Panasonic GX850 Compact MFT Camera Announced

Panasonic Lumix GX850 (GX800 and GF9 in some markets) ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds camera unveiled at the CES 2017 event.

The mirrorless shooter features a 16MP Four Thirds image sensor with no low-pass filter.  Derived from the GM-series, the camera powered by the Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine and Depth from Defocus autofocus system.

The LUMIX GX850 offers a newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video . The MFT camera records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4.

The sleek, stylish compact body will be available in black or silver options from this February. It will be marketed with the collapsable 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 lens for a price of $549.

Panasonic GX850 Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced

The camera is designed to target photography enthusiasts, but also the younger generations in general. The device has a 3″ touchscreen LCD can flip upward by 180 degrees.  It has an increasingly common Self Shot mode and a Beauty Retouch function.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at a maximum of 240 fps, resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec.

Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 180° Tilt Touchscreen
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • 49-Point DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • ISO 25600 and 10 fps Shooting with AF-S
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Built-In Flash; microSD Card Slot
  • 22 Creative Filters; Auto Shutter Modes
  • Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

The Panasonic GX850 is capable of burst shooting at 5.8 fps with single AF and 5 fps with continuous. Battery life is rated at a lowly 210 shots per charge.

The camera also offers an Intelligent Auto mode, Scene Guide, and creative options like Creative Panorama, Creative Control, and Photo Style with things like an L Monochrome mode. Other features include WiFi and plus traditional photo modes like 4K Burst and 4K Pre-Burst.

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