FZ1000, GH4 firmware update offers 4K photo

Panasonic has announced a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera. It features the new 4K Photo Mode.

This is a hybrid scheme Panasonic suggests for those shooting 4K video, cropping out a designated frame from that video. In 4K Photo Mode, the recording format, picture quality setting and brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameter for photo shooting. Users can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect ratios in addition to 16:9, and all can provide a still image with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.

There are more functional upgrades such as an addition of 4K video recording in 23.98p (MP4, AAC) and three new additional options for shutter sound.

The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.5PE and Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android will also be updated to support these functional upgrades.

A similar firmware update is available for the DMC-GH4. In addition to that update noted above for the FZ1000, the GH4 update allows 4K video to be recorded continuously with a Loop Rec function which keeps saving the five newest 2-minute video files. Users can wait for the perfect photo opportunity as long as they want, keeping the camera recording without worrying about the capacity of the memory card.

Also, the GH4 now expands its connectivity with external equipment. For example, the PC software “USB Tether” enables remote camera control (shooting, setting or image data transfer) by PC via USB.

The new firmware program for both cameras is scheduled to be released in the beginning of October.

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