It's like having a GH4 that fits inside your pocket.
Earlier last month, Panasonic introduced two of their new compact 4K cameras, the LX100 and the CM1, and though the CM1 is still testing in Europe, the LX100 is now available and ready to purchase for $899.
Though this camera will probably not be the one you use to shoot your feature film, it's one very exciting little shooter thanks to its incredible image quality. It has a large micro 4/3 sensor, Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens (35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm), and 4K video at 30 and 24 fps -- essentially making it, yes, for all intents and purposes, a pocket-sized GH4. It'd make a great travel camera, especially if you want better image control and image quality than, say, your smartphone can provide, but don't want to carry a heavy and expensive DSLR around your neck all day.
Here are a few videos to get you acquainted with the LX100:
Here's what it's like to get hands on with the LX100 out in the field:
And some test footage:
- 16.8MP 4/3" Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor
- Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-75 mm) f/1.7-2.8 Lens
- 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 24 fps
- 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
- 1280 x 720: 30 fps
- 640 x 480: 30 fps
- 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)
- 2,764k-Dot EVF
- 3.0" 921k-Dot Rear LCD Screen
- 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
- Manual Control Rings and Dials
- Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- External Flash Included