In terms of quantity, Panasonic has excelled other companies showing new cameras at Photokina, with the weather-sealed Lumix G85 mirrorless interchangeable; the Lumix LX10 high-end pocket camera, featuring a 1-inch sensor and Leica DC-Vario Summilux lens; and the Lumix FZ2500, featuring a 20x optical zoom lens, a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and professional-style Cinema 4K video recording.
Panasonic also pre-announced the 2017 launch of the new flagship Lumix GH5, ‘capable of recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p or faithful 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p video. It also features ‘6K Photo’, which extracts 18-megapixel still images from ultra high-quality video with around 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD.
Panasonic’s PR consultancy didn’t send press material in time to prepare separate stories for posting today, so to make up some time we will provide a quick intro to each camera and a link to the press releases.
The Lumix G85 has weather-sealing, a tough splash and dustproof design protects all joints, dials and buttons against extreme conditions. It has a lightweight magnesium-alloy full diecast front frame. Shutter speeds range from 60 to 1/4000 seconds. Sensor is 16-megapixel, with no Low Pass Filter. The OLED EVF is 2,360,000-dot resolution, supported by a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot tilting rear monitor.
Local body only price is $1399 (RRP). With the Lumix G-Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER OIS lens, priced is $1699. With Lumix G-Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA OIS lens, RRP is $1499, while the zoom lens kit with 14-140mm lens has an RRP of $1999. An optional accessory battery grip, which contains an additional battery, is $399.
For a First Look review from local enthusiast website Photo Review Australia, click here.
For a copy of the press release: panasonic-lumix-dmc-g85
The LX10 features a f1.4-2.8 zoom lens with a 24-72mm focal range (35mm equivalent) An aperture ring on the lens allows direct, intuitive control and the lens can be focused to within three centimetres for close-ups shots. Lens includes six dual-sided aspherical and low-dispersion elements, while the nine-blade aperture is built for bokeh.
It captures 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p/25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4. Easy to use 4K Live Cropping offers stable panning and zooming during recording.
It will be available in Australia in November with an RRP of $999.
For a copy of the press release: panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx10
The Lumix FZ2500 sports a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens covering angles of view equivalent to 24-480mm in 35mm format. It has the same 2,360,000-dot OLED Live View Finder and tilting 3-inch titling 1,040,000-dot touch-control rear monitor as the G85.
Built-in ND filters provide precise control over exposure levels with four settings: -2EV (1/4), -4EV (1/16), -6EV (1/64) and AUTOi. Panasonic says that image shift has been suppressed by 80 percent compared to the FZ1000, with improved focus tracking.
Video is at up to Cinema 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) at 24fps or 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at up to 30fps in MOV/MP4. Full HD is at an ultra-high bit rate with no limit on recording duration. Videos can be recorded in the MOV, MP4 and AVCHD file formats and professionals can switch recording frequencies between 50Hz, 60Hz and 24Hz. The camera also provides live image output to an external monitor in up to 4:2:2/10-bit via an optional micro HDMI cable. It features built-in microphone and headphone jacks for external devices.
The FZ2500 is big on advanced video features: VFR (variable frame rate) recording; Slow or Quick motionat the press of a button; ‘Dolly Zoom’; in-camera Time Lapse/Stop Motion Animation; compatibility with the GH4’s V-Log L video recording software upgrade.
The camera has a 12.8 x 9.6mm (1-inch), 20.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Panasonic’s high speed AF with Depth from Defocus technology minimises focusing lag and supports high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) / 7 fps (AFC), with a buffer of up to 100 (JPEG) or 30 (RAW) images.
The FZ2500 is scheduled for release in November at an RRP of $1699.
For a copy of the press release: panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz2500
Panasonic claims the GH5 will be the first mirrorless camera to be capable of recording 4K 60p/50p or 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p video. It will also feature the new ‘6K Photo’ mode, which will deliver 18-megapixel still images from ultra high-quality video.
It won’t be released until some time next year.
For a copy of the press release: panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh5