Panasonic 4k pov

Many were expecting to see a 4k Gopro Hero 4, but it looks like Panasonic is going to beat Gopro to the punch with the release of the Panasonic HX-A500 POV camera. The HX-A500 uses a very similar design to Panasonic’s HX-A100 released last year with a new small 1.5 inch monitor added to the dongle.

Seems as though Panasonic is really staying ahead of the competition in the low price 4k market. First the GH4, then the FZ1000, and now the HX-A500 POV camera. There isn’t really much competition yet in the 4k consumer market which could give them a big jump over Canon, Nikon, and Sony. If Panasonic can offer 4k recording in a $400 device, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing others do the same.

Not sure yet how well the new “1/2.3″ Back-Illumined MOS Sensor” will perform, but i’m guessing it’ll keep up with the Gopro’s slightly smaller “1/2.5″ Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor” at the very least. Hopefully Panasonics 4k efforts will push other manufactures to join in the game. We probably don’t really “need” 4k at this point, but it seems like it’ll become the next “must have” spec over the next year or so and I’m fine with that. 

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