Tuesday, March 3 2009
Panasonic HD video-capable Lumix HG1, second Micro Four Thirds camera
Panasonic this morning announced the second in its line of Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens EVF cameras, the Lumix HG-1. It is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to capture high definition video. The HG-1 captures 1080p HD video in 24 frames per second, or 720p HD in 60 frames per second, allowing the users the choice between very high detail and capturing fast motion. Along with the camera, Panasonic introduced two lenses that are optimized for HD video capture, the 14-140mm f/4-5.6 10x zoom and the 7-14mm f/4 fisheye zoom.
The HG-1 features a 12MP Live MOS sensor, and thanks to the Venus Engine processor, is able to record any length video and is only limited in recording time by the capacity of the memory card, according to Panasonic. Creative Movie Mode allows control over aperture and shutter speed--two areas that most camcorders don't allow control over, and an external mini mic input accomodates external microphones for higher quality audio. The camera comes with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator software.
Features shared by both the video and still photography features include intelligent auto face recognition (which lets users tag important faces so the camera prioritizes focus and exposure on them when those people are in the frame), and has image stabilization, scene selector, face detection and full exposure control.
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