Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-G7 mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that is capable of recording 4K videos, just like the flagship GH4 camera.
One of the first digital camera makers to venture into the 4K realm is Panasonic. The Lumix GH4 was the company’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that offered such capability. Now, a lower-end version has become official and it has arrived with in-camera 4K video recording. It has been rumored before and its photos have been leaked on the web, but it is finally here. Without further ado, the Panasonic G7 has been introduced by the Japanese company with new 4K modes.
Panasonic G7 unveiled with 4K video recording and 4K Photo modes
The main attraction of the Panasonic G7 consists of its 4K capabilities. The camera records 4K videos at 30fps or at 24fps, while also shooting full HD videos at 60fps.
When capturing 4K footage, users can extract an 8-megapixel frame thanks to the 4K Photo tool. Additionally, three new 4K modes are available in the camera. They are called 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst Start/Stop, and 4K Pre-Burst.
In 4K Burst Shooting, the camera will capture 4K photos at 30fps for as long as the users keep their fingers on the shutter. In 4K Start/Stop, 4K recording begins when pressing the shutter button and stops when pressing the shutter button again. Finally, in 4K Pre-Burst, 60 shots will be capture before and after pressing and releasing the shutter.
New Lumix G7 camera features 1/16000s electronic shutter mode
Specs-wise, the Panasonic G7 camera employs a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor, a Venus image processor, RAW support, and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600.
An electronic shutter is available, too, offering a maximum speed of 1/16000s. Such fast shutter will allow photographers to properly expose a photo even when using a fast aperture in broad daylight.
Composition is done via a built-in electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36-million pixels or using a fully-articulated 3-inch 1.04-million pixels LCD screen.
This mirrorless camera is capable of capturing up to 8fps in continuous mode with single AF or up to 6fps with continuous AF. The focus system supports Depth From Defocus, a technology that can determine the distance to the subject by comparing two photos with distinct sharpness, allowing the camera to focus in only 0.07 seconds.
One extra dial and improved design available courtesy of the Panasonic G7
Panasonic G7 is here to replace the G6. In addition to the improvements made to the specs list, the new model comes with an improved design. It appears to be more linear with an improved texture, giving a more professional feeling to the users.
The Lumix G7 has gained an extra dial when compared to its predecessor. The dial has been added to the top left area and it consists of a drive mode dial for accessing the 4K Photo modes quickly.
Some Fn buttons have been moved around the camera. One of them is now located on its top, while another one has been moved to the 4-way menu dial. These changes have been made with accessibility in mind.
Panasonic to release the Lumix G7 in mid-June
The new Micro Four Thirds camera supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, while offering USB, HDMI, and microphone ports. The connectivity department is completed by built-in WiFi, which is useful for remotely controlling the Panasonic G7 from a smartphone or tablet.
This device measures 125 x 86 x 77mm / 4.92 x 3.39 x 3.03 inches. The total weight of its body stands at 410 grams / 0.90 lbs including the battery, which offers up to 350 shots on a single charge.
Panasonic will release the G7 in black and silver (gun metal) colors as of mid-June 2015. The camera will be available with a 14-42mm lens kit for $799.99 and with a 14-140mm lens kit for $1.099.99.
You can pre-order the Panasonic G7 right now from Amazon.