Panasonic says that that the camera can capture video in 4K at 25p. Recent Panasonic cameras have allowed you to switch between that and 24p and 30p. I hope that’s the case with this one.
It will also shoot video in 720p mode at up to 100fps for slow motion, and it supports time-lapse and stop motion animation.
For regular photography, it will do burst shoots at 10 frames per second, or at 5 frames per second with continuous autofocus switched on.
Panasonic has included its 4K Photo mode. This, in essence, takes brief snippets of 4K video from which you can later select the particular frames that you want. The 4K Pre-burst mode captures 60 frames, centred on when you press the shutter release. If you jumped the gun, or were a bit slow, chances are you’ll still have the right shot in there. The trade-off is 8.3-megapixel resolution instead of 20.4.
There’s also a Post Focus feature. That’s basically focus bracketing so that you can choose the point of focus later.
In keeping with its outdoors orientation, the camera has an altimeter, compass and LED torch built in. You can use Panasonic’s Image App on your smartphone to connect to the camera via Wi-Fi. You can use that for transferring photos to your phone, but also to remotely control the camera.
The battery charges in place in the camera, fed via a USB socket. Which means you have almost endless charging options.
Sadly, you’re going to have to wait until July for this one to hit the stores. Again, that price is $599.
BTW, Panasonic is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.