Panasonic has globally announced the Lumix DMC-GH4, the first model in its G-series to provide 4K video recording.
Front view of the new Lumix DMC-GH4 with no lens fitted. (Source: Panasonic.)
Designed for photographers who are serious about shooting video movies, the GH4 can deliver four times the resolution of Full HD with high bitrates of 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps, which are globally recognised and allow professionals to shoot for overseas markets. They also support Variable Frame Rate recording for slow and fast motion shooting at up to 96 frames/second in Full HD. A new optional interface unit ensures high performance when connecting to professional external monitors and recorders.
Back and top views the Lumix DMC-GH4, the lower image showing the camera with the 12-35mm lens. (Source: Panasonic.)
Speed and precision are the hallmarks of the DMC-GH4’s still imaging performance: including high-speed burst shooting at 12 frames per second (AFS) at full resolution, supported by a 40-shot buffer for RAW images; Contrast AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, for faster, more accurate focus at 0.07 sec and improved continuous focus; max 1/8000sec shutter speed; an OLED LVF and monitor offering higher resolution and greater precision; and the ability to process RAW photos in-camera. Other features in this model include the newly-added Focus Peaking, Low-Light AF, and 49-area AF (increased from 23-area).
Front view of the Lumix DMC-GH4 with the adjustable monitor extended. (Source: Panasonic.
The weather-sealed DMC-GH4 offers features for durability and versatility in the field. The shutter has been designed for a lifespan of up to 200,000 cycles, double the life of many cameras in its class. In addition, the camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity has been enhanced with NFC for simple pairing with a smart-phone or tablet, with QR code scanning available for non-NFC devices. Optional accessories include a powerful GN58 External Flash and a Stereo/Shotgun Microphone. The DMC-GH4 is compatible with 22 Lumix G digital interchangeable lenses as well as providing access to 46 additional Micro Four Thirds lenses. In tandem, Panasonic has also announced the new Gold Series ‘SDUC’ cards, which are compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 for 4K video recording.
Local pricing and availability dates for the new DMC-GH4 camera and Gold Series SDUC cards are yet to be announced. For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/imaging/lumix-g-cameras.html.