4K video has now spread from TVs to other imaging products, such as camcorders and LUMIX digital cameras. Quadruple the resolution of Full HD, it promises superb image quality. Also, 4K offers exciting editing possibilities -- by cropping parts equivalent to Full HD from 4K images, you can create zoom shots and panning from a single shot. The 4K Photo function allows you to capture a still image with 8 Mpx equivalent resolution from 4K video. Use of this function makes it easy to crop individual video frames as high-resolution still images. In addition, using the newly incorporated 4K Photo Mode, you can easily make picture quality setting to the optimum parameter for photo shooting.
4K: Four Times the Resolution of Full HD
With 4K, you enjoy beautiful 3840 x 2160 images — four times the resolution of Full HD, so you can view them on large-screen TVs without pixelation.
Editing from 4K Video
Down Conversion [4K to 2K]
Images that are down-converted from 4K to Full HD have higher quality and greater resolution than images that are taken in Full HD from the beginning.
Cropping 2K Video from 4K Video
By cropping parts equivalent to Full HD from 4K images, which boast four times the resolution of Full HD, you can create zoom shots and panning from a single shot.
4K Used for Stabilization
When enlarging images to apply the effects of editing software to hand-shake correct, the extra margin of 8 Mpx helps to prevent image degradation.
4K Photo Function
4K Photo is a new way of photography that Panasonic proposes, enouraging you to capture spur-of-the moment, high resolution 4K photos by cropping out a designated frame from 4K video. It is easier to get 4K photo by using the 4K Photo Mode. Once 4K Photo Mode is selected, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameter for photo shooting.
Imagine a bird on the shore, poised for flight. Capturing the moment the bird takes off would be hard on a normal digital camera, but video gives you a sequence of frames that is sure to include exactly the shot you want.
As a baby smiles gleefully, each moment is captured in vivid detail. Search for friends or family members at their most natural in a video, and you can obtain memorable 4K photos.
4K Photo makes it easy to search for moments full of artistic flair. Find and print the most visually arresting moments in a video as 8 Mpx equivalent images.
Capture Perfect Moments with 4K Photo Mode
Once 4K Photo Mode* is selected, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameter for photo shooting.
Setting 4K Photo Mode
1. Set Mode Dial
For movie recording mode, set the mode dial to "Movie".
2. 4K Photo Mode Setting
Set 4K Photo Mode to [ON]. In this mode, settings are optimized for extracting each video frame as a still image. Each JPEG image cropped from video footage complies with EXIF just as a normal still picture would.
3. Set Aspect Ratio
You can frame your 4K photos in several ways by switching to another aspect ratio.
Multiple Aspect Ratios
You can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect in addition to 16:9 -- all can provide a still image with 8 Mpx equivalent resolution.
Video Frame Bookmarking
While recording 4K video in 4K Photo Mode, it is possible to mark the designated part by just pressing the [Fn1] button. This can reduce post-production work when searching for spur-of-the-moment shots worth cropping.
Loop Recording (DMC-GH4 Only)
4K video can be recorded continuously with Loop Rec function which keeps on saving 5 newest 2-minute video files. You can patiently wait for the perfect photo opportunity to come along without worrying about the capacity of the SDXC / SDHC memory card.
* Using 4K Photo mode on the DMC-GH4 and DMC-FZ1000 may require a firmware update. For the latest firmware releases, please visit Panasonic .