For those of you that have been following the GH-2 hacks etc., Vitaliy just announced he and the development team from his site personal-view.com have "partnered" officially with Panasonic. What this means I don't know exactly but he's giving hints on what will be coming out after NAB. There will be some kind of new firmware upgrade that will affect 60% video and 40% stills. If you don't already know....this camera is a little monster. The latest fix to the hack by Nick driftwood basically eliminates any blockiness that you'd typically see from 4:2:0 video and makes it looks (as some would say) as close to 4:2:2 as you can possibly get. You'd have to see it for yourselves to appreciate the image.
But now...this announcement from Vitaliy (which really comes as no suprise) has got me wondering...."what's next?" One might immediately think something negative...like Panasonic has bought him out and hired him or something. But he makes it perfectly clear....he does not work for Panasonic...only "partnering" with them. One thing I do anticipate however is some sort of picture profile like Canon cameras. I say this because someone asked the question and this was his response:
Q " Any word on Picture profiles in the 2.0 firmware?"
A Can't talk prior NAB much. But can give you a clue. You won't call them Picture profiles in v2.0."
I have a feeling that we will probably see much more powerful user settings that can help us to get a more..."cinematic" look to the image. I say this because one of his responses was this:
Already working on firmware v2.0 changes.
Some companies will be very upset with their $5000 cameras.
You can follow the ever growing discussion here on his site: