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Panasonic Lumix GH4: a hybrid camera with 4K video features

Elias Plastiras | April 21, 2014
Panasonic's new Lumix G series camera is the DMC-GH4, and it packs features that make it more than just a camera for still photographs. It's presented as a ‘hybrid' model, meaning it can be used just as effectively for video (in particular, 4K video) in addition to regular photography. Not only that, its video features are touted as being broadcast quality, so you can get yourself a camera with professional features, without having to shell out a typical professional price.

Other video features include global frame rates, variable frame rates up to 96 per second, which can be used for slow motion. There is support for broadcast features such as time coding, zebra pattern, and there is an interface unit (AG-YAGHG) available for the camera that can facilitate a professional workflow. It features balanced XLR input terminals, and can do 4:2:2/10-bit video output.

The Lumix DMC-GH4 also has a newly developed 2,359K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which photographer Ken Duncan said is as good as looking through a digital SLR's optical viewfinder when it comes to clarity. The rear screen is also OLED, and it has a 1,036K-dot resolution. You need the good clarity and colour not just for framing your shots, but also because you can perform significant edits to photos within the camera. In particular, if you shoot in RAW mode, you can now process the shots directly in the camera.

Pricing for the Lumix DMC-GH4 starts at $1999 for the body only (DMC-GH4GN-K). The single-lens kit with a 12-35mm f/2.8 lens (DMC-GH4AGN-K) costs $2999. There is also a professional kit available (AG-GH4UEN), which consists of the body and the Interface Unit, and it costs $3999. The interface unit (AG-YAGHY) costs $2649 when purchased separately.

Panasonic also has Gold Series SDUC cards that handle 4K video recording available in capacities up to 64GB (that card costs $259 and is available now).

The body and all the kits will be available to buy in May.


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