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Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DC-G100 (known as the G110 in some regions), a compact Micro Four Thirds camera targeted toward vloggers. To this end, it features a fully articulating (and very bright) touchscreen, easily visible record button, directional microphones with subject tracking and a number of other details.
While it uses the same 20MP Four Thirds sensor as many other Panasonic cameras, the G100 does not have in-body image stabilization. There is a 'hybrid' 5-axis IS system when recording video (4-axis for 4K), though it does add a noticeable crop. The 3" LCD display is very bright and easy to see outdoors and it's paired with a 3.68 million dots (equivalent) viewfinder. Is a field sequential EVF but Panasonic says it refreshes four times faster than, for less "color tearing".
Video can be captured at 4K/30p and 24p for up to 10 minutes. There is a crop in 4K, made even larger when using image stabilization, thus reducing wide-angle shooting options. The G100 uses the 'OZO' directional audio system designed by Nokia, which allows you to select the direction in which sound is recorded, even using face detection in one mode. While the G100 has a external mic socket, there's no headphone jack to be found.
Alongside the G100 comes the DMW-SHGR1 tripod grip ($99). It can be a small selfie stick (with still and video capture buttons) or a mini tripod. The grip is powered by the camera's micro USB port.
The DC-G100 will go on sale in late July at an MSRP of $749 when kitted with the ultra-compact 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens. Adding the tripod grip increases the price to $799.
A special promotion for both kits (US only, through August 1st) includes a $50 instant rebate, extra battery and external charger. Other kits will be available globally.
The compact, feature-packed camera features high sound quality produced by OZO Audio by Nokia
Newark, NJ (June 24, 2020) – Panasonic today launched the LUMIX G100, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera designed and developed for creating high-quality, versatile content.
Intuitive controls, visually engaging images and excellent sound quality are hallmarks of the new LUMIX G100, raising the bar for content production and user experience in the vlog camera category. Usability is further enhanced by its remarkably compact and lightweight design that doesn’t skimp on functionality and creative options.
With their limited sensor size and optics, a Smartphone can only take your creativity so far, the LUMIX G100 uses a smartphone crushing 4/3rds sensor that records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4 and Full-HD at 60p. The five-axis hybrid I.S. (image stabilizer) in the LUMIX G100 provides effective shake suppression essential for capturing stable, easy-to-see video in scenarios such as walking or in a moving vehicle. In addition, the new Video Selfie Mode easily captures both the videographer and background in crisp focus without adjustments of aperture that changes with the lens each time.
Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.0-inch free-angle rear monitor with 1,840K-dot high resolution makes it easy to compose selfies as well as shots from a high or low angle. Convenient shooting assist functions allow the Frame Maker to check the composition during recording in various popular aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. The REC Frame Indicator displays an eye-catching red frame so that videographers can recognize whether the camera is recording or not at a glance.
*1 Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 10 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]
*2 When using an interchangeable lens (H-FS12032) released before this camera, update the firmware of the lens to the latest version.
The LUMIX G100 integrates OZO Audio by Nokia for high-quality spatial audio recording, a first for a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.* Engineered for universal playback and shareability across the world’s most popular social media platforms, the OZO Audio enables users to capture and edit the full richness of sonic life with vibrant accuracy and precision. It sets a new standard in innovative audio solutions for user-generated content. Three microphones record clear, vibrant sound with outstanding images, for example a dynamic landscape with immersive, realistic sound; interviews with clear speech; or easy, on-the-scene coverage by the videographer with easy mode selection. Combining Panasonic and Nokia OZO Audio technologies, the LUMIX G100 also offers a tracking feature that continues tracking the voice of the subject. Auto mode automatically recognizes the best setting and switches between tracking and surround modes.
* For a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 24, 2020.
The new LUMIX G100 integrates a 20.3MP MOS Sensor without Low Pass Filter, which features higher resolution and a larger size than found in smartphones. Realizing maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity, even images captured at night or low light are clear. In addition, the large sensor enables beautiful defocusing in the background, and the Venus Engine assures high-speed, high-performance image processing. Impressive 4x*/2x slow and 8x/4x/2x quick FHD motion footage and time lapse shots are captured with ease.
Advanced videographers will appreciate the V-LogL recording capability; users can apply the LUT (Look Up Table) of their choice on the recorded V-LogL footage via a PC to create a differentiated video with subtle colors and moods.
Features such as the 4K technology, along with the 3,680K-dot equivalent center-aligned viewfinder, allow users to capture 4K PHOTO shots, excelling in performance and function for photo shooting. Able to save spontaneous shots by just selecting the frame out of a burst file sequence, users will never miss a moment.
The LUMIX G100 integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy instant image sharing. A dedicated upload button controls video and photo transfer to a smartphone via Panasonic's LUMIX Sync app for iOS / Android. Users can also use their smartphone as a remote control to capture video and photo.
Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption and can activate the camera by using a smartphone/tablet or automatically add geotagging photos.
HDMI allows video output via The LUMIX G100, or it can be used as a webcam that provides exceptional image quality with rich depth of field and high quality sound for streaming in combination with an HDMI video capture device.
*1 It is not possible to stream live in 4K. While using the HDMI output function, video cannot be recorded.
*2 A separate streaming software for PC is required.
Despite its high performance and selection creative functions, the LUMIX G100 is portable, compact and weighs only 412 g, even with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.(H-FS12032) lens. A new Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1 makes it even easier to hold the camera or can be used as a compact tripod. Connecting with the camera via USB allows the user to start/stop video recording, release the shutter and enable/disable sleep mode. The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the user’s convenience.
*4 Tripod Grip is bundled in DC-G100V kit. It is also sold separately.
Tripod Grip (DMW-SHGR1)
A compact, lightweight handgrip / mini tripod allowing start/stop video recording and shutter release via USB connection.
Compatibility: DC-G100, GH5*,GH5S*,G9*, G95* and G85*
*Firmware update of the camera is required. It connects to the remote terminal of the camera using a bundled conversion cable. Sleep button cannot be used.
The LUMIX G100 will be available for sale at the end of July.
|MSRP||$749 (w/12-32 lens), $799 (w/12-32 lens and tripod grip)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Composite, metal|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 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 (expands down to ISO 100)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.46× (0.73× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/500 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Flash range||3.60 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye redduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/50 sec|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||BLG10 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||270|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||352 g (0.78 lb / 12.42 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 83 x 54 mm (4.57 x 3.27 x 2.13″)|
|Panasonic LUMIX G100 4k Mirrorless Camera for Photo and Video, Built-in Microphone with Tracking, Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System, 12-32mm Lens, 5-Axis Hybrid I.S, DC-G100KK (Black)|
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|Panasonic LUMIX G100 4k Mirrorless Camera, Lightweight Camera for Photo and Video, Built-in Microphone, Micro Four Thirds with 12-32mm Lens, 5-Axis Hybrid I.S, 4K 24p 30p Video, DC-G100VK (Black)|
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