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Katy Perry Gets Planetary-Themed Tattoo to Mark End of Witness Tour

Billboard.com - 1 hour 11 min ago
Katy Perry is wrapping up her latest world trek, and keeping with past tradition, she has gotten an end-of-tour tattoo to celebrate the occasion. To...
Categories: Music Industry

5 Reasons Why You Can't Miss Shakira's 'El Dorado' Tour

Billboard.com - 1 hour 55 min ago
Shakira’s fans are happy that the superstar has finally returned to the U.S. with this summer's El Dorado Tour, and on...
Categories: Music Industry

Watch Jennifer Lopez Talk MTV Video Vanguard Award & More on 'Tonight Show'

Billboard.com - 2 hours 8 min ago
Jennifer Lopez explained to Jimmy Fallon why she felt that it was time for her to return to romantic comedy when she stopped by The Tonight Show on...
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Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra Confirm Engagement With Lovestruck Photos

Billboard.com - 3 hours 1 min ago
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are officially engaged to be married. After much speculation, the couple confirmed the good news on Saturday (Aug. 18...
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Lucinda Williams, Salt-N-Pepa Pay Respects to Aretha Franklin at Detroit Concerts

Billboard.com - 3 hours 19 min ago
It was a night for Aretha Franklin tributes at a couple of major concert venues on Friday (Aug. 17) in the Queen of Soul's...
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4 Session Musicians Share Their Memories of Working With Aretha Franklin

Billboard.com - 3 hours 26 min ago
There isn’t a more definitive portion of the Aretha Franklin canon than the 12-LP run she enjoyed on Atlantic Records during her first six...
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Ariana Grande Breaks Down When Talking About New Manchester Tribute Song 'Get Well Soon': Watch

Billboard.com - 4 hours 16 min ago
Ariana Grande's new album, Sweetener, is finally here, and it features a track that has the singer working through her own trauma while trying to...
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Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9

DPReview.com - Latest News - 4 hours 46 min ago


85mm | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec | F2.8

The South Lake Union Block Party is pretty standard as far as block parties go these days; loud music and expensive beer in a vacant lot in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Over the course of putting the finishing touches on our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, I wanted to get some real-world autofocus experience to put our more formal testing into better context.

So, on a hot and hazy Seattle afternoon, I took the GX9 and Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8 lens down to see the band Acid Tongue, and exclusively used Touchpad AF and Tracking the entire time. Here's what I found.

All images in this article were shot with the GX9 and Lumix 35-100mm F2.8 and are processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Tracking technique

47mm | F2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

Touchpad AF on the GX9 allows you to drag your finger around the screen to move your AF point while the camera's viewfinder is up to your eye. This is great for quickly moving around a single area, but I also found it's a great way to take advantage of the sticky AF tracking that the GX9 is capable of.

Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were

If you're using tracking while composing via the rear LCD, you simply tap on what you want to track; to disengage tracking, you have to hit the 'Menu / Set' button, or you can tap elsewhere on the screen to track another subject instead.

When you use tracking with the electronic viewfinder, you can use Touchpad AF to move the area over the subject you want to track, and half-press to initiate autofocus. You can then re-compose at will, with an AF box tenaciously tracking your chosen subject. Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were.

100mm | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

Since you can't simply tap the screen to change subjects when using the electronic viewfinder, I found another way of working: dragging on the rear screen automatically disengages tracking, and once you place the area over a new subject and release your thumb, it begins tracking that new subject. Pretty neat.

While you may be able to get similar results by just moving a single area around with the Touchpad and ignoring tracking altogether, I tend to like using tracking in these scenarios to allow me more compositional freedom - and if the subject moves erratically to another point in the frame, the camera will help me keep up and get more images that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

It's not perfect

51mm | ISO 200 | 1/1300 sec | F2.8

As always with autofocus tracking, there are times when it doesn't quite work. When subjects move from bright light to shadow, the tracking algorithm can sometimes get tripped up and shoot off to the background, or simply fail to focus on anything at all. Additionally, there is some shot-to-shot lag in the GX9 that can make it difficult to follow your subjects.

The GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images as opposed to bursts

So why not simply shoot bursts then? Well, we've found in our testing that the GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images compared to bursts (stay tuned for the autofocus page in our full review for the details). So I made a call to take the shot-to-shot lag and impressive focus accuracy over shooting bursts with a lower hit rate.

The wrap

100mm | ISO 200 | 1/1600 sec | F2.8

The GX9 was a really good companion for this type of event. Paired with the Lumix 35-100mm F2.8, I had a compact, responsive package that wasn't all that conspicuous, but I had plenty of reach and ended up with far better image quality than, say, a 1"-type superzoom. Of course, this combo can't quite match up to a full-frame DSLR and a 70-200mm F2.8 lens, but that's not really the point here.

Sure, the GX9 wouldn't be my first choice for critical, action-oriented work (and Panasonic makes higher-end models for that sort of purpose anyway). But for the casual user who wants a small, stylish camera and wants to occasionally photograph a concert or sporting event for fun, the GX9 is easily up to the task.

Categories: Equipment

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Remembering Aretha Franklin's Record-Setting Achievements & More

Billboard.com - 4 hours 46 min ago
Travis Scott rules the charts this week, as the rapper's latest album Astroworld opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 ...
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Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards

DPReview.com - Latest News - 5 hours 46 min ago

The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced the winners of its 2018-19 awards, with Sony doing particularly well and coming away with five of the eighteen prizes. The Camera of the Year award went to the Sony a7 III, while the a7R III took Professional Mirrorless Camera of the Year and the Cyber-shot RX10 IV bridge camera came away with the award for the best superzoom model.

The prize for the best mirrorless camera went to the Fujifilm X-H1 and the Canon EOS M50 was the recipient of a new award for Best Buy Camera. Nikon’s D850 deservedly won Professional DSLR of the Year so the Canon EOS 6D Mark II took the DSLR title.

Three of the lens awards went to models designed for the Sony system, with the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GN OSS and FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM being joined by Tamron’s 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD in the mirrorless sector. Canon and Nikon took a DSLR lens award each for the EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM and the Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F4 TC1.4 FL ED VR, while Tamron and Sigma took Tele Zoom and Zoom awards for their 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD and 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM I Art lenses.

Best Photo Video Camera went to the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s, the Photo Innovation prize went to the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI and the 40MP sensor of the Huawei P20 Pro was one of the factors that won it the Best Smartphone award.

We suspect that some readers might be at odds with the decisions made by the EISA Photo Expert Group and will feel that some very good products have been overlooked, so it would be interesting to hear what you all think should have won each award. Remember, EISA only picks products launched in the year up to the end of May 2018.

For more information, and to see all the awards, visit the EISA website.

Categories: Equipment

Lali Esposito Talks New Album, 'Brava,' & Track by Track Review

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:56pm
Lali is resting in Ibiza after her last sold-out shows in Miami and Tel Aviv. She also stopped by Madrid, where she got tons of promotion supported...
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Ariana Grande & Her Nonna Dance to 'Get Well Soon' From 'Sweetener' in Adorable New Video: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:53pm
Ariana Grande knows her number one fan is her Nonna, so of course she had to play her some tracks off her new album, Sweetener. In a black-and-white...
Categories: Music Industry

Nicki Minaj Says There Was Almost a Drake Collab on 'Queen'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:12pm
Nicki Minaj had a few link-ups on her new smash album, Queen, including Ariana Grande, Eminem and Lil Wayne. However, a collaboration...
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Justin Bieber Loved 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Directed by Jon M. Chu of 'Believe' Film

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:30pm
Justin Bieber is always glad to support his colleagues. The pop star saw the silver screen's latest rom-com, Crazy Rich Asians, and took to...
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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Hamilton' Cast Album Hits 150 Weeks on Chart

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:23pm
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 18), Travis Scott’s Astroworld launched at No. 1 with 2018’s second-largest week for...
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Pentagon Talk Songwriting, Teamwork & More at KCON 2018 LA: Watch

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:08pm
K-pop boy band Pentagon appeared at KCON 2018 LA last weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center, and on Aug. 12 performed...
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Documentary on Rihanna's Life & Career Will Reportedly Release This Year

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:03pm
In 2016, director Peter Berg announced an exciting new documentary he's working on about Rihanna. However, not much more information had been...
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Deven Davis, Wife of Korn's Jonathan Davis, Dies at 39

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:59pm
Deven Davis, the wife of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, has died. She was 39. A rep has issued a statement via email on behalf of Jonathan...
Categories: Music Industry

Smokey Robinson Talks His Longtime Friend Aretha Franklin: 'Aretha Was My Ace'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:58pm
Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin grew up together in a Detroit neighborhood that raised a number of music's brightest stars,...
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Pharrell on Working With Ariana Grande on 'Sweetener': 'She Really Unzipped'

Billboard.com - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:34pm
Ariana Grande's new album Sweetener dropped on Friday (Aug. 17) and it's possibly her most openhearted yet. The songs delve...
Categories: Music Industry