Panasonic has announced the next version of the G series, think of this as the little brother of the excellent GH4 series.

What you need to know: The Lumix DMC-G7 is a mirrorless camera in the shape of a small DSLR with an articulating touchscreen, Using a micro 4/3 sensor and offering 4K video recording with some neat 4k PHOTO modes (more about that below). Panasonic’s cameras use the standard micro 4/3 mount giving them access to a huge selection of lenses from Panasonic, Olympus (who also makes lenses for the mount) and a large selection of 3rd party lenses. The micro 4/3 sensor allows for small and light lenses, an advantage over many of the APS-C mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.

G7 Specs:

  • 16 MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine 9 Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting with AF & ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MEGA O.I.S. Lens

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G7 Now offers two 4K photo modes:  “Pre-Burst” in which one second of video is buffered and captured before and after the shutter button is pressed – and ‘4K Burst’ which simply captures 4K video for as long as you press down the shutter button, to a maximum duration of 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

What is 4K Photo? Using this mode allows you to pull 8MB still images out of a video file- You can do this in camera or on your computer.   I do this occasionally with the GH4 and I am always impressed with the quality – You can easily print at this size and of course web sharing these images look gorgeous. Sample files selected from recent videos below.  There are downsides – you need to spend time scrolling through footage for the still shot you want and that footage quickly takes up lots of space BUT you can also think of it as capturing at 24fps – much faster burst rate than is offered on most cameras.

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