Newark, NJ—The Panasonic Lumix G100, a digital single-lens mirrorless camera, debuted for vlogging and creating video. The camera boasts intuitive controls and excellent sound quality for content production. Moreover, usability is enhanced by its compact, lightweight form factor.
Panasonic bills the G100 as the logical next step from a smartphone. “With their limited sensor size and optics, smartphones can only take your creativity so far; the Lumix G100 uses a smartphone–crushing Four Thirds sensor that records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3,840×2,160 resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4 and Full HD at 60p,” the company announced.
In addition, the five-axis hybrid IS (image stabilizer) in the G100 provides effective shake suppression for capturing stable video when walking or in a moving vehicle (with lens released before the G100). Furthermore, its new video selfie mode captures both the videographer and background in focus without adjustments of aperture that changes with the lens each time.
The camera also adopts a static-type touch control system. Vloggers can use its 3-inch, 1.8M-dot, free-angle rear monitor to compose selfies as well as shots from high or low angles. Moreover, shooting assist functions allow the frame maker to check the composition during recording in various aspect ratios; these include 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. Also, the rec frame indicator displays a red frame so videographers can recognize whether the camera is recording or not at a glance.
Sound Quality Supported by OZO Audio Tech
The G100 also integrates OZO Audio by Nokia for high-quality spatial audio recording. For universal playback and shareability across popular social media platforms, the OZO Audio enables users to capture and edit the full richness of sonic life. Three microphones record clear sound with images; for example, a landscape with immersive, realistic sound; interviews with clear speech; or on-the-scene coverage by the videographer with easy mode selection.
Combining Panasonic and Nokia OZO Audio technologies, the G100 also offers a tracking feature. This function continues tracking the voice of the subject. In addition, auto mode automatically recognizes the best setting and switches between tracking and surround modes.
Panasonic Lumix G100 Specs
The G100 employs a 20.3MP MOS sensor without a low-pass filter. Realizing a maximum ISO 25,600 sensitivity, even images captured at night or in low light are clear. In addition, the large sensor enables creative defocusing in the background.
Moreover, the camera’s Venus engine helps assure high-speed image processing. As a result, it can capture 4x/2x slow and 8x/4x/2x quick FHD motion footage and time-lapse shots.
Advanced videographers will also appreciate the V-LogL recording capability. They can apply the LUT (Look Up Table) of their choice on the recorded V-LogL footage via a PC. As a result, they can create a differentiated video with subtle colors and moods.
What’s more, 4K technology along with the G100’s 3.7M-dot-equivalent center-aligned viewfinder let users capture 4K photo shots. They can save spontaneous shots by selecting the frame out of a burst file sequence.
In addition, the Lumix G100 utilizes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz connectivity for instant image sharing. A dedicated upload button controls video and photo transfer to a smartphone via Panasonic’s Lumix Sync app (iOS/Android). Users can also use their smartphone as a remote control to capture video and photo.
What’s more, compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption; it also activates the camera by using a smartphone/tablet or automatically adds geotagging photos. Another connectivity option is HDMI video output. The G100 can also act as a webcam.
The camera is portable, weighing less than 15 ounces, even with the Lumix G Vario 12–32mm f/3.5–5.6 Asph/Mega OIS lens.
Panasonic is also offering a new tripod grip, DMW-SHGR1, which makes it easier to hold the camera. The grip also functions as a compact tripod. Connecting with the camera via USB allows the user to start/stop video recording; release the shutter; and enable/disable sleep mode.
The Panasonic Lumix G100 will ship at the end of July. Panasonic will announce pricing at a later date.