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CES 2017: Panasonic Reveal 2017’s “Uncompromising” Camera Range

Panasonic is bringing it’s A-game to this year’s CES when it comes to camera, with the company announcing its new flagship LUMIX DC-GH5, ultra-portable DC-GX850 and superzoom-ready DC-FZ80 alongside a suite of new LEICA and LUMIX G lenses.

According to the company, the LUMIX DC-GH5 “takes the LUMIX pedigree and a raft of innovations to create the most powerful hybrid ever designed for the uncompromising video professional.”

It’ll offer 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 25/30p video recording and up to for 6K-quality images, courtesy of a 20-megapixel sensor.

Doug Campbell, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said that  “It’s very exciting to launch this flagship camera which delivers professionals ‘the best of the best’, as it breaks new ground with its innovations across both video and hybrid photography.”

 It’s a camera built for use by the most exacting professional and will be available in Australia from April 2017 for an RRP of $2999 (body only) or $3999 (for the body plus lens).

For entry-level users, the ultra-portable DC-GX850 might offer up a better match.

Capable of capturing both 4K video and images and packed with a bevy of features like Post and Low-Light Focus, it’s even packing a 3-inch 1040K-dot touch control monitor that flips 180 degrees.

According to Doug Campbell, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, “This compact system camera offers true quality and value, with all the core LUMIX G Series features so first-time photographers can capture stunning shots.”

“With its introduction, our entire G Series range now offers our 4K suite of technologies. 4K Photo means you can be confident in capturing that fleeting moment to share with friends. And, 4K Video recording that fits in your pocket really brings vlogs to life,” he said.

The DC-GX850 even features full integration with the company’s image app, allowing users to control the camera remotely and edit images and video in moments.

Finally, the LUMIX DC-FZ80 is a feature-packed device boasting a 60x zoom lens spanning 20mm-1200mm and capable of 4K Photo, 4K Video.

It’ll leverage Panasonic’s Post Focus feature, allowing users to choose the focal point of an image after it’s been taken.

The LUMIX DC-FZ80 will cost $599 while the LUMIX DC-GX850 is priced at $799. Both will be available in Australia from March.

Lastly, Panasonic is fleshing out its LEICA lens range with a new standard zoom digital interchangeable lens called the LEICA H-ES12060E.

Touting a compact internal design with a 9-blade aperture diagraph, the lens incorporates 14 elements in 12 groups, including four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses for precise imaging.

The LEICA H-ES12060E will arrive in March for an RRP of $1199.

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