A girl opened her eyes sleepily, opened the curtains, revealing the spacious and bright floor-to-ceiling windows, and the dazzling sunlight in the morning. We may all have seen such scenes in Vlog.
now, also known as the era of Vlog for all people. Vlog is actually a video weblog-a video diary, which uses video to record your life. If Vlog was still a “patent” of celebrities and Internet celebrities in the early days of Vlog’s popularity, now, every ordinary you and me can become Vlog bloggers.
The first step in shooting Vlog video is definitely to choose the right equipment , Last month, Panasonic launched a new M4/3 mirrorless camera LUMIX G100, which is a mirrorless camera specifically for Vlog shooting. For video bloggers, video quality, video focus, sound reception, and anti-shake may be more practical functions.
In order to meet the diverse needs of bloggers, Panasonic G100 as a Vlog camera supports 4K 30p/25p/24p, 1080P/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p and other video shooting specifications . In addition, Lumix G100 uses a compact and lightweight body, supports five-axis anti-shake, and is equipped with a professional radio system that can use V-Log L curve.
Today we mainly focus on appearance, image quality, autofocus, In-camera sound reception and anti-shake five aspects are used to evaluate this Lumix G100 in detail. In addition, during the evaluation process, we also felt some special highlights of this camera, such as support for vertical video and frame marking function.
1. Appearance design
The first feeling of getting Lumix G100 is light and small. The overall weight of the fuselage is only 412g, which includes the SD card, battery, and kit lens-LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 O.I.S. The volume of Lumix G100 is about 115.6 x 82.5 x 54.2 mm, which is smaller than the iPhone XR. Not only is it put in a commuter bag without stress, it can even be put in a clothes pocket.
As a Vlog camera, the most striking button is the red video Record button. The red record button located on the top of the fuselage is bright in color and has a large button area. During video shooting, the record button can be pressed more quickly and accurately, which reduces the probability of “false touches”. This user-friendly design layout improves Maneuverability of the fuselage.
Panasonic’s Lumix G100 is equipped with a flip screen. This flip screen can be changed from multiple angles. When the screen is turned to the front, the camera can automatically turn on the Selfie mode, so that Vlog bloggers can see the specific picture when speaking to the camera. Moreover, the 3.0-inch screen of Lumix G100 has a high resolution of 1.84 million dots, which is very clear. It performs very well even in super bright conditions.
The fuselage has a total of three interfaces, distributed on both sides of the fuselage . There is a 3.5mm microphone slot on the left, and HDMI and USB interfaces on the right. This interface can be used to connect to a computer to transmit data and also charge. Lumix G100 does not have a headphone port for monitoring an external microphone.
Lumix G100 kit lens is LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 OIS, this lens adopts a retractable design, when the lens When contracted, the volume of the camera can be further reduced and the space burden during travel can be reduced. Lumix G100 uses an M4/3 frame sensor, the lens focal length of the kit lens is 12-32mm, which is equivalently converted to 24-64mm. This focal length is very useful for shooting videos, whether it is shooting street scenes or taking selfies of Vlog bloggers. The 24mm wide-angle end can accommodate more screen content.
This Lumix G100 suit is also equipped with a three-legged handle DMW- SHGR1, connected to the camera via USB, the handle is equipped with start/stop shooting, release the shutter and enable/disable sleep mode, you can control the camera while shooting. Using the Lumix G100 with a handle can not only make the picture more stable, but also the handle can be used as a small tripod, which is more convenient for bloggers to fix the camera and achieve full body recording.
2. Picture quality test
Panasonic Lumix G100 uses M4/3 frame sensor. Based on this hardware foundation, the picture quality of Panasonic Lumix G100 can be called excellent. The image is very sharp under low sensitivity, and the noise control effect is also good under high sensitivity. Up to ISO3200, the picture quality can be maintained at a good level. When the sensitivity reaches ISO 6400, the picture is also in the usable range.
In this image quality test, the straight-out image in JPG format was used, and the aperture of F8 was used uniformly. By increasing the sensitivity step by step, the Lumix was evaluated while maintaining the same exposure as possible. The image quality of G100 in low and high sensitivity.
In the low sense, whether it is the center image quality or the edge Picture quality, the final image quality of the Panasonic Lumix G100 is very clear and sharp, and the picture details are kept intact. From ISO 200 to ISO 800, the picture quality is very stable. When the sensitivity reaches ISO 1600, 3200, the details of the picture are very slightly lost, but if it is to record daily life and upload it to social networks, it will not have much impact.
Sensitivity ISO 3200 can be said to be a watershed in the image quality. When the sensitivity reaches ISO 6400, the image begins to have a slight noise. At this time, the center image quality is better than the edge image quality. .
3. Autofocus test
Since it is a Vlog machine, is the camera’s dynamic focus performance important? Panasonic Lumix G100 has three autofocus modes, namely AFS, AFC and AFF. We used AFF’s auto focus mode to test the focus efficiency and accuracy of the camera’s face recognition and tracking, and considering that many bloggers now need to display items, we also tested the focus switching when bloggers display items Happening.
When recording video, Panasonic Lumix G100 supports face recognition , And can quickly detect and focus on the face.
Not only can the face be detected, but also the face of Panasonic Lumix G100 The tracking performance is also excellent, and it can stably track the face.
When bloggers display items, Panasonic Lumix G100 can quickly For some anchors who need to bring goods, the Panasonic G100 can satisfy them.
In short, the focusing performance of the Panasonic Lumix G100 is satisfactory. The face recognition and tracking performance are good, you can directly use the AFF mode to shoot Vlog, whether it is a moving object or a static object display, the Lumix G100 can accurately focus.
4. In-camera sound reception test
In addition to the coordination of the picture, sound is also a key factor in determining the quality of video content. Many video bloggers still need external devices to achieve good sound reception. A surprising feature of the Panasonic Lumix G100 is the excellent stereo sound collection in the camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX G100 uses Nokia OZO Audio this time. There are three A built-in microphone, you can record surround sound, the sound is more three-dimensional and realistic. Moreover, the sound reception system of Panasonic Lumix G100 cooperates with the face recognition system to continuously track the sound of the target object according to the position of the face, thereby achieving the stability of the human voice in the video.
Panasonic Lumix G100 also has five built-in sound reception modes, namely tracking mode, auto mode, surround mode, front mode, and rear mode.
In addition to stereo sound, Lumix G100 is also equipped with a wind noise reduction function, and can be set to three levels.
V. Video electronic anti-shake five-axis anti-shake
This G100 new machine, the previous generation product line is Panasonic M4/3 format G95, the new machine G100 also inherits the five-axis anti-shake of the body of the G95. For Vlog bloggers, you may need to hold the camera and record while walking. Five-axis anti-shake can reduce the shaking of the picture during video shooting.
In the menu, you can also set the electronic image stabilization under the video by yourself The level is divided into three options: off, standard, and high. We compared the anti-shake effects of the three modes and used the handle in the Panasonic Lumix G100 package during the test.
In the enhanced mode, the image jitter is reduced, and the viewing angle is more stable. Slightly cropped, in actual recording, it is still recommended to turn on the electronic image stabilization. If the blogger is walking on a stable ground and using high-level electronic image stabilization, the image jitter will be significantly reduced.
The anti-shake performance of Panasonic Lumix G100 can still satisfy Vlog bloggers Of basic daily needs.
6. Other highlights
In addition to the above, as a camera specifically for Vlog shooting, during use, we also felt that the Panasonic Lumix G100 has some other design features Small highlights, very thoughtful for video bloggers.
First of all, in terms of proportions, video screens may be more restrictive than static images, and they will differ depending on different platforms and playback devices. Therefore, video bloggers will pay more attention to the proportions when composing the picture, and consider the post-cutting picture. There is a thoughtful function in the menu of the Panasonic Lumix G100, which is the frame mark. By setting the ratio by yourself, the user can preview the picture of that ratio in the viewfinder.
In addition, with the popularity of “vertical shooting” video, Panasonic’s Lumix G100 supports vertical video shooting, as long as you hold the camera vertically, the picture is It will automatically switch to the vertical direction.
Moreover, compared with the conventional camera mode selection dial, Panasonic Lumix G100 has an additional SQ fast slow motion option, which is convenient for users who need to speed up or slow down the video.
Panasonic Lumix G100 supports V-Log L curve, for beginners More friendly. Unlike Panasonic’s V-Log curve, L stands for Lite, which is a lightweight gamma curve that can achieve a dynamic range of 12 gears, making it easier to adjust later. Lumix G100 not only maintains the light weight of the system, but also meets the color adjustment needs of video bloggers.
The Panasonic camera, which has always been known for its excellent video shooting performance, brought us a surprise in the wave of Vlog cameras this time. Lumix G100 is first based on the M4/3 frame sensor, which has a good high-sensing performance and excellent stereo sound reception. Ordinary users can record Vlog without using external equipment. Others such as camera frame, vertical shooting, support for V-log L curve, etc. are also unique features of Lumix G100.
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