Panasonic has unveiled a series of exciting products and
developments at Photokina 2016, the biggest dedicated photo show in
Europe, held at Koelnmesse, Germany, from today.
Cameras announced today include the LUMIX G85 aimed for those
who love shooting outdoors, a compact LUMIX FZ2500 perfect for
videographers who require quality video and images, and the LUMIX
LX10, a compact camera featuring an ultra-bright lens and
180-degree tilt that's perfect for selfies.
Andrew Reid, LUMIX Product Manager from Panasonic New Zealand
says that this is always an exciting time of the year, unveiling
new products and exciting developments in the camera space.
"We've got a few big announcements today with everything from an
outdoorsy, tough camera made for harsh conditions, through to
compact cameras capable of incredible video and selfies. Another
new function, Focus Stacking, allows people to adjust the depth of
field after shooting, which also gives so much more creative
freedom in post-production.
"It's also exciting to announce a world first*1, with the
development of the LUMIX GH5, which will be capable of 4K 60p/50p
and 6K photo," says Andrew.
LUMIX G85 - perfect for outdoor shooting
The latest addition to the LUMIX G Series is the DMC-G85, a new rugged Digital Single Lens
Mirrorless (DSLM) camera. It is tough enough to withstand heavy
outdoor conditions thanks to its splash/dustproof construction, and
is perfect for Kiwis who are serious travellers and love the
Featuring advanced technologies and practical functions in a
compact body, the G85 has a large 2360K-dot high-resolution OLED
Live View Finder (LVF) for exceptional visibility, especially for
photographers who wear glasses. Meanwhile, the free-angle large
touch-control monitor makes it easier when shooting in high and low
To ensure Kiwis capture photos with minimal blur, the LUMIX G85
has a new shutter unit and magnesium front panel to reduce shutter
shock by approximately 90 percent to suppress vibration in the
camera. Plus, the 5-axis Body Stabilisation can work with
Panasonic's Image Stabiliser lenses using a brand new system called
Dual I.S. 2 which allows for unprecedented levels of camera
stabilisation from wide to telephoto shooting removing camera
Panasonic's unique technologies further enrich the user's
photographic experience with the newly integrated Focus Stacking
function, allowing users to adjust the depth of field after
shooting by simply selecting the focus area.
Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture fleeting
photo opportunities with 4K PHOTO mode. A series of photos are
captured at 30 fps, letting photographers find their favourite shot
which can then be saved as an 8-megapixel high-resolution still
photo. Furthermore, Wi-Fi connectivity means users can also connect
the camera to their smartphone or tablet to expand the flexibility
in shooting/storing/sharing images.
LUMIX FZ2500 - high quality video and images in a compact
The new DMC-FZ2500 LUMIX compact digital camera boasts
exceptionally high performance in both photography and videography.
Evolving beyond the limitation of conventional compact cameras, the
FZ2500 provides outstanding video recording capabilities, meaning
people don't miss all-important footage. One of the most prominent
advances is unlimited 4K video recording in MOV/MP4.
Flexibility is guaranteed with files available in a number of
formats; MOV, MP4 and AVCHD. Other useful features include
output to a monitor while recording, allowing videographers to keep
an eye on footage as it's taken, giving them complete control.
Panasonic is also offering a paid software upgrade for the
FZ2500 to comply with V-LogL video recording which offers
videographers exceptional flexibility as well as wider dynamic
range for colour grading in post-production process by allowing
access to Panasonic's Flat Log profile, as found on the DMC-GH4
The newly developed 20x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens
serves as the eye of the camera to capture an incredible level of
detail. An inner zoom structure enhances the stability of the lens
resulting in smooth zooming, much like a professional
A nine-blade aperture diaphragm and new galvanometer-type
actuator, which is normally used in a professional camcorder,
assures a soft, rounded defocus which smoothly catches up with
sudden changes in brightness. By adding built-in ND filters, four
setting modes are available with direction switch operation meaning
that users can record videos while keeping the exposure level the
same with a fixed shutter speed or with a fully open aperture, even
in high brightness.
For more unique video expression, VFR (Variable Frame Rate) up
to 120 fps, Slow & Quick motion, and Dolly Zoom are also
available as well as a variety of practical functions required for
professional video recording.
The large, one-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
lets the user capture clear images with minimum noise even when
shooting in extremely poor light conditions. The Venus Engine
features multiple noise reduction systems to achieve high colour
reproduction and high image quality with natural, true-to-life
Panasonic's unique technologies further enhance the user's
photographic experience with a newly integrated Focus Stacking
function enabling users to adjust the depth of field after shooting
by simply selecting the focusing area.
LUMIX LX10 - pocket size with selfie and tilt abilities
Perfect for Kiwis who want a high quality camera that provides
creative freedom, but also fits in a jacket pocket, the new LUMIX
LX10 has incredible resolution and excellent photo and video can be
captured in low light. Its portability means stunning video and
photos can be taken anywhere, anytime.
The LUMIX LX10 features a 180-degree tiltable rear
monitor with touch-control system, perfect for taking great
selfies. It also includes Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more
flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing so selfies
can be uploaded on social media in no time.
The LUMIX LX10's LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens features a fast
F1.4-2.8 aperture with an aperture ring that allows direct,
intuitive control of the aperture to make the most of the
high-speed lens. It enables high-speed shutter release to capture
clear, sharp images even in low-lit situations.
The LUMIX LX10's lens features a focal range of 24-72mm, and
excels in macro shooting capabilities thanks to Panasonic's
cutting-edge optical/digital technologies. With the LUMIX LX10,
stunning macro shots with intricate detail can be taken with a
minimum working distance of 3cm (wide).
Kiwis benefit from even faster response and higher mobility,
with the LUMIX LX10 delivering a high-speed, high-precision
Auto-Focus (AF) with DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology*2, which
shortens the focusing time. It calculates the distance to the
subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels at
a high 240 fps and this benefit increases as focal length
The LUMIX LX10 offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps (AFS)
/ 6 fps (AFC) to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus. The
touch-control system allows users to focus quickly on the subject
and even release the shutter with touch operation to capture any
moment as it is happening.
Recording video has never been clearer with The LUMIX LX10
capable of capturing smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in MP4.
Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K photo shots
and a variety of functions such as the new Focus Stacking, Post
Focus, Light Composition, and 4K Live Cropping.
Creative freedom is also enhanced with features such as Creative
Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style options available. The
LUMIX LX10 is capable of shooting images in RAW format and
developing them inside the camera.
LUMIX GH5 - world first*1 ultra-high quality video and
The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled for commercialisation and
introduction to the global market in early 2017. The Digital Single
Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH5 will be capable of
recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p video*4 and also
features '6K PHOTO'*3.
The previous model, DMC-GH4 is known for its exceptional
performance in both photography and videography by a wide range of
professionals worldwide - not only photographers but also
cinematographers in film production, as well as emerging
By advancing Panasonic technologies, such as digital signal
processing and heat dissipation, and packing them into the compact,
lightweight body of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, the
LUMIX GH5 enables 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording*4,
which has never before been achieved *1. With this unprecedented
video recording performance, Panasonic aims to further capitalise
on the strength that it has achieved in the film production
The conventional '4K PHOTO' function is advanced to form '6K
PHOTO'*3 which lets the user cut a still image out of
ultra-high-quality 18-megapixel video (estimated), with around nine
times the pixel count compared to full-HD.
With the GH5, Panasonic will be developing a new LEICA DG
VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens Series, capable of achieving both high
optical performance and compact size. The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT
F2.8-4.0 Lens Series includes a new 12-60mm standard zoom lens,
8-18mm wide zoom lens and 50-200mm telephoto zoom lens.
The LUMIX GH5 is unveiled at Photokina 2016, being held at
Koelnmesse, Germany, 20-25 September. The latest information on
LUMIX GH5 will be updated HERE.
*1 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 19
September, 2016 (Panasonic survey).
*2 Works for still image recording.
*3 "6K PHOTO" is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a
still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with
approx.18-megapixel (Approx.6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that
6K image manages. The name '6K PHOTO' is tentative.
*4 In 4K/30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p video recording.
*5 For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of 12
September, 2008 (Panasonic survey).
*6 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 7 February,
2014 (Panasonic survey).