Creatives on… Panasonic Lumix GH5

Creatives on… Panasonic Lumix GH5

It’s been a long time coming, but the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is finally here giving you the highest picture quality in the history of Lumix G compact systems cameras. The experts are impressed, and so are we.

The GH5 is ideal for any creative team looking to stay at the cutting edge of video marketing, capable of gorgeous 6K and 4K/60p video and boasting a high-end, futureproof spec.

Why the GH5 is great for your creative workflow

With its compact design, high frame rate and intuitive controls, the GH5 has been described as a great fit for a creative agencies, photographers and videographers. Working with traditional cameras you could be shooting at 10 or 12 frames per second – with the GH5 that jumps to 30 or 60 frames a second, ensuring you perfectly capture the images you can’t afford to miss. Simply put, this camera just keeps on giving, and as your team’s video projects become more ambitious and complex over time, you’ll find it consistently meeting your new requirements.

The Lumix GH5 is adaptable to most shooting situations, including extreme conditions, allowing you to focus on the shot and not worry about whether your equipment will be up to the task. Speaking of adaptability, if you’re shooting some internal video for marketing on a low budget, the GH5 is really forgiving so you can be confident that it won’t let you down. Shooting at low or awkward angles isn’t an issue either, as the free angle screen with touch capabilities can be flipped out and tilted to whatever angle is required. The 6K photo function allows you can capture the greatest detail, giving you clear, crisp images with accurate colour representation.

Panasonic GH5 is available from us for £1399 ex VAT, and for that money you’re getting a solid investment. At a good price point and with a good form factor, the GH5’s ability to shoot high frame rates in HD and shoot in 4K60p means you can film almost entirely handheld. Similarly, the fact that you can capture slow-motion footage handheld will save you a lot of time and you’ll see a noticeable uptick in productivity and efficiency as a result.

GH5 features

Capture unmissable moments with the GH5’s dual image stabilisation, high picture quality and professional video performance. Some of the pros’ favourite features include;

– 3MP MOS sensor without low pass filter.

– Accurate AF tracking with new DFD technology.

– Large 0.76x 3,680k-dot OLED live viewfinder.

– Unlimited 4K 60p/50p video recording.

– Double SD card slot.

– Dust, splash and freeze-proof.

– High durability magnesium alloy frame.

– 4K 4:2:2 10but internal recording.

– 5-axis dual image stabilisation.

– Free angle touch screen.

– 6K photo capability.

– 18MP/30FPS burst shooting.

– Bluetooth and WiFi.

What the experts say…

See the Lumix GH5 in action and hear from the professionals on how this camera helps them get on with capturing the perfect shot.

Ross Grieve, portrait and commercial photographer.

“The GH5 for me is a real turning point, it’s a game changer.”

Steven Clarey, professional extreme sports photographer.

“I feel confident that I can get that epic shot when everything comes together.”

Daniel Berehulak, photojournalist.

“The GH5 opened up so many opportunities for photographers.”

Want to find out more about the Panasonic Lumix GH5? Give us a call on 03332 400 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

If you’re after the lowdown on all new Zeiss’s lenses, then look no further. We caught up with Zeiss’ Luke Tait who talked all about the shiny new Batis range and NAB 2016.

Jigsaw24: It’s an exciting time for Zeiss!

Luke: It is, there’s a lot to talk about.

So let’s get right to it, how does the Batis 2.8/18 fit in with the rest of the Zeiss Batis range?

Well, the 18mm Batis is the widest full frame prime lens currently available. With its extremely wide 99 degree field of view, it is well suited for astrophotography, interior and architectural photography.

Batis is a bit of an odd name, where did that come from?

Just like the other families of Zeiss lenses, Batis is the latin name for a species of bird. Batis (pronounced BAT-iss) is a genus of passerine in the wattle-eye family – it’s found south of the Sahara. 

So just how important is the OLED display to show the focus distance and depth of field?

The OLED display is very useful as it gives information on the distance to the subject and depth of field. Once you’ve used it, you won’t want to go back.

How do you think the lens was received at NAB?

The lenses were received very well. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the lenses when we were in Vegas, from both photographers and videographers. We were very pleased with the warm reception we got at NAB.  

What do you think sets the Batis range apart from other, similar lenses?

First off, the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 are the very first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display. Not only that, but the new Batis lenses are built for professional use, with extremely durable construction and excellent sharpness. It’s everything you could want, and it’s pioneering a new era.

So, tell us, when can we get our hands on one?

The lenses have already started to ship!

You can find Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 lenses over at our store. If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon is looking to hit another home run as it comes back for round two with the EOS-1D X Mark II. It looks impressive on paper, but how do the camera buffs think it holds up? 

When it comes down to numbers, 1D X Mark II is a winner. Offering 14 fps shooting, and breakneck 16 fps when shooting in live view mode, it’s definitely up there as one of the highest resolution DSLRs available. Numbers aren’t everything, but this camera certainly isn’t lacking substance.

Design

We’re big fans of the 1D X Mark II, even down to the way it looks. It’s a fairly hefty bit of tech, and while its size may deter those after something smaller, the 1D X Mark II delivers in almost every way, more than making up for its size.

Pocket-lint.com said: “if you’re looking for something small then, well, this isn’t going to fit the brief. Having just reviewed the mid-range Canon 80D, the 1D X II is a whole different beast… despite the size everything falls to place in the hand well, catering for both portrait and landscape orientation thanks to dual controls.”

Tech Radar said: “the EOS-1D X [Mark II] feels almost identical to the 1D X. Both cameras are heavy and solid-feeling, with the characteristic ‘battery bulge’ in the base doubling up as a vertical grip for portrait format shooting. This has been revised for the Mark II with a deeper grip for a more secure hold.”

Autofocus

When it comes to autofocus, the 1D X Mark II packs a punch. Although it may initially appear similar to the autofocus system found in the previous model, Mark II delivers on a variety of upgrades and tweaks that set it apart from the last generation. While still operating on a 61-point system, the new Ai Servo III+ tracking system allows the camera to more accurately predict tracking movement.

Pocket Lint said: “all 61-points are sensitive to f/8 – which will be handy if you’re using a 2x converter and are forced to use a smaller aperture (21 of these AF points are cross-type to said sensitivity). You can choose to utilise all points or cross-type only in selection, with 1-point, 5-point group, 9-point group, centre/left/right areas and full 61-point arrays being available using the dedicated focus type button and M-fn button.”

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Resolution

This camera is fast, that’s for sure. When 16 frames per second isn’t enough for you, the Mark II’s 4K Frame Grab feature means you can capture 8.8 megapixel JPEG images at a whopping 60fps.  

ephotozine said: “The 1D X Mark II offers a wide range of 4K video recording options, as well as high-speed FullHD video, and the video capabilities of this Digital SLR are the best you will find in a consumer level interchangeable lens camera, better than most other cameras, with the ability to record full CINE resolution 4K video at 60/50fps, whilst others only offer 4K video at 30/25/24fps.” They called it the fastest shooting full-frame camera available.

Backwards compatibility

Canon’s latest offering may come at a price, but don’t worry, your kit and accessories from the last iteration will still work with the Mark II.

Digital Photography review said: “As well as offering familiar ergonomics, the camera offers a good degree of backwards compatibility. For example, the Mark II uses a new battery, the LP-E19 but is still able to make use of the LP-E4 batteries used by its predecessor.”

4K video

Making the big jump to one of the latest video standards, the EOS-1D X Mark II also introduces 4K video, which was lacking in the previous model. As mentioned above, the Mark II is capable of shooting beautiful 4K video at 60fps.

Tech Radar said: “the 1D X Mark II doesn’t just shoot 4K at 30fps, it can shoot it at 60fps too. That requires serious processing power and it means you can record smooth 2x slow motion footage at 4K resolution. Interestingly, the Mark II shoots ‘real’ 4 at 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, rather than the slightly smaller UHD format most other cameras refer to generically as ‘4K’.”

You can pre-order the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II here and receive a free SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO CFastT 2.0 memory card . For everything else, call 03332 400 888, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.


Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Up your broadcast game with some great offers!

Cisco suggest that video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, meaning the time is now to get involved in video content creation. We think these fine pieces of production tech are a great starting point for anyone looking to step it up in the studio.

First off, we’d suggest giving some studio basics from Blackmagic Design a look. With the Hyperdeck Studio 12G Professional VTR (an advanced, high-quality broadcast deck), the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K (adding 4K to your workflow) and a Blackmagic Audio Monitor (featuring a dual subwoofer design with extra wide speakers), your studio will be off to a strong start.

If you’re making video, you’ll need a camera. Fortunately, we’ve got an awesome 0% finance offer running on the JVC GY-HM890CHE. This compact shoulder camcorder is perfect for filming in the studio or out in the field. It can even live stream content wirelessly via WiFi or 4G-LTE/3G.

Keeping it in the JVC family, we’re giving away a free training day worth £300 with every purchase of a GY-HM170E. Take this compact 4K camera anywhere and grab the footage you need without being lumbered down by a larger unit.

Finally, we’ve got a Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens to give away when you pick up a JVC GY-LS300 from us. Get recording in a variety of formats ranging from web friendly proxies and SD to full HD and Ultra HD 4K. It’ll work perfectly with photographic lenses you already own, so make sure to grab this bargain offer while it lasts.

If you’re interested in putting together your own studio build and would like to find out more, call us today on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.