The Panasonic GH4 is yet another affordable 4K camera arriving on the scene this year. While many have been “wow’d” by the 4K Blackmagic camera for only $2K, we think that the 4K GH4 has a lot of features that would make production a lot less of a headache for filmmakers. We compiled all the information currently available about the camera and broke it down so you can learn everything you need to know about the new 4K GH4.
Here is what we currently know about the Panasonic GH4 Specs:
- Price: Will Be Officially Announced In March, around $2,000
- Release Date: TBA
- 16.05 Megapixel Micro 4/3 Sensor
- 4096×2160 (4K) up to 24 fps (100 Mbps)
- 3840×2160 (4K) up to 30 fps (100 Mbps)
- 1080p up to 60 fps
- Variable Slow Motion in camera up to 96 fps
- 100 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) at 1080p
- 4:2:2 10-bit or 8-bit External Recording, 4:2:0 8-bit internal
- ISO 200 – 25,600
- 1/8” Headphone and Microphone Jacks
- 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder)
- 3” 1,036K-dot Rear Monitor
- Time Code
- Color Bars
- Peaking & Zebras
UPDATE: Watch Our Video with Panasonic Discussing GH4 Specs at NAB
There is also a new optional YAGH interface designed for the GH4. It attaches to the bottom of the camera and gives you the ability to record full 4K as well as some other helpful inputs/outputs:
- Price: TBD
- Release Date: TBD
- 2 Monaural Inputs
- Line/Mic Level Switch
- Audio Level Display Monitor
- 3G-SDI Capable BNC Connectors
- Quad-Line SDI Output for 4:2:2/10-Bit 4K
- HDMI Output
- Timecode In
- 12VDC 4-Pin XLR Power Input
The YAGH box is pretty cool, because it allows you to record full 4K. The GH4 can record 4:2:0 8-bit internally or 4:2:2 8-bit via the HDMI, but through the YAGH you get full 4:2:2 10-bit 4K. Pair that with the XLR and other professional input/ouputs it gives you and you’ve got a tool that is invaluable for low-budget filmmakers.
You may have noticed in the specs above, Panasonic’s 4K GH4 has some impressive slow motion capabilities. While it can’t do high speed in 4K, it can do up to 96 fps in camera in HD. Not too shabby for a DSLR.
If your mouth isn’t already watering after reading all those impressive specs, check out the footage below that was shot with the GH4.
(Be sure to watch in Full 4K on YouTube)
You should also check out the behind the scenes video with Bryan Harvey talking about his experience with the GH4:
We’ll have the 4K Panasonic GH4 available for rent as soon as it is released.
If you’re interested in purchasing the GH4, it is available for preorder at B&H.