New Lumix FZ2000, Lumix LX15 and Lumix G80 cameras all offer 4K video possibilities
Today at the biennial Photokina show in Köln, Germany, Panasonic has unveiled a trio of cameras – the Lumix FZ2000 bridge camera, the pocket-sized Lumix LX15 and the Lumix G80 – all of which offer different variants of 4K video recording.
In terms of videography arguably the most eye-catching of these is the FZ2000 model, which incorporates a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 20x (24-480mm, 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, a 1.0-inch MOS sensor and unlimited 4K recording in the MOV/MP4 formats. The lens is said to offer minimum ghosting and flaring and has a guide-pole mechanism commonly used in pro video cameras, which Is said to supress image blurring by 80% when compared to the Lumix FZ1000.
In addition the lens is said to be able to match sudden changes of brightness thanks to the adoption of a galvanometer that’s also used in professional video cameras.
Unlimited video recording
The big news is that the Lumix FZ2000 camera can capture “unlimited” 4K video footage at 4096×2160 cinema 4K at 24fps, QFHD 4K (3840×2160) up to 30fps, as well as Full HD shooting at 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB). To get such unlimited footage you must use an SDXC/SDHC memory card that’s compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 when using a high bit rate video recording mode of 100Mbps or greater.
The camera is also capable of real-time image output to an external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Panasonic has also said it will offer an optional paid software upgrade for the Lumix FZ2000 to comply with V-Log L video recording.
The FZ2000 also has a 3.0-inch 1040k-dot rear vary-angle touchscreen that will allow users to set video modes and settings. A 3.5mm microphone jack will allow for recording using an external microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack will allow videographers to monitor recording audio while recording video in real time.
The small Lumix LX15 camera includes a newly developed f/1.4-f/2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux 3x zoom lens (24-72mm, 35mm equivalent) and it can record high-res QFHD 4K (3840×2160 at 30p, 25p or 24p in MP4, plus Full HD 1920×1080 50p videos in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 format with practical full-time AF. Highspeed recording is also available at 120fps (NTSC) or 100fps (PAL) to enable users to shoot slow-motion videos.
The video features of the Lumix G80 model include high-res 4K video at 3840×2160 at 25p or 24p in MP4 format as well as Full HD 1920×1080 at 50p in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264) format with practical, full-time AF.
The press conference also saw Panasonic unveiling plans for its GH5 digital single lens mirrorless camera that will arrive in “the first half of 2017.” Amongst its specs are a 6K Photo capability extracted from an ultra-high video with “approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD”, plus 4K at 60p/50p and 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video.