Hands down the most difficult family photos to capture for Moms and Grandmoms, Dads and Grandpas are those elusive action moments.  You’re there with the camera, but you snap the photo too soon or too late.  Say hello to 4K Video and the ability to capture stills. I think I’m in love with Panasonic DMC-LX100 4K Photo.

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Capturing family sports action shots with 4K photo on the Panasonic HX-A500. Hello #PanasonicAdventure.

What is Panasonic DMC-LX100 4K Photo and Why Should I Care?

I’ve had a love affair with Panasonic since my first camera, the Panasonic Lumix ZS40. Confession. I love cameras way more than jewelry, so when presented with the opportunity to review the Panasonic DMC-LX 100 with the 4K Video & Photo technology, I was giddy, way happier than a girl gifted with a big shiny diamond ring.  Now all I have to do is carry the camera and let it do it’s magical “capture the moment” 4K thing. Right?

Is the 4K Video to Photo Really that Easy?

Yes, it is. The Panasonic DMC-LX100 camera features a special mode using 4K video to capture stills.  This is perfect for Moms and Grandmoms using mobile phones and missing the action of their kids and grandchildren.  By recording ultra-high resolution video in the new 4K format, all you have to do is shoot the video; then play the video back in the camera; pause playback; and export the exact moment you want to a high resolution still photo.  It’s the killer app for anyone who has trouble getting that exact moment in time because 4K shoots at about 30 frames per second at over 8MB each frame.

4KPhoto Mode on the Panasonic DMC-LX100 camera. #PanasonicAdventure
4KPhoto Mode on the Panasonic DMC-LX100 camera. #PanasonicAdventure

A crisp Colorado Friday evening and I attended my granddaughter’s softball game. With my Panasonic DMC-LX100 camera, I positioned myself behind the field fence as close to the home plate as possible. I clicked on the camera’s menu button and changed the setting to 4K Photo, and then shot the 4K video.  As you can tell, I was so excited when I captured my granddaughter’s grand slam home run that I momentarily missed following her to 1st plate, but caught up with her running the bases at 2nd to 3rd and then crossing home base.

What? It’s An App?

While the 4K mode is built in to the camera, Panasonic  is an app. Download the Panasonic Image app and you can share your photos with Social Media.  It’s really cool and easy, and you don’t have to wait to get home and plug and play on your computer. (I’ll write about that on another post.)

It’s a grand slam home run for my granddaughter. 4KPhoto still shot with 4KVideo using Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

4K Video Creates the Best 4K Photos

I even created a quick movie using the Panasonic Lumix program (included with the camera purchase). The secret is quick, short videos to make it easier to scan through to create your 4K still Photos for your next #PanasonicAdventure.

4K Photo: Is it the Next Big Thing?

I’m still learning how to use the new Panasonic camera, although the learning curve, especially if you used Panasonic previously, is minimal. After capturing my granddaughter’s grand slam at her softball game, I am 100% impressed. For my travel blog at TravelingInHeels.com, I also shot 4K video while traveling in China of the Shanghai Acrobats and the Tai Chi Masters. It’s easy to use — click and record the video. Then play it forward, pause it for the stills.


LUMIX LX100 Integrated Leica DC Lens Camera with Advanced Controls: DMC-LX100S

•Legendary LUMIX LX Series with manual controls — Designed to Inspire Creativity
•Superior light capture with large, multi-aspect micro four thirds sensor
•24-75mm Leica DC lens (F1.7-2.8) for a desirable Bokeh defocus effect
•Clear and stable framing thanks to eye-level EVF (2,764k-dot)
•Full hybrid photo experience with 24p* or 30p 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photo mode
•External flash included
• Black or Silver
• Price $899.99 (SALE $799.99)

 DISCLAIMER: Panasonic provided the camera for my review; opinions expressed are my own.