Imaging-Resource hat ein interessantes Interview mit Darin Pepple, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging bei Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. anläßlich der CES 2012 in Las Vegas geführt. Hierin geht es auch um die Videofunktionen des künftigen Panasonic GH2 Nachfolgers: GH3. Darin Pepple berichtet darüber, dass Panasonic den Hack der GH2 genau beobachtet, um daraus zu lernen, was die Nutzer von einer Kamera wie der Gh2 erwarten. Allerdings weist er auch auf die Limits des Sensors hin, die der Hersteller im Auge behalten muss. Hier das Zitat:
AE: So there has been a lot of interest in hacking GH2s. Might you take to heart some of those optimizations they&re making when you&re looking at future developments?
DP: You know... Yes and no? We do take a look at what they do, and we take it very seriously, because obviously that&s what the customer wants. There are some limitations within the hardware and within the system specifications. For example, the AVCHD format; you know, we have to stay within the confines of what that AVCHD format says. Yes, you can go outside that with some hyped-up features and firmware updates and that sort of thing, but then you&re outside the normal specification, and for us as a manufacturer, we really have to stay within it. At the same time, we know the level that the sensors can handle, we know the amount of cooling it&s going to take, and to push it past it&s limits, you&re going to degrade the life expectancy of the product. Now, with a hopped-up camera, you somewhat expect that. You know, it&s just like a car; if you push your car to the limit, you know something&s going to happen eventually, right? So, as a consumer, go for it! But as a manufacturer, we have to stay within the limits of the standards and what we know the system itself can handle long term.
Und hier noch etwas über den GH2 Nachfolger - nicht wirklich viel, aber der Fokus auf der Videoqualität scheint zu bleiben ...:
AE: What sorts of things might we see and what sorts of directions might Panasonic go with the successor to the GH2?
DP: Much has been talked about a successor for GH2. The GH2 has been out now for a little over a year, so people are wondering about the next model. There’s no one great thing I can say that we’re going to plan on and actually produce right at this time. Certainly, we’ll eventually produce something, right? But I think what you’ll see from us is to continue on trying to get a better and better and better video output for it. The GH product almost has a split brain. When I talk to people and I read the blogs--I participate once in a while on a few blogs just to see what people have to say--and there are two distinct worlds; completely right down the middle, video and still,at the high end. So you have a lot of people who are saying, ‘I just want it for its still camera capabilities. And it’s got great dials and accessibility.’ And then you’ve got the video world. They don’t care anything about that. They like the fact that it shoots amazing video; that you can hook boom mics to it; that you can hook it up as a director or videographer link through an HDMI cable; that it’s a lightweight platform. I see a lot of sports and action type photography--and I’m not talking about football, soccer, or that kind of thing; I’m talking about race cars--hooking it up to the bottom of a small, remote helicopter and flying it around, that sort of thing. It’s a lightweight platform and if it does get wrecked you’re not out the money you are out with a big DSLR rig system, let alone a conventional professional video system.
Wir sind schon sehr gespannt auf einen GH2 Nachfolger - erwarten dessen Vorstellung realistischer Weise jedoch nicht vor der Photokina im Herbst 2012