lumix hacktopia

This quote from the Vimeo description says it all: No noise, no banding, no compression. Higher bitrate than the Canon 5D Mark II.

I first saw this reported on Philip Bloom’s blog, then Prep Shoot Post, and now this morning on Engadget.  Engadget reports the main trouble now is that Tester 13’s firmware uncovers too many options: users are trying out different configurations to maximize quality without bumping into the camera’s buffer limitations. The current flavors of choice include 50Mbps MJPEG at 1080p (the stock camera caps out at 720p in MJPEG), to be augmented by 32Mbps AVCHD when the crazy high-end MJPEG causes the camera to buffer overflow.

So what does all this mean?  Firstly, it means you owe it to yourself to take a peak at all the hacking hubbub (and of course the Panasonic Lumix GH1).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Digital Camera (Black) with 14-140mm Lens

Secondly, it means that the cat is out of the bag, man.  If it’s possible to make a firmware upgrade to the GH1 of this magnitude, layman common sense tells this blogger at the very least the 5dmarkii should see a firmware update coming that increases the bit rate of the recording format substantially.  I’d take smooth gradient skylines in 422 color space over 720p60 any day of the week.  Then again, who’s to say we can’t have our low light cake and over crank it too?

proactively • loving the wonderful world of firmware hacks and all the possibilities they entail • peter

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s new rules

None of the manufacturers listed above are paying Peter Salvia to write this article and, so far, none have sent him any samples or demonstration items.  Peter is a B&H Sales Affiliate and receives a commission from items linked to B&H and purchased through this site.  Oh yeah, and he’s an Apple Certified Trainer so you can derive his bias for yourself.


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