At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (C.E.S.), Panasonic debuted not just the video-centric GH5 but also two more junior versions within the Lumix line.
The Lumix GX850 (the GX800 in countries other than the United States) is touted as the “ultimate high-performance small mirrorless camera.” It features a touchscreen that can be tilted to an angle of 180 degrees and is unabashedly marketed toward those who take selfies. This particular Lumix model is the first to provide a new 4K Selfie option in addition to 4K video and 4K photo possibilities.
Another key feature of the model is its ability to take panoramic photos; Panasonic has designed the device to do this even when the screen is flipped up to take a selfie. In addition, a new Background Control option allows you to determine whether you want to record crisp backgrounds or experiences that are out of focus without manually modifying the aperture.
The camera does not come with the most recent version of the 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, which can be found in the GH5 and the GX8, which is disappointing but understandable when considering the model’s intended market. Instead, a 16MP alternative is provided in its place.
The absence of an optical low-pass filter in the camera makes it possible to capture minute details. As a result, it might be an attractive option for photographers searching for a second camera body to use for landscape or macro photography.
Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, in addition to capabilities for focus stacking and post-focus, and a plethora of creative control and photo style choices. There is also a new Venus processing engine and a technique called Depth From Defocus (DFD) A.F., which claims to bring subjects into focus in as low as 0.07 seconds.
Panasonic Lumix GX850 Superzoom Bridge Camera
On the other hand, the Lumix FZ80 (or FZ82 if you’re outside the U.S.) is a low-cost superzoom bridge compact camera that boasts a powerful 60x optical zoom. This begins at a usefully broad focal length similar to 20mm in typical 35mm terminology and culminates in a setting that is 1200mm, which is an extremely long focal length.
You can use this in conjunction with an Intelligent Zoom option, which doubles the effective maximum focal length to 2400mm, and you can increase this even further with the LT55 Tele Conversion Lens, which is a combination that is said to be powerful enough to capture the cratered surface of the moon.
Images and movies are captured by an 18.1MP High Sensitivity M.O.S. sensor, which is thankfully paired with a Power O.I.S. technology that works effectively for still photography and video recording.
The FZ80 and FZ82 can record films to the UHD 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) standard, just like the GX850 and GX800. In addition, these cameras also include choices for high-speed video and the same remarkable 4K Live Cropping mode that can be found on various other Lumix models. Because of this, the user can ermine zoom and panning motions in introductory videos, eliminating the need for any manual changes to be made while the films are being recorded.
The autofocus mechanism of the FZ80 follows in the footsteps of many previous Lumix models using Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology. This technology, which claims to focus rates of about 0.09 seconds, is featured in the FZ80. You may also use the touchscreen on the camera, which has 1.04 million dots, to set the focus with your finger. Above the touchscreen is an electronic viewfinder that is 0.2 inches and has a resolution of 1.17 million dots.
The model has various helpful features, such as built-in Wi-Fi and timelapse filming, and a macro mode that can focus on subjects as close as 1 centimeter away from the camera.
The announcement of the first Leica variable aperture zooms
Additionally, Panasonic has released a new Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens, which is included as an accessory in one of the available package configurations for the GH5. It is reported to continue functioning normally even in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius, supports the most recent Dual IS Mark II technology, has been designed with a dust- and splash-proof design, and has been made with a dust-proof and splash-proof design.
This is the first lens introduced from the new Leica DG Vario Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 series. The series will also include optics with focal lengths ranging from 8-18mm and 50-200mm, the development of which was revealed at the Photokina event in the previous year.
In addition, the business has said that it intends to replace four of its already-existing lenses with more up-to-date variants.
These lenses, namely the Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II Asph. Power O.I.S., the Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II Power O.I.S., the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power O.I.S., and the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II Power O.I.S., support both Power O.I.S.
The GX850 and GX800 are scheduled to be released in March, and they will be available in colors like black, silver, tan, and orange for under £500. (U.S. pricing to be confirmed). The FZ80 and FZ82, on the other hand, will be offered simultaneously with a suggested retail price of $399 or £329.99. The cost of the lenses has not been made public at this time.
Panasonic Lumix GX850 Specs
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Image ratio w h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (extends down to 100)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Panasonic RW2)MPO|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x, 4x)|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/500 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Scene modes||PortraitChildSilky SkinBacklit SoftnessRelaxing ToneDistinct SceneryBright Blue SkyRomantic Sunset GlowVivid Sunset GlowGlistening WaterClear NightscapeCool Night SkyWarm Glowing NightscapeArtistic NightscapeGlittering IlluminationsHandheld Night ShotClear Night PortraitSoft Image of a FlowerAppetizing FoodCute DessertFreeze Animal MotionClear Sports ShotMonochrome|
|Flash Range||4.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 10 sec, three images/10 sec)|
|Metering modes||MultiCenter-weighted spot|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|A.E. Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, M.T.S., H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, M.T.S., H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, M.T.S., H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, M.T.S., H.264, Dolby Digital1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, A.A.C.|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||210|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)|
|Dimensions||107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″)|