Panasonic Canada Announces Lumix DC-GX9MK and DC-ZS200 Cameras

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Press releases by Panasonic Canada

The Ultimate Compact Single Lens Mirrorless Digital Camera
Captures High Quality Images in a Compact Body

Panasonic Canada has announced the LUMIX DC-GX9MK, a sleek, compact new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. This compact camera enables users to shoot vibrant, true-to-life, high-quality images in their own creative way with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction.

The Panasonic LUMX DC-GX9MK (GX9 body plus a LUMIX 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens) will be available at select Canadian retailers and on the Panasonic eStore in April with an MSRP of $1299.99.

Key Features

High-precision image quality
The LUMX DC-GX9MK features a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without a low-pass filter and Venus Engine to drive maximum lens performance while rendering natural, high-precision images. The L.Monochrome D mode is newly added to Photo Style, making it easy to shoot detailed dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows. Plus, Grain Effect can also be adjusted in all monochrome modes with Photo Style.

A 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) in the LUMX DC-GX9MK effectively suppresses blur. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the Dual I.S. compensates for a wider range of movement to enable blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low-light conditions.

A new wide screen LVF (Live View Finder) in the LUMX DC-GX9MK tilts up approximately 90 degrees. With its high, approximate 2760k-dot equivalent, resolution and 100 per cent colour reproduction, this 16:9 LVF provides approximately 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent.) magnification and 100 per cent field of view. Plus, the camera’s large 3.0-inch, approximately 1240k-dot high-resolution static-type touch monitor provides nearly 100 per cent of field of view and tilts up approximately 80 degrees and down 45 degrees to enable shooting in high or low angle even easier.

High-precision AF system
The Contrast AF System in the LUMX DC-GX9MK features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at maximum 240 fps, for ultra-fast auto focusing in approx. 0.07 sec. A range of extensive AF functions include Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF to enhance usability and comply with various shooting situations. Live View Boost makes it possible to check composition even in total darkness by boosting sensitivity just for live view.

The LUMX DC-GX9MK also includes Post Focus, a function selects an in-focus area even after shooting. Post Focus is helpful in situations such as macro shooting where strict focusing is required, or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This capability combines high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology. A Focus Stacking function adjusts depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with Post Focus in the camera. Now users don’t need to focus strictly while shooting because they can create images with the defocus level they want or pan-focus simply by selecting the focus area after shooting — beneficial when shooting macro images of insects, small accessories and so on.

Ultra HD 4K video and 4K PHOTO
With a high-speed sensor signal readout and engine processor, the LUMX DC-GX9MK records smooth, high-resolution 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in addition to the Full-HD 1,920×1,080 60p videos with practical full-time AF. With this technology, LUMIX 4K PHOTO lets users capture perfect moments by extracting single frames from 4K burst files shot at 30 fps to save as 8-megapixel equivalent photos.

Choosing the best shots out of hundreds of 4K video frames is now easier with a newly added Auto Marking function. Auto Marking identifies the frame most different from others in the file to help minimize the time it takes to choose the best individual shot. A Sequence Composition function creates a single image in-camera by synthesizing multiple shots to produce a unique image of a subject’s motion without special retouching.

The LUMX DC-GX9MK also incorporates a Light Composition function where the camera stacks multiple shots to easily produce more dramatic images of fireworks or night scenery in-camera. What’s more, the LUMX DC-GX9MK also enables 4K Live Cropping in video recording to realize stable panning or zooming. In panning shots, users just set the viewing angle to begin and end with for smooth panning motion without using special equipment like a slider. And in zooming, users can set the final zoomed in viewing angle first to ensure the subject is perfectly in the frame. The resulting image is crisp and smooth because this function does not move the zoom lens physically.

The LUMX DC-GX9MK includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy) enables consistent connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption.

About motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording
· Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures.
· Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].
· (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
· MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD/30p] [FHD] [HD]: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
· MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:
· When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
· When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.
· When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
· For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as “4K compatible.”



This New Addition to the Popular Travel Zoom Series Boasts Powerful 15x Optical Zoom in a Compact Body

Panasonic Canada has introduced the LUMIX DC-ZS200, the newest flagship camera of the popular Travel Zoom series. The compact LUMIX DC-ZS200 is equipped with a 24mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and enhanced 15x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-360mm). The camera also includes 5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer Plus to suppress hand-shake in both photo and video recording. For added creativity the LUMIX DC-ZS200 integrates a new L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style for monochrome images with rich B/W film gradation.

The Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS200 will be available at select Canadian retailers and on the Panasonic eStore in April with an MSRP of $1099.99.

Key Features

The camera’s 1-inch MOS sensor produces high-quality images with stunning details
The combination of a High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine delivers up to ISO 12,800 for high sensitivity quality beyond the reach of most other digital compacts. And, an upgraded Live View Finder (LVF) integrates a new 0.21-inch, 2,330K-dot equivalent LVF to provide a high magnification ratio of approximately 1.45x/0.53x (35mm camera equivalent). Both LVF and a 3-in. touchscreen display provide approximately 100 per cent field of view. The LUMIX DC-ZS200 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. This new lens system also enables stunning close-up shots with its 3cm macro capability.

4K video recording is every bit as stunning with high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4
The LUMIX DC-ZS200 features 4K PHOTO which allows users to capture memorable moments by extracting single frames from 4K burst files shot at 30 fps to save as 8-megapixel equivalent images. Auto-Marking and Sequence Composition, included in addition to Post-Focus and Focus-Stacking, make 4K PHOTO even easier to use.

High-speed and high-precision AF
The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy for ultra-fast auto focusing in approximately 0.1 sec.

Intuitive design to capture creative vision
The independent dials and Control Ring located on the lens barrel provide an intuitive way to capture creative vision. Smoother control of exposure and zoom allows users to concentrate on framing the perfect picture and press the shutter at the perfect moment. It also provides easier access to frequently-used settings such as aperture, shutter speed, focus, filter effect and scene mode. For even more precise control over focusing, the LUMIX DC-ZS200 also boasts a Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in manual focus mode to ensure users know exactly where the focus is.

Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n)
The LUMIX DC-ZS200 integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with the Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. They can also choose the quality of images to transfer using the Image App. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables a constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. This activates the camera by simply using a smartphone/tablet or to automatically add GPS geotags on the photos.

Additional Features
· Long battery life and AC/USB Power Charging
o Thanks to a newly adopted eco30fps mode, the LUMIX DC-ZS200 provides long battery life for approximately 370 pictures (when using a rear monitor) per charge. The battery is recharged via AC or USB according to user convenience.

· Exposure / WB / Focus / Aperture Bracket
o Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are new additions to the conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Bracket to let users choose their best shots later. In Focus Bracket, a maximum 999 images can be shot with different focus points. The Aperture Bracket enables multiple shots with different depths of field.

· In-Camera RAW Data Development
o The LUMIX DC-ZS200 can shoot images in RAW and develop them in-camera.


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