- Save £15 on Adobe Lightroom 4 Photo-Editing Software Get the ultimate digital darkroom from Adobe at a great price. This offer ends 23:59, May 29, 2013.
Developed in 2008, Micro Four Thirds revolutionised the photographic market. The MFT system removed the reflex mirror and replaced it with a high quality electronic viewfinder that reads the image coming through the lens as it is focussed directly on the image sensor. The mirror-less system allows the sensor to be mounted much closer to the back of the lens, which in turn allows both the camera body and lenses to be smaller and lighter without compromising the image quality.
The size and type of sensor was a critical part in the development of Lumix G. 8x larger than the sensor used in a typical compact camera, and large enough to capture all the light coming through the lens without bending or distortion. The Micro Four Thirds sensor is almost as large as a Digital SLR APS-C sized sensor, but is designed to match the lens mount aperture perfectly, allowing the light to enter the camera in a straight line.
Dust particles on the image sensor have been a common problem with interchangeable lens cameras. It is important to take care not to allow particles to enter the camera body when swapping lenses. Panasonic have a Supersonic Wave Filter built in to our Lumix G models. The filter sits directly in front of the image sensor, preventing dust particles from adhering to the sensor directly. Every time the camera is powered up, the filter vibrates at such a high frequency that dust particles are literally shaken off.
Whatever photo opportunity arises, the growing number of creative lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds System ensures that you won't miss out. Over 30 models from manufacturers such as Olympus, Sigma, Leica and, of course, Panasonic are already available with more being added regularly.
The Micro Four Thirds system also supports the range of lenses available for the original Four Thirds standard, by way of the MA1 adaptor ring. Also for Leica enthusiasts, adaptor rings are available for the Leica M and Leica R lenses.
Panasonic's most sophisticated and powerful Live MOS sensor incorporates a built-in Analogue to Digital convertor which eliminates signal noise in the output stage. The advantage of this is exceptionally clean images are generated even at ISO sensitivity settings as high as 12800.
Our fastest ever auto-focus speed can be obtained when combining this camera with the H-PS14042 power zoom lens. The combination of this lightning fast sensor and lens control means you get the action in focus more of the time.
The newly developed Venus Engine FHD supports the latest AVCHD Progressive video recording format. Capturing 50 progressive frames per second in Full HD resolution (1920x1080).
Also offered in video record mode is MP4 (H.264) format recording. High Definition video including 1920x1080 can be shot at 25 Progressive frames per second.
Due to the mirror-less design and Contrast Auto Focus system, auto focussing is continuously available during video recording.
The free-angle, 3.0 inch, 920,000 pixel high resolution LCD offers greater flexibility when getting the camera in position to take the shot. Panasonic have also made it a smart touch screen so that you can enjoy features like Touch Shutter, Touch AF Tracking and Touch Zoom (when Power Zoom lens is fitted).
A full colour, high resolution (1.44M dots equivalent) electronic viewfinder offering 100% field-of-view, a slightly magnified image (1.4x) and a diopter control enable you to see detail clearly in the image.
The Electronic Live Viewfinder incorporates an eye sensor that automatically switches the display from the LCD screen to the EVF when it detects a person looking in to it. The Eye Sensor AF automatically starts focusing when a photographer looks into the LVF to capture the spur-of-the-moment.
When using the Electronic Live Viewfinder the free-angle LCD screen doubles up as a touch-pad. This conveniently enables you to select or move the Auto Focus point without taking your eye off the viewfinder.
Two high-speed burst modes are offered. At full resolution it is possible to capture an incredible 6 frames per second. When the action is mega fast, there is the option of super high speed which shoots 20 fps at a resolution of 4 Mega Pixels.
Although the camera shutter noise can be reassuring, to let you know that the shot has taken, sometimes it's better to have no noise at all. In some shooting situations a noise may frighten or upset your subject. The Electronic shutter mode allows silent operation of the camera.
A handy Level Gauge is provided on the display that helps you to correctly align the camera. Whether shooting in a landscape or portrait orientation, the camera's internal gyro sensor always knows the angle of the camera and displays guide lines on screen to help you hold the camera level.
To help you learn to shoot like a pro photographer, Panasonic have introduced a scene guide that shows you what your pictures could look like with the correct settings. 23 professionally shot photographic scene examples are pre loaded in the camera. You select the one that you wish to try and emulate and the guide explains how to do it.
Up to 14 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These six standard effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic and Miniature have now been added to with the inclusion of Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One Point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Filter, Impressive Art and Cross Process offering you a wider choice of creative style.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode allows for natural looking photos to be created from difficult shooting scenes where background lighting is too strong for subjects in the foreground. Three photos with different exposures are consecutively shot with one shutter release. The best parts of three photos are combined to produce a photo with excellent gradation and minimal shadow blocking/blown highlights.
The handy function lever makes controlling key functions easier. Zoom operation of the power zoom lenses, Aperture and exposure settings (when in manual mode), playback zoom and quick menu selection are all now available.
A powerful pop-up flash is provided. The guide number of 10.5 means the flash will illuminate objects up to approximately 10.5 feet from the camera when using the kit lens.
Supplied as a high quality kit lens, the innovative H-PS14042 is a small and lightweight electric-powered zoom lens. The unique retractable design makes the lens ultra-compact when not powered up making it easy to transport.
This product's forum
Active discussions in related forums
Search Customer Discussions