Panasonic's 4K Revolution
Over the past couple of months Panasonic has been flooding the market with a slew of affordable, impressive, and not to mention 4K capable cameras to line up alongside the already capable and popular GH4. Major players in the digital camera space like Canon and Nikon have been left in the dust when it comes to beefed up DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Nikon still has not figured out the whole video thing, and Canon seems to be putting all it’s energy into their cinema line. Don’t get me wrong, I love the C100, C300, and C500. They are great cameras, but even the relatively low-priced C100 does not have internal 4K capabilities or high frame rate recording. Not to mention Canon released this atrocity this year. Is this their solution? We hope not.
But back to Panasonic. Panasonic currently has 6 Cameras in their lineup that shoot 4K internally. Of course there is the ever popular GH4, and the recently added G7 and GX8. The GX8, Panasonic’s latest release, is a compact mirrorless camera with quite an impressive feature set, most notably internal 4K. The G7 is essentially the GH4’s little brother, only smaller, lighter, more compact, and almost half the price. The G7 comes in at 799.99 and that’s with a lens! Included is a Lumix vary 14-42mm lens. There is also the option of a 14-140, but this will cost you $1,099.99.
Keep in mind, the G7 is no replacement for the GH4. It lacks the high frame rate shooting of the GH4, it does not have a head phone jack, and it is not currently able to shoot in the recently announced V-Log L format. This camera is definitely not as feature rich as the GH4 as a video camera, so don't expect it to meet all your needs.
If you are a Panasonic GH4 shooter, and looking for a less expensive b-camera, then you may want to highly consider the G7. Considering the cost for what you get, and the extremely portable body, it’s a great deal. Even as a standalone camera, this thing seems pretty capable. We see it as a great option for traveling filmmakers who want to capture some high quality footage, but want to keep their gear to a minimum.
Check out the test footage from Panasonic below, and let us know what you think about what Panasonic is doing with 4K!