Friday, 13 June 2014 16:52

Panasonic cuts cost of 4K video recording

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Want a digital compact camera with a 20.1MP sensor that can record 4K UHD video at 30fps and should cost around A$1K including a fixed 16x Zoom, optical image stabilisation, 25-400mm, f/2.8-4.0 Leica lens?

Enter Panasonic’s Lumix FZ1000 at around half the cost of current 4K cameras like its GH4 – it even has the same Venus Engine image processor.

At 137 (W) x 99 (H) and 131 mm deep (with the zoom closed) and weighing 831g it is about the size of a small digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera.

I have not seen the camera yet – it will be in Australia in late July but overseas previews are extremely encouraging. The recurrent theme is that it bridges the gap between point and shoot and DSLRs with many high end features like Wi-Fi, NFC, OLED live view finder, 3” LCD monitor, and saves in RAW and JPEG formats.

One is the ability to shoot 4K video and extract still 8MP shots.

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At the price, its built-in lens provides far more zoom and flexibility than you could get without spending a fortune on multiple lenses for DSLRs. The 1” sensor image and video quality is good enough to display content online and print stunning A3 images. 

Question is do you want to record 4K or would you be happier with the world’s best travel camera – the 30x zoom TZ60.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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