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A Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera DMC-GH4

with New AF Technology and the World’s First* 4K Video Recording Capability

To Meet Professional Needs for Both Photography and Videography

*For a digital single lens mirrorless camera as of February 7, 2014.

Panasonic is proud to introduce an ultimate photo/video hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless(DSLM) camera DMC-GH4 for the successor of DMC-GH3 that created an industrial sensation with its outstanding video recording performance. The image quality for both photo and video is dramatically improved by crystallizing Panasonic’s cutting-edge technologies.

The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for DMC-GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using electronic shutter or recording motion image. The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with new quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, DMC-GH4 enables shooting at max.ISO25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality. The DMC-GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps(AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus.

The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to bridge the gap of consumer video camera and professional video camera. One of the most prominent advance is unlimited*1 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of recording Full- HD video with ultra high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit *1*2. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. For more unique video expression, VFR(Variable Frame Rate) or Time Lapse/Stop Motion Animation can be produced with DMC-GH4 without postproduction process. In addition, a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording are newly integrated.

The high-precision Contrast AF system in the DMC-GH4 is further enhanced by Panasonic’s integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to set focus to achieve ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*3. Not only speed but also the operability is enhanced thanks to the addition of Face / Eye Detection AF or 49-point AF with Custom Multi AF mode.

The DMC-GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) and 1,036K-dot rear monitor. Both LVF and rear monitor adopts OLED to achieve high speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF in DMC-GH4 boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction. Now the excellent visibility comes closer to OVF.

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the main structure of the DMC-GH4 is composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front/rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing on every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit that allows max. 1/8000 fast shutter release is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*4.

Even a moment’s waste matters in professional shooting condition, hence it is possible to make target setting intuitively thanks to the optimum layout of control devices on DMC-GH4 . The DMC-GH4 also incorporates Wi-Fi® with NFC technology, terminals highly connectable to external equipment. Now RAW files can be developed in camera.

Evolving further in every aspect – performance, mobility, durability and expandability, Panasonic is proud to offer DMC-GH4 for a reliable first camera to professional field photographers, film creators and hybrid photographers.

*1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

*2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.

*3 In AFS, With LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. or LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

*4 Panasonic in-house examination.

1. The Newly Developed 16.05-Megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine Achieving High Speed, High Sensitivity Image Recording

Panasonic developed new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for DMC-GH4 that achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with quick response. Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using electronic shutter or recording motion image. The maximum number of recordable images is up to 40(including RAW) / 100 (excluding RAW). Taking full advantage of the Live MOS Sensor, gradation range is expanded by max.1/3 step at low ISO end with fine tuning control by the Venus Engine. Plus, superior noise reduction realizes max.60 min long exposure in B(bulb) mode.

The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with new quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and edge processing according to each component frequency. Plus, newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally. As a result, the max. ISO 25600 is achieved. On the other hand, optimizing the combination design of new sensor, new imaging engine and low-pass filter enhances the limit resolution by more than 5% while suppressing moire. Newly adopted aperture filter is capable of controlling over wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect. The Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity.

The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves stunning picture quality in its natural way – that is what LUMIX aspires for.

2. The World’s First Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera Recording High Quality Video in 4K – To Meet Professional Quality and Standard

The predecessor DMC-GH3 created an industrial sensation with its outstanding video recording performance that meets the professionals’ quality and standard. The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to bridge the gap of consumer video camera and professional video camera. One of the most prominent advance is unlimited*1 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of Full- HD video with ultra high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), which does not have limit of recording time*1. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage [Figure#1]. In MP4 / MOV, high quality sound in LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) is recordable. For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The DMC-GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor in 4:2:2 / 8-bit*3 via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Even 4:2:2 / 10-bit is available which is suitable for the professional video making that requires serious monitoring of the footage. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with the setting menus individually depending on a display.

Plus, the VFR( Variable Frame Rate) enables recording video with slow/fast motion such as 96 fps, 4x, all in Full-HD[Figure#2]*4. Time Lapse/ Stop Motion Animation video can be produced in camera, too.

For more precise control over video image quality, the DMC-GH4 integrates Zebra Pattern to watch white wash-out or Focus Peaking. The DMC-GH4 even allows Master Pedestal system is newly integrated with which users can adjust the brightness balance ±15 steps based on the color of black. Gamma presets exclusively for video recording are newly available in Creative Video mode – “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for rich video expression like a cinema. Synchro Scan mode is also newly available to reduce suppress flicker. It is selectable to display Center Marker while recording.

The DMC-GH4 is equipped with functions that meets global standard for synchronous video recording. 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars(SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are newly available on DMC-GH4. The DMC-GH4 also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production workflow. Time Code Value can be started at any point of [Reset], [Manual Input] and [Current Time]. Drop frame or Non Drop Frame time code is selectable*5. When recording the video in MOV, AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD or MP4(LPCM), the DMC-GH4 automatically generates multiple seamless files for continuous recording. During playback, the AVCHD Progressive / AVCHD files are reproduced with seamless, interruption-free continuity.

A total of 22 LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses offers any creative perspective according to the scene. Especially those crowned as HD lenses allows silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording.

*1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

*2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.

*3 Setting the HDMI output picture quality

[4:2:2 10bit]:You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices.

[4:2:2 8bit]:You can record the image while outputting it through the HDMI connection. Ideal for recording while checking the motion picture on an external monitor.When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card.

*4In 24p playback. Effect value varies depending on the recording format and frequency.

*5 When system frequency [59.94Hz] is selected

3. High Speed Response Required for Professionals and Practical AF Options

All cameras of LUMIX G adopt Contrast AF for its focus system. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with bright lens with small F value. With the LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens capable of digital signal exchange at max. 240 fps, the focusing is stunningly quick and smooth. The Contrast AF system in the DMC-GH4 is further enhanced by Panasonic’s integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to set focus. It figures out the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different depth of field while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the using lens in a moment. As a result, the DMC-GH4 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*. This improvement benefits more as focusing distance increases. The speed of burst shooting is dramatically faster than the predecessor DMC-GH3, boasting high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus.

Not only these, stability of continuous focusing is improved focusing is now even smoother by minimizing wobbling in both photo and video recording. Together with the quick start-up and short release time lag, the DMC-GH4 never lets photographers miss fleeting shooting opportunities.

In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-GH4 newly incorporates Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of human face. Focus point is increased from 23 (DMC-GH3) to 49 points for more flexible composition together with Custom Multi AF mode in which users can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area. Now the 1-area AF area can be seamlessly magnified not only in manual but also in auto focus mode. Tracking AF is also advanced in the point of tracking accuracy by estimating the subject’s movement.

Focus point can be set on any part of the 100% field of view. The time to show magnified image can be selectable in Pin-point AF. Focus point can be magnified either with MF ring or with cursor key in MF Assist mode. In the Touch Pad AF, the position can be set either on absolute/relative coordinate. Together with the Eye Sensor AF which starts focusing by just looking into the viewfinder, the AF/AE lock button works for AF for quick auto focusing even when using LVF.

*In AFS, With LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. or LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

4. Stunning Mobility Supported by Mechanical Advancements

The DMC-GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for LVF (Live View Finder) and rear monitor. Increasing the resolution of display area to 2,359K-dot, the new 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view and eyepoint of approximately 21 mm. Thanks to the newly designed large eyecup, the visibility of LVF is dramatically improved. The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity – high, low and off – to reduce false operation during touching on the rear monitor. The 3.0-inch 1,036K-dot free-angle OLED rear monitor (3:2 aspect) with wide-viewing angle rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down offers approx. 100% of field of view. This rear monitor adopts static touch control for more smooth operation either in shooting or in playback. Both LVF and rear monitor adopts OLED to achieve high speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF in DMC-GH4 boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction. Now the excellent visibility comes closer to OVF. On the other hand, live view image can be displayed in monochrome through LVF which enables shooting concentrating on contrast.

Even a moment’s waste matters in professional shooting condition but it is possible to make target setting intuitively with DMC-GH4. The 3 dials are equipped on the top and back of the camera and the main dial is now comes with lock structure. A dedicated button allows direct reach to exposure compensation, white balance adjustment or ISO setting and max.5 settings can be assigned to the Fn button. All these external components are designed to be operated easily without taking eyes off through the viewfinder.

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the main structure of the DMC-GH4 is composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front/rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing onto every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*. It offers highest shutter speed at max. 1/8000 not only to capture spur-of-the-moment of fast moving subject but also to use high-speed lens with open aperture even in outdoors to give impressive defocus. Both built-in/external flash can be synchronized with max.1/250 second shutter speed*2.

*1 Panasonic in-house examination.

5. Expandability for A Variety of Workflows

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones

The DMC-GH4 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. With Panasonic “Image App”, remote shooting of both photo and video* is available by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor. Not only releasing a shutter, zooming, focusing and settings of shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone / tablet. All these flexible shooting / browsing / sharing style are made possible with the DMC-GH4 and the Panasonic’s dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android smartphones / tablets. It is also easy to embed geotag in the image after shooting. For the smartphone/tablet without NFC, the camera displays dedicated QR code on its monitor to complete pairing easily by reading the code.

Output/Input Terminals

The DMC-GH4 comes with a variety of connection terminals for more flexible shooting options. The 3.5mm microphone jack is for high quality audio recording using an external microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack which enables monitoring the recording audio while shooting video real-time. It is also capable of real-time image output on the external monitor via an optional HDMI micro cable simultaneously while recording video. In addition to these, the DMC-GH4 complies with AV outputs (Audio 2ch, Composite), flash sync terminal and 2.5mm jack for remote controller. 

For reliable recording of rich video, the DMC-GH4 complies with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) which is the new speed class standard of SD memory card. The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video.

Optional Accessories

A GN58 powerful External Flash (DMW-FL580L) is newly added to the LUMIX G optional accessories which allows high speed charging of approx.1.7 sec. Not only wireless control but also LED video light function are available. The Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) which enables stereo/shotgun switch even allows more precise sound recording with selectable Super Shotgun / Lens Auto / Manual option on DMC-GH4.

6. Other Features

Luminance Level Adjustment

Just as the concept of “ultimate hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera” identifies, the DMC-GH4 supports smooth postproduction for photographers newly challenging videography. In addition to the standard luminance level of 16-235* and 16-255*, DMC-GH4 offers 0-255* which is equivalent to photo standard.

*8-bit

Focus Peaking

For more practical control over focusing, the DMC-GH4 incorporates Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode. Users can see the peaking of focus while monitoring the subject in live view. It can be set to HIGH / LOW / OFF and the color can also be changed to blue, white or orange according to the color of the shooting scene during live view. Users can take advantage of this function when controlling the camera with smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi in both photo / video recording.

Silent Mode

This mode switches shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sound (AF, operation) off while suppress emission of AF assist lamp and flash with just a single setting for special shooting occasions.

Highlight/Shadow Control

The Live View function is also advanced digitally making it possible to adjust highlight / shadow separately with the front/rear dial. 3 patterns of settings can be customized in addition to 3 patterns of preset.

RAW data development in Camera

The DMC-GH4 is capable of developing RAW image in camera. In addition to the color space setting ( sRGB / AdobeRGB ), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction, sharpness or hue can be flexibly adjusted while LUMIX’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Interface Unit(DMW-YAGH)

Panasonic newly offers Interface Unit (DMW-YAGH) exclusively for professional/industrial workflow with DMC-GH4 that enables more powerful video transmission. It complies with Full HD (4:2:2 / 10-bit) four parallel outputs and these can be used for 4K (4:2:2 / 10-bit) output – both with time code*1. The XLR input terminals (2ch) are also equipped to connect line or condenser microphone. When connecting with microphone, volume can be controlled for L and R separately, which can be monitored LED audio level display on the back of the unit. The 12V DC IN is highly compliant with large-capacity industrial battery and continuously supplies the DMC-GH4 with power*2.

*1 Setting the HDMI output picture quality [4:2:2 / 10bit]

You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices. When using 4:2:2/10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera is not possible.

*2 HDMI output from the camera is not possible when the camera is mounted on the Interface Unit.

The “AVCHD” is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

• “AVCHD Progressive”, “AVCHD”, the “AVCHD Progressive” Logo and the “AVCHD” Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.

IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

HDMI, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.

All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC/SDXC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats.

If the computer being used does not support SDXC Memory Cards, a message prompting you to format may appear. (Doing so will cause recorded images to be erased so do not choose to format.) If the card is not recognized, please refer to the below support site.

http://panasonic.net/avc/sdcard/information/SDXC.html[Open New Window]

Some accessories are not available in some countries.

The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Figure #1 Video Recording Format Matrix

MOV

59.94Hz

[4K] 3840×2160, 29.97p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[4K] 3840×2160, 23.98p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM

50.0Hz

[4K] 3840×2160, 25.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM

24.0Hz

[C4K] 4096×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[4K] 3840×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 24.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM

MP4

59.94Hz

[4K] 3840×2160, 29.97p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM/AAC
[4K] 3840×2160, 23.98p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 28Mbps(IPB), AAC
[FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 20Mbps(IPB), AAC
[HD] 1280×720, 29.97p, 10Mbps(IPB), AAC
[VGA] 640×480, 29.97p, 4Mbps(IPB), AAC

50.0Hz

[4K] 3840×2160, 25.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM/AAC
[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 28Mbps(IPB), AAC
[FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 20Mbps(IPB), AAC
[HD] 1280×720, 25.00p, 10Mbps(IPB), AAC
[VGA] 640×480, 25.00p, 4Mbps(IPB), AAC

24.0Hz

[C4K] 4096×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[4K] 3840×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
[FHD] 1920×1080, 24.00p
, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM

AVCHD Progressive
AVCHD

59.94Hz

[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 28Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94i, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
(sensor output: 29.97fps)
[FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94i, 17Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
(sensor output: 59.94fps)
[FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital

50.0Hz

[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 28Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00i, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
(sensor output: 25.00fps)
[FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00i, 17Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
(sensor output: 50.00fps)

Figure #2 VFR (Variable Frame Rate) Matrix

59.94Hz

MOV/FHD/100Mbps/29.97p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/29.97p:
2fps, 15fps, 26fps, 28fps, 30fps, 32fps, 34fps, 45fps, 60fps, 75fps, 90fps, 96fps
MOV/FHD/100Mbps/23.98p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/23.98p:
2fps, 12fps, 20fps, 22fps, 24fps, 26fps, 28fps, 36fps, 48fps, 60fps, 72fps, 84fps, 96fps
AVCHD/FHD/24Mbps/29.97p:
2fps, 15fps, 26fps, 28fps, 30fps, 32fps, 34fps, 45fps, 60fps
AVCHD/FHD/24Mbps/23.98p:
2fps, 12fps, 20fps, 22fps, 24fps, 26fps, 28fps, 36fps, 48fps, 60fps

50.00Hz

MOV/FHD/100Mbps/25.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/25.00p:
2fps, 12fps, 21fps, 23fps, 25fps, 27fps, 30fps, 37fps, 50fps, 62fps, 75fps, 96fps
AVCHD/FHD/24Mbps/25.00p:
2fps, 12fps, 21fps, 23fps, 25fps, 27fps, 30fps, 37fps, 50fps

24.00Hz

MOV/FHD/100Mbps/24.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/24.00p:
2fps, 12fps, 20fps, 22fps, 24fps, 26fps, 28fps, 36fps, 48fps, 60fps, 72fps, 84fps, 96fps

 

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  • Nicolas

    Wow! What a camera!

    • MdB

      Agreed! Damn that is impressive!

  • Luke G Orrin

    WHERE DO I PRE-ORDER / BUY ONE?!?

  • Paul

    I seriously cannot believe everything I’m reading. All the reports said stills wouldn’t be improved, but 1/8000, a rugged shutter rated for 200k+ uses, and RAW development in camera makes this an event photographer’s dream. I can just click away and even if I don’t nail the settings right on a shot, I can re-develop it and have event photos uploaded without ever going home. This camera might not take my pictures to the next level, but it could easily make it easier for me to be better connected. That’s not even mentioning the superior video capabilities. I will never shoot 4K video (at least for my own use) but I need this. I guess my GH3 will be on sale soon.

  • bill

    Do i need to buy the clunky to get 10 bits?

    • DDS007

      No…you can record 10 bit 4:2:2 out of the HDMI to an external recorder, but it won’t record simultaneously to the card at all. AT 8 bit 4:2:2 out of the hdmi you can record 4:2:0 to a card.

      No 4:2:2 at all to cards though (unless I missed something)

  • tbunny

    BOW DOWN

    YOU WILL BOW

  • Rowan

    really though, topping out at 96fps… surely this camera is capable of 100fps for us in PAL regions..

    • Paul

      Haha. I wondered how long it would take for someone to nitpick. Please tell me you’re joking. What will you lose by being force to fit 96 fps into 25 fps that you would have gained by fitting 100 fps to 25 fps? You gotta have that 400% slowdown? 384% not enough for you?

      • Hmmmmm

        What is the settings for 96fps.. can’t decipher.. is it 1080p 10 bit?

        • AlexTR

          Nothing in the text which suggests that color depth is bound to the fps. Only real thing stated here – that you could film for FHD 96FPS (24×4) which gives you nice abilities to slow movements in post (and probably in-camera also).

      • Rowan

        I know it comes across as really whiny.

        I wanted to be able to shoot weddings at 100fps then edit them at 50fps

        The resulting wedding film would be HFR with a nice 2x Slow down.

        I’ll still be getting this camera and doing the above with 96fps… but It’s going to kill me to know that the camera is capable of 4 extra frames per second.

        Most of the world is PAL, why can’t panasonic just subtly give 25fps shooters that 4x slowdown they want. why reserve it purely for “Cinema”

        I guess they don’t want NTSC users to feel hard done by.

      • MdB

        It’s not that, it is that you would end up having to stretch frames etc which isn’t going to work as well as a nice rounded 100fps. 96fps is for 24p, like 100fps is for 25p – There is a reason they use specific full multiples of the frame rate

        24 – 48 – 96
        25 – 50 -100
        30 – 60 -120

        Has nothing to do with 400% not being ‘enough’, nobody could tell the difference in speed, but expect a drop in quality from it.

  • Hmmmmm

    It would seem you can external record 10bit 1080p through hdmi direct from hdmi port to recorder unless i am misreading. I interpret this as you can output and record on external devices but when doing so cannot internally record simultaneously ?

    [4:2:2 10bit]:You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices.

  • Ryan

    As I keep saying, this is the unleash of the beast. This camera will be known as one of the best digital and easily be able to blow away every flagship camera in market.

  • AlexTR

    One of interesting parts here is DFD implemenation. It seems that Panasonic is persistent in following their route of pure image processing for focusing needs, without additional specific hardware (like PD on sensor).
    If they’ve got things right with DFD alghorithms implementation, they could have (at least limited) depth information for scene, so some guides of where to move lens.

    • Steve

      I am interested to see how this compares with the on-sensor PDAF.

      • AlexTR

        Same here. Modern general purpose/signal processors could get a lot of latent data if you have right alghorithms (there is a lot of academic works on DFD) – but waiting for tests to see if it’s a real deal or another marketing stuff.

  • Brian Siano

    Any confirmed word on price? Especially with that interface unit?

    (Only disappointment is that 4K video is shot only at 24p. But that’s not a huge objection.)

    • Rowan

      well don’t be too disappointed. read the specs again.

    • MdB

      4K Cinema is on 24p (as it should be really) and QFHD is 25/30p which is the ‘TV standard’ for 4K as it is a 2×2 scaling of FHD (makes for easier scaling), whereas 4K cinema is 2×2 scaled 2K.

    • Zeuss

      Interface module (“boat dock”) won’t be cheap… Get ready for a lot of discussion about whether to buy the GH4 + intrfc, vs the AF200 videocam (the all in one functional equiv, w/ a few other tricks) around NAB time.

  • J.R. Caballero

    And how much it costs?

  • jake

    mini hdmi at 8bit same with recording to cards … 10 bit only through the module then …. clever panasonic … also 100mb/s for 4k ! …. the 1080p will be lovely at All-I 200mb/s but im not sure about the 4k that doesnt seem enough …. seems like it may be a repeat of what we saw with the crap 72mb/s all-i codec in the gh3…

    • Zeuss

      No, you don’t need the optional dock for 10bit, but the camera only records it externally via HDMI.

  • Does anyone know why it can’t shoot 4K or QHD at 200Mbps? Why is it limited to 100Mbps?

  • Simon

    Im a tad confused by the fact that 200mbps is reserved only for FHD while 4K can only be recorded at 100mbps??? This simply doesnt make sense to me – 4k is 4 times the resolution of FHD and they are only giving us HALF the data rate to record all those extra pixels??? Surely that can only equal a big quality hit when recording 4k?

    • I know. This scares me. If it can do 200Mbps in HD, why not in 4K? Bitrate is bitrate, no?

      • Ian

        The 4k bit rate being slower is confusing at first, but makes sense. 4k frames have 4x the number of pixels compared to full HD. Therefore 4k needs a higher compression ratio in order to match the overall data rate being written to the card. I think bi rate is better described as number of bits used per unit of playback time.

  • Rowan

    fuck it, i’ll play devils advocate. as happy as i am with 95% of this camera I’m shocked that it won’t be able to do 120fps. surely a camera that can do 4k at 100mbps should be capable of 120fps

    I can’t believe I’m saying it but I’m dissapointed.

    have at me fanboys…

    • AlexTR

      Here you go :)

      Previously Pana always advocated to stability (including termal one). So two obvious reasons:
      1. During final testing they’ve found that sensor goes beyond thermal envelop in 120FPs full sensor readout mode (240 AF earlier assumed partial sensor scanning, don’t know how it was achieved exactly), and played safe with 24×4 instead of 24×5
      2. Or soon we’ll see their AG-AF100 reincarnation with 200Mbit for 4k and 120FPS for FHD :)

      • I so want this… Holy shit imagine the AF100 done right…. With my GH3 for photography I’d be in the best freaking world ever.

        • With RAW. God please.

      • RRRoger

        Here is the User Manual

        http://focuspulling.com/GH4manual.pdf

        Soon, we will have our cameras

    • MdB

      It isn’t really about what data it is capable of processing, but what kind of readout the sensor can do while not cooking itself. So you can’t say it does X bitrate therefore it should be able to Y fps… Just doesn’t work like that. The two are not linked.

    • Capaj

      Just wait for GH5, I guess that will be able to give you 120fps and more.

  • mark F

    first dslr to finally give us 10 bit like a real vid camera…even the 15k canon EOS misses that…yaaaa Panasonic….

    NOW!!!!!… The most important thing…PLease Let us buy them!!!!!

    …make them available!!!
    next week…no more slow releases ..

    .lets do a carpet bombing of the market…

    at that price what studios wouldn’t buy one!!!

    cheers

  • Tone13

    Dynamic Range?

    • Zeuss

      States “1/3 step” improvement at base ISO.
      1/3 of a STOP is better than nada; but if by some magic it turned out to be 33% more DR, they’ll rule the world.

  • Does this mean it can record 4K at 96 fps or only 1080p at 96 fps?

    • Mike

      Only 1080. But even that is not really 96fps recorded to the card. That is a 96fps slow motion mode (which if I’m correct) means that it’s printed to the 30fps or 24fps timeline in camera. You’re not actually recording a video with a 96fps timeline that you could playback at 96fps as if it were normal motion or that you could split in half for 48fps or something like that. It’s purely a slow motion mode.

  • TempTag

    Wow, a ton of info except.. ..price.

  • Aaron

    “CINEMODE D and CINEMODE V”

    I wonder what those profiles look like. Hopefully flat.

  • Rob

    Any word on when this beast will be available?

  • One thing that is not discussed at all here is battery life. Lately I’ve been making videos that are hours long, and I can’t really have any breaks to change batteries. If I record 4K video, how long will the battery last? How long with a battery grip attached? What about at 1080p 24fps?

    Also, is it possible to just plug the camera into the wall and have it run off power, so I can record until the storage is full?

    • AlexTR

      On the last statement of yours – google for GH3 DC Coupler. I’m pretty sure that the same thing will work for GH4, the same thing was available for years for other m4/3 cameras.

    • Ryan

      You can run all other GH cameras off external power so I’m sure this can.

    • I wonder if the GH4 will be getting a battery grip? I suppose so, but you’ll then not be able to use this other additional external device you see with it currently

  • Olymp

    no Full Frame no buy. Useless for all my legacy lenses.

    • Dave

      Don’t be such a troll. Yours is the ONLY ignorant comment of the 40 posted so far. Feel stupid yet?

      • Olymp

        stupid? ignorant? troll? Just because I’m interested in a FF camera?

        • rpm40

          No, not because you want a “FF” camera, because you come onto a m4/3 site expecting a “FF” camera and getting whiny when they don’t release one.

    • Adam

      Why are you even commenting then? This is for 4/3 people. Bugger off.

    • Steve

      So why are you even posting here?

    • Hardly. The only limiting factor is your imagination, or lack of one. ;-)

      It’s a M4/3 camera, so by simply getting the proper adaptor you can use nearly ANY interchangeable system lens ever made. It has focus peaking and magnified view, so focusing manually is a snap. Just turn the focus ring.

      I’ve been adapting lenses from multiple system to use with my GH2, GX1 and GX7 for ages. Nikon, Olympus OM, Pentax screwmount, Voigtländer lenses with Leica M and L mounts.

      The GH4 sounds lie an amazing camera! Period.

      • MdB

        Still waiting on EF compatibility though… Where is that EF Speedbooster?!

    • C. C.

      Ha, Ha, Ha, I was waiting for some idiot to complain that it is not FF. And here he is!

      The ones who say this are the ones who have no understanding of the pros and cons of m43, APS-C and FF cameras.

      Well, Mr. FF, you wouldn’t buy the camera whether it is FF or not. Just a cheapskate.

      • Olymp

        what exactly are the pros of m43 vs FF in filming? Don’t come with a stupid size and weight argument, this is not a pocket camera.

    • Just get a focal reducer (I got mine for only $135! They can be found cheap as now) then you’ve got Super 35mm, excellent to go make films with :-D

    • Vlad

      This forum is for crippled people with crippled sensors. There is nothing for you here. Some even have links to their “photography” in their user names, if you want to have a laugh :)

  • Patrick

    Wow, wonder about Pro Res, btw i will use this mft beauty with metabones speedboster
    From mft to super 35

  • Mauricio

    I’m disappointed that 4K is IPB only. There is no all intra recording in 4K, only in HD.
    So, does it output 4K via HDMI for recording? Are 4 SDI outputs for recording 4K?
    If it does is it 10 Bit 4:2:2 4K output for external recording?

    • Mike

      Yes. 4K 10 Bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI. But you cannot record internally while in 10 bit mode.

  • pablo

    Esta câmera é do caralho, amanhã vai ter muito mané arrependido de ter dado rios de dinheiro para a canon, rsss

    • Ricardo

      Ninguém te vai perceber.. lol mas mandou bem cara!

      • pablo

        Não tem problema, quem quiser pode ir no google translate, faço isso toda hora… rss. <mas é realmente uma boa camera, queria comprar um c100 pra videojornalismo, mas essa camera está mto mais acessível e pra mim vai bem além dela

        • Ricardo

          eu estava querendo uma blackmagic mas agora não sei.. o problema é que ainda nao revelaram o preço oficial e data de lançamento

  • markthetog

    It is a brilliant achievement. I await the whiners.

    • While the whiners whine the winners shall be winning :-D

      Rather than looking at what “it could have been” I appreciate what we’ve already got!

      Is really amazing what is available already for the consumer, it truly is an amazing incredible time that we live in, for instance when I can buy a Panasonc G3 for just US$150 bucks (as I did this week from eBay).

      A decade ago an indie filmmaker would kill to have such an item!

  • Matt Jones

    there are some youtube commercials springing up, but nothing showing actual 4k footage yet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4nSGFcIN40

  • Zeuss

    Same magnification EVF of GH3, but using new OLED w/greater contrast ratio & res. And they make specific mention of a new larger eyecup, the better to see it with… I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    I found I got on a little better w/ the GH3 EVF after removing the eyepiece surround that has the rubber ridge (eyecup?).

    EVF is 16:9, so it’s smaller looking stills view in 4:3 will be no doubt mocked by Fuji XT1 users in a couple of months.

    • Zeuss

      Ps. Dear Panny,
      Please supply the GH4 with less noise-rattling strap lug triangle thingies. I’ll gladly pay the extra dime.

      (my Captcha code for this post says “NIT” !

  • Idlhandz

    Everything looks great, now put it in a useable shoulder mount with the XLR attachment.

  • damn this might be the first camera I actually pre-order…

  • Wow, what a beauty! I can’t wait to get one! Let’s hope Panasonic can get these out quick.

    Image some beautiful vintage cine glass on it like C-Mount Kern Switar’s or Zeiss Tevidon’s

    Don’t forget to join us!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cmountm43/

  • Christian

    Except for the inability to properly focus 43-lenses, this seems to be a masterpiece.

  • Marcus Wolschon

    “*1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.”

    This is utterly rediculus for Panasonic!!!

    • that’s if you buy your GH4 in the European Union

    • jwb

      No, it makes sense. Cameras that can record more than 30 minutes count as video cameras in the EU, on which a higher import tax is levied than on stills cameras.

  • Impressing!
    Utterly amazing how much high-spec tech it’s possible to squeeze into such a relatively small body. All in all the division within m4/3 is a good thing, w/ Panny ruling for video, and Oly optimizing for photo. Makes out for a truly competent system overall, beneficial to the photog communities at large. Good times ahead! :)

  • Love the specs, just wish it had at least 1080p RAW, I bought a BMPCC for this and I wish I could simply carry 1 camera for all my video needs. And able to drasticaly adjust the profiles is a must.

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