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Panasonic Announce the First 4K Compact Digital Camera

by on June 24, 2014
 

By Matt – June 24

This June Panasonic announced the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. That’s the world’s first digital camera with a 4K video recorder. As such, this digital compact camera is a groundbreaking addition to the FZ series.

Panasonic’s Marketing Manager stated: “The DMC-FZ1000 incorporates 4K video recording capability for the first time in a compact digital camera, giving users the ability to shoot beautiful home movies at four times the resolution of Full HD. This feature isn’t limited to video capture only, as it’s possible to cut out a single frame of the 4K video and save it as an eight-megapixel image, providing enough detail to create an A3 poster print.

With 4K video the camera boasts a 3840 x 2160 recording resolution. You can capture up to 30 minutes of film with the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The camera has both a built-in microphone and optional external alternative for audio recording.

The camera boasts a 16x optical zoom with 5-step speed control, which gives it a huge amount of range for a single-lens camera model. As such, this enables smooth speed control for video recording. In addition, it also includes a variety of creative video recording modes.

The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 has a 20.1 megapixel photo resolution. Its 20.1 MP sensor is about one inch, and is somewhat larger than those found in most alternative compact digital cameras. Consequently, even when taking pictures in low-light you can still expect detailed photos.

Panasonic have developed the Venus Engine quad-core image processor for the DMC-FZ1000 digital camera. That further enhances the camera’s 4K video recording. This Venus Engine should also enhance both the resolution and color of photos taken with the camera.

The digital compact camera has a 3-inch LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) for framing and reviewing photos taken. This LCD offers a high-resolution and minimal lag times. It has 100% framing accuracy and an anti-reflective coating.

The camera has plenty of additional options for photographers. For example, with its built-in Wi-Fi you can geo-tag your photos. The LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 includes hue adjustment, Cinelike gamma, 22 filter modes and focus peaking. Plus you can also shoot and save photos in RAW formats, or convert RAW file formats to JPEG alternatives with the camera.

There are a few extra accessories for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. Among them the GN58 External Flash for high-speed charging. There is a Stereo/Shotgun Microphone for the camera that enables a stereo/shotgun switch. In addition, you can get a 62mm ND Filter, PL Filter and MC Protector for the digital camera.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 will retail in the middle of July. It should retail at about $900. Below is a list of some of the camera’s specifications.

IMAGING

Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Sensor: 1″ MOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
Max Resolution 20MP: 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization: Optical, 5-Way

OPTICS

Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmarit, 15 elements in 11 groups
5 Aspherical, 4 ED
EFL: 9.12-146 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-400 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) – 4 (T) to f/11
Filter Thread: 62 mm

Optical: 16x
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 22.4x
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ): 32x
Intelligent Zoom: 32x
Digital: 4x

EXPOSURE CONTROL

ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125-12800 (Extended Mode: 80-25600)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 60 – 1/4000 sec
Type: Electronic
Speed: 1 – 16,000 sec 2 – 0 min in Bulb Mode Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.4 x 3.9 x 5.1″ / 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7 mm

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