Panasonic is a blazing a trail in the world of 4K technology...
With CES, the world’s biggest electronics and technology show, underway in Las Vegas, it’s perhaps no surprise that we’re now being inundated with press releases. One that caught our eye this morning was news of Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera, the GX800, which is set for launch in March. Equipped with 4K technology for video, stills and selfies, the GX800 is powered by a new Venus Engine and 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor, and also features an innovative Post Focus mode that allows users to select the point of focus after an image has been captured. The future of photography? We’ll have to wait until we get our grubby mitts on it…
Panasonic is today launching the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera – the Lumix GX800 – which offers great image quality for those who want to capture amazing scenery and unmissable moments. The GX800 offers newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body.
The 3.0-inch 1040K-dot static touch control screen boasts a 180-degree tiltable structure and the camera goes into Self Shot mode automatically once the monitor is flipped. In Self Shot mode, a variety of functions for selfies are available on the GX800, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can also be shot in Self Shot mode.
The 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive colour reproduction and maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity.
The GX800 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and Light Composition.
For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style including L.Monochrome mode are included. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Scene Guide make the GX800 easy to use. The camera integrates Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
Capture unmissable photo opportunities with cutting-edge 4K technologies and stunning performance
The GX800 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K videos yet despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy-efficiency within a compact design.
Thanks to this 4K technology, users can also experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of a 4K burst file to save as a photo. In 4K PHOTO, three modes can be chosen 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 8MP equivalent high-resolution, which is good enough for printing in A3 size. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.
The GX800 also comes with a Post Focus function that lets users select the focus area after shooting. This function was developed by combing the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.
Achieve true-to-life detail and impressive colour reproduction
The GX800 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high-quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction. By removing the low-pass filter, the limiting resolution has been improved. The Venus Engine reproduces vibrant, impressive colours for images such as clear skies by dividing the hue, saturation and luminosity, and finely adjusting them separately. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-lit situations.
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 a maximum of 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec.
The GX800 will be available from March 2017 in silver, black, tan and orange and will RRP at £499.99.