Today’s Post by Mark Toal
I’ve always loved the 4K Photo Mode that Panasonic introduced a couple of years ago for the Lumix G7.
4K Photo allows you to pull an eight-Megapixel frame from a 4K video clip. Any camera that can shoot 4K video can be used to extract a still frame in post processing. Panasonic made it easier by allowing you to view the video frame-by-frame on the back of the camera and then save any frame to the SD card.
The video portion of Photo Mode has been raised to 6K resolution in the new Panasonic GH5. This means that every one of the 30 frames per second is 18- Megapixels. This is already at a higher resolution than most Micro Four-thirds cameras that are on the market today. Tip: You have to keep in mind that you are shooting video to pull a still frame from and use shutter speeds that will stop action in whatever situation you are shooting.
For these 6K Photo Mode images I used a 1/250 sec shutter speed at ISO 1600. The camera was set to continuous auto focus. I shot about five seconds of 6K video and extracted the frame that I wanted using the LCD on the back of the Lumix GH5. And I can easily print these images in sizes to 24×36 inches.