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Old Apr 12, 2010, 5:22 AM   #1
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It had to come .... :-)

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Old Apr 12, 2010, 6:05 PM   #2
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This will change the face of both video and digital still photography.
(this is a micro 4/3 mount, not 4/3)
If Panasonic release a "consumer" grade video camera with Micro 4/3 mount, then the transition will be complete.

From that point in time, you can have a digital still and a video camera with the same lenses. And perhaps more importantly, this takes the lead for Panasonic in the video camera stakes, and it could encourage other makers to follow by also releasing video cameras with micro 4/3 mounts and lenses.

If this happens, the micro 4/3 coup will be complete, because it could make micro 4/3 the defacto video standard for higher quality video. And if this DOES happen, then it would leave other "EVIL" (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens) cameras with APS-C sensors in its wake.

If Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc, don't want this to happen, then they need to release firstly some EVIL cameras themselves, and quickly follow it with video cameras. Nikon, Olympus and Pentax won't produce video cameras, but Canon, Sony & Samsung need to do it soon.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 6:15 PM   #3
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Pana 4/3 camcorder + 3D camcorder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KtcBNQwIe4

Of course it's a micro 4/3 mount ... all my GH1 lenses fit, with adapters also Canon/Konica/Oly .... :-)
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 7:29 PM   #4
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Very interesting.
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I see they want $21,000 for the 3D version.
So it looks like it will be a while before I can afford one as I assume the single vision version is going to be pricey.
No doubt they will eventually bring out a consumer level version.
So then we have to choose whether we want a DSLR which shoots movies or a Camcorder that shoots single images.
Mmmm, my brains hurting already.
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I see they want $21,000 for the 3D version.
So it looks like it will be a while before I can afford one as I assume the single vision version is going to be pricey.
No doubt they will eventually bring out a consumer level version.
So then we have to choose whether we want a DSLR which shoots movies or a Camcorder that shoots single images.
Mmmm, my brains hurting already.
The 3D camera is special, with two complete cameras in one, 3CCD in each as far as I can tell.
The AG-AF100 (the non 3D one) is said to be $6000 USD(with lens I presume). I think that's probably reasonable for a pro camera.

If they can release a consumer one for $1000-$1500 (body only), they will take the videocam market by storm.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 4:59 AM   #7
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Well I guess it depends on what the great majority want.
For example my wife is not interested in still photography but she loves her Camcorder and takes it around with her when we are on holiday etc.
One of her criteria is size and automation. So we recently bought her a new one as her Canon gave up the ghost, it had to fit into her bag nicely and be simple to use.There are 3 other Camcorders in our family at the moment and they all fit those criteria. We have a 42" Sony HD TV and when we show my wifes movies on it, people seem to be very impressed, even though it's not HD, as they are only looking at who is doing what. So it will be interesting to see if there are enough of us enthusiasts to make it worth while.
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Well, what I'm getting at is something like a GH1, same lens, but shaped like a videocam with video features, and small like the GH1.
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