Panasonic’s GH4 and FZ1000 4K Cameras Now Come With Ultra HD Photo Extraction

by on September 16, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 16th, 2014

Panasonic’s renowned and very highly recommended GH4 Hybrid camera and its slightly lesser known FZ1000 camera have both gotten new set of firmware updates that have not only improved and already high quality 4K video recording standard in the devices but have also added the company’s new “4K Photo” feature for extracting numerous still shots from the frames in 4K Ultra HD footage.

The updates will be released for the cameras in October of this year and also include USB tethered shooting for the Lumix GH4 camera.

Furthermore, the GH4 will also be getting a brand new 23.98p (MP4, AAC) recording mode for its 4K footage setting and will also see some improvements to both of its manual controls for ISO and flash emission.

Most interesting of all of these features however, is the 4K Photo mode that will be coming to both cameras. What this new update does is allow for the grabbing of 8 megapixel still shots from any chunk of raw 4K video footage and also includes the full EXIF data you’d normally see in a regular, real photo still. Additionally, the cameras will automatically switch to the settings that are most conducive to high quality still photos during recording of 4K video.

Going into additional detail, hitting the Fn1 button during an 4K recording on the cameras will leave a bookmark that can later be accessed for the extraction of future still images and there will also now be a Loop Rec function enabled on the GH4 in particular which is designed to save the five newest two minute UHD video sequences so that you can patiently film in expectation of the perfect still shot without overloading the cameras’ memory cards.

Also, specifically referring to the FZ1000 camera, its firmware update will be focused on enhancing the performance and controllability of this camera while also featuring the 4K photo extraction mode mentioned above.


The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 4K DSLR

The new “4K Photo” mode in the Panasonic cameras is a new mechanism for hybrid photography that has been developed by Panasonic for its line of the latest 4K DSLR style cameras

What 4K Photo does is encourage users to capture and create numerous spur-of-the-moment 4K photos in an extremely high resolution by simply filming 4K movie footage on these two cameras.

The 4K Photo mode makes taking (cropping) a single good frame from an Ultra HD movie both easy and quick. With this update to the cameras’ photography processes, a user can simply select the Photo Mode setting and automatically have all the features in the video shoot adjust themselves for optimal still shots. These include recording format, picture quality settings and brightness level just to name a couple of examples.

Furthermore, users can film their 4K videos in 16:9, 4:3, 3:2 and even 1:1 aspect ratios and 8 megapixel photos taken at all of these settings can still be extracted.

Overall, this is a very nice list of firmware updates and it has made two already awesome 4K cameras even more desirable.

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