Ultra HD TVs have certainly been around long enough and cameras have been able to capture stills for them, but video, that’s something only big cameras have supported. This year, the small ones will get it, too.
If you’re keen to capture some video in a definition that is fuller than the Full HD cameras have sported for ages, the good news is that this year, you’ll get your chance, and even if you don’t want to fork out extra cash.
Panasonic has announced that alongside the several 4K mirrorless cameras and camcorders it already has out, it will this year release two compacts with 4K Ultra HD capture supported under its feature list.
The two cameras are the DMC-TZ110 and the TZ80, two models that appear to be built for different needs, but offer similar features.
We’ll start with the baby of these, and that’s strangely the one that goes the farthest, with the TZ80 packing in a 30x optical zoom lens capable of reaching an equivalent of 24 to 720mm, making it ideal for travelling with and getting up close to things that may well be far away.
Under the hood, there’s an 18 megapixel LiveMOS sensor at play here, capturing stills and 4K vide, and supporting one of the features we loved from the G7 last year, pre-burst mode, which captures images before you fire the shutter and is ideal for sports or any action where you want to get imagery before you think you do.