April 5th, 2016

Panasonic Launches GX85, Ditches Low Pass Filter, Doubles Stabilization

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Panasonic’s new Lumix GX85 interchangeable lens camera is a budget minded little brother of last year’s GX80 that still manages to deliver a few new tricks.

The camera features a 16-megapixel MOS sensor with no low pass filter, the first time the company has released a camera without one. With the low pass filter kicked to the curb, the camera enjoys a 10 percent improvement in resolving power compared to older models, Panasonic said. Moire suppression is handled by the camera’s processor.

As with all new Panasonic cameras, the GX85 boasts 4K video recording and several 4K Photo modes that help users isolate 8-megapixel still images from 4K clips. Also new is a Post Focus mode that takes a burst of 49 8-megapixel stills with different focus points across the camera’s 49 AF points. When reviewing the footage, users can select what part of the image they want in focus and choose that still–or, save the entire series of images.

The camera features a 4K Live Cropping mode that lets you record a 4K video and then pan or zoom across the footage Ken Burns-style in playback. The final video will be delivered in HD, not 4K.

The GX5 uses a dual optical image stabilization system that combines in-body and in-lens correction (on select Lumix G I.O.S. lenses). The result is up to 4 stops of image correction, per CIPA standards. According to Panasonic, the dual image stabilization delivers better results than simply using in-camera stabilization, particularly at the telephoto end.

Additional features include:

  • A 3-inch tillable display – up 80 degree, down 45 degrees.
  • 2.7 million dot resolution EVF
  • 8 fps burst with AF locked on first frame or 6 fps with continuous AF
  • Wi-Fi
  • an electromagnetic shutter that reduces shutter shock by 10 percent to improve sharpness
  • RAW shooting
  • ISO range of 100-25,600

It’s due in May and will retail for $800 with a 12-32mm kit lens (there’s no body-only pricing option at this time).  It is available for pre-order now.

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January 6th, 2016

CES 2016: Panasonic Intros Longest Zoom for Micro Four Thirds Yet


Panasonic aims to bring cinema-style video techniques into the hands of more users with a new high-end camcorder introduced at CES. The company also introduced a pair of advanced compact cameras and a new 100-400mm f/4-6.3 telephoto lens–the longest focal length available for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Let’s take the lens first. The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH offers a 200-800mm 35mm equivalent focal length and power optical image stabilization. It features nine aperture blades and a gapless construction to keep moisture and dust from penetrating the lens body.

It boasts a new, two-part tripod mount to quickly switch from landscape to portrait framing without moving key controls like focus limiting, power OIS and manual focus. It also features an integrated, hideaway lens hood. It ships in April for $1,800.



The ZS100 boasts a 20-megapixel, 1-inch image sensor and an f/2.8 Vario Elmarit Leica zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-250mm (the aperture is variable and stops down to f/5.9 at the end of the focal length).

It uses Panasonic’s Venus engine processor with the same noise reduction processing that’s found in more advanced models such as the GH4. The native ISO range is 100-12,800.

You can record 4K video (3840×2160) at either 24 or 30fps and take advantage of Panasonic’s 4K photo modes to isolate 8-megapixel still images from 4K video clips. It can also record a rapid sequence of 4K clips at varying focus points to create an image file that can be refocused, in camera, after it’s been captured.

Two new 4K features have also been introduced on this camera that take advantage of the abundant pixels. The first is Light Composition mode, which compiles multiple 4K stills to properly balance exposure. The second is 4K Live Cropping, which allows you to crop a 4K video down to an HD file in-camera. The cropping function allows users to pan within a video (Ken Burns-style) or zoom in on a subject without having to manually adjust the focal length during filming.

Additional features include:

  • high-speed AF with depth-to-defocus technology
  • high-resolution live viewfinder with adjustable saturation, brightness and contrast
  • 3-inch touch LCD display
  • control ring and two customizable dials
  • in-camera RAW processing
  • Wi-Fi
  • 10 fps burst shooting, 5fps with AF engaged
  • 1/16,000 sec. electronic shutter
  • 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization

The ZS100 ships in March for $700 and is available for pre-order now.


Also due in March is the ZS60. It packs an 18-megapixel image sensor that’s smaller, at 1/2.3-inches than the ZS100 to accommodate a longer 24-720mm equivalent zoom lens.

The ZS60 records 4K video with the aforementioned 4K photo modes, 4K live cropping and post focusing capability.

Additional specs include:

  • 10fps burst mode or 5fps with AF tracking engaged
  • Wi-Fi
  • 5 axis hybrid image stabilization system
  • 3-inch touch screen display with touch focusing
  • control ring

The ZS60 ships in March for $450 and is available for pre-order now.


Finally, Panasonic launched a high-end video camera that aims to bring some of its 4K cropping features into the hands of student filmmakers, videographers and the ambitious soccer mom/dad.

The WXF991 records 4K video at 24 or 30 fps via an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated image sensor. It has a 20x optical zoom lens with 5-axis image stabilization.

In addition to 4K photo mode, Panasonic incorporate several scene modes that use the extra pixels in the 4K video to create cinematic camera movements without the user having to physically move the camera (the resulting video will be delivered in HD). The camera can stabilize a 4K video by cropping out the edges to deliver smooth video that resembles a shot taken with a Steadicam. It can create a dolly zoom effect, pan across a scene, or speed up/slow down footage–all in camera, after the video has been recorded.


An HDR movie feature captures 30 frames of over exposed video, 30 frames of under exposed video in succession then combines the resulting frames into a single, properly exposed HD video.

The camera also incorporates a high-resolution, tilting EVF and Wi-Fi.

The WXF 991 ships in march for $1,000 and is available for pre-order now.

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July 16th, 2015

Panasonic GX8, FZ300 Deliver 4K Recording, Faster Processing While Company Eyes Focus-Free Future


Panasonic continues to expand the number of 4K cameras in its arsenal with the introduction of the new GX8 and FZ300. Beyond the new models, Panasonic said it was prepping a Lytro-like “post focus” capability for its new cameras that would leverage 4K recording and touch screens to allow users to adjust the focus point after capture. New lenses, too, are also in the works.

Let’s start with the cameras.


In addition to 4K video, the Micro Four Thirds-based GX8 is the first in Panasonic’s lineup to offer a dual image stabilizer–one for the camera body, the other for the lens–that work in tandem to combat camera shake at all focal lengths. According to Panasonic, most of its image-stabilized lenses will be able to work with the new dual stabilizer system in the GX8. When filming videos, the GX8 will employ a 5-axis hybrid stabilization that combines sensor shifting and digital corrections and is similar to the system used in the company’s video cameras.

The GX8 features a new 20.3-megapixel image sensor and quad-core Venus Engine CPU to drive continuous shooting at 8 frames per second in AFS mode and 6 fps in AFC mode. Dynamic range has been improved by a 1/3 stop over its predecessor, the GX7.

Like most recent Panasonic cameras, the GX8 will record 4K video (3840x2160p30) as well as 1920x1080p60 video in either AVCHD Progressive or MP4. Similar to the G7, the GX8 features a 4K Photo Mode that lets users shoot 4K video in any aspect ratio and isolate an 8-megapixel clip from a 4K video file during playback. According to Panasonic, the virtue of using 4K Photo Mode versus simply grabbing stills from 4K video is the ability to change aspect ratios and the faster shutter speed of 1/500 sec. that keeps 4K Photo Mode stills in sharper focus than 4K video frame grabs. The color range is also wider in 4K Photo Mode than it is during 4K video capture.


There will be three new 4K photo modes in the GX8.

A 4K Burst Shooting mode captures frames at 30fps for the duration of your shutter press (up to 4GB worth of data). A 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) mode starts consecutive shooting with a single press of a shutter button and stops it with the second press. Finally, a 4K Pre-burst mode automatically records 30 frames before and 30 frames after your shutter press for a total of 60 4K video frames to choose from.

Other features of the GX8 include:

* a tilting OLED Live Viewfinder with a magnification ratio of 1.54X and a 100 percent field of view

* a free-angle 3-inch OLED touch screen display

* 240 fps Contrast AF system with DFD (depth from defocus) technology that calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens to deliver a .07 sec. AF speed

* 49 AF points

* 1/8000 mechanical shutter speed and a 1/16,000 sec. electronic shutter

* improved low-light focusing down to -4EV with a Starlight AF mode to help users shoot stars in the night sky using autofocus by narrowing the AF zone

* Wi-Fi and NFC

* weather proof magnesium alloy die cast frame

* in-camera RAW processing

* focus peaking

The GX8 is due to ship in mid-August in two versions: all black and a model with a silver top with a black bottom for $1,200 (body only).

The FZ300


Panasonic also rolled out the successor to the FZ200. The new FZ300 delivers a similar optical package with a 25-600mm f/2.8 built-in lens with optical image stabilization and adds 4K recording and a new Venus Engine image processor to improve ISO sensitivity to a max of ISO 6400.

The FZ300 features a 12-megapixel image sensor, 4K video recording and the same 4K Photo modes as the GX8 above.

You can frame your compositions through a 1,440K-dot OLED LVF with a 100 percent field of view when shooting in 4:3.

Additional features of the FZ300 include:

* 3-inch, free angle LCD

* 12 fps continuous shooting in AFS mode or 6 fps in AFC

* .09 sec. AF speed with DFD technology

* low light focusing down to -3EV

* Wi-Fi

* 5-axis hybrid stabilizer for HD video recording

* focus peaking

* in-camera RAW processing

The FZ300 will ship in mid-October for $600.

Coming Soon: Post Focus Mode

According to Panasonic, a new Post Focus mode will leverage a 4K burst mode to compile multiple exposures which a user would then use to freely determine a focus point in the frame using a touch screen. Post Focus mode will come to both the GX8 and FZ300 later this year via a firmware update as well as future models not yet announced by the company.


Beyond the focusing capabilities, Panasonic also said it was working with Leica to develop a Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 telephoto lens for its Micro Four Thirds lineup. The lens would offer a 35mm equivalent focal length of 200-800mm and a dust and splash-proof build. Panasonic said its light weight and image stabilization would allow for handheld shooting out to the very end of the focal length.

The company is also prepping a Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 prime lens. Release date and additional specs for both lenses are not yet available. Product photography is preliminary.


April 14th, 2015

Panasonic Will Give GH4 New Tricks, Adds 4K Video Camera, New Action Cam at NAB


AG-DVX200Panasonic hit NAB with an update to its GH4 mirrorless camera plus a new point-of-view camera and preview of a new video camera we can expect to see in the fall.

With a Version 2.2 firmware update at the end of this month, the GH4 will be able to record anamorphic video content to mimic the widescreen, cinemascope aspect ratios used by cinematographers. With the new firmware, GH4 owners will have be able to shoot in 4:3 Anamorphic Mode to capture video at  3328×2496 at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps.

The GH4 will also get a faster electronic shutter speed with the new firmware, maxing out at 1/16,000 sec. after it’s installed.

Panasonic will also launch a new 4K camera in the fall. The AG-DVX200 (pictured above) is a fixed lens camcorder with a new Four Thirds CMOS image sensor capable of 12 stops of dynamic range.

The DV200 will record 4K (4096×2160) at 24 fps as well as UHD (3840×2160) at up to 60 fps and HD up to 120 fps in either MP4 / MOV file formats to a pair of SD cards.

According to Panasonic, the DVX200 will feature the same tonality and colorimetry as the company’s VariCam lineup.

On the optics front, you’ll find a 13X Leica Dicomar f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens with three manual rings for focus, iris and zoom. The lens uses a five-axis hybrid image stabilizer to keep footage blur-free. Additional features include time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outputs.

Panasonic plans to ship the DVX200 in the fall for under $5,000.

A1_Slant1_DPanasonic also launched a new point-of-view action camera. The New HX-A1 is an HD camera weighing in at a svelte 1.6 ounces. It’s waterproof to a depth of 5 feet without a housing, shockproof up to 5 feet and freezeproof.

It features built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and image sharing via a mobile device. It can also send a video stream to Panasonic’s W970 and W870 camcorders to merge its video in a sub-window with footage captured by either of the two conventional camcorders.

A loop recording function enables continuous recording by erasing earlier clips after you’ve recorded for more than an hour. You can shoot up to 120 fps at 848×480 or up to 60 fps at 1280×720. Full HD is captured at 30 fps.

When connected to a computer via USB, the A1 can double as a webcam. Pricing and availability were not announced.


January 7th, 2015

The New Memory Cards of CES 2015


Spare a moment for the humble memory card. While they certainly don’t get top billing at CES–how can they when socks now warm themselves–they remain an invaluable photographic tool. CES saw several new memory cards announcements.

And here they are:

Lexar launched 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards for use in action cams, smartphones and other devices needing the tiny card format. The 1000x U3 cards boast read speeds of up to 150MB/s and will be sold in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities for $60, $110 and $190, respectively.

They’re due in the first quarter of 2015 and will be backwards compatible with UHS-I cameras/readers and non-UHS-I devices, though performance will dip to Class 10 speeds.


Toshiba has updated its FlashAir wireless SD card. Now on its third generation, the Class 10-rated FlashAir III creates its own wireless LAN access point, allowing up to seven devices to access the card’s contents remotely. New photo sharing and image management features let you access the card’s contents from a web browser and, thanks to its Internet pass-thru capability, lets you access both the card and the Internet on your home or office router.

Images can be transferred from the card to other devices directly using the card’s Wi-Fi access point. Smartphone and tablet users can connect to the card to view or transfer images using the free FlashAir app for Android and iOS devices.

The FlashAir III ships in March in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $80 and $100, respectively.

Panasonic Memory CardsPanasonic will update its line of 4K-capable UHS-I type SDXC/SDHC memory cards with a maximum read speed of 95MB/s and a maximum write speed of 90MB/s. The cards will now be available in capacities from 32GB to 128GB. Pricing and availability were not announced.

Eye-Fi will extend its cloud offering beyond memory cards thanks to a new partnership with Olympus. The two will bring the Eyefi Cloud online photo sharing and management service to Wi-Fi-enabled Olympus cameras.

Olympus cameras that support the service will automatically upload images to the Eyefi Cloud where they can be viewed by others using the Eyefi Cloud app. Supported cameras were not announced.

Eyefi Cloud is a subscription-based service and Olympus camera owners will get an extended free trial plus discounted subscriptions when Eyefi Cloud integration goes live sometime later this year.

January 6th, 2015

Smartphone Photography Advances at CES 2015 as Kodak, Panasonic Hit U.S. Market


While high-end camera announcements have been few and far between at CES, smartphone vendors kept things exciting with new phones that push the smartphone photography envelope.

Panasonic disclosed that its Lumix CM1, originally announced at Photokina for European markets, will be coming to the U.S., though pricing and carrier availability were not announced.

Like Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, the CM1 fuses an Android smartphone with some serious photography parts. How serious? How about a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, the same one found in the company’s FZ1000 camera and a huge upgrade to the tiny sensors crammed into even the highest-end smartphones.

There’s also a 28mm, f/2.8 Leica lens with a manual ring to adjust aperture, ISO, focus and shutter speed. The CM1 has a mechanical shutter and offers DSLR-style shutter priority, aperture priority and manual exposure modes too.

Not to be outdone, it can also record 4K video at 15 frames per second (fps) or 1920 x 1080 video at 30fps.

As far as its smartphone parts, the phone runs Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) on a 2.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. While the lens juts out of the phone body more prominently than most phones, the overall package is just .8 inches thick, which is slimmer than the Galaxy Camera’s 1.4-inch waistline.


Asus also trotted out what it dubbed was the world’s thinnest Android smartphone with a 3x optical zoom lens. The 13-megapixel ZenFone Zoom features a 10-element lens with an aperture range of f/2.7-4.8 and optical image stabilization. It measures in at .47-inches thick at its thickest point. The phone uses a laser autofocus system and boasts an HD display that’s 5.5-inches in size.

No firm word on when the ZenFone Zoom will hit stores but it’s said to retail for $400.

Announcing the KODAK IM5 Smartphone: Simplifying the Smartphone Experience

Kodak (yes, them) has also thrown its hat into the smartphone fray in conjunction with the Bullitt Group. The 1.7GHz Kodak IM5 will be an Android-based phone with a 13-megapixel image sensor and on-board photo editing software for tweaking, sharing and printing images. It features a microSD card slot, its own apps store, and a 5-inch HD display.

No word on pricing but the Bullitt Group said the phone will start its journey to end-users in Europe in the second quarter with worldwide availability thereafter.

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Finally, Lenovo introduced its Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash for illuminating your mobile self portraits. The Xtension plugs into your phone’s audio jack and uses eight diffused LEDs to shed light on your visage. Lenovo says the $30 flash is good for 100 flashes per charge and that it will offer 100 percent sync with your phone.




January 5th, 2015

Panasonic CES 2015 Digicams: Zooming In, Getting Tough

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Panasonic pulled back the curtain on several long zoom compact cameras and a pair of rugged waterproof models at CES 2015.

The Lumix DMC-SZ10 features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens (24mm wide angle equivalent).  It features a 2.7-inch flip-up display, 720p HD video capture, 15 creative filters, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The SZ10 will retail for $200.

The DMC-ZS45 swaps the 16-megapixel CCD sensor for a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a longer 20x optical zoom lens (24-480mm, 35mm equivalent). You’ll find a 1.04m dot, 3-inch tilting LCD, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and 1080/30p HD video recording.

The ZS45 will retail for $300.

Rounding out the long zoom compact line is the ZS50 with a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 30x optical zoom (24-720mm, 35mm equivalent) Leica lens with an aperture range of f/3.3-6.4 and a control ring on the lens for controlling exposure and zoom. The lens is kept steady using the company’s 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S. Videos can be recorded up to 1080/60p in the AVCHD progressive codec.

The ZS50 will support still photography in both RAW and JPEG image formats. In addition to a 3-inch display, the camera will offer a .2-inch Live View Finder with an eye sensor. It also features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and will retail for $400.

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Panasonic also updated its lineup of rugged point-and-shoots with the new Lumix TS6 and TS30.

The $300 TS6 can be submerged in up to 43 feet of water, dropped from as high as 6.6 feet, is dust proof and can withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure. It features a 16-megapixel image sensor, 3-inch display, built-in GPS, a 4.6x optical Leica lens (28-128mm, 35mm equivalent) and 1080/60p HD video recording. You’ll also find a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC plus a compass and altimeter.

The 16-megapixel TS30 can’t take as much of a beating as the TS6–it’s rated for dives as deep as 26 feet underwater and falls from as high as five feet. The $180 TS30 features a 4x optical zoom lens (25mm, 35mm equivalent) plus a 2.7-inch LCD and 12 creative filters.

September 15th, 2014

Photokina 2014: Panasonic Intros Lumix LX100 and GM5 (Hands-on Preview)



Panasonic pulled back the curtain on an advanced Lumix compact camera at Photokina 2014. The Lumix LX100 is the first point-and-shoot with a 1.33-inch Micro Four Thirds image sensor and borrows many features from Panasonic’s high-end head turner, the GH4, including 4K video recording at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second (fps).

Beyond 4K video recording, the LX100 looks to be fast too, with a burst mode of 11fps. It uses the same contrast AF sensor that’s found in the GH4 which, along with the company’s Depth from Defocus technology, gives the LX100 the ability to lock AF in .14 seconds and track AF during 5fps burst shooting. Native ISO ranges from 200-25,600 and can be pushed down to 100.

The LX100 sports a bright f/1.7 lens with a focal range of 24-75mm. According to Panasonic, the lens has been so precisely engineered that they guarantee the lens elements are centered to within 3 micro-meters. There’s a 3-inch tilting LCD and a 2,764-dot live viewfinder, plus Wi-Fi and NFC for wirelessly pairing with mobile devices. Panasonic’s arsenal of creative effects can now be applied to images when shooting in A/S/M mode as well.

4K Photo Mode

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the new camera is its 4K Photo Mode. The mode lets you isolate an 8-megapixel still image during 4K recording by hitting the function button. When set to 4K Photo Mode, the LX100 sets picture quality and brightness settings that are ideal for still images and users can choose the aspect ratio they want to record in (4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1). The images are saved as JPEGs with complete EXIF data for each file. The new mode can be used in conjunction with a 4K loop record function that saves the last five 2-minute video clips so you can let the camera roll as you wait for the perfect photo op without devouring all your memory card space.

Panasonic is pitching the feature to portrait photographers in particular as a means of finding the perfect pose for a squirming subject, using still frames plucked from video instead of burst mode to stay on top of the action.

4K Photo Mode will also be available on the GH4 thanks to a firmware upgrade that Panasonic will roll out in October. The new firmware will also give the GH4 the ability to shoot tethered via USB and allow for more control over ISO during video recording.

DSC_0275Back to the LX100. Using the larger sensor, Panasonic was able to implement its Multi Aspect Ratio technology which lets you use various crops of the sensor as you adjust aspect ratio. So while the LX100’s sensor is significantly larger than the 1-inch sensor found on advanced compact cameras from Sony and others, the effective area depends on the aspect ratio you choose and is, at its largest, about 1.5 times larger than a 1-inch sensor (which is still a nice size for a camera this svelte).

We had the opportunity to get a brief hands-on with the camera and were impressed above all with its depth of field capabilities. The combination of the f/1.7 lens (which has nine aperture blades too) with the large sensor produces a very shallow depth of field  for a compact camera. While we didn’t have a chance to dim the lights and crank the ISO, we suspect it will hold up very well in low light environments as well.

Speaking of light, Panasonic decided to skip the pop-up flash on the LX100 but will bundle an accessory flash with the camera. There’s an aperture ring on the lens but no mode dial (you can pop into iAuto using a dedicated button on top of the camera and choose from Panasonic’s effects via a dedicated filter button, also atop the body). The construction is magnesium alloy, giving this advanced compact some reassuring heft when you hold it. There are dials on the top of the camera for setting shutter speed and exposure compensation.

The LX100 ships in November for $899.



Panasonic also announced the Lumix DMC-GM5 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera at Photokina.

The 16-megapixel GM5 sports a live viewfinder with 100 percent color reproduction and 100 percent field of view with a resolution of 1,166k dots.  A new Face/Eye Detection autofocus mode will debut on the GM5 and other AF modes, such as Pinpoint, Low Light and One-Shot, are also available for your focusing pleasure. Touch focus is available using the 3-inch touch screen display.

The GM5 can burst at up to 5.8fps with AF tracking engaged to an unlimited number of JPEGs or seven RAW image files. The maximum shutter speed is 1/16,000 and the ISO reaches 25600.

You won’t find 4K on the GM5 but it will deliver 1080/60p HD recording in either AVCHD progressive or MP4 formats with AF tracking available during movie recording. Manual exposure control is available during movie mode as well. Panasonic is rolling out a new “Snap Movie Mode” in the GM5 that lets you record short clips of between 2 and 8 seconds that can be stitched in camera with a number of creative effects and transitions to create longer video montages.

It will include Wi-Fi but no NFC. Like the LX100, the GM5 won’t feature a pop-up flash but Panasonic will bundle an accessory flash in the camera’s box.

Look for the GM5 in November for $899.



New Lens

Panasonic also launched a new lens, the G 14m f/2.5 ASPH is a Micro Four Thirds lens with a 28mm equivalent fixed focal length.

Due in November, the lens uses a stepping motor for quiet autofocus and a seven bladed diaphragm. It will cost $399.

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February 6th, 2014

Panasonic Unveils 4K-Shooting Lumix GH4 Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera

Panasonic-GH4_H_HS12035_slant_LED1_BGGH3Photographers who also aspire to be cutting edge cinematographers can get the best of both worlds with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, which is the world’s first mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera with 4K video capture.

Panasonic just introduced the Lumix GH4 ahead of the big CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014 in Japan next week, where it will join several intriguing new cameras. (Yesterday, Pentax announced that its newest 645D medium format camera with a CMOS sensor will also be on display at CP+)

Panasonic first teased the 16-megapixel GH4 at the CES show in Las Vegas last month, showing off a prototype of the 4K-shooting camera under glass. We were able to snap a stealthy photo of the camera during the show.

The new Panasonic Lumix GH4 looks similar to its predecessor, the GH3, which was introduced at photokina 2014 and also used a 16MP sensor.

Under the hood though, the GH4 is a whole new animal, with a newly developed 16.05MP “Digital Live MOS sensor” designed to not only capture 4K video, but reduce the wobbly “rolling shutter” effect you can get when you pan too aggressively with a CMOS-based camera. This is key because rolling shutter can be even more pronounced in ultra-crisp 4K video, which features 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution, making it approximately four times the resolution of HD video.

We actually predicted this trend of 4K video shooting coming to more digital cameras in our piece “5 Tech Trends That Are Changing the Photo Industry Today” from last year.

Read more of this story about the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 here.

October 17th, 2013

Panasonic Announces Small and Retro Lumix GM1 Compact System Camera

Panasonic-Lumix-GM1If you like your cameras small, retro-styled, and downright cute, then you may love the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. This 16-megapixel, mirrorless, compact system camera with the miniature, throwback design, recalls sharpshooters of yesteryear but with some modern, picture-taking skills.

The Panasonic GM1, which can fit in the palm of your hand or slide into a coat pocket, comes with a 12-32mm interchangeable kit lens and will retail for $749. The GM1 uses a Micro Four Thirds-format sensor, which is bigger than what’s in point-and-shoot cameras but smaller than the imaging chips in most digital SLRs.

The Panasonic GM1’s sensor and processing engines are identical to those used in the popular and generally well-reviewed GX7 compact system camera, which we had a chance to test drive this past summer.

While the GX7 was small, the GM1 is even more petite and has to be seen to be believed. It has a 3-inch touchscreen on back and comes equipped with Wi-Fi for wireless sharing of images and HD videos. With the help of the free Panasonic Image App for Android and iOS mobile devices, you can remotely trigger the GM1 with your smartphone or tablet.

The main appeal to this camera, however, is its snazzy, compact design. It comes in silver and black, in the U.S., and weighs just over six ounces. We haven’t had a chance to test the Panasonic Lumix GM1’s image quality yet, but based on looks alone, it’s a real head-turner.