Panasonic LUMIX GH4 adds anamorphic 4K video

Panasonic’s firmware upgrade for their LUMIX GH4 enhances its 4K recording capabilities to enable anamorphic video recording. This method of shooting produces cinemascope aspects such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1.The LUMIX GH4’s anamorphic mode (4:3) can record video in 3328 x 2496 pixel (approximately equivalent to 8.3 megapixel) resolution at frame rates of 23, 98, 24, 25 or 29.97. Using an anamorphic lens, video can be captured and then un-squeezed in post production, with such effects seen in anamorphic film capture as background distortion and light flare now able to be generated optically in-camera. Additionally there is the ability to use the HDMI port for outputting 4:2:2 / 10-bit output (although recording is not possible while this is in use). The firmware update also includes a further shooting enhancement in the form of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec when the camera uses its electronic shutter mode.

Also debuted was the HX-A1 wearable POV action camcorder — featuring an under 2 oz. weight that makes placing it pretty much anywhere both unobtrusive and innocuous. It possesses Full HD recording capabilities and is encased in a durable dust, shock, water and cold resistant casing. The camera includes such additions as an IR filter for night shooting (when used with an optional IR light source) and built-in Wi-Fi that can be used with a smartphone/tablet app to verify the angles prior to shooting. There is also the ability to send video from the A1 to a sub-window on Panasonic's W870/970 camcorders and so merge the two simultaneously recorded videos into a single video. The A1 can also double as a webcam when connected to a computer through a USB port.

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