To get the full range of built-in features in the soon-to-be-released Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera, you'd have to combine a Blackmagic Production Camera with an Alexa, a 5DMIII and a GoPro.
Let's see. Not only will it deliver 12 stops of dynamic ranges, 4K 4:2:2 recording, 10-Bit HDMI output, full HD at 60p, a Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body, Focus Peaking, Zebras – that's just the beginning of the feature list.
Check out the blog post by Dan Chung of News Shooter for the full feature list from Hotrod Camera’s Illya Friedman.
Add the optional Professional 4K Video Interface Unit that the camera body sits atop and now you get 2 balanced XLR inputs, independent volume controls and a display monitor. Priced yet to be announced, but described as “prosumer-level pricing” the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is seriously changing the game of small camera film making and we can't wait to get our hands on one!
GH4 feature breakdown with Hotrod Camera’s Illya Friedman
From Dan Chung:
The official release of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is one of the boldest and most aggressive moves in video from a major manufacturer in recent times. To offer a 4K-capable interchangeable lens camera at a prosumer price point has never been done. To couple that with a great codec that can record at seriously high bitrates in both 4K Quad HD (3840 x 2160) or ‘Cinema 4K’ (4096 x 2160) and also regular HD is even better. Next, add the ability to output 8-bit 4:2:0 to an external recorder via HDMI. Then include the option to output the image as an uncompressed 4K 4:2:2 10-bit signal to a recorder by way of the DMW-YAGH bolt-on interface pack – and things get seriously interesting. The end result should be a highly detailed image with at least twelve stops of dynamic range.
The new M4/3 sensor is said to be better than the GH3 at mitigating rolling shutter (skew) effects and also offering extremely high ISO sensitivities.
But that’s not all. Panasonic have built on the already video-centric GH3 and added in even better video functions such as an improved OLED viewfinder, peaking, zebras and cine gammas. The total package is certainly the most fully featured compact system video camera to date.
(cover photo credit: snap from News Shooter)