Mirrorless cameras have been on their way for a while, and they typically cost more than those of the DSLR variety, but Panasonic is offering a 4K mirrorless camera which can record 4K video for $750 – The Lumix G7 (DMC-G7).
While 4K cameras are not exactly rare, competition such as the GoPro Hero4 Black 4K as well as the Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras aren’t in the same category. The $500 GoPro Hero4 Black 4K takes great video and offers functionality (as well as durability) that the Lumix G7 cannot provide to a sports enthusiast, but the GoPro Hero4 Black 4K video is lower quality, and it doesn’t offer the versatility that the Lumix G7 offers, like the interchangeable lens mount, touchscreen LCD viewfinder, viewfinder eyepiece, and much more.
Video credit: PanasonicLumixVideo.
That isn’t the best comparison, but there are few compact or affordable 4K cameras on the market at the moment. Most 4K cameras on the market are large production cameras costing thousands of dollars. Next year, you’re likely to see many more compact, affordable 4K cameras on the market from your favourite brands. So if you’re in the market for a budget 4K camera, but don’t need it urgently, i’d urge you to wait a little.