Panasonic’s f2.8 24x zoom Lumix FZ300 camera doesn’t mind getting wet and dirty

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Panasonic GX8: Insane Stability and 4K Video for This Beefy Mirrorless.

NEWARK, N.J., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic is proud to announce the development of two lenses and a new technological function called “Post Focus.” Post Focus will enable users to select an “in-focus” area after shooting with a simple interface. Panasonic is updating its two-year-old Lumix GX7 mirrorless camera to the Lumix GX8, a similar camera that includes a number of new upgrades across the board.Boasting the highest image quality of any Lumix G model, the GX8 features a 20.3-million-pixel imaging sensor and is aimed at amateur and professional photographers. ‘The improved functionality makes it possible to remove blocks of noise that were formerly tough to detect’, claims Panasonic, ‘allowing you to replicate the image just as you saw it through the lens’. The GX8 boasts a top burst rate of ten frames per second (using the electronic shutter) and is claimed to boost colour reproduction by analysing not only colour, but also saturation and luminosity. By combining high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and the 4K Photo burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while shifting the lens to set focus on approx.501 areas (*TBC).

Built to be ‘lightweight, yet rugged and durable’, the ‘splash and dustproof’ magnesium alloy-bodied new camera houses a 2.36 million-dot EVF capable of tilting up to 90°. The Body I.S. and Lens I.S. can be switched in the LUMIX GX7 but both Body I.S. and Lens I.S. work at the same time to take maximum advantage of both stabilizers not only in wide angle but also with telephoto. There are worse things in the world, but it did mean that mirrorless cameras based on the APS-C sensor, like the 24.3-megapixel Sony A6000, had a large resolution advantage. Almost any type of vibration can be effectively suppressed with this innovative image stabilization system featuring max.3.5x (wide) / 1.5x (tele)2 wider correction angle.

The design of the GX8 is largely unchanged from the GX7 — it’s still a retro, rangefinder-like design with an integrated viewfinder and a fair number of buttons and dials. The new 20.3-megapixel sensor in the GX8 should capture more detail than the GX7’s 16-megapixels, and that extra resolution will give you a little more creative control when re-framing photos in post.

All we know is that the DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3, for example, will be optimised for the latest technology in Lumix G cameras, such as Power Optical Image Stabiliser technology, and will be light enough to use handheld. In the camera world, 20 megapixels isn’t a notable spec except for the fact that the GX8 has the very first micro four thirds sensor to exceed 16 megapixels. That’s cool I guess, but doesn’t mean much for camera shoppers exposed to throngs of cameras sporting even higher megapixel counts vying for their dollars.

Panasonic will introduce this Post Focus function via a firmware update for LUMIX GX8, LUMIX FZ300 and some other models in late 2015 and 2016 will study to integrate it into upcoming LUMIX digital cameras as well. It is also capable of high speed burst shooting at 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC) helping users not to miss critical photo opportunities. 4K is the advanced definition of video imagery that boasts stunning detail. Photos that are pulled from the 4K video retain their EXIF data for the exact moment they are from, which makes it easier when organising photos later on.

The GX7 had a fast autofocus system, but it only used contrast detect AF – not the more advanced and reliable phase detection, or the hybrid system favoured by many. As the new telephoto zoom lens excels in size and weight, it enables handheld 800mm (35mm camera equivalent) telephoto shooting without using a tripod.

High-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are adopted for both LVF and rear monitor, achieving high speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.01 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast. The 50mm focus distance offers almost the same viewing angle and sense of perspective of human eyes which means users can enjoy shooting a portrait or scenery as they see. Panasonic will continue to further advance its product development to meet the diverse needs of customers in the expanding digital mirrorless camera market. Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. A variety of extensive AF functions including Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF enhance usability for a variety of shooting situations.

The three modes – 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-Burst each have their own uses, which you can read more about in our hands-on with the GX8. Thanks to the connectivity of Wi-Fi® with NFC (Near Field Communication), users can connect the camera to their smartphone and/or tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at 2 LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm/F1.2 ASPH./POWER O.I.S., LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm/F1.7 ASPH., Leica DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH., LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm/F2.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:—two-new-lenses-and-post-focus-function-300114162.html

Panasonic LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Cameras offer a wide variety of digital interchangeable lenses and most of them are able to conform with Dual I.S. For video recording, 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus)5 which has been available in Panasonic’s professional video camera development, corrects complex movement for more stable imagery. It certainly enters a crowded mirrorless field, so Panasonic has its work cut out for it in convincing photogs that this camera is worth their dough.

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 stunning picture quality in a natural way. Most people considering the GX8 won’t want or need a built-in flash, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II mentioned earlier includes a rather fine hot-shoe external flash in the box. All these functions in 4K Photo allow users to save images in 8-megapixel equivalent high resolution; 3840×2160 (16:9), 3328×2496 (4:3), 3504×2336 (3:2), 2880×2880 (1:1) without missing the shot.

MP4 Motion pictures with their file size set to [FHD], [HD] or [VGA]: Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 29 minutes and 59 seconds or the file size exceeds 4GB. The tiltable LVF offers extraordinary angle of view with unique shooting style – looking down into the viewfinder to level the camera straight on the subject. Users can change settings such as aperture and shutter speed with the front/rear dials and can also customize the assignment of functions even on Fn buttons. For example, users can adjust white balance with a front dial and set ISO with a rear dial while choosing the shutter speed or seeing the noise effect, which is helpful in the complex lighting situations.

Furthermore, the DFD (Depth Defocus) technology6 calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens. The focus detect area is increased from 23 (LUMIX GX7) to 49 points for more flexible composition and together with Custom Multi AF mode users can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 in the focusing area. Once the camera and smartphone/tablet are connected by installing Panasonic’s dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. In addition to the color space setting (sRGB / AdobeRGB), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction or sharpness can be flexibly adjusted while LUMIX’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Creative Panorama (ultra wide) ADVANCED: The Panorama Shot function allows shooting horizontal/vertical ultra-wide panoramic image by shooting sequential pictures easily. 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.

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