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MEDWAY QUEEN: FILMED WITH THE PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-G6


12th
JUN 2014


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RICK YOUNG
Medway Queen: filmed with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Filmmaker David Doré, of Silk Purse Films, puts the Panasonic G6 to the test. This camera which sells for £399.00 including VAT it represents truly staggering value for money. Two filming modes are available: AVCHD and MP4. Maximum resolution, frame-rate and bit-rate is 1920 x 1080 50P at 28 Mbps.
The paddle steamer Medway Queen, one of the few remaining veterans of the Dunkirk Evacuation, is nearing the end of a 35 year long preservation battle. I took the opportunity to film the progress so far, using a new Panasonic G6. This astounding little camera first attracted my attention when I learned that Panasonic had re-used the now legendary GH2 sensor but that was only the beginning of the story!

The G6 is equipped with a 3.5 angled LCD viewer plus an excellent OLED view-finder. Among its comprehensive features are WiFi connectivity for monitoring and control, focus peaking, built-in level gauge, standard 3.5mm stereo jack socket, hard-wire remote and ultra-fast auto-focus. In fact it has a better feature set than the GH3 in all respects except the higher quality All-I codecs.
The G6 offers two filming modes: AVCHD and MP4. In AVCHD the following flavours are available:

1920 1080 50P at 28 Mbps

1920 1080 50i at 17 Mbps

1920 1080 25P at 24 Mbps

1920 1080 24P at 24 Mbps

1280 720 50P at 17 Mbps

In MP4 the following are available:

1920 1080 50P at 28 Mbps

1920 1080 25P at 20 Mbps

1280 720 25P at 10 Mbps

640480 25Pat4Mbps

No it does not do 4K in either mode!

However, it also offers Stop Motion and Time-Lapse.

At a cost of £399.00 including VAT it represents truly staggering value for money.

The Medway Queen clip was shot at 1080P50 MP4 using an Olympus 12-50mm zoom lens which, by using the cameras 1 to 1 Crop Mode (as per the GH2), effectively gives a

focal length range of 12-100mm.

I think you will agree that the 28 Mbps 1080P50 codec, combined with the cameras new Venus Engine processor, gives excellent images. As an ergonomically pleasing, economically priced B CAM it is highly recommended.

David Doré

Silk Purse Films

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