by Kevin Alexander | 19th May 2015
Today Panasonic announced a new camera, and it’s a bombshell. The Panasonic G7, like its big brother the GH4, shoots 4K video… at a whopping introductory price of $800. But just how does the G7 compare to the GH4? Well, besides the ability to record 4K there are some similarities. Both are Micro Four Thirds cameras. Both have an ISO range of 200 – 25600 (Extended range is 100 – 25600). And both use SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. But for half the price it’s obvious that the G7 won’t have all of the features of the GH4: Panasonic G7 vs GH4 4K Video: The G7 will not record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). It can handle UltraHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30fps (100Mbps). File Formats: No .MOV recording. The G7 only records to MP4 and AVCHD. Video System: PAL or NTSC recording (region restricted. Not a world camera) Bit Rates: 100 Mbps max bit rate. The GH4 can record up to 200 Mbps on some file formats Video Clip Length: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds is the max recording time. The GH4 can record for up to 220 minutes. Shutter: The G7 is a mirrorless camera and features an electronic shutter for silent recording. It also has a mechanical shutter like DSLR’s. Other Video Features: The G7 does have Cinelike D and V picture styles like the GH4, but does not have other professional features like timecode, colour bars, audio tones, zebras or headphone jack. There are a couple of other features about the G7 worth noting. It weighs 14.64 oz, has an OLED viewfinder, a flip out 3 inch LCD screen, an internal mic and external mic input, and a 4K burst photo mode that can shoot 8 MP stills at 30 fps for up to 29 min. 59 sec. This camera lacks some of the features that makes the GH4 so attractive. But it’s still an amazing camera, especially when you consider the price point. The G7 with 14-42mm lens (35mm equivalent: 28-84mm) will sell at roughly $800. Another kit with a 14-140mm lens (28-280mm) will sell for around $1100. So, a 4K video camera that weighs less than 1 pound and costs less than $1000. This looks to be a great option for those looking to buy their first camera, but also a good B camera for those already shooting on the GH4. The camera is expected to ship at the end of June. For now, check out this video shot on the G7: Specs Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds Pixels: 16 MP File Formats: MP4, AVCHD Memory Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC Video System: NTSC or PAL (region restricted) Video Format (for NTSC region): UltraHD MP4 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps) 3840 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps) High Definition MP4 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (20 Mbps) High Definition MP4 1280 x 720p / 30 fps (10 Mbps) Standard Definition MP4 640 x 480p / 30 fps (4 Mbps) High Definition AVCHD 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps) High Definition AVCHD 1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps) Video Clip Length: Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds Audio Recording: Built-in Mic, Optional External Mic Display Screen: 3″ LCD Touchscreen Swivel ISO: Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600) Weight: 14.64 ozRead more
by Johnnie Behiri | 16th September 2014
It is still a bit early to know if the good got better but one thing is for sure, the new Panasonic LX100 with its four/thirds sensor size and 4K resolution for video recording is an interesting camera to consider when lightweight traveling, aerial shooting or low-key filming is required. The other interesting achievement in this camera is its lens. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX F1.7-F2.8 lens, with a zoom range of 24-75mm (35mm camera equivalent) is suitable for all kinds of shooting. The LUMIX LX100 comes with new focus options such as a manual focus ring and a newly developed auto focus system. The camera offers high quality video recording in 4K 3840×2160 at 30/25 fps in MP4; as well as high-resolution Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 50p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. A dedicated button on the top of the camera’s body lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos, meaning you can always capture the moment as it happens. The LX100 also offers ‘4KPhoto mode’ which allows users to easily capture a still image from 4K video footage shot on the camera. Panasonic LX100 introduction video: Panasonic LX100 sample footage (try watching it in 4K): Expected availability: Beginning of November 2014Read more
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