Panasonic Clears Up Spec Rumors About The GH4 & YAGH Box

Panasonic GH4 Spec Rumors

Panasonic’s new 4K GH4 DSLR (shipping next month), has ignited the blogosphere because of it’s impressive specs and affordable price. Previously, Panasonic has released some specs, it was unclear what specs were in camera and what specs you  would need the YAGH box to get. Matt Frazer from Panasonic recently sat down with Zacuto to clear up the GH4’s spec rumors.

The full Zacuto First Look GH4 video is a little long (slightly over 15 minutes), but it is an entertaining and informative watch.

Previously, we weren’t exactly sure what kind of 4K you could record internally, to the YAGH, or send out via the HDMI. According to Matt from Panasonic, here is the breakdown:

  • 8-bit 4:2:0 4K internally recorded to SD Cards
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 4K from the HDMI port (Currently, there are no 4K HDMI external recorders, but that will likely change soon)
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 4K via the YAGH box

Panasonic also confirmed that the YAGH box needs external power.

Other interesting tidbits from the 4K GH4 First Look video include Matt alluding to the base ISO being somewhere around 800. He said that because 800 is what the Panasonic engineers set 0 dB in camera to.  They guys from Zacuto mentioned that they are producing a rig that will allow you to use your lens like a servo via a handle.

We’re really looking forward to seeing more of this camera this year at NAB! We will have the Panasonic GH4 available for rental as soon as it ships.