Panasonic welcomed Photokina, ready to roll. The company presented their faithful followers with two new cameras and lenses, as well as firmware update for two dominant models of theirs. The innovations are the cameras Panasonic DMC-LX100 and Panasonic DMC-GM5, the lenses Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS and Panasonic 14mm F2.5 II ASPH, while the updated firmware was directed at the Panasonic DMC-GH4 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000.
The Panasonic DMC-LX100 is the latest member of the remarkable LX series of compact cameras and in contrast to its predecessor, Panasonic DMC-LX7, which used a 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor, the LX100 made a huge step forward and it boasts a highly sensitive 12.8MP CMOS sensor of the Micro Four Thirds class. It is equipped with a DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH lens, an LVF (Live Viewfinder) with XGA resolution, a 3" touch screen LCD with 921,000 dots, Wi-Fi with NFC, and what is essential for this model is its ability to record smooth videos of high quality in 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps. Thanks to 4K video, Panasonic introduces a new way of photographing - 4K Photo mode - which will characterize this prosumer camera. This mode enables users to simply crop images in 3840 x 2160 resolution while video recording, and thus immortalize a moment, but with top-notch quality offered by 4K resolution.
The second innovation in the form of a camera is a tiny member of the GM series - the Panasonic DMC-GM5. This MILC camera also offers a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is accompanied by a Venus processor, a clip-on external flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a 3" touch screen LCD with 921,000 dots, video recording in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), and in comparison to its predecessor, Panasonic DMC-GM1, the GM5 is characterized by an electronic viewfinder with 1,166,000 dots.
As for the lenses, both are intended precisely for the GM series. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS is a telephoto zoom lens that is composed of 12 elements in 9 groups and is superb for shooting portraits. On the other hand, the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 II ASPH is a wideangle fixed lens of great speed that consists of 6 elements in 5 groups, 3 of which are aspherical, and is also equipped with a stepper motor.
What is important for the new firmware versions that will mark the Panasonic DMC-GH4 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is that they brought the previously mentioned 4K Photo mode, so these trump cards of the company Panasonic can now make photographs in the splendid 4K resolution in the identical way as the said LX100 (the cameras have already featured video recording in this resolution). Thanks to the new firmware, recording videos now takes place in the MP4/AAC mode at 23.98p.
The Panasonic DMC-LX100 will show up at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $899. The world market will obtain the Panasonic DMC-GM5 in mid-November, and this mirrorless camera will be sold at the same price as the LX100. The lenses Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS and Panasonic 14mm F2.5 II ASPH will hit the stores also in mid-November, and their prices will be the same - $399. As far as the firmware updates for the Panasonic DMC-GH4 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 are concerned, they will come up at the beginning of October and will be available on Panasonic's official website.
The news was taken from PANASONIC - Panasonic DMC-LX100; Panasonic DMC-GM5; Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS; Panasonic 14mm F2.5 II ASPH; Panasonic DMC-GH4; Panasonic DMC-FZ1000