Yesterday's story is today's news, or something like that. Today, Panasonic announced the Lumix GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera. Earlier this week, there were abundant rumors surrounding the Lumix GH4 and it's capabilities. Needless to say, Panasonic delivered on the hype surrounding this camera.
4k Video in Multiple Formats
One of the most exciting features of Panasonic Lumix GH4 is its ability to shoot 4k video and accessorize for digital cinema production. It's the world's first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of 4k video output. This appears to be Panasonic's step forward to attract videographers to its line of mirrorless micro four thirds cameras. The 4k video capabilities of the GH4 exceeds the rumors that came before it. The Lumix GH4 is able to shoot 4k video in two different sizes. It can shoot DCI 4k (4096×2160) at 24p and Ultra HD 4k (3840×2160) at 30p and 24p.
The Lumix GH4's body is a resilient dust-proof magnesium frame and features two OLED displays. Both the viewfinder and 3" rear monitor are high resolution with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The camera is able to connect through Wi-Fi via NFC technology, allowing the user to control the camera through their mobile device and the Panasonic Image App. If the user's mobile device is not equipped with NFC technology they can still connect by scanning a QR code to connect by Wi-Fi.
A powerful accessory for the GH4 is its interface unit that was discussed in the rumors about the camera. The interface unit allows for XLR audio inputs with level adjustments and monitoring. The interface unit also allows for video output over HDMI and SDI, with 4:2:2 color sampling and up to 10 bits of bit depth.
A manufacturer's suggested retail price has not yet been released but is expected to be at a premium for mirrorless cameras.
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and video producer.