Panasonic GH4 goes ultra-high-def, is the world’s first mirrorless camera with 4K video
posted Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT
Panasonic apparently didn't feel comfortable just resting on their laurels. The GH3 was released in December of 2012 to wide critical acclaim and much rejoicing from videographers and photographers alike, looking for the best of both worlds. Now Panasonic has upped the ante with the release of the Panasonic GH4, featuring not only 4K video with ultra-high bitrates, but also a whole host of other new and improved features, as well as a few noteworthy professional-grade optional accessories as well.
Claiming a newly designed sensor that suppresses rolling shutter artifacts, a quad-core CPU for ultra-fast processing, 12 frames-per-second (AFS) burst capabilities and an all-new autofocusing system which incorporates a brand new technology called DFD (Depth From Defocus), the GH4 is certainly going to turn a few heads, as well as give us reviewers plenty of cool things to check out for you once the production units hit the streets.
Also in the "wow factor" department is a new heat-dispersing design that allows for unlimited continuous video recording -- even while shooting in 4K! And for accessories that should get plenty attention, there is an attachable interface unit being announced that includes many industry-standard connections including XLR audio with stereo volume dials, HD-SDI outputs and also a timecode input, among other features.
So, is the GH4 "the ultimate photo/video hybrid interchangeable lens camera" as Panasonic is claiming? Read our in-depth Panasonic GH4 First Impressions review to find out for yourself!
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