Panasonic makes 4K video accessible to Lumix G7 users with an interchangeable lens camera for 799 dollars.
Panasonic was the first consumer brand to market a camera with 4K video recording capability (3840 × 2160) with the GH4 model. The results have been really good and wanted to repeat the formula with the Lumix G7, a more modest camera, but that also comes with the interchangeable lenses of the micro 4/3 system.
The Lumix G7 can surprise you by offering 4K video, with resolution four times higher than Full-HD- and extract 8 megapixel photos from each frame, but the highlight is undoubtedly its price, 799 dollars (including a 14- 42mm zoom lens). The truth is that combining a good price and the versatility of DSLM cameras is always a gamble, and if we introduce the attractive variable of 4K video, the result is even more complicated.
Panasonic has repeated the strategy and the G7 appears as the fourth brand camera with 4K video recording as a lure. There are also the mirrorless GH4, the superzoom FZ1000 and the compact LX100. Now it’s time for fans that want an affordable DSLM and want to explore the world of UHD video without abandoning the photographic part.
In fact, one of the highlights of the G7 is its concept of hybrid 4K photo video. It consists of recording bursts of 8 Megapixel photos at 30 fps or what would be 1 second of 4K video. The Lumix G7 offers three modes (burst, burst start / end and preburst) allowing in all them to capture 30 sequential shots at 8 megapixel and then choose the one that best captures the moment.
If you look at the rest of the camera, you will find high quality in the Lumix G: a LiveMOS 16 Megapixel sensor with ISO up to 25.600, an OLED display of 2360 K points, a 3-inch screen in folding format and a Venus Engine processor with quad-core CPU that is responsible for making the video 4K to be processed smoothly and burst photos to reach a speed of 8 frames per second (AFS) / 6 images (AFC). Of course, it includes WiFi connection for control and remote transfer from mobile and tablet devices.
Notably it also includes Time Lapse and Stop Motion animation, 20 preset modes and 22 creative filters, plus a 3.5mm microphone input jack (with input level meter), which is ideal for use in 4K video recording. It also has a 360 degree panorama function and exclusive autofocus system AF with DFD contrast.