Panasonic DMC-G7

Thanks to a helpful tip from Carlos Delgado (aka @mobilecarlos) and a article listed on www.nofilmschool.com I found out about Panasonic's new iteration of budget friendly 4K cameras. The G7 features a Mirrorless, Micro Four Thirds sensor/mount. I got really excited to see this camera features interchangeable lenses at a whooping $800. I know what you're thinking... "That's just the price of the body." Nope! That $800 price tag is with a 14-42mm lens included.

Some of the highlight features are a 16MP sensor, shoots 4K video internally, articulating touch screen, interchangeable lenses, and portability. Seems like Panasonic is really going hard to target the market of consumers like myself. Prosumer photographers and videographer will definitely appreciate this competition for their hard-earned money. Competition between manufactures mean that consumers win big! Even though it looks like Panasonic is competing with itself at this point.

Canon where you at!?!? Oh wait, it doesn't matter I'm a Panasonic fanboy now!

The G7 is a fantastic entry level YouTuber camera and is an excellent secondary for those looking to get into making their workflows more efficient and/or dabble in making more creative content.

I think the only real bad thing about this camera is it's video formats it records. The codecs are AVCHD and MP4 only, just like the FZ1000:

MP4

4K
3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps)
3840 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps)

1080P
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (20 Mbps)

720P and below
1280 x 720p / 30 fps (10 Mbps)
640 x 480p / 30 fps (4 Mbps)

AVCHD

1080P
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)

For a full list of specs see Panasonic's specifications page HERE.

It's a beautiful camera and I would definitely consider it over the FZ1000. If anything, I look forward to it driving down the cost of the FZ1000 as well, making entering the world of 4K cheaper than ever. The DMC-G7 looks to be no slouch, even at the crazy price Panasonic is offering it at.  The G7 should be available at the end of June 2015.