Panasonic Lumix GX850

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pansaonic-gx850Designed for selfie-takers, the compact mirrorless camera Lumix GX850 offers a flip-up rear monitor and 4K Photo and 4K Video in a compact body.

The 3.0-inch 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, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. The beauty functions enable users to shoot portraits more attractively and after shooting, aesthetic/make-up retouching can even be applied in the camera with the Beauty Retouch function. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can be shot in Self Shot mode.

The 16.0-megapixel 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 25,600 high sensitivity, notes the company.

The GX850 records QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p 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 are said to make the camera easy to use even for those new to digital interchangeable lens system cameras. Also the camera integrates Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.

A variety of beauty functions enable users to shoot more attractive portraits, offering Soft Skin, Defocusing and Slimming effects.

Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter functions can also be used to trigger the shutter release. They work when the face is once covered with a waving hand or when two faces come closer in a frame.

In 4K Photo, three modes can be chosen: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.

The LUMIX also offers a Post Focus function that lets users select the in-focus area even after shooting. This function was developed by combing DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.

For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode provides a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control and Food Recognition.

The Scene Guide offers 21 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to their shooting situation and the optimum parameters for shooting the scene will be automatically set.

Creative Control mode features a total of 22 filter options.

The camera automatically starts recording photos at a time lapse sequence once the start time, interval and the number of pictures to shoot are set.

Users can record video in a designated short period of time (2/4/6/8 sec) as they shoot “moving photos.” In this function, rack focusing or addition of a fade effect (colour in/out, black in/out, white in/out) are available.

Available in silver and black, the Lumix GX850 will be available in early February.

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