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Unveiled: Panasonic 4K LX10, FZ2500, Micro Four Thirds G85 Cameras

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Accenting its lineup of versatile and multimedia-intended cameras, Panasonic has introduced a trio of 4K-shooting cameras, including two advanced compact cameras and a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless model. The Lumix DMC-LX10 characterizes itself with a large 1", 20.1MP sensor, along with UHD 4K recording capabilities, a Leica 3x Vario-Summilux lens, and a 3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen. Sporting the same sensor, the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is distinguished by a longer-reaching 20x Leica Vario-Elmarit lens and DCI 4K video recording, in addition to cine picture profiles for color-grading flexibility. Lastly, Panasonic is also introducing the Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-G85, which pairs its tested 16MP MOS sensor with a 2.36m-dot EVF, UHD 4K video, and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization.

Looking more in-depth at the LX10, this sleek, pocketable camera sports a 20.1MP 1" MOS sensor, which affords a high native sensitivity to ISO 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25600, and fast stills performance throughout the camera system for shooting up to 50 fps with an electronic shutter, 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, or 6 fps with continuous autofocus. UHD 4K video recording is also supported at 30p and 100 Mbps, along with Full HD 1080p/60, and the 4K capabilities further avail a trio of 4K Photo Modes for shooting 8MP stills at up to 30 fps. Balancing speed and sensitivity, a 3x zoom Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.4-2.8 lens is featured, which covers a 24-72mm equivalent focal-length range, and includes a series of aspherical and low dispersion elements to minimize spherical and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. Five-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization is also employed to reduce the appearance of camera shake when working in dim light, and built-in focus stacking capabilities along with a Post Focus mode afford a pair of features to ensure sharply focused imagery. The compact body of the camera incorporates a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, which tilts 180° upward for taking selfies. Built-in Wi-Fi is available, too, for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from mobile devices.

Lumix DMC-LX10

A bit larger and a bit longer, Panasonic is introducing a second advanced compact camera, the FZ2500. This camera utilizes the same 20.1MP 1" MOS sensor as the LX10, but optimizes video performance in this model with the inclusion of DCI 4K video recording and a true 24.00 fps frame rate, in addition to more conventional UHD 4K and Full HD recording modes. Also benefitting videographers, this camera includes Panasonic’s CINELIKE D and CINELIKE V picture profiles for better grading capabilities, and V-Log L can be added via an optional upgrade. Additionally, high bit rate recording up to 200 Mbps is supported in both MP4 and MOV formats; video can be output over HDMI with a 4:2:2 10-bit signal; there is no recording duration limit; and a built-in ND filter can be used for enhanced control over exposure settings while recording.

Lumix DMC-FZ2500

More than just a video-optimized camera, however, the FZ2500 also sports a slew of specs for stills and movie users, such as a 50 fps continuous shooting rate with an electronic shutter, or 12 fps with a mechanical shutter, and an expanded sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600 for working in dim light. The built-in 20x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.5 lens covers a 24-480mm equivalent focal-length range, and 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ controls the effects of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. A free-angle 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen permits intuitive control and viewing ease from a variety of working positions, and a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder is also available. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi also supports wireless image sharing and remote camera control.

Lumix DMC-G85

Closing with its mirrorless release, Panasonic is introducing the G85, which brings a familiar set of features to a new form factor. This versatile Micro Four Thirds mirrorless model utilizes the 16MP Live MOS sensor to provide a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600, 6 fps shooting with continuous autofocus, and UHD 4K recording at 30p. This 4K ability again enables the use of 4K Photo Modes, too, for shooting 8MP stills at 30 fps in a trio of ways. Five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization is used to limit camera shake for sharper results, and supports Dual I.S. when used in conjunction with select lenses, also featuring IS, for more effective overall stabilization. The ergonomic design of the body incorporates a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder and a free-angle 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi permits remote camera control and wireless image sharing with a mobile device. Adding to the potential of the G85 is an optional DMW-BGG1 Battery Grip, which holds two DMW-BLC12 battery packs for extended shooting time and offers a second shutter-release button, AF/AE lock button, exposure compensation button, and dual control dials for more ergonomic vertical shooting.

The G85 will be available as a body only or in a kit with the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens.

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