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Sony announces alpha 99 Mark II

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 9:07am

Sony has announced the a99 II, a 42MP A mount SLT camera to mark the tenth anniversary of the alpha series. It features 5-axis image stabilization and 4K photo with no pixel binning.

The camera will be capable of shooting at 12 frames per second with AF/AE tracking. It has 79 AF points on its dedicated PDAF sensor, which work in conjunction with 399 on-sensor PDAF points.

Kimio Maki VP of Digital Imaging Group said: the market is changing. The move is towards an increased proportion of enthusiast photographers, he said. These customers demand sensitivity, resolution and speed.

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YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:59am

Key Specifications

  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor
  • 3" 1.04M-dot touchscreen LCD
  • 81 Point Contrast Detect AF system rated to -4EV
  • Touch to focus and one touch image capture
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 4K/30P video recording capability
  • Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE

This is unexpected: The YI M1, a 20MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.

YI, or Young Innovators, is a China-based company that has already made its mark in the action cam market, earning a recommendation in our recent roundup. But it clearly has ambitions beyond this and has announced its entry into the consumer-level compact ILC market.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a prototype model of the YI M1, the company's first ever mirrorless camera. YI has attempted to capitalize on an already well-established camera mount, but decided to put a new spin on it in the form of an almost entirely touchscreen-based user interface. YI's target demographic is a group that is looking to move on from their smart phone based camera, but perhaps isn't ready or interested in, taking the plunge into the realm of a traditional DSLR or mirrorless platform.

 The YI M1 features an all-metal lens mount and a 20MP CMOS sensor.

The YI M1 is built around a Sony-designed 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor that boasts Raw capability in the form of DNG output files and the ability to shoot 4K/30P video. As with its action cameras, YI publicly lists where its key components come from and the Sony IMX269 instantly suggests good things about the camera's potential.

The big news is the all-touchscreen interface (the body only has two physical buttons), which aims to give a simple, more smartphone-like user experience. However, the company doesn't treat these users as undemanding, just because they don't want a conventional camera.

The camera comes with two lenses, a camera strap, USB charging brick and a Micro-USB cable. While the camera sports a hot shoe for an external flash, the current kit doesn't have a flash included.

Lenses

The two lens choices that come in the kit were a bit of surprise for us, and in a very good way. It's not too often that a camera company decides to include a prime lens and a zoom in an ILC starter kit, but that's just what YI has done. There's a macro-capable 42.5mm F1.8 prime as well as a more conventional 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 zoom in the box, both equipped with image stabilization, since the body itself does not offer any..

The 42.5mm F1.8 prime lens can be seen on the left and the 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 can be seen on the right. The focus ring on the 42.5mm prime doesn't actually move - it's just for show.

The lenses are constructed of a mostly plastic body and are extremely lightweight. I definitely wouldn't suggest getting them wet, as they don't appear to have any sort of weather-sealing. The lens mounts are made of a plastic composite material.

Oddly, the 42.5mm prime doesn't offer manual focus – the 'focus ring' is purely cosmetic. In any case offering a prime lens, particularly a portrait-friendly 85mm equivalent one, is a really nice touch and is sure to please folks moving from a fixed-lens smartphone to an ILC platform.

The YI M1 offers five JPEG shooting modes: a high contrast black and white mode, a standard black and white mode, portrait, vivid, and lastly a standard shooting mode. Unfortunately you currently aren't able to shoot Raw + JPEG, so you will have to decide which format you would like to shoot in before heading out with the camera (though this could be easily fixed through a firmware update).

Autofocus

In terms of autofocus the YI M1 has an 81-point contrast detect AF system with touch to focus and touch shutter. It also offers face detection and both AF-S and AF-C shooting modes. It's also important to note that the AF also lacks any sort of subject tracking outside of face detection. 

Autofocus is possible during video capture; AF-C is automatically enabled while shooting video. Unfortunately, the YI lacks a dedicated AF control switch, which makes switching AF shooting modes a bit difficult. Novices coming to the YI may find they'll need to pay more attention to their autofocus point placement than they did with their smartphone. 

Video

The M1 has several video shooting modes- the highlight of which is its ability to shoot in 4K/30P. It also offers 2K/30P, Full HD 1080 and 720 at 60, 30 and 24P. Autofocus is available while shooting video in the form of single point AF-C, but if you're using the 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens you will also have the ability to use manual focus with focus peaking, which can definitely come in handy because the autofocus is fairly slow to lock focus while in video mode. 

Pricing and Availability

U.S. pricing and availability has not been announced.

First Impressions review based on a pre-production camera running firmware v1.0.6

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YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:49am

YI, or Young Innovators, is a China-based company that has already made its mark in the action cam market, earning a recommendation in our recent roundup. But it clearly has ambitions beyond this and has announced its entry into the consumer based compact ILC market.

YI has introduced the M1- a mirrorless ILC with 20MP Sony designed CMOS sensor that boasts Raw capability in the form of DNG output files and the ability to shoot 4K/30P video. As with its action cameras, YI publicly lists where its key components come from and the Sony IMX269 instantly suggests good things about the camera's potential.

The M1 comes with two lenses; a 42.5mm F1.8 prime and a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 zoom, a camera strap, a USB charging brick and a micro USB cable.

U.S. pricing and availability has not been announced.

Read our Yi M1 First Impressions Review

Yi M1 specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite and Metal
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Panorama
  • Program
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Super Professional Guide (used w/ app)
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night Scene
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-Shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
Flash X sync speed1/125 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames up to 6 shots)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2060 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 24p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes801.11b/g/n with Bluetooth LE
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBXM-10 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)450
Dimensions114 x 64 x 34 mm (4.49 x 2.52 x 1.34″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (JPEG)
GPSNone
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6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:27am

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

Panasonic has announced the development of a new flagship G-series camera, the Lumix DMC-GH5. It's on display at Photokina and we snapped some pictures through the glass. 

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

Panasonic is keeping detailed specifications secret for now, but we do know that the GH5 will offer 4K/60p capability for the first time in a consumer ILC, and will provide 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video.

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

The GH5 will also offer a 6K Photo mode that will allow you to extract 18MP stills from burst footage, or 8MP stills from 60p 4K clips. Apparently, by the time the 2020 Olympics kicks off in Tokyo, Panasonic wants to have an 8K product on the market.

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

Ergonomically, the GH5 looks a lot like the GH4 that preceded it. We haven't yet been able to handle a camera, but we'd expect it to feature fully weather-sealed construction, like its predecessor, and for build quality to match the superb GH4. 

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

Next to the mockup GH5 is another, much more 'mock' mockup, displaying a new vertical grip, and a hotshoe mounted I/O interface unit. 

Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

This hotshoe-mounted unit seems to replace the DMW-YAGH Interface Unit sold with the GH4. 

We'll update this article with more images and information once we have anything else to add, but in the meantime, what do you think of the new GH5? Let us know in the comments. 

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Firmware update adds Focus Stacking to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:26am

Panasonic has released a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80, adding the Focus Stacking feature that debuted on the cameras it announced at Photokina.

Similar to the company's Post Focus feature, the camera uses its 4K video skills to rack focus across the frame. Once that's done users can select what areas of the shot they want in focus via the camera's touchscreen, and the results are saved as an ~8MP JPEG.

Version 1.1 of the GX85/GX80 firmware will be available shortly on Panasonic's support website.

Press release:

Free firmware update adds Focus Stacking function to Lumix DMC-GX80

Panasonic today announces a free firmware update (v1.1) for the LUMIX DMC-GX80, further enhancing the camera’s performance by adding the Focus Stacking function.

Taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus can sometimes be difficult. Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different areas in focus, then combine all or selected focus areas into one image. 

The firmware update also adds other improvements to enhance the operability of the LUMIX DMC-GX80. The Focus Bracket menu now has a Sequence function, which allows users to set the bracket images to be shot farther and closer from the initial focus position, or farther away. Also, Flash Mode can be set to forced-off when using a built-in flash. 

The DMC-GX80 firmware v1.1 is available for free at the LUMIX Customer Support website: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:15am

Key Features

  • 16MP Four Thirds MOS sensor w/o optical low pass filter
  • 5-axis image stabilization with Dual I.S. 2
  • Splash/dust-proof body
  • Depth from Defocus AF
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • 3-inch 1.04M-dot fully-articulating touchscreen LCD
  • 4K video / photo
  • Focus stacking and post focus

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is an SLR-style mid-range interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. It features 4K video capture, 2nd-generation 5-axis image stabilization and a 16MP Four Thirds sensor with no optical low pass filter. A sister model, the G80 will be available in other markets.

Though Panasonic has not come outright and said it, the G85 is the successor to the G7. More a refinement than something new entirely, both cameras share seemingly identical bodies and offer twin control dials, plenty of customizable buttons and fully articulating touch interfaces. 

But the G85 is rather more grand: it's weather-sealed with a magnesium alloy front plate, and offers a new electromagnetic shutter to combat shutter shock, an upgraded electronic viewfinder and 5-axis in-camera IS.

Like the Panasonic GX85, the G85 uses a 16MP chip with no anti-aliasing filter. We found image quality from the GX85 to be slightly improved over that of past Panasonic cameras using the same 16MP chip with AA filters (like the G7).

The G85 also uses the same redesigned shutter mechanism as the GX85, which we found to effectively mitigate shutter shock, an issue that affected the Panasonic G7

Compared to its peers

  Panasonic G85 Panasonic G7 Panasonic GX85 Sony a6300 Olympus EM-5 II
MSRP $900 (body) $800 (with kit lens) $800 (with kit lens) $1000 (body) $1100 (body)
Sensor (resolution/size) 16MP Four Thirds 16MP Four Thirds 16MP Four Thirds 24MP APS-C 16MP Four Thirds
AA filter No Yes No Yes No
Stabilization Sensor-shift (5-axis) + Dual IS 2 In-lens only
Sensor-shift (5-axis) + Dual I.S.
In-lens only Sensor-shift (5-axis)
EVF res/mag. 2.36M-dot OLED (0.74x) 2.36M-dot OLED (0.7x) 2.76M-dot field sequential LCD (0.7x) 2.36M-dot OLED (0.7x) 2.36M-dot LCD (0.74x)
Autofocus Contrast Detect w/ 49-points + DFD Contrast Detect w/ 49-points + DFD Contrast Detect w/ 49-points + DFD Hybrid AF w/179 PDAF points Contrast Detect w/ 81-points
Burst w/ continuous AF 6 fps 6 fps 6 fps 11 fps 5 fps
LCD size, type 3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating 3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating 3-inch 1.04M-dot tilting 3-inch
921k-dot tilting
3-inch 1.04M-dot articulating
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mic/Headphone port Yes/No Yes/No No/No Yes/No Yes/No
Max movie resolution 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p 1080/60p
Weather-sealing Yes No No Yes Yes
Flash sync speed 1/160 sec 1/160 sec 1/160 sec 1/160 sec 1/250 sec
Battery life 320 shots 350 shots 290 shots 400 shots 310 shots
Weight 453 g 410 g 426 g 404 g 469 g
Dimensions 128 x 89 x 74 mm 125 x 86 x 77mm 122 x 71 x 44 mm 120 x 67 x 49 mm 124 x 85 x 45mm

While the three Panasonic cameras compared above share quite a lot, the G85 stands out against the other 16MP Panasonic's as the most appealing choice. This is due to its inclusion of weather-sealing, an updated Dual IS system and upgraded electronic viewfinder.

When compared to similar mirrorless offerings from Sony and Olympus, things get a bit more complicated. The Sony beats it in terms of its more sophisticated AF system, larger sensor and faster burst (w/ AF), but the G85 offers superior ergonomics (fully articulating touchscreen, dual top-plate control dials, higher magnification EVF). The G85 and EM-5 II also share quite a lot, the major distinction between the two being the G85's 4K video capability (compared to 1080p on the Olympus).

The whole Panasonic gang, including the Panasonic G85, GX85, G7 and 20MP GX8.

Pricing and availability

The Panasonic G85 will be available in the US for $899 body only and $999 with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. kit lens.

Accessories

The optional DMW-BGG1 vertical battery grip adds an additional shutter release and improved ergonomics, as well as room for a second battery, effectively doubling shooting time.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 First Impressions Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:15am

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (LX15 in some markets) is a 20MP large-sensor compact with a bright F1.4-2.8 24-72mm equivalent zoom lens. Which is to say, it's a very capable pocket camera. And, being a Panasonic, it has video specs and clever video-based features to back up its stills capabilities.

Panasonic's LX cameras have always had the enthusiast in mind, built around larger-than-average sensors with short but bright lenses and as many direct controls as can sensibly be fitted onto a pocketable camera body. They helped reinvigorate the enthusiast compact sector and prompted a series of imitators before the much larger sensor of Sony's RX100 rendered them irrelevant.

Key specifications

  • 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor
  • 24-72mm equivalent F1.4-2.8 zoom
  • 7 fps continuous shooting with autofocus
  • 4K video at up to 30p
  • 5-axis, digital and optical stabilization in 1080 video
  • 4K Photo mode
  • Post Focus and Focus Stacking modes

The LX10 is Panasonic's first direct response to the big-sensored Sonys. The company has already built an excellent series of compacts that address every other niche you can think of: the long zoom stills/video FZ1000 and FZ2500, a large sensor ZS100 version of their well respected travel zoom series, and a larger sensor photographer's camera, the LX100. But the LX10 is a head-to-head competitor for Sony's pocket wonders.

The approach is a little different: unlike the RX100 III and IV, the LX10 doesn't have a viewfinder. Instead, it offers a touchscreen interface and a screen that can be tilted upwards. In many respects, the LX10 is a logical post-1" successor to the last of the smaller sensor models: the LX7.

The camera also offers Panasonic's 4K Photo mode, which offers a series of ways of specifying when the camera should capture a video clip from which stills can then be extracted. It also has Panasonic's Post Focus mode that captures a video clip of the camera racking focus, so you can choose to grab the frame with optimal focus, after the fact.

Compared with its peers

The LX10 means there are now three brands building small cameras with 1"-type sensors and short, bright zooms (and Nikon promising a comparable 'DL' model at some point). We've also included the LX10's big brother, the LX100 in this comparison, just to show what you get if you have room to carry its additional size.

  Panasonic
LX10
Sony
DSC-RX100 IV
Canon G7X
Mark II
Panasonic
LX100
MSRP $699 $999 $699 $899
Sensor area 116 mm2 116 mm2 116 mm2 180 mm2
Lens range (equiv) 24-72mm 24-70mm 24-100mm 24-75mm
Aperture range F1.4-2.8 F1.8-2.8 F1.8-2.8 F1.7-2.8
Control dials Aperture ring
Command dial
Lens ring (stepless)
Lens ring (stepless)
Four-way/dial

Lens ring
(stepped/
stepless)
Exposure Comp
Four-way/dial

Aperture ring
Shutter dial
Exposure Comp
Lens ring (stepless)
Four-way/dial
Viewfinder No  2.36M-dot No 2.76M-dot
equiv.*
Rear screen Tilt up
Touchscreen
Tilt up/down Tilt up/down
Touchscreen
Fixed
Video capability 4K/30p
1080/120p**
4K/30p
1080/120p
1080/30p 4K/30p
1080/60p
Built-in ND Filter No Yes
(Auto for stills)
No No
Flash Built-in pop-up (bounceable) Built-in pop-up
(bounceable)
Built-in pop-up
(bounceable)
Clip-on hotshoe flash
Battery life (CIPA) 260 280
(230 with EVF)
265 300
(270 with EVF)
Dimensions
mm (in)
105 x 61 x 42
(4.1 x 2.4 x 1.7)
102 x 58 x 41
(4.0 x 2.3 x 1.6)
106 x 61 x 42
(4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7)
115 x 66 x 55
(4.5 x 2.6 x 2.2)

*The LX100 uses a field-sequential display that updates red, green and blue information in sequence and, as such, does not require three dots to make up each three-color 'pixel.'
**1080/120p video is only available in a dedicated high speed video mode, with limited control.

Equivalent apertures

The chart below breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you'll be able to get and, typically, the better the overall low-light performance.

LensEquivalentApertures(["Equivalent focal length (mm)","Panasonic LX100","Sony RX100 IV","Canon G7 X II","Panasonic LX10"], [[24,3.7434,"Panasonic LX100 at 24mm: F3.7",4.90909090909091,"Sony RX100 IV at 24mm: F4.9",4.90909090909091,"Canon G7 X II at 24mm: F4.9",3.8181818181818183,"Panasonic LX10 at 24mm: F3.8"],[25,3.9636,"Panasonic LX100 at 25mm: F4.0",5.454545454545455,"Sony RX100 IV at 25mm: F5.5",null,"",4.0909090909090917,"Panasonic LX10 at 25mm: F4.1"],[26,4.1838,"Panasonic LX100 at 26mm: F4.2",6.0000000000000009,"Sony RX100 IV at 26mm: F6.0",null,"",4.90909090909091,"Panasonic LX10 at 26mm: F4.9"],[27,4.404,"Panasonic LX100 at 27mm: F4.4",null,"",null,"",5.454545454545455,"Panasonic LX10 at 27mm: F5.5"],[28,4.6242,"Panasonic LX100 at 28mm: F4.6",6.8181818181818183,"Sony RX100 IV at 28mm: F6.8",null,"",6.0000000000000009,"Panasonic LX10 at 28mm: F6.0"],[29,null,"",null,"",null,"",6.8181818181818183,"Panasonic LX10 at 29mm: F6.8"],[30,4.8444,"Panasonic LX100 at 30mm: F4.8",null,"",null,"",null,""],[31,null,"",null,"",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Panasonic LX10 at 31mm: F7.6"],[32,null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Sony RX100 IV at 32mm: F7.6",6.0000000000000009,"Canon G7 X II at 32mm: F6.0",null,""],[34,5.0645999999999995,"Panasonic LX100 at 34mm: F5.1",null,"",null,"",null,""],[37,5.2848,"Panasonic LX100 at 37mm: F5.3",null,"",null,"",null,""],[39,null,"",null,"",6.8181818181818183,"Canon G7 X II at 39mm: F6.8",null,""],[41,5.505,"Panasonic LX100 at 41mm: F5.5",null,"",null,"",null,""],[44,5.7252,"Panasonic LX100 at 44mm: F5.7",null,"",null,"",null,""],[52,6.1655999999999995,"Panasonic LX100 at 52mm: F6.2",null,"",null,"",null,""],[54,null,"",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Canon G7 X II at 54mm: F7.6",null,""],[70,null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Sony RX100 IV at 70mm: F7.6",null,"",null,""],[72,null,"",null,"",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Panasonic LX10 at 72mm: F7.6"],[75,6.1655999999999995,"Panasonic LX100 at 75mm: F6.2",null,"",null,"",null,""],[100,null,"",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Canon G7 X II at 100mm: F7.6",null,""]])

Just as the specs suggest, the LX10's lens is broadly similar to that of the Sony RX100 III and IV. It's a little brighter at first but by 30mm equivalent, they're both already down to F2.8 (F7.6 equiv). So although it should offer a similar performance to its big brother, the LX100, at wide angle, the bigger camera maintains an advantage across the rest of its zoom range.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000 First Impressions Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:15am

Key Features

  • 20MP 1"-type BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens
  • Depth from Defocus AF
  • Large electronic viewfinder
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • Built-in variable ND filter
  • 4K video capture (DCI/UHD)
  • 10-bit, 4:2:2 output over HDMI

At Photokina 2016, Panasonic released its high-end 1"-type superzoom, known as the DMC-FZ2500 (FZ2000 in some regions). It retains the same sensor as the excellent FZ1000 that came before it, while gaining a totally new lens, larger EVF, easy-to-adjust ND filter and even more customizable buttons.

While offering several new stills-related features (such as focus stacking), the FZ2500 is really all about video. It shoots both Cinema and UHD 4K, can output 4:2:2 10-bit video over its HDMI port, supports V-Log L recording (for an extra $99) and much, much more. In essence, the FZ2500 is the little brother to the DMC-GH4 ILC, which is one of the most capable video capture cameras on the market.

At this point in time, the only other fixed-lens cameras that truly competes with the FZ2500 is the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III. The Sony has many features in common with the FZ2500, such as 4K capture, zebra pattern and a flat picture profile (S-Log2), but boasts a longer, faster lens and high speed recording at up to 960 fps.

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 and Sony DSC-RX10 III

Speaking of specs, let's take a look at how the FZ2500 compares to its predecessor as well as Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, which we consider its closest competitor.

  Panasonic FZ2500 Panasonic FZ1000 Sony RX10 III
MSRP $1199  $799  $1599 
Sensor 20MP 1" BSI-CMOS 20MP 1" BSI-CMOS 20MP 1" Stacked CMOS
Lens focal range 24-480mm equiv. 25-400mm equiv. 24-600mm equiv.
Lens max aperture F2.8-4.5 F2.8-4.0 F2.4-4.0
ND filter Variable No No
ISO range (expanded) 80-25600 80-25600 64-25600
Top shutter speed
(mech/elec)
1/4000 sec, 1/16000 sec 1/4000 sec, 1/16000 sec 1/2000 sec, 1/32000 sec
LCD size/type 3" 1.04M-dot fully articulating 3" 921k-dot fully articulating 3" 1.3M-dot tilting
LCD touchscreen Yes Yes No
EVF resolution/type 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED 2.36M-dot OLED
EVF magnification 0.74x 0.7x 0.7x
Top burst speed (S-AF) 12 fps 12 fps 14 fps
4K video capture Cine/UHD 4K @ 30p/24p UHD 4K @ 30p/24p UHD 4K @ 30p/24p
High speed video 120 fps @ 1920 x 1080 120 fps @ 1920 x 1080 960 fps @ 800 x 270
480 fps @ 1136 x 384
240 fps @ 1824 x 1026
120 fps @ 1920 x 1080
Top bitrates 4K: 100MBps
Full HD: 200Mbps

4K: 100Mbps
Full HD: 28Mbps

4K: 100Mbps
Full HD: 50Mbps
Flat profile V-Log L ($99 extra) No S-Log2
Live HDMI output 4:2:2, 10-bit 4:2:2, 8-bit 4:2:2, 8-bit
Mic/phone jacks Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, without NFC Yes, with NFC Yes, with NFC
Battery life (CIPA) 350 shots 360 shots 420 shots
Dimensions 138 x 102 x 135 mm  137 x 99 x 131 mm 133 x 94 x 127 mm
Weight (CIPA) 966 g 831 g 1095 g

In most respects, the FZ2500 comes out on top - and that's without including the myriad of video features that just don't fit in the table.  The RX10 III does have a longer, faster lens and the ability to shoot at very fast frame rates, but it also costs a lot more. It's battery life is also considerably better. That said, it costs $400 more than the FZ2500, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Lens Comparison

The chart below breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you'll be able to get and, typically, the better the overall low-light performance.

LensEquivalentApertures(["Equivalent focal length (mm)","Panasonic FZ1000","Sony RX10 II","Panasonic ZS100/TZ100","Sony RX10 III","Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000"], [[24,null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Sony RX10 II at 24mm: F7.6",null,"",6.5454545454545459,"Sony RX10 III at 24mm: F6.5",7.6363636363636367,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 24mm: F7.6"],[25,7.6363636363636367,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 25mm: F7.6",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 25mm: F7.6",6.8181818181818183,"Sony RX10 III at 25mm: F6.8",7.9090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 25mm: F7.9"],[26,7.9090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 26mm: F7.9",null,"",7.9090909090909092,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 26mm: F7.9",null,"",null,""],[27,null,"",null,"",8.1818181818181834,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 27mm: F8.2",null,"",null,""],[28,null,"",null,"",null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Sony RX10 III at 28mm: F7.6",8.1818181818181834,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 28mm: F8.2"],[30,8.1818181818181834,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 30mm: F8.2",null,"",8.7272727272727284,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 30mm: F8.7",null,"",8.454545454545455,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 30mm: F8.5"],[32,null,"",null,"",9.0,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 32mm: F9.0",null,"",8.7272727272727284,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 32mm: F8.7"],[34,8.454545454545455,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 34mm: F8.5",null,"",9.2727272727272734,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 34mm: F9.3",null,"",null,""],[35,null,"",null,"",null,"",8.7272727272727284,"Sony RX10 III at 35mm: F8.7",9.0,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 35mm: F9.0"],[36,null,"",null,"",9.5454545454545467,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 36mm: F9.5",null,"",null,""],[39,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",9.2727272727272734,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 39mm: F9.3"],[41,8.7272727272727284,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 41mm: F8.7",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[43,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",9.5454545454545467,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 43mm: F9.5"],[47,9.0,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 47mm: F9.0",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[49,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",9.81818181818182,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 49mm: F9.8"],[51,9.2727272727272734,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 51mm: F9.3",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[56,null,"",null,"",null,"",9.5454545454545467,"Sony RX10 III at 56mm: F9.5",10.090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 56mm: F10.1"],[58,9.5454545454545467,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 58mm: F9.5",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[63,9.81818181818182,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 63mm: F9.8",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[69,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",10.363636363636363,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 69mm: F10.4"],[70,10.090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 70mm: F10.1",null,"",null,"",null,"",10.636363636363637,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 70mm: F10.6"],[79,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",10.90909090909091,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 79mm: F10.9"],[84,10.363636363636363,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 84mm: F10.4",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[91,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",11.181818181818182,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 91mm: F11.2"],[100,null,"",null,"",null,"",10.90909090909091,"Sony RX10 III at 100mm: F10.9",null,""],[102,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",11.454545454545457,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 102mm: F11.5"],[105,10.636363636363637,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 105mm: F10.6",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[144,null,"",null,"",15.818181818181818,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 144mm: F15.8",null,"",null,""],[151,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",11.727272727272728,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 151mm: F11.7"],[157,null,"",null,"",16.090909090909093,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 157mm: F16.1",null,"",null,""],[170,10.90909090909091,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 170mm: F10.9",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[200,null,"",7.6363636363636367,"Sony RX10 II at 200mm: F7.6",null,"",null,"",null,""],[208,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",12.000000000000002,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 208mm: F12.0"],[250,null,"",null,"",16.090909090909093,"Panasonic ZS100/TZ100 at 250mm: F16.1",null,"",null,""],[262,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",13.090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 262mm: F13.1"],[300,10.90909090909091,"Panasonic FZ1000 at 300mm: F10.9",null,"",null,"",null,"",null,""],[480,null,"",null,"",null,"",null,"",13.090909090909092,"Panasonic FZ2500/FZ2000 at 480mm: F13.1"],[600,null,"",null,"",null,"",10.90909090909091,"Sony RX10 III at 600mm: F10.9",null,""]])

Focusing just on the FZ2500 vs RX10 III, you'll see that the latter gets a headstart, as its max aperture starts at F2.4, versus F2.8. The RX10 III is always a tiny bit ahead, until it levels off at F4 for the rest of its focal length. When the FZ2500 reaches its maximum telephoto position it's equivalent aperture is about 1/3-stop slower than the Sony. The camera with the fastest equivalent aperture in the group is the Sony RX10 II, which has a constant F2.8 aperture throughout its focal range (which ends at 200mm.)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 sample gallery

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:15am

Panasonic's Lumix G85 gets a number of enhancements over its G7 predecessor, including weather-sealing, an updated viewfinder and a re-designed shutter. But what good is a weather-sealed camera if you don't take it outside? We've been busy putting together our first impressions of the G85 and in the process have assembled a sizable gallery of real-world samples.

See our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 sample gallery

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 with 4K/60p under development

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:15am

Panasonic has revealed some initial specifications for its under-development Lumix GH5. It will offer 4K/60p capability for the first time in a consumer ILC, and will provide 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video. The GH5 will also provide a 6K Photo mode that will extract 18MP stills from burst footage, or 8MP stills from 60p 4K clips. Panasonic credits advances in processing and heat dissipation for the improvements. No indication of launch timing or price has been given.

A GH5 prototype will be on display at Panasonic's Photokina 2016 booth along with a new Leica-branded series of DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 lenses, with 12-60mm, 8-18mm and 50-200mm zooms.

Press release:

Panasonic Develops the World’s First*1 4K 60p/50p Video Recording

Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera [DSLM] LUMIX GH5 Featuring ‘6K PHOTO’*2

Cologne, Germany (September 19, 2016) – Panasonic today announced that it is in development of a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH5 that is capable of recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p and faithful 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video*3 for the first time in the world*1. It also features ‘6K PHOTO’*2 which extracts approx.18-megapixel still images from ultra-high-quality video with approx. 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD. The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled for commercialization and introduction to the global market in early 2017.

Panasonic has been committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “Create a New Photo Culture in the Digital Era.” The world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera LUMIX DMC-G1 was introduced in 2008*4 and the subsequent DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009*5.

In 2014, Panasonic introduced the DMC-GH4, which realized 4K 30p/25p video recording for the first time in the industry*6. At the same time, Panasonic proposed a new and unique method of photography called ‘4K PHOTO’ which allows users to capture fleeting photographic moments that even the eyes cannot catch, by using super-fast 4K resolution video frames at 30 fps that can be saved as high-quality photos. As a result, the DMC-GH4 is highly acclaimed for its exceptional hybrid performance in both photography and videography by a wide range of professional users worldwide – not only photographers but also cinematographers in the film production field, as well as emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.

By advancing Panasonic technologies, such as digital signal processing and heat dissipation, and packing them into the compact, lightweight body of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, the LUMIX GH5 enables 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording*3, which has never before been achieved *1. With this unprecedented video recording performance, Panasonic aims to further capitalize on the strength that it has achieved in the film production industry.

In the LUMIX GH5, the conventional ‘4K PHOTO’ function is dramatically advanced to form ‘6K PHOTO’*2 which lets the user cut a still image out of ultra-high-quality approx.18-megapixel video with approx. 9 times the pixel count than Full-HD. Taking advantage of its high-speed, long-time burst shooting capability, spur-of-the-moment shots can be saved in beautiful photos with higher resolution that complies with larger-sized printing by substantially increasing the resolution from approx.8-megapixel (4K PHOTO) to approx.18-megapixel (6K PHOTO*2). Furthermore, approx.8-megapixel 4K Photo images can be captured at a super-fast 60 fps.

*1 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 19 September, 2016 (Panasonic survey).

*2 “6K PHOTO” is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18-megapixel (Approx.6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that 6K image manages. The name ‘6K PHOTO’ is tentative.

*3 In 4K/30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p video recording.

*4 For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of 12 September, 2008 (Panasonic survey).

*5 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 3 March, 2009 (Panasonic survey).

*6 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 7 February, 2014 (Panasonic survey).

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 offers weather-sealing, updated IS system, larger viewfinder

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Panasonic has introduced its Lumix DMC-G85 (G80 in some regions) mirrorless ILC, which is the follow-up to the SLR-style Panasonic G7. Both use 16MP Four Thirds sensors, but like its sibling the rangefinder-style GX85, has no anti-aliasing filter.

Other improvements come in the form of weather/dust-sealing, an updated electronic viewfinder with increased magnification (0.74x vs 0.7x on the G7), memory card door on the side of the camera (rather than the bottom), updated Dual IS 2 5-axis image stabilization system and the addition of an in-camera focus stacking mode.

Like its predecessor, the G85 can shoot 4K video and stills, has a fully-articulating touch LCD, Wi-Fi, dual control dials, plenty of customizable buttons, and Panasonic's Depth from Defocus AF. 

In particular, the redesigned shutter mechanism is a big deal. We found a lot to like about the Panasonic G7, but shutter shock proved to be an issue for it, due in large part to the spring-loaded shutter design and lightweight plastic body. With the G85, the use of an electromagnetic shutter should go a long way to cutting down on vibration, and its new magnesium front plate should further dampens shutter vibrations and sounds.

The Panasonic G85 will be available in the US for $899 body only and $999 with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. kit lens. 

Press Release:

LUMIX G85 - A Splash/Dust Proof Field Shooting Camera - Featuring New 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 and 4K Technologies

Capture Those Perfect Moments with Exquisite Image Quality Outdoors

Cologne, Germany (September 19, 2016) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the DMC-G85 (G85), a new rugged-design DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera, as the latest member of the LUMIX G Series. The LUMIX G85 incorporates a host of advanced technologies and practical functions in a compact body for field use.

The 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)*1 is further advanced in the LUMIX G85 as the new "5-axis Dual I.S. 2," boasting even more effective suppression against blurring. By adopting a new gyro sensor, the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis) are finely controlled to take maximum advantage of both stabilization systems. Users can enjoy blur-free photo and video shooting not only in wide angle but also in telephoto, even in low light situations. Plus, the adoption of a new shutter unit and magnesium front panel reduces shutter shock by approx. 90% to suppress even the slightest level of shake.

The LUMIX G85 packs a host of advanced functions and technologies that let users capture unmissable moments. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save as a 4K PHOTO. The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps*2, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec*3. The burst shooting performance is also improved to achieve 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) up to 300 (JPEG) / 45 (RAW ) images or more.

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX G85 features a rugged design and splash / dustproof construction. It integrates an OLED LVF (Live View Finder) with 2360K-dot high resolution in approx. 1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification capability. The free-angle 3.0-inch large, approx. 1040K-dot touch-control monitor with approx.100% field of view makes shooting in high and low angles easier.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without Low Pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high resolution images in detail with high contrast, impressive color reproduction and max. ISO 25,600 high sensitivity.

The LUMIX G85 is capable of serious video recording, too. It records smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p (60Hz) or 24p in MP4. The LUMIX G85 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor/recorder via HDMI simultaneously while recording video. The 3.5mm microphone jack provides high quality audio recording with an external microphone.

Panasonic’s unique technologies further enrich the user’s photographic experience. The newly integrated Focus Stacking function lets users adjust the depth of field after shooting by simply selecting the focusing area.

For even more creative photography, the LUMIX G85 incorporates the L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style, which offers an impressive monochrome picture with rich gradation like that of B/W film. Thanks to the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone or tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images. Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are also newly added to the conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets that allow users to choose the best shot after shooting.

The newly available Battery Grip DMW-BGG1 (sold separately) realizes comfortable, long time shooting. The LUMIX G85 is an ideal all-in-one camera packing a host of practical functions for photo/video shooting performance in active field use.

*1 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 works when attaching the lens that complies with it. The compliant lenses are H-FS14140 and H-FS12060 as of 19 September, 2016. Firmware update of the lens is also required.

*2 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

*3 In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 (CIPA).

1. 5-Axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2 – The ultimate advantage against any type of blurring

The LUMIX G85 incorporates the new 5-axis Dual I.S.(Image Stabilizer) 2* which has advanced to boast even more powerful and effective blurring suppression. Combining an O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S.(Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The LUMIX G85 integrates a high precision gyro sensor that controls the distribution of O.I.S./B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use max. 5-stop slower shutter speed*1. By making the most of both O.I.S and B.I.S., it is highly beneficial not only in wide angle but also in telephoto and in adverse situations, such as at nighttime or with one-handed shooting.

The 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 works for both photo and motion picture recording, including 4K video. Panasonic LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Cameras offer a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses and most of them will comply with the 5-axis Dual I.S. in the LUMIX G85*2 and the B.I.S. compensates for camera movement even when a lens without O.I.S. is used.

The LUMIX G85 features an electromagnetic drive in the shutter unit. The shock caused by the movement of the shutter diaphragm is dramatically reduced and the shutter sound is minimized. Together with the adoption of solid magnesium for the front panel, the total shutter shock is reduced by approx.90% compared with the predecessor G7. This enables users to release the mechanical shutter even in situations where they previously had to use the electronic shutter.

*1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50-140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=100-280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.

*2 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 works when attaching the lens that complies with it. The compliant lenses are H-FS14140 and H-FS12060 as of 19 September, 2016. Firmware update of the lens is also required.

2. No more missed photo opportunities – cutting edge technologies & stunning performance

Thanks to this 4K technology, users can experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. In 4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these functions in 4K PHOTO let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution without missing spur-of-the-moment shots. Plus, multiple images can be saved as 4K PHOTO shots all at once in the LUMIX G85. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.

The Contrast AF achieves even higher speed, higher precision focusing with digital signal communication at max. 240 fps. Furthermore, the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*1 calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness levels while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the LUMIX G85 achieves ultra-high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*2. Multi- processing capability realizes high speed burst shooting at 9 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject in crisp focus. Furthermore, the Venus Engine in the LUMIX G85 is more capable of tracking moving subjects, and it prevents out-of-focus shots even when the subject is fast-moving or when an obstacle cut across in front of the subject. Newly added AF Sensitivity mode lets the user set the tracking sensitivity according to the shooting situation. The compatibility of UHS-II SDXC/SDHC Memory Card and increased buffer memory elevates the maximum number of recordable images in consecutive shooting up to 300 (JPEG) / 45 (RAW) images or more.

For AF performance, the Low Light AF makes it possible to set focus on the subject more precisely even without an AF assist lamp in extremely low-lit situations down to -4EV, which is as dark as under moonlight. Plus, the DMC-G85 integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with auto focus. This can be achieved by the accurate calculation of the contrast value in a smaller AF zone. A total of 49 focus detection areas enable more flexible composition together with the Custom Multi AF mode in which users can freely select the blocks to focus on out of the 49 focusing areas. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-G85 incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of a human face. With the Pinpoint AF, users can magnify the target area for more precise focus.

3. Perfect mobility with careful design and control - optimized for handheld field use

To withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX G85 boasts a rugged design with a front structure composed of a magnesium alloy full die cast front frame. It also features a splash / dustproof construction thanks to the use of sealing in every joint, dial, and button.

The LUMIX G85 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a high magnification ratio of approx.1.48x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent). High-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. Adoption of OLED for the LVF achieves high speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast for exceptional visibility. With an eyepoint of approximately 20 mm, it offers high visibility with comfort for users wearing glasses. It is always sharp and clear from the center all the way to the corners.

Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3-inch free-angle rear monitor with 1040K-dot high resolution features approx.100% field of view. It tilts up and down by 270-degree which makes shooting in either high or low angle even easier.

To further enhance controllability, the LUMIX G85 comes with an ergonomically-designed thick grip for stable holding even in one hand. The front/rear dual dial system with dial operation switch enables direct setting - for example, users can adjust the white balance with a front dial and set the ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or watching the noise effect, which is helpful in complex lighting situations. Two custom modes (C1 and C2) on the mode dial enable users to access the target menu quickly.

4. High image quality with true-to-life detail and impressive color reproduction

The LUMIX G85 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive color reproduction. Removing the Low Pass Filter, the limiting resolution is improved by approx.10%* while detecting high frequency components to suppress the generation of moiré by the Venus Engine.

The Venus Engine even reproduces vibrant, impressive colors for images such as clear skies by dividing the hue, saturation, and luminosity, and finely adjusts them separately. Taking advantage of these fine tuning capabilities, the LUMIX G85 enables users to choose a preset of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction as they like, according to the shooting subject in Photo Style. Notably, L Monochrome mode in Photo Style makes it possible to shoot impressive monochrome photos with deep black and rich gradation like that of B/W film.

The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise even in low-lit situations and at max. ISO 25,600.

*Panasonic comparison with DMC-G7.

5. 4K capability brings evolution to videography

Taking advantage of the high speed signal readout capability of the sensor and high speed signal processing, the LUMIX G85 is capable of recording 4K video*1*2. Despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy efficiency and its size is kept compact for high mobility. The LUMIX G85 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 30p (60Hz) or 24p in addition to the full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60Hz) videos with practical full-time AF.

The LUMIX G85 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor in 4:2:2 / 8-bit*3 via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with the setting menus individually depending on the display.

Gamma presets exclusively for video recording are available in Creative Video mode - “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for rich video expression like a cinema.

The 3.5mm microphone jack is for high quality audio recording using an external microphone such as Panasonic External Stereo/Shotgun Microphone DMW-MS2.

In addition, the LUMIX G85 also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording that realizes stable panning or zooming in video recording. In panning shots, the user can simply set the viewing angle to start and end with to get smooth panning without using any special equipment like a slider. In zooming, you can set the after-zoomed viewing angle first, so that the subject is perfectly framed. Thanks to the digital operation, the zooming imagery is smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens.

*1 About motion picture recording / 4K PHOTO recording

- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures.

- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].

(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)

- MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:

- When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

- When using an SDXC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 96 GB or 3 hours 4 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

- MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD] [HD]:

- You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

- When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.

*2 For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as"4K compatible".

*3 Video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card.

6. A new shooting experience made possible with advanced LUMIX technologies

The LUMIX G85 comes with the Post Focus function that enables users to select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful in situations like macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function has been developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and the 4K technology. Now the Post Focus menu is available on the mode dial for users to activate more quickly.

A newly integrated Focus Stacking function enables users to adjust the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with the Post Focus function in the camera. Users do not need to set severe focus while shooting as they can get the image with the defocus level that they want or pan-focus image simply by selecting the focus area after shooting. This is beneficial when shooting macro shots of insects, small accessories and so on.

In addition, the LUMIX G85 incorporates Light Composition function as a new option of 4K PHOTO mode. The camera synthesizes the images by choosing and saving brighter pixels. This makes it possible to produce more luxurious, dramatic images of situations such as fireworks or night scenes inside the camera with ease.

7. Other Features

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones

The LUMIX G85 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot / browse / share images remotely.

Exposure / WB / Focus / Aperture Bracket NEW

In the LUMIX G85, Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are new additions to the conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets for users to choose best shot after shooting. In Focus Bracket, max.999 images can be shot with different focus points. The Aperture Bracket lets users have multiple shots with different depths of field.

Electronic First Curtain Shutter

The Electronic first-curtain shutter can be used for shooting at a shutter speed of max.1/2000 sec. Because photo is not affected by the vibration of the mechanical shutter, it is ideal for use in situations when a slight, pixel level of vibration matters - such as serious landscape photography.

Power Save LVF Shooting

The LUMIX G85 newly incorporates a power-saving function. To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode in designated time (selectable among 3/5/10 seconds) after detecting the eye is off the sensor. Users can quickly go back into shooting mode with a half press of the shutter button. A long battery life of approx.800* images per battery charge is achieved by this Power Saving LVF

* Under the test conditions specified by Panasonic based on CIPA standard. When the time to get in the sleep mode is set to 3 sec.

Creative Control in P/A/S/M Mode

The LUMIX G85 integrates a variety of artistic functions that add fun to digital photography. The popular Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options. The effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable. And it is possible to apply one of these filters even in P/A/S/M mode. Users can combine their favorite setting and filter to create the image they want. Also, the LUMIX G85 is capable of taking pictures “with” and “without” filter effects simultaneously, so that they can compare and choose the best ones later.

・RAW data development in Camera
・Silent Mode
・Multiple Exposure
・Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation

Optional Accessory

Battery Grip DMW-BGG1

The LUMIX G85 is compatible with the newly introduced Battery Grip DMW-BGG1.By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGG1 extends the battery life for longer time shooting. It also makes gripping more comfortable even in vertical angle shooting. Exclusively designed for the LUMIX G85, the DMW-BGG1 perfectly matches the camera, boasting a rugged, splash/dust-proof design.

*A battery pack is included in DMW-BGG1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 specifications

Price
MSRP$899 (body only), $999 (w/12-60 lens)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacePrimary color space
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands down to ISO 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesIS system works together with stabilized lenses to improve shake reduction
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.74×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.20 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via wired remote or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery & charger; optional grip
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
Dimensions128 x 89 x 74 mm (5.04 x 3.5 x 2.91″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
Categories: Equipment

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 gains 1" sensor and fast 24-72mm equiv. lens

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The Panasonic DMC-LX10 (LX15 in some regions) brings a 1"-type sensor to its LX-range of enthusiast compacts. The 20MP camera features a 24-72mm equivalent, F1.4-2.8 zoom lens and a range of direct controls, as well as a touchscreen interface. The camera also '5-axis Hybrid OIS+', a system that adds digital stabilization to the camera's mechanical image stabilization when you're shooting Full HD video.

The LX10 can shoot 4K UHD at up to 30p and also offers Panasonic's 4K-based stills features such as 4K Photo, Post Focus and Focus Stacking. The LX10 will be available from November for $699.

Press Release:

The Ultimate Compact Camera for Creative Photographers LUMIX LX10 with 20-megapixel 1-inch Sensor and F1.4 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens

Cologne, Germany (September 19, 2016) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the LUMIX LX10, the ultimate compact camera, as the latest addition to the popular LX Series. The new LUMIX LX10 boasts the newly developed F1.4 high-speed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens and the large, 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel resolution. LUMIX LX10 performance has been enhanced by integrating a 4K video recording capability*1 and advanced functions for creative use in a sleek, compact body.

The LUMIX LX10’s LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens features a fast F1.4-2.8 aperture (35mm camera equivalent: 24-72mm) with an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive control of the aperture to take maximum advantage of this high-speed lens. Stunning macro shots with intricate detail can be taken with a minimum working distance of 3 cm.

The 1-inch MOS Sensor enables high-quality image recording with extraordinary detail. The combination of the High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and a Venus Engine achieves a maximum ISO 12,800 high sensitivity recording with high picture quality that goes beyond the limits of compact digital cameras. For even faster response and higher mobility, the LUMIX LX10 boasts a high-speed, high-precision AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*2, which shortens the focusing time. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at a high 240 fps signal exchange speed. As a result, the LUMIX LX10 achieves an ultrahigh-speed AF of approx. 0.12 sec*3. This benefit increases as the focal length grows. The LUMIX LX10 offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus. Thanks to the touch-control system, users can focus quickly right on the subject and even release the shutter with touch operation to capture fleeting photo opportunities.

The LUMIX LX10 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30p(60Hz) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as the new Focus Stacking, Post Focus, Light Composition, and 4K Live Cropping. For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style options are available. The LUMIX LX10 is capable of shooting images in RAW format and developing them inside the camera.

The LUMIX LX10 integrates a 180-degree tiltable 1,040K-dot rear monitor with touch-control system. Equipped with a built-in lens cover, the seamless metallic profile features a stylish ring and dial of curved aluminum. It achieves both high-quality look and intuitive operation.

The 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)*4 offers a versatile angle of view while suppressing handshake in both photo and video recording. The LUMIX LX10 also includes Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.

The new Panasonic LUMIX LX10 packs an exceptional F1.4 high-speed lens and large, 1-inch MOS sensor in a sleek, stylish pocket-sized body to stimulate creativity anytime, anyplace as the ultimate compact camera with high-quality photos and videos.

*1 Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 15 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]
*2 Works for still image recording.
*3 At wide-end, AFS, 1-Area AF, Live View mode 60fps, based on the CIPA standard.
*4 5-axis compensation works in video recording except for 4K video recording.

1. New F1.4-2.8 / 24-72mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens

Panasonic newly developed the F1.4-2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens system with 3x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-72mm) and an aperture ring. The lens unit boasts high-speed F1.4 and F2.8 even at the tele-end. It enables high-speed shutter release to capture clear, sharp images even in low-lit situations as well as giving a beautiful defocus to the background to make the subject stand out for impressive photos and videos.

The lens unit consists of 11 elements in 9 groups, including 6 dual-sided aspherical lenses and low-dispersion lenses adopted for two of them to adjust axial chromatic aberration, achieving high-speed F1.4. The use of 6 aspherical lenses and optimization of the optical design achieve beautiful, smooth defocusing with an invisible edge line, and the onion ring effect is suppressed by Panasonic’s unique aspherical lens mold technology. In addition, a newly adopted 9-blade aperture diaphragm helps to produce bokeh effects with a smooth, circular shape. In addition, 6 groups of lenses are driven independently, which helps to downsize the lens barrel.

2. 1-inch large 20-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

The LUMIX LX10 incorporates a large, 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel high resolution. The 1-inch sensor is 3 times larger than the LX7’s 1/1.7-inch sensor (multi-aspect). The rich amount of light helps to produce impressive defocusing with shallow depth of field.

The image processor Venus Engine dramatically boosts performance with a new quad-core CPU that enables the high-speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing to each component frequency. Plus, a newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to blend it into the image even more naturally. As a result, a max. ISO 12,800 is achieved. The aperture filter is capable of controlling a wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, achieving rich depth. The Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with the accurate evaluation of each color even it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity.

The combination of the large MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine dramatically reduces noise and improves S/N ratio, to allow shooting at ISO 12,800. It achieves stunning picture quality going beyond the limits of compact digital cameras.

*1 Sensor total pixel is 20.9-megapixel.

3. 4K capability brings evolution to videography/photography – 4K video and 4K PHOTO

The LUMIX LX10 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30p (60Hz) or 24p in MP4*1*2 in addition to Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (60Hz) videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF.

Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO shots with the LUMIX LX10. With 4K PHOTO, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the best frame from a 4K burst file to save as a photo. Plus, multiple images can be automatically saved as 4K PHOTO shots all at once in the LUMIX LX10. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds can be saved following a designated frame.

In addition to these, the LUMIX LX10 also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording that achieves stable panning or zooming in video recording. Thanks to its digital operation, panning and zooming images are smooth because it does not physically move the zoom lens. Users can make a perfect Full-HD video by adding impressive effects after recording the original footage in 4K.

*1 About motion picture recording / 4K PHOTO recording
- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures.
- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].
(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [AVCHD] in [FHD/60p] [FHD/60i].
- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 15 minutes with [MP4] in [4K].
- When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
- When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.
- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds with [MP4] in [FHD/60p] and High Speed motion pictures. You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
- MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD/30p] [HD]: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

*2 Max.29 min 59 sec.

4. Advanced macro shooting for creative freedom

The LUMIX LX10 excels in macro shooting capabilities thanks to Panasonic’s cutting-edge optical/digital technologies. Stunning macro shots with intricate detail can be taken with a minimum working distance of 3 cm (wide).

The LUMIX LX10 also comes with the Post Focus function, which enables users to select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful especially in macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function has been developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology with 4K technology.

The newly integrated Focus Stacking function allows users to adjust the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with the Post Focus function inside the camera. Strict focusing is not required during shooting as the user can get the desired image by defocusing or by pan-focusing the image by simply selecting the focus area after shooting. This is beneficial when shooting macro shots of insects, small accessories and so on.

In addition, the LUMIX LX10 incorporates a Light Composition function in the 4K PHOTO mode. The camera synthesizes images by choosing and saving brighter pixels. This makes it easy to produce luxurious, dramatic images of situations such as fireworks or night scenes inside the camera.

5. Other features

3-inch 1,040K-dot tiltable rear monitor with touch control

The LUMIX LX10 features a large, 3-inch 1,040K-dot rear monitor that tilts upward 180 degrees, making it easy to take selfies or low-angle shots. Users can make themselves look more attractive by applying special selfie modes, such as Soft Skin or Slimming.

Focus Bracket / Aperture Bracket

In addition to the conventional exposure bracket and white balance bracket, the LUMIX LX10 newly incorporates a focus bracket and aperture bracket.

High Speed Video at max.120 fps

High Speed Video records subjects with fast motion at 120fps (60Hz / FHD) , while Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation are also available.

5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. +

5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. + (Five Axis Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)* is available for stable video recording. 5-Axis correction effectively compensates for handshake occurring in virtually any direction. POWER O.I.S. works for photo shooting.

* 5-Axis compensation does not work in video recording except for 4K video recording.

Creative Control filter options

The LUMIX LX10 combines a variety of artistic functions that add fun to digital photography. The popular Creative Control (Filter) features a total of 22 filter options. These filters can be applied even in P/A/S/M mode. Users can combine their favorite settings and filters to make desired images.

With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and adding 18 filter effects. Photo Style, which changes the texture of the photo, is also upgraded with the inclusion of a Monochrome Filter (Ye/Or/R/G) for more expressive monochrome photography

RAW development inside the camera

The LUMIX LX10 is capable of developing RAW images inside the camera. In addition to the color space setting (sRGB/ AdobeRGB), the parameters for white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction, and sharpness can be flexibly adjusted and LUMIX’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, and Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones

The LUMIX LX10 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to provide a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once connecting the camera and smartphone/tablet installing Panasonic's dedicated application Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot / browse / share images remotely. Users can upload the images to a variety of social media services right on the spot.

AC/USB Power Charging

The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the users’ convenience.

The LX10 will be available in November at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners for $699.99.

  • The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • “AVCHD Progressive”, “AVCHD”, the “AVCHD Progressive” Logo and the “AVCHD” Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.
  • IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
  • All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
  • This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC/SDXC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
  • SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats.
  • If the computer being used does not support SDXC Memory Cards, a message prompting you to format may appear. (Doing so will cause recorded images to be erased so do not choose to format.) If the card is not recognized, please refer to the below support site.

    http://panasonic.net/avc/sdcard/information/SDXC.html

  • Some accessories are not available in some countries.
  • The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 specifications

Price
MSRP$699
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacePrimary color filter
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis 'hybrid' when recording 1080p and below video
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v.23)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–72 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF1.4–2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X-4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81″)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.10 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Auto w/ red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)260
Weight (inc. batteries)310 g (0.68 lb / 10.93 oz)
Dimensions106 x 60 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.36 x 1.65″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
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Panasonic introduces video-focused Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000

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Panasonic has updated its popular Lumix DMC-FZ1000 in a big way with the release of the DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000. It gains a new lens, larger EVF and variable ND filter, but the big story here is video.

The FZ2500 uses the same 1"-type 20MP sensor as the FZ1000 and ZS100/TZ100, along with its impressive Depth from Defocus AF system. The usual 4K Photo and Post Focus features are available, plus a clever new Focus Stacking option. Wi-Fi is, of course, also included.

From a design point-of-view, the FZ2500 is a large, solid camera with a grip to match. Its 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens is longer but slightly slower than the one on the FZ1000, but its inner workings are quite different. Once powered on, the lens extends and doesn't move even when you zoom, as everything is internal – just like on a camcorder. This, combined with special lens motors, allows for very smooth zooming. Inside you'll find Panasonic's usual image stabilization system, plus something video shooters will appreciate: a variable ND filter with -2EV, -4EV and -6EV options. The 3" LCD is fully articulating and is touch-enabled, and the OLED electronic viewfinder has an impressive magnification of 0.74x. 

The real focus on the FZ2500 is video. It can capture both DCI and UHD 4K video at 30p and 24p at a bit rate of 100Mbps. Full HD goes up to 60p at a bit rate of 200Mbps using ALL-Intra compression. The FZ2500 also offers a variable frame rate for both slow and fast motion video. Two other 'big deals' include 10-bit 4:2:2 video output over HDMI (or 8-bit for internal recording) and optional V-Log L support (a $99 extra.) The camera has both mic and headphone jacks and supports Panasonic's shotgun mics and video lamps.

The FZ2500 will ship in November for $1199.

Press Release:

LUMIX FZ2500 - The Ultimate Hybrid Compact Digital Camera with Large, 1-inch MOS Sensor

Achieving Unprecedented Performance in Both Photography and Videography 

Cologne, Germany (September 19, 2016) – Panasonic is proud to introduce new LUMIX compact digital camera DMC-FZ2500 (FZ2500) that boasts exceptionally high performance in both photography and videography.

The newly developed 20x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens serves as the eye of the camera to achieve excellent detail. An inner zoom structure dramatically enhances the stability of the lens to offer smooth zooming much like a professional camcorder. By combining the built-in ND filters, 4 setting modes of ND filter are available with direct switch operation: -2EV(1/4), -4EV(1/16), -6EV(1/64) and AUTO*1. Users can record videos while keeping the exposure level the same with a fixed shutter speed or with a fully open aperture even in high brightness. Seamless iris control with a nine-blade aperture diaphragm and new galvanometer-type actuator is also equipped.

The new LUMIX FZ2500 evolves beyond the limitation of conventional compact cameras by providing outstanding video recording capabilities. One of the most prominent advances is unlimited 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4. The LUMIX FZ2500 is also capable of recording Full-HD videos with an ultrahigh bit rate of 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without any recording duration limit. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the application. For global business by professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selected from 59.94 Hz (23.98 Hz) / 50.00 Hz / 24.00 Hz. The LUMIX FZ2500 is also capable of live image output to the external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. For more unique video expression, VFR (Variable Frame Rate), Slow & Quick motion, and Dolly Zoom are also available as well as a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording.

The large, 1-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor lets the user capture clear images with minimum noise even when shooting at a high ISO. The Venus Engine features multiple noise reduction systems to achieve high color reproduction and high image quality with natural, true-to-life detail.

The LUMIX FZ2500 packs a host of advanced functions and technologies that let users capture the unmissable moments. The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps, resulting in ultrafast auto focusing of approx. 0.09 sec*2. The burst shooting performance is also improved to achieve 12 fps (AFS) / 7 fps (AFC), for up to max.100 (JPEG) / 30 (RAW) images. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps to save as a 4K PHOTO.

Panasonic’s unique technologies further enrich the user's photographic experience. In addition to the Post Focus function, newly integrated Focus Stacking enables to adjust the depth of field after shooting by simply selecting the focusing area.

The LUMIX FZ2500 features an OLED LVF (Live View Finder) with 2360K-dot equivalent high resolution with approx.2.18x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3) magnification capability. The large, free-angle 3.0-inch approx.1040K-dot touch-control monitor with approx. 100% field of view makes shooting easier at either a high or low angle.

Wi-Fi® connectivity lets users connect the camera to smartphone or tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting, storing, and sharing images.

With its exceptionally high video performance, the new LUMIX FZ2500 defies comparison with any conventional compact cameras, satisfying even prosumers and advanced amateurs.

*1 Works for still image recording
*2 At wide-end, AFS, 1-Area AF, Live View mode 60fps, based on the CIPA standard. 

New Photo/Video Hybrid Lens Delivers Uncompromising Performance

The LUMIX FZ2500 features a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMART lens system with 20x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm) and high-speed F2.8-4.5. Comprised of 16 lenses in 11 groups including 1 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens, 4 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses and 5 aspherical lenses, the lens system boasts high optical performance with minimum ghosts and flaring. This lens system adopts an inner zoom structure with guide-pole mechanism. The guide-pole mechanism minimizes image shifts in zooming and is commonly used in professional camcorders. Together with the inner zoom structure, which realizes exceptional barycentric stability, image shift is dramatically suppressed by 80% compared with the FZ1000 to offer smooth, stable zooming. A coreless DC motor also enables slow, constant zooming from wide to 20x telephoto. Focus tracking performance in zooming is also improved.

A 9-blade aperture diaphragm achieves a soft, rounded defocus, smoothly catching up with sudden changes in brightness thanks to the use of a new galvanometer-type actuator, which is also used in professional camcorders. It assures smooth, seamless iris control even while zooming.

By combining the built-in ND filters, 4 setting modes for ND filters are available with direct switch operation: -2EV(1/4), -4EV(1/16), -6EV(1/64) and AUTO.* Users can record videos while keeping the exposure level the same with a fixed shutter speed or with a fully open aperture even in high brightness.

* Works for still image recording

High Quality Video Recording Performance Meeting Professional Standards

The LUMIX FZ2500 boasts an exceptional video recording performance that has never been seen before in any compact digital camera. It is capable of unlimited 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*1. The LUMIX FZ2500 is also capable of Full-HD video with an ultrahigh bit rate of 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), with no limit on recording duration.*1 Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the application. For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selected from between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The LUMIX FZ2500 is also capable of live image output to the external monitor in 4:2:2 / 8-bit*2 via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Even 4:2:2 / 10-bit is available which is suitable for professional video making that requires serious monitoring of footage. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with setting menus individually depending on the display.

To elevate the video expression performance even more, a variety of effects are available on the LUMIX FZ2500. The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) lets users record overcranked / undercranked video, all in Full-HD*3. Max.5x slower effect is available in 24p at 120 fps.. With the newly added Slow & Quick, users can apply a slow or quick motion effect with a press of the Fn button during recording. It is easy to activate 50% slow motion (120 fps) or 200% quick motion (30 fps) recording mode while recording at 60 fps. It is also possible to change the background’s angle of view and make it wider without changing the size of the main subject with a Dolly Zoom. Time Lapse/ Stop Motion Animation video can also be produced inside the camera.

In response to the demands of the cine production market, Panasonic offers a paid software upgrade service for the LUMIX FZ2500 to comply with V-LogL video recording with the purchase of Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1. Log recording offers exceptional flexibility as well as a wider dynamic range for color grading in the post-production process and V-LogL features log characteristics with 12 steps. V-Log / V-LogL have been developed to feature a similar characteristic curve to Cineon, which is a characteristic curve of film digitalization. Both V-Log and V-LogL have the same characteristic curve, and the LUT (Look Up Table) can be utilized in common.

*1 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater.
*2 Setting the HDMI output picture quality
[4:2:2 10bit]:You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices.
[4:2:2 8bit]:You can record the image while outputting it through the HDMI connection. Ideal for recording while checking the motion picture on an external monitor. When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card.
*3 In 24p playback. Effect value varies depending on the recording format and frequency.

Capture Unmissable Moments in Stunning Photo Quality

The LUMIX FZ2500 incorporates a large, 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel high resolution. This large MOS Sensor boasts a high S/N ratio, resulting in a dramatic reduction of noise even when shooting at ISO 12,800. The rich amount of light helps to produce an impressive defocus with a shallow depth of field. Together with the high-performance image processor Venus Engine, high image quality is achieved by optimizing sensitivity, resolution, color reproduction and gradation. The advanced noise reduction system detects edge parts, smooth parts and gradation parts and applies appropriate noise reduction individually. The result is sharp, clear images with precise color reproduction.

The LUMIX FZ2500 incorporates a dedicated linear motor into the focus system to achieve ultrahigh-speed AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology*1 which shortens the focus time. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at a high 240-fps signal exchange speed. As a result, the LUMIX FZ2500 achieves ultrahigh-speed AF of approx.0.09 sec*2 and high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) / 7 fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus up to 100 (JPEG) / 30 (RAW) images.

Thanks to this 4K technology, users can experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the most photogenic image out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Plus, multiple images can be saved as 4K PHOTO shots all at once in the LUMIX FZ2500. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved. Users can check these images on a large PC monitor and select the best shot after shooting.

The LUMIX FZ2500 comes with the Post Focus function that lets users select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful especially in macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function was developed by combining high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.

The newly integrated Focus Stacking function enables users to adjust the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with Post Focus function inside the camera. Users do not need to focus severely while shooting because they can get the image with the defocus that they want, or a pan-focused image, by simply selecting the focus area after shooting. This is beneficial when shooting macro shots of insects, small accessories and so on.

The 4K PHOTO and Post Focus menus are available on the drive dial for users to activate them more quickly.

*1 Works for still image recording.
*2 Based on the CIPA standard. 

Solid Design with Intuitive Control

The LUMIX FZ2500 offers both a sleek, solid exterior design and intuitive control. The dual dial control system around the barrel of the large-diameter LEICA DC lens enables focusing and zooming, and the 4 ND filter setting modes can be changed quickly with a switch that is also located on the lens barrel. The well-defined grip provides a stable hold with minimum fatigue despite its substantial weight. The front/rear dual dial system enables direct setting of the shutter speed and aperture. And the optimal dial, button, lever and switch layout allow intuitive control with comfort in both photo and video shooting.

The LUMIX FZ2500 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a high magnification ratio of approx. 2.18x / 0.74x (35mm camera equivalent in 4:3). The high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 2,360K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. Adoption of the OLED for the LVF achieves high-speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast for exceptional visibility. With an eyepoint of approximately 20 mm, it also offers high visibility with comfort for users wearing glasses. It is always sharp and clear from the center all the way to the corners.

Equipped with a static-type touch-control system, the 3-inch free-angle rear monitor with 1040K-dot high resolution features approx.100% field of view. It tilts up and down by 270 degrees, which enables shooting at either a high or low angle even easier. The touch-control system lets the user immediately focus on the subject and even release the shutter by simply touching the screen. Touch Pad AF makes it possible to change the focus point while keeping an eye on the subject through the viewfinder when the frame is fixed. It is also useful in after-shooting operations such as cropping 4K PHOTO shots or setting Post Focus.

Other Features

3.5 mm Microphone Jack / 3.5 mm Headphone Jack

The LUMIX FZ2500 comes with a variety of connection terminals for more flexible shooting options. The 3.5 mm microphone jack is for high-quality audio recording using an external microphone, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack lets the user monitor the audio recording while shooting video in real-time.

SD Card Compatibility and Side SD Card Slot

For reliable recording of rich video, the LUMIX FZ2500 complies with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3). The UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30 MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video. The SD Card slot is located at the side of the camera for users to change smoothly even when the camera is on a tripod.

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones

The LUMIX FZ2500 features Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse, and share images remotely.

Optional Accessories

A variety of optional accessories are available for the new LUMIX FZ2500, including an External Flash (DMW-FL580L / DMW-FL360L / DMW-FL200L), Stereo Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2), LED Video Light (VW-LED1), and Remote Shutter (DMW-RSL1). The 67mm diameter of the PL Filter (DMW-LPL67) and MC Protector (DMW-LMCH67) are also offered for more creative freedom. 

The FZ2500 will be available in November at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners for $1199.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000 specifications

Price
MSRP$1199
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMetal, composite
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions3:2 (3888 x 2592, 2736 x 1824), 16:9 (5472 x 3080, 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080), 4:3 (4864 x 3648, 3456 x 2592, 2432 x 1824), 1:1 (3648 x 3648, 2592 x 2592, 1824 x 1824)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesHybrid 5-axis available in movie mode
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Panasonic CR2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–480 mm
Optical zoom20×
Maximum apertureF2.8–4.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81″)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.74×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes
Flash range13.20 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive12.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLC12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)915 g (2.02 lb / 32.28 oz)
Dimensions138 x 102 x 135 mm (5.42 x 4.01 x 5.3″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
Categories: Equipment

Hasselblad shows 75MP square-format V-style V1D concept camera

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Medium format manufacturer Hasselblad has released details of a concept camera based on the legacy V film system that features a 75MP square image and allows users to customize its layout with a series of modular accessories. The Hasselblad V1D is part of the company’s 75-year ‘4116’ (1941-2016) celebrations and intends to reflect both the past and the present.

The style of the body has clear references to the square V system but it offers a new design that allows the LCD panels, knobs, dials and handles to be arranged on the body to suit the occasion or the photographer’s working preferences. The V1D is shown with a waist-level finder option, a prism and with the LCD exposed on the top plate. The viewing panel can also be placed on the camera’s rear, with a second screen on the top plate if required, and the wind-on knob can be fitted to the left or the right of the body. There is an optional grip too, that features its own shutter release and which appears to be mountable on either side of the camera to suit left- and right-handed photographers.

Ironically the only part of the camera that doesn’t appear to be interchangeable is the back, as the sensor seems to be built-in to the body.

Despite being called the V1D the camera is shown mounted with an XCD 45mm F3.5 lens from the X1D mirrorless system, though it is possible that an adapter will be released to allow V system lenses to be used as they can be on the H system. Presumably, H lenses would fit via the existing adapter for the X1D.

The company stresses that this is still a concept at the moment, and no pricing has been announced should the camera become a reality.

For more information see the Hasselblad website.

Press release

V1D 4116 Concept - an innovative concept study – back to square with Hasselblad

What happens when you combine the fundamental principles behind the classic Hasselblad cameras with cutting edge technology, modern production methods and contemporary design? The V1D 4116 Concept is a study created to explore the Hasselblad heritage to find new ways of designing innovative cameras for the future. Hasselblad’s engineers and designers came up with a modular concept with a square format (75MP) inspired by the classic Hasselblad V Camera.

One of the fundamental principles behind the design of the V1D is the modular approach. Hasselblad has created a uniquely flexible platform for photographers to set up the camera to suit their specific needs.

The camera body is more or less a black box, carefully machined out of a solid block of aluminium, carrying fixings for modules on 4 sides. The top and the back surface can carry modules that cover the entire surface such as displays, viewfinders and holders for accessories. The left and right hand surfaces have round fixings for controls and grips. The photographer can choose where to place the display – or if needed it is possible to have two displays. Users can have a viewfinder on the top and a display at the back. The camera can be used with the robust, but generic grip or held like a classic V Camera to reach the exposure button in the front.

With the V1D being completely modular, left-handed photographers can also configure the camera perfectly for their needs, with the rotary dial controls for aperture and shutter speed placed on either the left or right hand side. All in all, there are many ways to personalise the V1D. The proportions of the body have been carefully developed to find the perfect blend between a modern product expression and the classic Hasselblad silhouette.

Categories: Equipment

Hasselblad introduces 75-year special X1D kit in black and full spec of new XCD 30mm F3.5

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Hasselblad has formally announced details of the XCD 30mm F3.5 lens for its X1D 50c camera that company spokespeople mentioned at the launch of its 50MP medium format mirrorless system. The new lens, which has an angle of view that matches that of a 24mm wide-angle on a 35mm system camera, will have a minimum aperture of F32 and a closest focusing distance of 40cm from the sensor. It will be somewhat larger than the existing 45mm F3.5 and 90mm F3.2 lenses, with a maximum diameter of 83mm (against 77mm for the current models) and a filter thread of 77mm instead of 67mm. With this new lens the X1D medium format camera now has focal lengths the equivalent of 24mm, 35mm and 71mm.

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Hasselblad has also announced a special black version of the X1D camera to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company’s camera production. The body, called the Hasselblad X1D ‘4116’ Edition, comes with the existing 45mm F3.5 lens, a warranty extended by an extra year (three in total) and a leather hand strap all packed in a “unique ‘4116’ edition” box.

The X1D kit is due to cost $12,995/€10,900/£8990 plus tax, while no price has been announced for the 30mm lens.

For more information see the Hasselblad website.

Hasselblad XCD 30mm F3.5 specification

Press release

Hasselblad Continue 75th Anniversary Celebrations Completing ‘4116 Collection’

Following last month’s announcement of the 4116 collection which included collaborations with Motorola, The Hasselblad True Zoom, special edition camera bags from Swedish accessory brand Sandqvist and technical expertise sharing with ALPA, Hasselblad is proud to announce two new additions, completing the collection – the X1D ‘4116 edition’ together with an innovative concept study, the V1D ‘4116 edition’. The 4116 collection has been created to commemorate Hasselblad’s 75 years at the pinnacle of photography. Since 1941, the brand has drawn on Victor Hasselblad’s philosophy of innovation and design to produce cameras that push the boundaries of excellence.

XCD 30mm lens – an additional choice for the X1D family
The XCD lens is part of a new family of dedicated autofocus lenses, developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000 sec. Hasselblad can now offer following XCD lenses: 30mm, 45mm and 90mm - in addition to all 12 HC/HCD lenses.

X1D ‘4116 edition’ – the next phase of the world’s first compact mirrorless medium format camera
Following a hugely successful launch in June, the X1D has proved a game-changer in the world of photography. Weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the X1D is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The X1D ‘4116 edition’ is a special all-black compact mirrorless digital medium format X1D camera body with extended warranty, a leather hand strap, and an XCD 45mm lens, all in a unique‘4116 edition’ box.

X1D 4116 Edition Key features:
• Compact, lightweight (725g), highly portable and user-friendly medium format technology
• Large 50MP CMOS medium format sensor delivering up to 14 stops of dynamic range
• New line of XCD lenses with integral central shutter; 30mm, 45mm and 90mm available
• Compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System (adapter required)
• Multiple image format options
• High quality XGA electronic viewfinder or high resolution rear display with touch functionality
• Wide range of shutter speeds: 60 minutes to 1/2000th sec. with full flash synchronisation throughout the range
• An ISO range from 100 to 25,600
• Dual SD card slots, GPS and Wi-Fi
• USB 3.0 Type-C connector, Mini HDMI, Audio In/Out
• Weather and dust sealings
• HD video
• Phocus 3.1 for simple and quick raw image processing. Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® compatible.

The Hasselblad X1D ‘4116 edition’ package is priced at 10900 Euro / 12995 USD / 8990 GBP ex taxes and includes the black X1D-50c camera body, XCD 45mm lens, a leather hand strap, and one-year extended warranty, in addition to two-year warranty upon registration.

Categories: Equipment

PocketWizard introduces FlexTT5 TTL radio system for Panasonic

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PocketWizard is making its FlexTT5 TTL radio system available to Panasonic shooters, bringing wireless control to Panasonic's speedlights without requiring a line of sight configuration. When used with the DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L the FlexTT5 will allow for sync speeds of 1/8000sec. TTL compatibility will be limited to those two flash units and the Lumix GH4 at launch; PocketWizard plans to add support for other bodies and flashes with firmware updates.

The PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Panasonic will be available worldwide at the end of October at $186 for a single radio or $299 for two radios and a bag.

Press release

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PocketWizard Launches FlexTT5 TTL Radio System for Panasonic

Panasonic photographers can now benefit from PocketWizard’s wireless transceiver radio technology for remote TTL flash and camera triggering.

So. Burlington, VT (September 19, 2016)– LPA Design, Inc., manufacturers of PocketWizard brand products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, developed the first TTL radio system specifically for Panasonic ‘s mirrorless cameras. Panasonic photographers can now take advantage of PocketWizard’s patented wireless TTL, HSS and HyperSync® technology, enabling them to be more creative in every lighting setting.

“We have been developing a TTL radio system for Panasonic’s mirrorless gear, specifically the GH4 which is targeted towards professional photographers. Now at last, we have optimized the PocketWizard TTL operating system specifically for their cameras and flashes,” states Steve Padnos, Senior Firmware Engineer and Project Manager.

The benefits of off-camera flash are impactful and dynamic. PocketWizard is the global leader in wireless triggering, range and reliability with patented technologies engineered into every radio. With the FlexTT5 for Panasonic, GH4 photographers can now trigger any number of remote flashes without line of site limitations.

HSS with Panasonic DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L speedlights will allow for a full range of sync speeds up to 1/8000- often overpowering bright sunlight in outdoor settings. Studio flash is easily incorporated into a lighting set up with PocketWizard’s HyperSync® technology, which allows photographers to shoot at higher sync speeds, stop action and control both ambient light and flash at the same time.

“With the FlexTT5 for Panasonic, we’re giving a whole new group of photographers access to the PocketWizard family of products and opening up unlimited possibilities in their work. PocketWizard engineers have made this possible,” noted Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design.

PocketWizard is currently developing a remote camera cable which will allow Panasonic photographers to trigger a remote camera with their FlexTT5 or any other PocketWizard radio.

At release, the PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Panasonic is currently TTL compatible with the Lumix GH4 camera and DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L flashes. Compatibility with other Panasonic camera and flash models will be offered through firmware updates. The FlexTT5 for Panasonic is compatible with existing PocketWizard transceivers including the Plus IV and Plus III in manual trigger mode. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters in manual mode.

The FlexTT5 for Panasonic will be on display in the Panasonic booth at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany from September 20-25, 2016. There will be a daily 15 to 20 minute presentation in the Panasonic booth for the duration of the show. Any press interested in learning more about the product are either encouraged to attend this presentation or contact heather@pocketwizard.com to set up an appointment to learn more about the new FlexTT5.

The PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver for Panasonic will be available at PocketWizard Authorized dealers across the globe at the end of October, 2016. Photographers will have the option of purchasing individual radios or a set of two. The US MAP price of a single FlexTT5 for Panasonic radio will be $186.00 and a set of two radios which includes a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag will come in at $299.00 US MAP.

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