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New Panasonic GH4 launched today

Posted by Phil On February - 6 - 2014

For those who aren’t nerds, this is an upgrade to the camera I’ve shot just about everything on for the last couple of years.  The Pansonic GH2.  The GH4K is  sharper ..faster ..tougher ..cheaper ( well not cheaper but still not too expensive   …probably


Looks really sweet especially the add on interface with XLR XLR sockets for sound and HDSDI for video output.  Though how that will work with camera rails I don’t know.  It will have also wifi focus, aperture etc control from Iphone and Android apps. ..interesting.


Here’s some of the spec

– 16,05 Megapixel sensor. It’s a new sensor with semi-conductor protection tech to reduce noise and improved dynamic range.
– quad core processor and venus Engine
– ISO up to 25,600.
– 12fps, 7,5 fps with continuous focusing
– GH4 uses the new UHS I class III SD card format
– Depth From Defocusing (uses Panasonic lens database to fine tune AF!)
– AF as fast as 0.07 seconds. 49 AF points.
– 4K video at 4096×2160 pixels and max frame rate of 96fps.
– Bit rate of up to 200Mbp
– Magnesium body
– Price not unveiled yet   expected to be around £1500
– There is an optional Interface Unit. Has 2 XLR, 4 SDI, micro HDMi
output, color bar signal, audio reference signal, external time control

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This has  4 SDI outputs for HD 4:2:2 and 4K 4:2:2 10-bit output with timecode, listen up Canon and Nikon. (It can also be configured to record 4:2:2 to an external unit via the on-board HDMI-output on the GH4 itself.) The interface unit also has dual XLR inputs with optional phantom power and level adjustments on the unit. These inputs can be monitored on the GH4′s display. Additionally, the interface unit includes a 12v DC input for external power to the unit and the GH4.


GH4K out Feb 7th?

Posted by Phil On February - 5 - 2014

Panasonic GH4K launch date is rumored to be February 7, roughly one week ahead of the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014. The event will include the entire specifications list of the GH4K along with an expected timeframe for its release and a retail price  …expected to be around £1500 in order to stay competitive with the upcoming Sony 4K


There have been numerous talks about a 4K video recording camera that will be announced by Panasonic in 2014. A somewhat official confirmation has come at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, where the company has revealed that it is developing such a camera.
A prototype of the so-called Panasonic GH4K has been on display at CES 2014. However, this is hardly a true official announcement as it does not include working units and any specifications. All that the Japanese company has said is that it sports a Micro Four Thirds sensor, it is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, and it records videos at 4K resolution.
It’s expected that the Panasonic GH 4K camera will feature a 16-megapixel sensor with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second. The screen will offer a one million dot resolution and will be based on OLED technology. The built-in electronic viewfinder will use OLED tech, will measure 21mm, and will feature a three million dot resolution. It will be a video-centric camera capable of recording 4K videos at 30 frames per second. The video capabilities also include 200Mbps MP4 and 100Mbps IPB support with 4:2:2 10-bit output. According to trusted sources, 3G-SDI and XLR adapter will be supported by the shooter