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Panasonic Lumix G7

The tiny Lumix G7 will let you grab stills from 4K video footage. The trick is to ensure you have
a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action, which may mean you don't have the optimum
speed for video quality. .

Panasonic’s G7 is pushing the 4K video market along and if as a stills photographer you’ve been wondering what’s in it for you, the answer may lie in capturing the action.

A 4K video has a native resolution of 3840x2160 pixels on the G7, which is around an 8-megapixel image. While this isn’t huge, a lot of the images we use don’t need to be large posters and the 4K size is more than enough. Especially when you look at how the G7 will revolutionise the way you capture moments and action.

Think of it this way: turn the camera on and let it capture 4K video. When something interesting happens, stop the video and scroll through what you have captured. When you find a frame that you like, save it as a JPG!

The Lumix G7 has three 4K stills modes. 4K Burst keeps shooting 8-megapixel images for as long as you keep your finger on the shutter release. The 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) mode lets you shoot video normally, but extract any number of stills afterwards. And the 4K Pre-Burst mode has the camera recording a second before and after you press the shutter button, so if you didn’t nail the action perfectly, you have another 60 frames to choose from.

The G7 is showing us yet again how technology is going to help us take amazing photographs that have been very difficult in the past. Think of sports photography or even trying to capture lightning! The G7 body only is $899 or you can purchase it with one or two kit lenses at different price points up to $1499. For more information visit

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