The Best 8 Panasonic Cameras to Buy in 2017

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Panasonic is carrying its critically acclaimed line of stylish LUMIX cameras into 2017 with a host of new technological features, including 5-axis tilt, 10-bit 4K video recording and powerful new digital sensors. As always, you can expect stylish and lightweight designs that can hold up to real-world use. Whether you are looking for the latest and greatest interchangeable lens camera or want to snag a best-selling model at a value price, we've broken down the essential cameras in Panasonic’s LUMIX line.

Harness the power of light in your pictures with the stunning LUMIX DMC-LX10K. This high-end camera is one of Panasonic’s most recent releases and they went all out to create a point-and-shoot camera that can bring DSLR-like exposure and color to your shots. It all starts with the one-inch 20-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, which when combined with the Venus Engine, results in ISO12800 / Extended ISO25600 4K super sharp photos and recording.

The sensor is complemented with a LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (f/1.4-2.8) to harness the full power of light, even in low light conditions, to take the best possible photo. You get even more control with depth from Defocus, a tool that calculates distance of fast moving objects to establish a lock and clear shot. Or you can capture ultra close-up macro shots, thanks to a focusing distance of 3cm in wide and 30cm tele.

Other amazing features include bracketing focus and aperture, light composition function and tilting selfie display. They all result in the sumptuous 4K photos and videos you’d expect from a DSLR camera, but in a compact and portable body of a point-and-click.

Equipped with a new five-axis in-body sensor stabilizer, this mirrorless ILC camera can take amazing handheld pictures in low-light conditions and can record stable video without any jarring cuts. This camera has super accurate autofocus that always keeps the subject locked in when shooting three-frames-per-second 4K video. The intuitive DSLR-like controls, electronic eye viewfinder and touch-enabled LCD tilt display will give you greater control while shooting video. The 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine will shoot true-to-life color with minimum noise. Gear collectors will love that the camera works with 27 lens options, allowing for total customization depending on the situation.

This lightweight DSLM camera gets amateur photographers a seat at the table without the price-tag or bulk of a more expensive DSLR camera. The DMC-G7KK is Panasonic’s entry-level interchangeable lens camera, and its ultra-compact design and high-quality image captures have been a hit with photography enthusiasts. The 16-megapixel sensor operates like larger DSLR sensors, but is free from artifacts that degrade image quality. It also captures low-light images in amazing quality of ISO 25,600.

As with most Panasonic cameras, the 4K Ultra HD video technology provides gorgeous and detailed video footage, this time at 30 fps. 4K Photo function lets you extract a 4K photo from video footage, meaning you can leave the camera running instead of worrying about composing the perfect image. A high-visibility viewfinder, fast and precise autofocus tracking and a variety of 4K photo modes are just a few of the other high-level functions available at this very affordable price.

Capture the perfect picture from hundreds of yards away with the Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix Camera. Scenes on the distant horizon are in your range, thanks to an optically stabilized 20-1200mm 60X LUMIX DC Vario optical zoom lens.

This 18.1-megapixel point-and-shoot camera can capture video and photos in stunning 4K resolution, making it a great all-around camera whether you’re trying to capture footage up close or from afar. The Post Focus feature allows you to select your desired focal points after a shot is taken, meaning you don’t have to fuss with the camera to get the perfect shot. And you can record photos at 30 fps, meaning you are guaranteed to get the frame-worthy capture. This 2017 model is equipped with a comfortable viewfinder and has impressive low-light performance, so it's really a great option.

Professional photographers and videographers have been quick to endorse the latest mirrorless ILC camera from Panasonic. That’s because Panasonic not only improved on the excellent video functionality of the GH4K, but gave formidable functionality for taking stills. Powering it all is a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and the brand-new Venus Engine 10, which captures incredible detail and natural texture. The Intelligent Detail Processing renders intense brightness and contrast resulting in what Panasonic dubs three-dimensional color.

Like the previous model, this design is rugged, built with a magnesium alloy full die-cast armor frame and a high durability shutter. Expect smooth 4K video at 60p/50p, with faster framerates allowing panning control and the ability to slow down footage without removing detail. The biggest jump in video capture comes from the internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording. While the 10-bit recording captures colors, Variable Frame Rate records dramatic slow motion or quick motion in 4K. All-in-all this is an extremely powerful camera that more than justifies its hefty price tag. 

Panasonic bills this high-end model as a hybrid camera that is designed with equal attention to video recording and photography. It takes both beautiful pictures and stunning high-definition video, thanks to a large one-inch 21.1-megapixel sensor and LEICA VARIO-ELMAR f/2.8-4.5 lens that has up to 20X optical zoom. As a result, you have 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photos, with the option to touch up with post focus and internal Focus Stacking modes.

But in the age of video, Panasonic has taken extra steps to satiate vloggers, journalists and just anyone who wants to capture their memories in high definition to add to social media. First, the lens has an internal guide-pole mechanism and a galvanometer-drive iris, two features used in professional video cameras, to assure smooth and seamless control when filming. The camera has headphone and microphone terminals for sound, as well as real-time HDMI output, a feature that professional video producers demand in their equipment. Finally, you have a host of professional quality shooting modes, including Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160 at 24 fps) and QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 at 30 fps).

Take your camera with you on all your adventures with this durable Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30A. This is Panasonic’s all-purpose solution for athletes, construction workers and everyone who finds themselves in precarious environments from time to time. It is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, can handle a drop from five feet without an issue and can capture photos while submerged in up to 26 feet of water. Talk about tough.

The camera has creative control and re-touch in playback mode to help you create the ultimate picture. These creative effects and filters include Advanced Underwater Mode, which helps you create reds and other bright tones typically dulled on a scuba adventure. With 220MB built-in memory, you’ll probably want to spring for an SD card. But this 16-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera is perfect to slip in your jacket pocket before heading to the beach, mountain or anywhere your heart takes you.

Professionals and DSLR-style shooters will love this high performance DSLM mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The camera is built to be rugged with a magnesium alloy body that is splash and dustproof. It sports a high performance professional shutter that also keeps out dust and pollutants, while boasting a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second.

Images are captured on a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine, preserving images and video at cinematic DCI 4K 24p. The electronic viewfinder captures both your video and images with a high-speed 49-point autofocus. The camera also has dual OLED displays in the monitor and Live View Finder, and you can print high resolution still frames from your video captures. Other nice features include built in WiFi and NFC, real-time HDMI output, as well as a variety of connection terminals for AV attachments.

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