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50MP Fuji MF System Incoming? GH5 To Shoot 6k? Phottix Teases Odin II for Sony! {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on March 2nd 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear, news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

50MP Fuji MF System Coming Next Year?

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One of the more intriguing rumors that we have heard over the last year was that Fuji may be thinking about going full-frame or even medium format as they expand their offering beyond their APS-C based X System. Today, those rumors were bolstered with a few fresh medium format rumors from the Fuji camp.

According to the report over on Fuji Rumors, a new source (so extra salt here) has indicated that Fuji will produce an MF camera utilizing a 50MP Sony sensor and that it will be available in 2017.

Another, previous rumor, has indicated that Fuji would be showing their new MF system at Photokina this fall. This new rumor lines up perfectly with that, as Photokina is exactly the show you would expect Fuji to make this sort of an announcement.

I don’t know about you, but I would love to see Fuji‘s take on a medium format system, especially if they took more of the Pentax approach vs. the Hasselblad/Phase One approach, in terms of affordability.

Panasonic GH5 Rumors

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There are some rumblings about the possible feature set of Panasonic’s next flagship camera, the GH5. The very top of that list includes a 6K video recording feature that would certainly set it apart in the industry at this point.

  • 6k recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
  •  Each 6K frame has 18 million pixels. (This means you can screen grab 18MP photos from each 6K recorded frame)
  • If the camera records 6K, then the four thirds sensor will have 20+ megapixels in “normal still photo mode.”

The rumor is that this could be announced as soon as Photokina this fall, which would be a really interesting proposition, considering that we are still complaining about the lack the 4K in most of Canon’s latest offerings.

I am not sure that 6K would even be usable at this point, other than for increased 4K quality (similarly to how some downsample from 4K to 1080 now for better 1080 quality). But it would certainly be a headline, head-turning feature that would solidify Panasonic’s place in the video market.

Phottix Teases New Odin II for Sony

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Phottix has teased a Sony version of their Odin II advanced wireless triggering system. This would be a huge announcement for Sony shooters, who at this point, have had pretty limited options.

Assuming the new Sony version had the same feature set as the Canon/Nikon versions that are already available, the Sony version will feature:

  • Works with Indra, Mitros, Other Systems
  • 2.4 GHz Frequency, 328′ Range
  • 32 Channels with Digital ID, 5 Groups
  • Manual, TTL, and Ratio Flash Control
  • High-Speed Sync & OverDrive Sync
  • Manual Power & Zoom Control
  • Remote Modeling Light Control with Indra
  • LCD Screen, Direct Access Buttons & Dial
  • AF Assist Light, USB Port for Updates

[REWIND: REVIEW: FUJI X-E2 | THE MISTRESS]

I don’t use a lot of off camera lighting, so I am not sure I will be rushing to get one of these, but knowing that the option is there, or will be, is really nice as I continue to build out my Sony kit.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Dave Haynie

    It would be somewhat satisfying to see Panasonic completely “lap” Canon on video resolution. They have to do something, after all. They had the whole “cheaper than a Red” 4K market to themselves for awhile, but that advantage didn’t last. And then there’s the IMX269 sensor, the one Panny and Olympus are already using.. that one’s got a 12-channel digital readout, versus 8-channels on the older 16Mpixel Sony sensors, and has a maximum frame rate of 27fps for the whole 20Mpixel readout… so maybe 30fps at 18Mpixel? Seems a little tight.

    Then throw a little math at it, and no, this can’t be the sensor. A 1:1 16:9 crop of the 20Mpixel sensor would get me a frame at 5184 x 2920 pixels — that’s only 15.1Mpixels, basically a 5K-class image, not 6K. I guess they could uprez, but probably not this sensor. Which makes the rumor even more interesting!

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  2. robert raymer

    Considering that the hasselblad H1 was based off the old Fuji GX645 I would say that this rumor is unsurprising, though I personally see them offering interchangeable backs with their system rather than taking the pentax route of having the back as part of the body. If anything I would imagine that this would be an upgrading of the old GX645 with the focus on creating their own sensor/back to go with it rather that spending all the extra $ in R&D to create something from scratch. Regardless, even if it is “affordable” I’m sure it will be out of my price range when all is said and done.

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    • Andrew Leinonen

      I would much, much rather see Fuji start fresh with a mirrorless MF format with an integral back. A real modern digital camera unburdened with all the luggage that makes existing medium format cameras so clunky, even ones as streamlined as the Pentax 645Z.

      Not to mention, being mirrorless means you can use hundreds of old medium format lenses with adapters which takes away a lot of issues associated with starting a new system and the need for all the new lenses to be available at once…

      If Fuji wants to take any inspiration from their old cameras, it should be the form factor of the GA645 or a downscaled GM670, and stay far, far away from the GX645. No one needs another 44x33mm mirror slapping up and down…

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  3. Joseph Garza

    Yes Please I have been e-mailing Phottix and they told me that the Odin II will be out in the US in May. so please hurry.

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  4. Paddy McDougall

    Would love the Fuji rumour to be true…affordable prosumer MF…?

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I don’t think that’ll happen for many years.

      But at least with Fuji’s experience making the Hasselblad lenses, I’m sure they’ve got the know-how to make a great MF. I’m just not sure I’d ever expect it to be affordable.

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  5. Barry Chapman

    What’s the source for this Phottix “tease”? Not that it does much good without any real information but if you’re reporting on it there must have been a source.

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