Interview with Panasonic about the new L-Mount Alliance

Lesnumeriques interviewed Panasonic’s Yosuke Yamade about the new L-Mount Alliance. Here is a recap from 43addict:

  • Considered Full Frame 24×36 8 years ago, but at the time there were technical and logistical problems
  • Sony launched their full frame 24×36 cameras five years ago
  • Panasonic felt ready to take on 24×36 full frame two years ago but was worried their 17 years of Lumix wouldn’t be enough to support the system.
  • They looked for partners to help them respect their customers and make their digital full frame more attractive
  • Leica was obvious since they were involved in Lumix since 2001, but they have also had a technological partnership for the past 4 years now.
  • Panasonic was very involved in the design of L-Mount.
  • Sigma was taped for their reputation for high-end products and the things Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma was passionate about
  • Sigma and Panasonic have a similar philosophy
  • Panasonic brought Sigma and Leica to the table to form the alliance
  • Olympus wasn’t included because their visions are diverging from where they were ten years ago
  • The S1R is big because it provides a good balance between grip, resistance and size
  •  The alliance only concerns the L-mount and its communication system so Sigma can do Foveon without issue
  • Panasonic is working on artificial intelligence for photography and video
  • For AF you have to consider where to focus, how far the subject is from the camera, and the accuracy of the focus
  • DFD technology considers how far the subject is from the camera, and the accuracy of the focus
  • Where to focus is the area that AI can improve
  • AI improves AFing eyes on a face and animals in motion
  • Still working on figuring out 8k for 2020
  • The Panasonic CM1 is dead
  • Panasonic will try to protect the m43 market

Via Lesnumeriques

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