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Panasonic's New 4K Camera and Its Startling Price

Photo of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000K

There is little doubt that the dawn of 4k video is now upon the industry. Camera manufacturer’s and post-production workflows are now going through the growing pains of introducing a higher resolution, much like the transition from standard definition video to high definition. One certainty the consumer can count on is that as new products roll out, the costs of 4K camera equipment and gear will decrease as it enters every corner of the market. One such example is the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000K which will sell for $899.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000K

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000K is a compact fixed lens camera which is capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps as mp4 files. The camera has a high sensitivity MOS sensor with a 20.1 megapixel sensor. Users are able to capture 8 megapixel images in post-production from the camera’s 4K video files. Although the lens is fixed, it is highly capable of capturing great footage as it is a Bright Leica DC 25-400mm F2.8-4.0 lens. Users are able to connect with the FZ1000 through WiFi or NFC (Near Field Communication). This allows for remote camera control through a mobile device for both still images and video recording. Users are also able instantly share images through the camera’s connectivity.  The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000K is available for preorder at a cost of $899.

Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and video producer.

Chris "Ace"
Gates
June 13th, 2014

Comments

videoman447's picture

Lets put it this way, huge multi million dollar Hollywood movies have been shot on 35mm and now red cameras at 2k... so you're tellin me that a 900.00 camera is going to be 2x as good as a 2k red camera?

 

peeple don't realize there’s so much more that goes into creating great images but they are sold on pixel capture.

 

I still shoot lots of stuff on dvx 100b which isn’t even HD but it makes much nicer pictures than many of the HD cameras out there today. This is because of the lens and 3 large image processors not to mention the audio.

 

Then you’ve got file size... mediocre pictures at 4k will fill up SD cards quickly and, while they will be larger images, all that’s going to do is bog down computers for editing.. Then what’s already bad, has to be compressed even more for web because nothing will stream 4k and even if it could, most outputs will not handle it, tvs monitors etc. 

 

Selling a 4k camera at 899 is marketing only IMO.

Joe Ogiba's picture

My GH4 4K videos look much better than my 1080p videos and I am sure the FZ1000 4K UHD videos will look better than than 1080p videos from other superzoom cameras in that price range. Whatever floats your boat.

Sony NEX-VG900, Panasonic TM700, GH2