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Panasonic Lumix G100 promises spatial audio for vloggers

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Panasonic has revealed its latest mirrorless camera, with the Lumix G100 tagging vloggers and other creatives who need great audio along with their stabilized 4K. Taking on the recently-announced Sony ZV-1, the Lumix G100 pairs a micro four-thirds sensor with five-axis OIS and sound tech supplied by OZO Audio by Nokia.

The 20.3-megapixel MOS sensor supports a maximum ISO 25600, and up to 4K video. There’s 24p and 30p support at maximum resolution, or 60p 1080p as an option. In 4K mode, there’s a 4K Photo option for grabbing stills out of the footage.

On the audio side, meanwhile, though there’s the ability to plug in an external microphone, the Lumix G100 might not require it every time. There’s support for OZO Audio spatial recording, with three microphones built-in to capture positional sound. That should make it easier to pick out different voices in an interview over background noise, for example, or capture a more immersive soundscape from a scene or event.

It also powers a new audio tracking feature. That way you can tag a subject and have the Lumix G100 prioritize their audio, following them even as they move around a scene. Auto mode, meanwhile, promises to switch intelligently between tracking and surround modes.

Control is via a 3-inch adjustable display which can pivot out for easy framing when in front of the lens. There’s a Video Selfie Mode in which the Lumix G100 should capture both the subject and their background in focus, without adjustments to the aperture. Or, you can rely on natural background deblur. A Frame Maker feature shows guidelines on the LCD for common aspect ratios – so you can be sure you’ll be positioned correctly for 16:9, 4:3, 4:5, 5:4, 9:16, or others – and the REC Frame Indicator uses a bold red frame so you can be sure you’re actually recording at a glance.

There’s V-LogL support, together with up to 4x slow-motion and 8x quick footage, plus a time-lapse mode. With Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi b/g/n footage and stills can be wirelessly transferred to a smartphone running the Lumix Sync app; that app can also be used as a remote control. An HDMI output is included too, though it doesn’t support streaming live in 4K, and when the HDMI output is being used the Lumix G100 won’t record video.

Panasonic says that the Lumix G100 will go on sale at the end of July. It’s up for preorder for $749.99 (rising to $799.99 after that) and will be offered in a kit with a 12-32mm lens and a new tripod grip that has buttons to control video recording, the shutter, and the camera’s sleep mode.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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