The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 Kit with YAGH Interface Unit and Kit Lens

For those looking to make the jump to high-end 4K without stomaching quite as much sticker price pain, B&H Photo & Video is offering a discount on a kit for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 right now. Regularly priced at around $4,700, the kit comes with a GH4 body, a DMW-YAGH interface, and a LUMIX G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, all for $3895.

Not quite free, but a heck of a lot of camera for under $4K…or 4K? Or both.

If there was any question as to whether the micro-four-thirds-equipped Panasonic was worth jumping at, consider the 4K recording, clean HDMI out for capture to external devices or for review on an external 4K monitor, but the kit also includes the YAGH interface.

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The Interface Unit, when attached to the GH4, has 2 monaural XLR inputs for line or condenser microphones and independent volume control of the left and right channels. An audio level display monitor gives visual feedback on levels, and the device can deliver +48V of phantom power for each channel.[image:blog_post:53996]

The Interface Unit is rife with video inputs, including four BNC connectors – two 3G-SDI capable and two HD-SDI capable. It also outputs quad-link SDI 4K video in 4:2:2 10-bit, dual-link 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p up to 60 fps, or four simultaneous 1080p streams up to 30 fps – all with timecode. The GH4’s Interface Unit also has a BNC connector for timecode input, and can convert the GH4's micro HDMI output to a full-sized HDMI output. For power, a 4-pin XLR 12VDC input is available but not included, and the device cannot be powered by the GH4.

For those who are interested, head on over to B&H before this jumps back to original price.

Some highlights of the LUMIX DMC-GH4 are:

  •     16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  •     DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 at 24p
  •     UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 at 30p/24p
  •     Full HD 1920 x 1080 up to 60p
  •     3.0" 1,036k-Dot OLED Touchscreen Monitor
  •     2,359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  •     4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
  •     High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus System

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