Panasonic Lumix G7

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pana G7This camera has nothing to do with the summit of industrialized countries, although it may turn up there to record the proceedings.

Rather, this is the 7th generation of Panasonic’s G series of high-end compact cameras, the DMC-G7. This mirrorless camera integrates 4K video recording with 4K photography capabilities.

The camera offers a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, the aforementioned 4K video recording at 30 fps with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Additionally, there are three new features: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these enable the user to simply select photos from the 4K video by cropping the desired frame out of the 4K burst file.

The camera’s Venus Engine dramatically boosts the camera’s performance with a quad-core CPU that achieves high speed signal processing resulting in 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC). Additionally, the Venus Engine vividly improves colour reproduction with an accurate evaluation of each colour – in both saturation and luminosity – allowing the camera to capture exceptionally fast-moving subjects in complete focus, says the company. This high-powered engine is also said to excel in diffraction compensation to capture images that are crisp and clear, even when using a small aperture.

The G7 also enables shooting at maximum ISO 25600.

Panasonic also says sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution, and colour reproduction have dramatically advanced in this model to achieve a higher picture quality than ever before.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy. The Low Light AF feature makes it possible for users to achieve a clear focus on their subject as precisely and quickly as possible, even in extremely low-lit situations. Furthermore, the G7’s newly integrated Starlight AF allows users to achieve a clear photo of a star in the night sky with autofocus. This can be achieved by an accurate calculation of the contrast value in each split AF zone. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the G7 incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF. This new feature automatically sets the camera’s focus on the eyes of the human subject being captured.

Additionally, the camera’s Pinpoint AF gives users the capabilities to magnify their target area to set an accurate and extremely precise focus. The G7’s calculated algorithm of AF Tracking ensures that the colour, size and motion vector of each subject are recognized and captured even more accurately than ever before, notes the company.

pana G7 backThe camera’s display area has been redesigned to include high-precision OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) that increases the resolution of the display area, with approx.1.4x / 0.7x (35 mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100 percent field of view. The camera’s redesigned eyecup improves ease of use – switching the image output between the LVF and rear monitor automatically with a built-in sensor on the LVF. Panasonic also notes the OLED for the LVF boasts 10,000:1 contrast allowing for “superior” colour reproduction. Users also have the option of viewing the LVF in a monochrome display.

The display’s maximum luminance has also increased by more than 50 percent when compared to its predecessor. As a result, the camera is able to secure higher visibility in the sunniest of conditions with increased resolution and enhanced colour reproduction.

The G7 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) to offer a more flexible and connected shooting experience. Users can instantly share or store images with their smartphone or tablet devices.

Additionally, the G7 also features ‘Jump Snap’ – a new feature that connects the camera with the user’s smartphone. By connecting with the smartphone’s GPS, this app detects the coordinates of the user jumping in the air and releases the shutter of the remotely-located camera. It identifies the highest position that the user has jumped and captures the image at this optimal point. (Kid you not.)

Other features: UHS-II SDXC/SDHC memory card compatibility; maximum 1/16000 sec high shutter speed; Creative Panorama (ultra-wide); 3.5 mm microphone input; Focus Peaking; Silent Mode; Level Gauge; WB (White Balance) Bracket; Creative Control with 22 filters; Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation; P/A/S/M mode for video recording; iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Mode for photo and video; Scene Guide with 20 sample situations.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is apparently available now, but no pricing has been announced.

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