K and recording to solid-state CF or SD media today, the camera body itself has been the main focus (pardon the pun). The two factors that determine the quality of the images are the sensor and the glass up front. Our GY-LS300CHU was provided with a Metabones EF-M43 mount that allowed us to use our equipment cage’s large selection of EF mount Cinema Series lenses instead of the camera’s standard Micro Four-thirds mount.

The Super 35mm Progressive CMOS sensor captures true 4K (4096 x 2160) with the external Atomos Ninja; UHD (3840 x 2160 in 30p and 24p); and MPEG-4 QuickTime HD (1920 x 1080 in 59.94p, 59.94i, 29.97p, and 23.98p in the XHQ mode, and 59.94i, 30p, 23.98p and 1280 x 720/60p in UHQ mode). The AVCHD codec is available with 1920 x 1080 in 60p in the HQ mode at 28 Mbps, or 24 Mbps, as well as SP mode at 17 Mbps. In addition, the camera also shoots in the SD mode (QuickTime and AVCHD) at 8 Mbps; → continue…

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Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery

The Olympus 17mm F1.2 promises to open up new possibilities for Micro Four Thirds shooters seeking razor-thin depth-of-field and smooth, ‘feathered’ bokeh. We’ve had the chance to do some shooting with it both close to home and on the road in Charleston, South Carolina. Take a peek at our extensive sample gallery.

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Meyer Optik Goerlitz launches P75II F1.9 lens with coverage for medium format

German optical manufacturer Meyer Optik Goerlitz has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the construction of a new version of its Primolpan 75mm F1.9 portrait lens that will be designed for sensor sizes from Micro Four Thirds all the way up to medium format.

The so-called P75II will have a much wider image circle, to enable it to be used with the smaller medium format sensors such as the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm’s GFX 50S. As a consequence of the larger covering circle, Meyer Optik claims smaller formats will enjoy added contrast across the frame.

The lens is a redesigned version of a lens produced in the 1930s by Meyer Optik, but the war and the communist control of East Germany halted production of the original after only 2,000 had been made. The newest version has modern glass and coatings, and a new internal design to enable medium format compatibility. The closest focus has also been reduced to 55cm/1.8ft, and the company is introducing a Meyer Achromat accessory close up lens attachment that reduces that distance further to just 25cm/1ft.

While the original lens used a Cooke triplet design, the new P75ll is constructed with five elements in four groups and a 14-bladed iris to produce the famous bubble-type out-of-focus highlights the company has become known for. Glass will come from Schott and Ohara, the aperture will run from f/1.9 to f/16, and the front filter thread will be a standard 52mm.

At the time of writing, the lens has raised over $120,000 on a target of just $30k, with a full month left still to run. Lenses can be had for a pledge of $650 against an expected full asking price of $2,500, → continue…

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Thingyfy launches Pinhole Pro S: The widest modern professional pinhole lens ever

Thingyfy is back with another Kickstarter campaign, and this time they’re trying to fund the Pinhole Pro S-Series lenses. As with the original Pinhole Pro campaign launched this past summer, the new Pinhole Pro S seeks funding for a modern pinhole lens. Unlike the original, however, the latest campaign is for a model that Thingyfy calls the widest pro-tier pinhole lens in the world.

Pinhole Pro S comes in two varieties: the Pinhole Pro S11, an 11mm lens with a 120 degree FOV, and the Pinhole Pro S37, a 37mm lens with a 60 degree FOV. Both lenses feature a fully aluminum body. The S11 version is designed for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, and Fuji X mounts; the S37 is designed for SLR/DSLR cameras with Sony A, Nikon F, Canon EF, and Pentax K mounts.

The wide-angle S-Series weighs less while being wider and nine times sharper than the original Pinhole Pro lens, according to Thingyfy. The company explains that its Pinhole Pro lenses offer a very precise pinhole aperture due to the use of a micro-drill that is robotically controlled. The drill produces a “perfectly round” and smooth hole, says Thingyfy, whereas alternatives like chemical etching and laser etching have downsides, such as corroded or burnt, fuzzy edges.

Thingyfy is funding its new Pinhole Pro S lenses on Kickstarter, where an early bird unit of any camera mount is offered for $59 CAD / $46 USD with an estimated shipping date of April 2018.

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Panasonic G9 added to studio scene comparison

We’ve had the 20MP Panasonic G9 in our office for just a little bit – enough time to write a first impressions review and shoot a sample gallery. More recently, we put it on a tripod and shot our standard studio test scene to satisfy your curiosity and ours. Take a peek and find out what kind of image quality this Micro Four Thirds speed demon is capable of.

See the Panasonic G9 in our studio scene comparison tool

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Can you shoot the international space station with a Micro Four Thirds camera?

By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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Comment on the forum This video of the international space station passing the moon has become quite famous on the internet, demonstrating as it does the unusual abilities of the Nikon P900, a super-zoom consumer camera which costs around $700. Can we do better with a ‘proper’ camera? The Nikon P900 is perhaps the most infamous of the super zoom squad. It has a 4.3mm to 357mm zoom lens on a 5.6x crop sensor giving a range of 24-2000mm (equivalent to full frame). Unfortunately it is also a piece of shit. It shoots 16MP JPEGs (no RAW!) and only highly …

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2017 Buying Guides: Best compacts, drones and phones

Looking for a lightweight compact camera that’s easy to bring with you anywhere? Or maybe you’re smartphone-shopping and want the one that takes the best picture. And what if you want to shoot from above? In these buyers guides we have recommendations for the best compact cameras, smartphones and drones.

If you want a compact camera that produces great quality photos without the hassle of changing lenses, there are plenty of choices available for every budget. All of the cameras in this buying guide have zoom lenses, with focal length ranges mostly spanning around 24-70mm (equivalent).

Best pocketable enthusiast cameras

The long zoom cameras in this buying guide fit into the enthusiast category, meaning that they offer solid build quality, electronic viewfinders and (usually) 4K video capture. All of these long zooms have 1″-type sensors, which slot in between the micro-sensors in phones and cheap compacts, and Micro Four Thirds and APS-C sensors in interchangeable lens cameras.

Best enthusiast long zoom cameras

The fixed lens camera market may be a bit niche, but it’s here that you’ll find some of the best cameras you can buy. Sensors ranging from APS-C format to full-frame are designed to match their lenses, so image quality is top-notch.

Best fixed prime lens cameras

All of the products in this guide fall into the ‘buy and fly’ category, meaning they require no extra components or customizations. Options range from personal ‘selfie’ drones to advanced models capable of producing professional-grade photos and video. Best consumer drones

In 2017 phone manufacturers turned → continue…

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