Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 4K hybrid video plus stills camera. Soon 4K video and 4K stills modes will be affordable for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
While the G7 could be considered the GH4’s younger sister in features and price, it offers some intriguing 4K features not present in Panasonic’s top-end mirrorless hybrid — 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst Start/Stop and 4K Pre-Burst. All are accessed via the top-plate-mounted drive modes dial by choosing the 4K setting, and continue the convergence of Ultra High Resolution stills and video foreshadowed by the GH4.
According to Panasonic’s press release, the G7 will initially be available with a choice of two lenses, the 14-42mm kit lens or the 14-140mm moderate-wide to medium telephoto zoom. No mention was made of a body-only option at launch but that even more affordable possibility is surely only a matter of time.
The G7’s specifications offer plenty of overlap with those of its older sister and will entice many pro shooters wanting a back-up or B-roll camera for their A-roll GH4 main camera. Enthusiasts wanting to dip their toes in the 4K waters will find the G7 a very capable and very affordable first step, especially in its body-only or 14-42mm kit zoom versions.
Given an almost one-year time difference between the GH4 and the G7, Panasonic has been able to add some attractive new features to the later. The G7 comes with a bright, sharp 2,360K OLED viewfinder and improved autofocus 8 frames-per-second burst shooting when not in continuous autofocus.
Impressively for a mid-range camera, the G7’s monitor is fully articulated like the one on the GH4 and is a 3-inch 1,040K dot LCD. Once exposed to fully articulated monitors, it is hard to go back to the simpler, cheaper flip-up/flip-down monitors of most other mirrorless system cameras.
The G7 echoes plenty of other features found on the GH4 too — 3.5mm microphone socket, focus peaking (essential in my option), silent mode (great for close-up portraiture and photojournalism) level gauge, Wi-Fi and more. The press release and specs list are unclear about some features — no mention of a headphone socket for example, or whether the G7 has the same range of picture profiles found in the GH4.
Details like these will doubtless become clearer as we approach the camera’s release date and after it comes into the hands of reviewers. I have seen early mention, though, that the G7 will come with Cinelike D and Cinelike V photo styles. Whether the G7 will gain the V-Log L photo style rumored to be coming to the GH4 later this year remains to be seen.
Besides price, the other most noticeable difference between the G7 and the GH4 is video resolution. The GH4 offers a top video resolution of DCI 4K at 4096 pixels by 2160 pixels while the highest video resolution on the G7 is 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels. Videographers shooting for television broadcast or playback on 4K TV sets such as those made by Panasonic may not feel the lack of DCI cinematic resolution or could consider cropping their G7 4K UHD footage if editing into a 4K DCI timeline.
On first reading and viewing of Panasonic’s G7 launch videos, this impressive new camera looks like a worthy companion to its bigger sister the GH4 and should do well as a prime hybrid video and stills camera for those who find the GH4 price and feature overkill.
Soon I will be in the market for a back-up for my GH4 when shooting documentary projects in the field. Before the G7 announcement, my natural first choice would have been another GH4. Now, I am seriously considering the G7 for that role or, for multi-camera shoots, a G7 looks perfect as a second or third camera.
I look forward to reading what hands-on reviewers think of the G7 after putting it through its moviemaking paces in coming weeks. [bctt tweet=”Panasonic gives the GH4 a little sister with the new Panasonic G7 4K hybrid for the rest of us.”]
LUMIX DMC-G7 Sample Video in 4K by Colin Witherill
This is a sample video recorded in 4K with new LUMIX DMC-G7 by a filmcreator Colin Witherill. Integrating a 4K video recording capability and a variety of 4K Photo functions, the DMC-G7 boasts high photographic / videographic performance despite its high mobility. The DMC-G7 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p(60Hz) / 25p(50Hz) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. With “4K Photo” mode, three new exclusive functions are newly integrated to capture the fleeting photo opportunities; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All these functions help saving pictures without missing the spur-of-the-moment by cropping the frame you exactly want out of the 4K burst file.
Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 – A New Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Panasonic is introducing a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera DMC-G7 from LUMIX G. Integrating a 4K video recording capability and a variety of 4K Photo functions, the DMC-G7 boasts high photographic / videographic performance despite its high mobility.
4K Photo – Changing Photography
All LUMIX cameras, especially the DMC-GH4, are renowned for their capability of high quality video recording. The new LUMIX G7, GH4, FZ1000 and LX100 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840×2160. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can enjoy “4K Photo”
LUMIX DMC-G7 Never Lets You Miss a Photo Moment and Delivers a Superb Photographic Experience
Newark, NJ (May 18, 2015) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the LUMIX DMC-G7. The revolutionary Panasonic LUMIX G7 offers Panasonic’s exclusive 4K PHOTO feature that taps the high resolution of 4K Ultra HD video to improve the speed of photo capture. With the exclusive 4K PHOTO feature you are able to pause and extract high resolution pictures from 4K video so you will never again miss that one special moment. The LUMIX G7 is also compatible with over 24 compact lens options and is built on the next generation interchangeable lens camera standard (Micro Four Thirds) that is “Changing Photography” and pioneered by Panasonic. The “Mirrorless” Micro Four Thirds design enables a lighter, more compact camera body, while also offering cutting-edge 4K video, audio, creative controls, wireless, super-fast intelligent-focusing and exposure technologies not possible with traditional DSLRs. The LUMIX G7 will be available at shop.Panasonic.com and LUMIX authorized retailers.
4K Capability Delivers a Change in Photography – 4K Video and 4K Photo
The LUMIX G7 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4 in addition to the Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p video in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time Auto Focus (AF).
Taking advantage of 4K video recording capability, users can lock in on a split-second photo using the exclusive “4K PHOTO” feature on the LUMIX G7. With 4K PHOTO, users can extract fleeting photo moments at 30 frames per second in printable 8-megapixel equivalent resolution, by playing back and extracting a precise photo frame of a special moment from the 4K file to save as a photo. Three new exclusive functions are offered to make 4K photography even easier; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. The 4K Burst Shooting allows almost *unlimited shooting at 30 fps, which can be initiated by pressing the shutter button and releasing it once you are satisfied the image has been captured. The 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) mode starts consecutive shooting with a single press of a shutter button and stops it with the second press, which is more suitable for the shooting opportunities requiring longer waiting time. And the 4K Pre-burst automatically records a total of 60 images right before/after the shutter release. All of three 4K Photo modes allow you 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 that unique photo opportunity.
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