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4K Buying Guide 2014

We have selected some of the best 4K devices available in the market today.

Sony A7S

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Buy A7s – from Amazon || B&H || Adorama

The Sony Alpha A7S is considered to be one of the most significant Mirrorless Digital Camera in the world today. It features a 12.2MP Fullframe Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor which work simultaneously to deliver low noise, due to its large photo diodes inside it. The extended ISO sensitivity of 409600 results in producing better images in even low lightning conditions. The camera sensor is made up of innovative on-chip gapless lens design. The combination of sensor and image processor results in providing a fast speed to the entire camera system, the top continuous shooting speed remains limited to 5fps. The contrast detect AF system of Sony A7s with a total of 25 AF points. The contrast detect AF system fine tunes the focused area in order to deliver dramatically high focused images.

The A7S does not only deliver High quality still images but it also ensures that the user must get high resolution videos. It is capable of recording ultra HD 4K recording as well as full HD 1080p video recording in high quality XAVC S format at 50 Mbps offering multiple frame rate options up to 60fps.  It also support for S-Log2 gamma, that makes it able to expand the effective dynamic range while recording videos, as well as picture profile options, time code, and zebra marker display aids. A built-in microphone records audio in AAC/Linear PCM format additionally it offers on body jack to attach an headphone or external microphone.

It comes with a 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor for live time monitoring over subjects while shooting. Additionally a XGA 2.36M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder is also featured in order to provide ease in monitoring subjects while shooting in bright lightning conditions.

For wireless connectivity it offers WI-FI with NFC which allows it to connect with any iOS or Android  smartphone for wireless image sharing. The linked devices can also control the cameras remotely. NFC allows it to connect to any device by just tapping both of them.


Panasonic DMC-GH4

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The Panasonic DMC-GH4 has successfully placed itself in the professional camera category. It incorporates a 16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine working concurrently to ensure that the user must get high quality raw and JPEG images with excellent detail and color depth. ISO can be extended to 25600 in order to receive high quality images in tough lightning conditions.

It can record professional level 4K videos at up to 24fps in MOV and MP4 formats at. It also offers full HD 1080p video recording @60fps and 720p recording at 30and 60fps. AVCHDand AVCHD formats are also supported at a high bitrate of 200 Mbps.

It comes with a 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Touchscreen Monitor for live time monitoring and video or image playback. The touchscreen allows user to select and control the features of the camera at a faster speed. For monitoring in bright lightning conditions a 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder is provided.

The camera is WI-FI enabled so that it can share images with any of the other smart WI-FI enabled devices. When it is linked with a smartphone, the smartphone also acts as a remote control for the camera. It also features NFC which allows it to connect with any device supporting NFC by just tapping their bodies together.


Panasonic LX100

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 features a 16.8MP large multi-aspect 4/3” MOS sensor that delivers high quality images under low light environment. The most important part is the M4/3 sensor based camera capture 16MP Stills and 4K videos.

The camera offers 3.1X optical zoom that makes the photographer able to shoot sharp and crisp images of the subjects situated at a distance from the user without taking the camera closer to the subject. It features an optical image stabilization system which minimizes the appearance of camera shake when working in tough shooting conditions. It also features a 49 point Contrast detect autofocus system for gaining fast and accurate focus over the subject. The LX100 supports the ISO sensitivity of 100-25600 which allows the photographer to capture better quality images even in the poor lightning conditions. Its processor provides a very good speed to the entire camera system and makes it capable of taking 11 shots continuously in a second.

LX100 supports 4K, Ultra HD 3840 x2160 videos recording @30fps and 24fps in MP4 format. It also features full HD 1080p videos recording @60fps and 30fps. Videos are saved in MP4 or AVCHD formats.

It is build with a 3.0″ 921k-Dot Rear LCD Screen for live time monitoring and playback. And an electronic viewfinder is also provided which allows the photographer to monitor the subject even at the brightest conditions.

For wireless connectivity it offers WI-FI with NFC which helps it to connect with any smartphone for wireless image sharing. The linked devices can also control the cameras remotely. NFC allows it to connect to any device by just tapping both of them.


Panasonic FZ1000

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The Panasonic FZ1000 features a 20.1MP 1” highly sensitive MOS sensor that works in conjunction with the Venus Engine image processor to deliver high resolution output which can further be processed or cropped without loosing its quality. It offers an extended ISO range of 25600 for high quality performance even at low lightning conditions. It features Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens that is built with a linear AF motor which works for acquiring quick and precise focusing over the desired area utilizing LUMIX DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology. It offers a total of 49 AF points.

It comes with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens that offers 16X optical zoom for shooting of far positioned subjects. The optical design comprises 15 elements in 11 groups, which includes five aspherical elements with eight aspherical surfaces and four extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. It offers Optical Image Stabilization that reduces the camera shake effect across 5 distinct axes.

The camera supports UHD 4K video recording @30fps in the MP4 format, as well as it supports 1080p video recording in AVCHD format at multiple frame rates up to 60fps. It is also capable of recording Full HD, HD and SD formats in the MP4 format. An UHS-3 memory card is recommended for saving 4K videos. It comes with a built-in microphone for recording high quality audio and it even offers a 3.5mm microphone jack for attaching an external microphone.

It features a 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor for live time monitoring and playback. The free angle allows the user to adjust the LCD in many different angles in order to achieve easy viewing angles. However, a 0.39″ 2,359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder is also given for monitoring in extreme bright conditions.

When we talk of wireless connectivity, it comes with WI-FI and NFC which makes it capable of getting connected with any smartphone based on iOS or Android platform, for wireless image sharing. The linked devices can also control the cameras remotely. NFC allows it to connect to any device by just tapping both of them.


Sony Xperia Z3

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Sony Z3 is the latest creation in the smartphone section from Sony. The phone has a highly effective 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 Quad Core Processor supported by 3GB RAM which ensures that the total processing of the device remains high. It features a 5.2” touchscreen for smooth and better display. It runs on the v4.4 (Kitkat) OS. The maximum storage capacity is limited to 128 GB.

The main feature of Z3 is its capability to record 4K UHD videos. It offers a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with bionz engine, that works to deliver high quality images and videos. The 4k videos delivered by the Z3 is 4 times better than the full HD 1080p videos. The videos have better color of depth and and highly detailed videos and stills are received. The ISO sensitivity is improved and the new ISO range stucks to 12800. The G Lens used in Z3 is 25mm more wider in comparison to its predecessors it helps in getting more coverage while shooting in the landscape. The images received are much crisp and clear. However the company claims that the overheating problem while shooting with 4K is fixed now.

Panasonic GH5 to feature 8K recording?

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According to a interview published at Mapcamera website, Mr.Tadokoro Yoshifumi from Panasonic confirmed that Panasonic is working on features such as 4K @ 60fps and 8K recording in upcoming mirrorless camera from Panasonic Lumix.

So here is no doubt that he is talking about the Panasonic GH5 mirrorless camera, let’s hope for the best and we will update you soon as we get any new information.

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Panasonic LX100 Shooting Tips By Bernie DeChant


A new video uploaded by Panasonic today, – Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Shooting Tips by Bernie DeChant, In the first few minutes photographer Bernie DeChant is talking about the features of the new LX100 and after that he shares some tips for creating a prefect street composition….

Buy Panasonic LX100 from Amazon || B&H Store || See more about Panasonic LX100

Canon SX60 HS vs Panasonic FZ70

Canon-SX60-HS-vs-FZ70-camerTake a look between the comparison of Panasonic FZ70 vs Canon SX60 HS, however the FZ70 is old now and waiting for an update…

Canon-SX60-HS-vs-FZ70-compaOptical Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has 5x more optical Zoom than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Aperture Range: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 aperture Range is better than Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, the bright aperture lenses capture more incoming light to the sensor,  create more DOF, you get more better color and contrast output and it also create less noise during low-light situation.

Macro: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has more close-up macro range than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 .

More AF Points: The Panasonic FZ70 features 23 point AF system; on the other hand the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is limited to 9 AF points only. With more AF point you get more area under AF points under screen, more AF points helps your camera to quickly acquire AF on your subject.

Shutter Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features better shutter range compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 features fast shooting speed compared to Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Video Mode: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features full HD video recording @ 30fps frame rate , Panasonic FZ70 features full HD video recording @ 60fps frame rate and HD video recoding@60fps.

Display: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS features bigger and high resolution display compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Battery Life (CIPA): Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 battery rating is 400 shots and other hand Canon PowerShot SX60 HS 340 shots. According to CIPA.

Dimensions: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is smaller than Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

Weight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 light-weight than Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Verdict: The Panasonic FZ70 will cost you less and features a decent core specification on the other hand the Canon SX60 HS will cost you more also offers high end specification.

Buy Canon SX60 HS camera from Amazon and  B&H Store || The Panasonic FZ70 Available at Amazon and B&H store.

 

Panasonic LX100 vs Sony RX100 M3

Panasonix-LX100-vs-RX100-M3 – Image size comparison – Panasonic LX100 is bigger than RX100 M3 compact -

The Panasonic Rumored large sensor compact camera finally announced and its features M4/3 size sensor, we are comparing the ultra popular RX100 M3 camera with the LX100, take a look who wins…

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The Panasonic LX100 features large multi-aspect 4/3″ type MOS sensor that produce images of 12.8MP still and records 4K Ultra HD video at 30 and 24 fps on the other hand Sony features a 20.1 MP megapixel 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor that features backside-illuminated technology to produce better low-light images.

sensor sizeHowever having a large sensor and big photodiode Panasonic will produce better low-light images with more dynamic range.

Lens

Due to the introduction of high quality 24-75mm Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens the Panasonic features more bit more optical zoom (3.1 vs 2.9) by having the same aperture range as of  Sony RX100 M3, The Macro mode available in LX100 is also better, the LX100 allows you to get more closer to your subject (3cm vs 5cm), plus the lens will create more DOF due to large sensor size of LX100.

Hybrid Shutter

The Panasonic LX100 uses Electronic and Mechanical shutter both, the mechanical shutter provides you shutter speed of 60 – 1/4000 second and electronic shutter capable of shooting 1 – 1/16000 second …

4K Video

The LX100 also supports 4K 3840 x 2160 video recording at 30 or 24 fps in MP4 format (No AVCHD), the  4K video can be recorded for up to 15 minutes, and requires an SD card rated at UHS-I Speed Class 3, you can record Full HD videos @ 60fps in MP4 and AVCHD formats.

Verdict:

Based on core specification difference we recommend you to buy Panasonic LX100.

Buy Panasonic LX100 from Amazon || B&H Store

Mirrorless Camera Sales Prediction by Panasonic

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Panasonic showed the expected sales volume of mirrorless camera in 2016 during a presentation event at Tokyo (image via: DC.watch), the sales volume mirrorless systems is against the total number of DSLRs sales in 2016, more or less but the fact looks true to me since the mirrorless market is slowly and steadily eating-up the DSLR market from 2012.


Also see – Canon Working on New Mirrorless System Camera —– Nikon – We Don’t Want to Deny the Possibility of Large-Sensor Mirrorless

Panasonic GM1 S announced in Japan

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I was looking at the list of new products announced by Panasonic in Japan today, everything was same except one the Panasonic GM1 S, however after looking at the core specification the camera look similar to GM5 camera..but I am not able to fine viewfinder in it..take a look at the translated press release below (inlcuding the major features of the new GM1 S camera)

Panasonic GM1 S Press Release (translated)

Panasonic Corporation, will be released from November 13 the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera LUMIX GM1S condensed high-quality performance of the SLR in a small body.

This product is a model that renewal in the new color Blue, Brown, the LUMIX GM1 that are acclaimed as high-quality single-lens camera of compact, lightweight body, you add a new feature. Such as the AF function and enrichment with excellent image quality by Venus engine and 16M Live MOS sensor, features a high quality is intact, I was equipped with new useful features. For example, transferred to the smartphone a short video that was taken, and equipped can create short movies by connecting the “snap movie mode”, Wi-Fi ® upload to SNS is possible without going through the smartphone image during playback by function In addition, Wi-Fi and smartphone ® I have to be in the reading of the QR code that is displayed on the monitor of this product connection.

We will continue to propose to the user to find the single-lens camera that combines the design and appearance of the mobility and high image quality, this product.

Feature

  1. The new color variations to the small size and high-quality body
  2. AF function and enrichment with high image quality with 16M Live MOS sensor and Venus engine
  3. Shooting function evolved from GM1, was further enhanced
    and transferred to the smartphone short video-, can make a short movie “snap movie mode”
    and usable image effect of the 22 species the same as “creative control” the (filter) also · PASM mode
    · Wi-Fi and smartphone ® possible reading of the QR code that is displayed on the monitor of this product connection

source – panasonic japan