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4K Panasonic GH4 Has Arrived: 4K Up to 24FPS, UHD Up to 30FPS, & 1080P Variable to 96FPS

02.6.14 @ 11:23PM Tags : , , , , , ,

Panasonic GH4 4K Front No LensThe camera made its first appearance at CES in January, and now the 4K Panasonic GH4 is finally here. While we weren’t sure if Panasonic was going to create a whole new line with the camera, it seems like this is definitely some sort of successor based on Panasonic’s wording, and it is building off everything that was good about the GH3. We’ve got full specs and photos below, as well as the first video shot in 4K on the camera, so click through for more.

[Update]: Pricing will be announced in March (but less than $2,000), and the 4K mode is a slight crop (from 2x to around 2.3x as compared to full-frame). The UHD crop is only slightly more.

[Update 2]: This was shot with the GH4 in 4K by Bryan Harvey:

His impressions:

And more videos:

The Specs

Thanks to 4/3 Rumors for the specs and photos (post will be updated as we know more):

  • 16.05 Megapixel Micro 4/3 Sensor
  • 4096 x 2160 up to 24fps (100Mbps)
  • 3840 x 2160 up to 30fps (100Mbps)
  • 1080p up to 60fps
  • Variable Slow Motion in-camera up to 96fps (not a sync-sound format)
  • 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) at 1080p
  • 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder)
  • 3 inch 1,036K-dot Rear Monitor
  • 4:2:2 10-bit or 8-bit External HDMI (4:2:0 8-bit internal)
  • Cinegamma Modes
  • Peaking and Zebras
  • ISO 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
  • New UHS I Class III SD card (min. 30MB/s) format needed for over 100Mbps
  • 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, AV Output, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0, Wired Remote Port
  • Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using electronic shutter or recording motion image
  • 12 fps(AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC)
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: TBA


Panasonic GH4 4K Front No Lens

Here is the GH4 with the new optional YAGH interface unit:

  • 2 Monaural XLR Inputs
  • Line/Mic Level Switch
  • Audio Level Display Monitor
  • 3G-SDI Capable BNC Connectors
  • Quad-Link SDI Output for 4:2:2/10-Bit 4K
  • HDMI Output
  • Timecode In
  • 12VDC 4-Pin XLR Power Input
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: TBA

Panasonic GH4 4K with Base Front

Panasonic GH4 4K Interface Unit Both Sides

Panasonic GH4 4K with Base Bottom

More on the 4K GH4

Some interesting words from Panasonic on the image processing:

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.

In the press release, Panasonic keeps mentioning that there is no recording limit, but then near the bottom says it is up to 30 minutes depending on the recording format and where the camera is sold. This means one of two things, either the external recording is unlimited, or the internal is limited only in places like Europe where there is an extra tax for video cameras — though it says this is a global camera (possibly for the US only), so you should get all the frame rates possible, rather than those limited to where you live (NTSC or PAL).

What’s big about this new camera is that the HDMI is capable of being recorded in 4:2:2 10-bit, either through the camera or the optional add-on box. When you want to use the 10-bit, the camera will not be able to record internally (only externally). It seems like this is the case with both the camera’s HDMI and the interface unit HDMI. If you want to go right from the camera to a recorder (or monitor) and still record internally, you’ll be limited to 4:2:2 8-bit (which is still better than 4:2:0 8-bit, which is all the camera can record internally).

The interface unit (which looks like it requires external power) is also capable of sending out a 4:2:2 10-bit 4K signal through the 4 HD-SDI ports. This means that you can view the output in 4K and should be able to record the output separately for even higher quality than you will get internally. When the interface unit is on the camera, the camera’s micro HDMI is no longer usable (so you only get one HDMI output). The HDMI on the interface unit is full-size and is capable of the same sampling as the camera’s HDMI, though neither seem to output 4K — but maybe during playback?

Slow motion is going to be very nice with this camera, as you can get a massive 96fps using the slo-mo mode in-camera. The camera will go up to 60fps at 1080p natively, but you can get all sorts of other frame rates with the variable frame rate mode (click for larger):

Panasonic GH4 4K Frame Rate List Panasonic GH4 4K Variable Frame Rate List

Head on over to the pages below to learn more.



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    Watching with decent 1080P display, using the Youtube 4K stream.

    There is some sharpness here people : )

  • Whaaaat…96fps…i wanted 240…or at least 120….

    • Then go buy a Sony FS-700…. that is the only other “affordable” high speed FHD camera out there. This GH4 however is bringing a whole new meaning to “affordable” high speed filmmaking!

      • VinceGortho on 02.7.14 @ 4:16AM

        he was joking, man.

        • the good old sarcasm…


          Since they’re investing in XLR outputs in the grip, I suppose they’ll add nice pre-amps in camera for quality sound recording.

          Wow this is massive! An affordable doc camera with everything inside (with the grip). Amazing!

  • Detailed ongoing round-up on the #GH4 at its User Group: (and @GH4users at

  • Michael Hawk on 02.6.14 @ 11:39PM

    Wow, that is a game changing camera! 10 bit 422 output, 96fps 1080p, grip with pro ports and 4k. Speechless

    • Lance Bachelder on 02.7.14 @ 12:18AM

      My thoughts too – hadn’t thrown around the “game changer” cliche is quite a while but it certainly fits here – wow!

  • VinceGortho on 02.6.14 @ 11:44PM

    Damn! I just clicked purchase on my Canon 4k 1DC. (not really).

  • Now this finally looks like there is a froward thinking company here giving us all the innovation we have been craving for…

  • I hadn’t heard about that propack add-on – that’s a real game changer. If it has no record limits I have customers for this cam now.
    Images look nice.
    Very very interesting!

  • Great cam but Im still pissed at the 100mbps for 4k??? WTF is with that?? 4 times the pixels of FHD yet HALF the bitrate?? That isnt going to be pretty when gradding, especially at 8bits.. Not to mention STILL internal 8bit recording everything despite forcing us to go with a new (and expensive) class 3 recording media.

    Seriously its the year 2014 – 8bit needs to be put to death. This cam is more than capable of internal 10bit but we are forced to buy their extra add on device PLUS an expensive external recorder just to get what should be a given internally. FAAAAAARRRRRRRK!!! :-(

    Other than that Im absolutely picking one (or two) up…unless Sony brings out something better at their press release next month ;-)

    • > “Great cam but Im still pissed at the 100mbps for 4k???”

      From EOSHD:
      “The 4K internal recording is H.264 at 100Mbit/s (megabits per second). The H.264 codec is much more efficient than MJPEG on the Canon 1D C and to save Canon’s blushes we won’t mention the price! The 1D C uses a bitrate of 500Mbit/s just to keep the image quality up. The end result is that you can store just 20 minutes of 4K video per 64GB compact flash card on the 1D C but a much more practical 90 minutes of 4K on one 64GB SD card with the GH4.”

      > “Seriously its the year 2014 – 8bit needs to be put to death. This cam is more than capable of internal 10bit but we are forced to buy their extra add on device PLUS an expensive external recorder just to get what should be a given internally. FAAAAAARRRRRRRK!!! :-(”

      You could do with only just an external recorder, such as a cheap Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle.

      And no other DSLR has given us true 8bit 422 yet anyway, so this is undoubtedly a game changer camera.

  • See this Canon? This is what happens when you actually listen to customer feedback.

    • If my Canon lenses could work on this GH4, with changing aperture in camera… I am getting one NOW… ok when they are actually available. Canon like Apple is starting to irritate their customers…

      • But it can work…

        • The best way IMHO is to keep nikkors. Or buy manual lenses nikon mount. You get lenses for virtually any camera with cheap adapters. Buy a M4/3 to nikon F Speed booster and the GH4 will fly high.

          • Indeed. I have a Sigma 18-35mm and waiting fot the Speed Booster for the GH3, it fit’s just right apparently (at 1.42x resulting crop factor) and I can’t wait to try it out.

            The only thing that throws me off is reversed (from my perspective) focus on most Nikon lenses (and if I were to use Rokinon lenses with Nikon mount they’re reverse too, much to my regret… but of course that’s to be expected if you’re a Nikon user buying a Nikon mount lens!).

  • If this bad boy could shoot RAW then it would be all over amazing. Magic lantern hack this please.

    • My thoughts exactly. Raw and dynamic range interest me more than 4K right now.

    • 200 Mbps done to an external recorder with 10bit 422 will be more than good enough for many uses! RAW isn’t everything.

      • Yeah but currently the cheapest recorder on the market is the ODESSEY and its $2,300 then add their proprietary media storage cards which is another 400-800.

        So all in all, you would be payingg around 2k at most for camera, another 2.3k for recorder, i say the add on panasonic component should not be more than 200 dollars, so total would be just shy of $5,000 to get 4k 10 bit.

        Still not bad and will be cheapest complete package 24p camera available for 4k , but not sure if i would rush the gun on this one. Ultimately the media and external recorders will help this baby sell units.

        However a stills camera and 4k in a way make it a decent future proof investment.

        • Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle is under $400 and uses SSD drives which are much cheaper and faster than the best SD cards out there. I’ve got a GH2 now, but I would love to add this with the hyper deck and the Black Magic Pocket Camera to my arsenal.

        • What on earth are you going on about? The Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 for around £240 in the uk will record the 10bit 1080p no problem to cheap SSD’s – $2300 being the cheapest???

    • 1080p at 10-bit 422 is more than enough for me, so, the question is: how good is DR with these cinegamma modes?

      but keep in mind, this is not really that much different from a BMC, which is painful to operate but does 10-bit 422 internally…

    • thecouchguy on 02.8.14 @ 4:19AM

      Dear magic lantern, we love you, I’ll pay if you hack the gh4. By the way, after the gh2 hack did panasonic do anything to lock up their firmware so future cameras could not be hacked?

  • Crop on 4k.

  • I wish they made it bigger. The YAGH unit is really bigger compared to body so when you attach it, it’s not really balanced when handheld.

  • Anthony Marino on 02.7.14 @ 12:25AM

    Just wait till you see the AF200! ;)

  • With the SD-HDI, does that mean the camera can be Gen-locked for 3D production???

  • Well, it looks a lot like sharper GH2 hacked footage. Might be the grade, but this looked very contasty and bottom heavy as far as footage goes. Might be totally recoverable, or this crushed things, but I’d have to see some more images before being as stoked as I wanna be.

  • Why is there a 1980′s cell phone attached to the bottom of the camera?

  • This is now a broadcast standard camera. Outputting the 422 should be acceptable on every channel in the world. I wonder if the feed of the 4K utilises the full sensor to deliver 1080p?

  • UPDATE , now seeing that the add on box for 4k may be upwards of 1.5k to 2k , that added with price of camera and external recorderr plus meida will put you at around $6,500. or $6.7k.

    for about 3k more one could get the fs700 and recorder capable of much more including 4k second quater with odyseey

    Looks like promising news, but we shall see ultimately how it boils dow.

  • The thought of pairing this camera as a rental to go with a BMPCC brings joy to my heart.

    With the MFT mount and sensor, it fits so nicely in a kit that includes a MetaBones Speedbooster and Nikon AI/AIS vintage glass—it’s like the missing link for high frame-rate work for those of us in the super-low budget crowd.

    Footage should (hopefully) cut beautifully at 1080 with the black magic pocket camera…Definitely seems appealing to rent a cam for $100-$200 to take care of all the slow-mo shots you might need for a feature that calls for it.

  • 4:2:2 8bit HD/4K internal is more than enough for me. This, with a SPEED Booster and Nikon lenses makes a lot of sense. I’m definitely going for this.

  • No Dynamic Range no thanks

  • at 4K only 100 Mbps. That is disappointing, but I suspect, it would require too much processing power. That is only 500 KB per 8 MP Image, right?
    It was a little bit dubious. when I heard only 2000 $.
    Still currently the best compromise!

    • Long GOP for 4K, just like in Sony AX 1, when shot at 24 fps. But Sony AX 1 is $4500, albeit with a lens attached. (but without the media cards). Plus, bigger sensor, etc.

  • And no crop mode like the GH3?

  • Chris Lambert on 02.7.14 @ 4:35AM

    Native ISO anyone?

  • MHER HAKOBYAN on 02.7.14 @ 4:39AM

    which Resolution shot 96 fps?

  • How do you guys think this compares to the canon 5d mark iii (apart from the obvious 4k)? I’m asking as someone who is just starting to look into all the tech specs and wants to know what to look out for and what really counts when it comes to filming (in this case, apart from the talent). Cheers

    • There’s lots of comparison videos between Panasonic GH’s and Canon 5D’s on YouTube and vimeo. It will take you weeks to watch all of them. They will help you get an idea for yourself which is better for you. The more time you take to learn the better.

  • Very cool, I’m very happy this camera exists and I really want one. But I don’t understand how the high-framerate feature works. If it can do 96fps at 1080p, then what is meant by 6fps/1080p native and 96fps/1080p variable?

    • Obviously I meant 96fps/1080p not 6…

    • Haroun Souirji on 02.7.14 @ 7:12AM

      It means that 1080p/60 will give you sound and output a 60fps file. 96fps is an overcrank mode that will not record sound. This is the case for most cameras anyway. The limite of the FS700 is also 1080p/60. This is still quite amazing as many pro cameras still do not go over 60fps and a the C300 does not even do 1080p/60.

  • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.7.14 @ 5:46AM

    Panasonic was sending out lot of head fakes that the GH4 was not going to have 4K. They must have saw a reason to do that. But the truth is they HAD to go 4K in the GH4. Going higher resolution is the only way to stay at the top—regardless of all the talk of dynamic range, bit rate, 422, and so on from some people.

  • looks cool my only gripe is the 8 bit 4:2:0 internal 4k recording. Having to hook up an external recorder to get 10bit 4:2:2 4k is deal breaker for ME and my work at least

  • Now this is my camera!!!

  • Pretty cool to fit that into such a small package. That XLR adapter looks dopey as hell though. I have always hated the DSLR ergonomics when it comes to video…but that’s not what they’re designed for, so I’ll quit complaining.

  • I`ll buy it in summertime, i want to see some footage from “normal” people before I purchaise it.

  • This is awesome. Panasonic really thought of everything here, in a Sony-kind-of-way with all the accessories. This, with a Speedbooster is a home run.

    • Shaun Fontaine on 02.7.14 @ 11:05AM

      The problem I have is with the sensor size, I just think the Micro4/3 is not great for 4k footage. It’s such a shame to have such a high resolution but not be able to have a S35mm film sensor as well. There are loads of pro cameras that shoot 4K and they all have S35mm sensors. I like the fact it can do up to 96fps and it’s cheapish for a camera with these capabilities but honestly I would rather spend the extra cash and get the 4k blackmagic with a S35mm sensor and global shutter, to me those features are much more important and it’s still not that expensive of a camera.

      • With the speedbooster it becomes equivalent of a s35 sized sensor

        • Shaun Fontaine on 02.7.14 @ 12:02PM

          It doesn’t exactly work like that. The speedbooter only effects the crop factor, basically the field of view. So the lenses behave like a lens attached to a camera with a sensor the size of roughly what a S35mm would be, It also adds an extra stop of light, but that is where the benefit ends. Regardless of the speed booster, the sensor size is still behaving like Micro4/3 sensor because it is. In other words, the speed booster doesn’t affect Depth of Field. So even having the speed booster doesn’t help in that department. So when your after shallow focus it’s not going to be like what it is on a native S35mm sensor because the speed booster is essentially acting like the opposite of a Teleconverter. That’s what I meant. The speed booster is seriously cool but it’s only benefit is removing the horrid crop factor which is great for small sensors but I would much rather have a camera with an actual S35mm sensor.

          • You may want to read the reviews and review how it works again. Of course it affects the depth of field the same way that a larger sensor would! Not if you just stand in the same place with the same lens and compare with and without the speedbooster, but a different sensor size is the same way. The speedbooster changing the crop factor allows you to move the camera to have an equivalent field of view. In other words, works exactly like a larger sensor would, at least in terms of depth of field, not necessarily noise or light gathering ability, although even that is helped by the speedbooster with its one stop gain.

          • You have no understanding of what depth of field is sadly.

            Sensor size does not change depth of field.

            Lens focal length does not change depth of field.

            Focus distance changes depth of field.

            The speed booster changes the focal lengths of the lenses to that of S35, allowing the same field of view and focus distance as if you were using S35.

          • UglyCamera on 02.7.14 @ 1:10PM

            Derp, are you referring to me or Shaun? Because I agree with you – the sensor size only affects depth of field indirectly because you need to move the camera to maintain the field of view.

        • Little Mermaido on 02.7.14 @ 3:49PM

          Speedbooster is a wide converter, a telecompressor, a focal reducer.

          4/3″ f8 40mm ISO3200 without Speedbooster
          4/3″ f5.6 28mm ISO1600 with Speedbooster, and this is equivalent to:
          s35 f8 40mm ISO3200.

          The physical aperture is preserved at 40/8=5mm=28/5.6. Both the angle of view and the relative aperture are increased by 0.7x.

          Speedbooster effectively produces s35 results on 4/3″ sensor when the same lens is used. There is also an advantage of one stop in ISO, but the s35 sensor will probably be equally clean at the higher ISO, if not cleaner.

      • @Shaun – one might call some of the features of this camera “crippled” but, from a marketing POV, it sets up the rest of the line for Panasonic quite nicely. Now they have a room for a 10-bit 4-2-2 AVC-Ultra S35 4K AF 100 replacement (something in a 1.5 kilo weight range rather than in a half a kilo range with GH4) at ~ $5K and then a Varicam tier design with F55 type of features for $15K-$20K. For what this is, GH4 seems like a fantastic buy, especially if the DR isn’t too bad and one can reasonably grade the footage off some sort of a flat/cine profile.

    • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.7.14 @ 11:20PM

      They thought of almost everything. There’s no Thunderbolt. :-(

  • The movement of the stabilised footage looks very cool and I wonder what sort of Copter and gimbal were used.
    I saw some weird pattern on the Green Parrot scene but it could be just my monitor though.

    Well done and can’t wait to give the BM4kPC vs. GH4.

    • I saw the weird pattern on the parrot too, so probably not just your monitor. I would guess it is compression related, because it didn’t look like the type of aliasing we’re used to seeing on video cameras.

      • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 5:15PM

        That was the movement of the feathers. There’s so much detail you’re seeing the movement of those thin feathers as the birds turns its head.

    • DJI S800 with Zenmuse gimbal

    • We had a MoVI for the copter gimbal, but sadly our MoVI went down in the first hour of shooting. The only MoVI shots are the fishermen land based shots. Backup copter gimbal was a typical Alexmos based “fauxVI.” It did OK, but those things are not as easy to set up as a MoVI. We only stabilized one shot – it was the one with the speed ramp at the beginning, rising from the ocean to the Mayan temple. The other aerial shots needed no post stab. The parrot shot did have a lot of aliasing. It was amazingly sharp but those feathers with that much detail are like a striped shirt – not good.

    • We had a MoVI for the copter gimbal, but sadly our MoVI went down in the first hour of shooting. The only MoVI shots are the fishermen land based shots. Backup copter gimbal was a typical Alexmos based “fauxVI.” It did OK, but those things are not as easy to set up as a MoVI. We only stabilized one shot – it was the one with the speed ramp at the beginning, rising from the ocean to the Mayan temple. The other aerial shots needed no post stab. The parrot shot did have a lot of aliasing. It was amazingly sharp but those feathers with that much detail are like a striped shirt – not good.

      • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.9.14 @ 12:55AM

        I’m wondering if a percentage of that effect in those fine feathers is natural, that is, if you’d see some of it effect with you naked eye, and not 100% aliasing?

        Is the only light on the stone pyramid from 2:41 to 2:47 moonlight? The low light is really that good on this camera?

  • Great!!! Now lets wait and see what Canon 7D Mark II is going to be…

  • This looks to be an amazing camera and I’m really happy that its the GH users that get to smile and stand tall today after all this time. My B camera is a D800 but might be changing that to a GH4 :)

    Dynamic range on this looks really nice and the details on that croc are fantastic. I agree with others here that are calling it a game changer. Watching it all I would think was wow.

  • Say good bye to 5d and BMCameras say hello, again, to Panasonic. I miss the time of DVX100.

    • Shaun Fontaine on 02.7.14 @ 11:15AM

      I think that is wishful thinking. You forget it’s 4k on a Micro4/3 sensor and it’s still 8 bit, even when it outputs 4:2:2 it’s still 8bit. This camera is great but it will not replace blacmagic 4k with S35 sensor and global shutter.

      • Read the specs and this article again. It outputs 4:2:2 10-bit, if you want it.

        • VinceGortho on 02.7.14 @ 12:10PM

          for probably close to the price of a blackmagic with 12 bit and 10 bit options.
          If it was internal 10bit, I’d consider but do not want add on’s.

      • I would disagree that the dynamic range looks really nice. They shot everything in bright sun. Hardly any shadows at all. Even the “swimming hole” shot is focused on the people in the center, underneath bright sunlight. There looks to be a lot of clipping in the quick “monkey” shot at :41 in the first video.

        In bright sun, in South America with colorful subjects – it looks nice. But, I would think the dynamic range will be lacking compared to some other options out there. Even on the GH3 advertising we got some “extended dynamic range” marketing talk. (Even though they didn’t provide numbers.) Here, on the GH4, I don’t even see them mentioning it.

        • I was just signing in to say the same thing. DR is one of the most important stats and they didn’t mention it. I’d stick with my 13 stop BMCC (with my GH3 backing it up) if the DR is not good on this new sensor, despite the resolution.

          Having said that, the first footage looks stunning.

        • Bright sun is the hardest test and except for the monkey (black monkey with sun behind) it all looked really good. Particularly the top down view of that cave water with the green foliage around the edge that is easy to over expose yet wasn’t and the shading in the water depth to dark was really nice.

  • Sounds like a perfect documentary camera and at that price purchasing multiple wouldnt be much of a problem. Cant wait to see some footage from some normal people.

  • *Begins slow clap*

    Nice Panasonic. You’ve just made up for the letdown that was the GH3.

    • I bought a GH3 a few months ago. Shot a few interviews and a load of promo stuff and paid for itself within about a month. Great battery life, decent audio, ex-tele function, loads of lenses… etc. etc.

      If the GH4 delivers, then I’ll probably sell it and get that – I’m not overly bothered about what camera has the ‘best’ specs, but if it’s easy to use and capable of great results AND is cheap enough to pay for itself quickly, there’s nothing to complain about!

      • Don’t get me wrong – the GH3 is great. But it was only an incremental improvement from the GH2 (and arguably, in some ways it inferior). The GH4 is a major leap forward.

  • this camera is the end of RED. Nice work panasonic.

    • In no way does this compete on the same level as RED or Arri for the type of work those cameras are used for. While the footage looks fantastic for documentary and live action, it doesn’t have near the cinematic (filmic) look of those cameras. I just don’t see this one being used for fictional narrative with the footage I’m seeing. However, for my sports and documentary work this will be my go to camera without a doubt.

      • Filmic is almost a meaningless term at this point. If you use it please also explain your definition of filmic.

        • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.7.14 @ 11:26PM

          Adding grain to digital (i.e., lowering its quality) may fit that bill.

        • Yeah, I can’t stand it when people talk about the “film look”. I care about whether or not my work is cinematic and to me that has nothing to do with trying to emulate a different format.

        • You’re right and I apologize for throwing out the term filmic. As far as the film look goes it’s a combination of things for me and no adding grain is not one of them. Color, latitude, the look of the motion blur/shutter, etc. When I look at this footage, while stunning in its own right, I still feel like I’m watching reality television. It’s the same when I look at the Hobbit in 48fps. While it may look more realistic and puts you in the scene that may not be the effect I’m personally going for. It’s all a matter of preference but I love the look of say the Alexa which gives me the highlight rolloff I’m used to with film but with the ability to shoot in even darker environments than film would allow. As I said above, I’ll still be getting one of these GH4′s, it just might be for other uses than my fiction work.

          • Well I’ve fooled people into thinking my GH3 footage was shot on Alexa…. in fact that what was initially mentioned when I was demoing a piece I shot, someone said “looks like graded Alexa footage”. The trick is… not using Panasonic lenses! Seriously, these camera are WAY BETTER with 3rd party lenses. I use the Rokinon/Samyang set and the GH series looks 10x more cinematic. There’s something that just never sat right with me about the Panasonic lenses. They look very video-like… very TV-ish.

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 6:14PM


            I understand better what you were saying. Every shooter needs to have their own way, their own flavor I think it’s called. You need to go with what works for you. It will produce something better in the end that way. It will fit with your ideas.

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 6:25PM


            I agree completely with you about the lens. I know of a very successful, and good, photographer/videographer whose favorite lens for shooting video with his GH3 is a Leica. And I like how his videos look with that lens too. Very pleasant look!

            I also like how Voightlander’s looks with GH’s. Here’s a nice example of a GH3 using a Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95:


            I’m itching to know what the GH4K will look like with a very fast lens!

          • I think you will find that no matter what 4K camera you are using, the “filmic” look you are referring to, may be a thing of the past. Just the increased detail that is an inherent part of 4k resolution has a look unto its own. More “real” in the moment – less filmic IMO.

          • No.. filmic won’t be a thing of past. The evidence is in the popularity of Alexa among holywood top dogs. Filmic means artistic and a camera without the artistic flavor is destined for non-cinema applications (broadcast, documentary, reality tv, cooking shows, etc etc).

            My take on GH4 is that I was completely unimpressed by the video. To me it looks like a very sharp family vacation video;

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.9.14 @ 9:17PM

            There is art outside of ‘filmic’.

    • Can’t tell if being sarcastic or not…

      • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.7.14 @ 11:32PM

        I think he meant it. Some really have dead set feelings against Red.

        But the truth is this new GH4K won’t end any camera. Because of its very low, stunningly low, cost it will put a hurt on a few like, I’m thinking, the Digital Bolex that refuses to even consider going to 4K.

        What is more likely is this new camera is going to force all camera makers to up their game. And that’s only good for us, the end user of the cameras! :-)

    • You’re right. This years Academy Award nominations were all shot on Alexa. Next year I guarantee you all the nominated films will have been shot on the GH4. It’s the end of any camera priced over $2K ;)

  • It is bit funny, when people talk about 10-bit 422 output, using the extra “box”. And then say it will be 200 Mbit/sec output etc.

    There is no limit to output there… With those HD-SDI connectors camera will output basically “raw”. In a sense, it is de-bayered raw to RGB data, transformed to YUV scheme and compressed removing 50% percent chroma of information. But apart from this chroma decimation, there is no additional compression.

    Of course, when image data goes to the external recorder, it will (usually) compress it with some method.

    • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.7.14 @ 11:42PM

      Those SDI’s really are a nice point for me. Finally they put video at the highest priority. SDI’s are wonderful for live streaming. And they will only help in sales. (But again, where is Thunderbolt!) Video should be Panasonics priority in the GH’s since that is that cameras strong suit—photos are not its strong suit, though some professionals do use it for still photos. You could actually buy a GH for video and a professional grade Fuji camera for still photography and end up paying less than for one 5Diii.

  • The two holes on the front of the “YAGH interface unit”…. Is that a place to attach rails?

  • “Shut up and take my money!”

    This is my dream camera. I never thought I see the day that a manufacturer would make such a thing, but by god they did it. Everything on my most wildest and unrealistic wishlist my imagination could come up with, this camera has and more.

    Bravo, Panasonic.

  • I’m not impressed by the footages on a Full HD monitor, maybe it would be different on a 4k monitor. I still prefer the dynamic range of the BM Pocket Camera, and if I had to chose a 4k camera I think I will go with the BMPC4K. But I only speack about video quality, not ergnomic and features where the GH4 looks a lot better than the BM cameras.

    • Not impressed? Are we watching the same footage?

      • Yes I think we are. Footage is only ‘ok’. DR seems very ordinary.
        Just watched it on a 4K monitor – not substantially better.
        Only 4:2:0 recording internally.
        Still a very useful camera though, especially at the likely $2k price.
        Great for news reporter/doco/jobs with little grading, and that pro-pack means you could use it as part of a small 4K live multi-cam shoot which I know a LOT of people are starting to look for.
        2/3 of these, with an F55 (or similar) as master cam all running from a global TC clock into a BM 4K switcher. You could cover a LOT of gigs that way.

        • I think you misread, internal recording is capable of 4:2:2, just at 8 bit rather than 10 which is available for external.

          • No 422 internally in camera. 422 8 bit via hdmi to external or 422 10 bit via “pig” adaptor through SDI to external.

          • While I quite like the footage, especially the Mayan coptor work it looks graded for contrast. So I can’t really judge its DR. I’m curious about the dynamic range (I’ve heard 13 stops but not from 1st hand user) and ISO threshold (when it gets unacceptably noisy). Anyone who’s used or has inside info please chime in.

            Also, I’m no codec expert, but folks at EOS HD are claiming that you can achieve 1080p 444 by downsampling 4k 420. While it seems right in theory (enough chroma samples exist to make this happen) and cameras like the C300, F65 and Alexa downsample internally to achieve higher color specs, has anyone done this in post? If so, what software.

            If such a scheme really works, then the GH4 is a no brainer for me. I have no use for a 4k finish. I never deliver anything in 4k, but everything in 1080p.

        • Boy, some people out there are so damn hard to please. You’ve got a $2000 camera shooting 4K images that matches the quality of some of the best, $100k cameras of 10 years ago. And yet people aren’t impressed and claim the DR isn’t to their liking.


          • marklondon on 02.7.14 @ 2:50PM

            Your mileage may vary.
            Sorry, I found nothing exceptional in the footage DR wise. I’m not alone in that. The game is moving rapidly.
            And I’m pretty sure I also praised it! If you own a GH3 this is a no-brainer. And that propack is a great leap forward for DSLR/hybrids.
            For me personally I’ll wait a while and see what alternatives arrive. If this is still the best option on the market in June I’ll give it a strong look.
            And the person re 8 bit: it processes internally at 422. It won’t record it internally. See other sites for further info.

          • Comparing anything to video cameras from 10 years ago, no matter how much they cost, is not exactly a strong argument.

          • I just have to laugh sometimes. As if anyone, ever in the history of cinema has ever noticed or cared that a shot doesn’t have enough DR!

            Filmmakers are a funny bunch, indeed. They’ll find any reason to complain about technology, when it almost never is the weak point in their production chain…

          • Don’t get me wrong : it’s a pretty damn good camera. But what the point to spent 2000 euros in a camera when you can spent only 1000 in a better one ? I will not buy it just because there is a “4K” sticker on it. But most people don’t see the difference between a GoPro and a Arri Alexa, so you’re right, that’s not only about DR, but I still think DR is more important than 4K though.
            And well you know, your smartphone are better than the Nasa computers in the 60s, doesn’t mean that you can go to the moon with it…

          • swissted on 02.7.14 @ 5:54PM
            >>I just have to laugh sometimes. As if anyone, ever in the history of cinema has ever noticed or cared that a shot doesn’t have enough DR!

            Filmmakers are a funny bunch, indeed. They’ll find any reason to complain about technology, when it almost never is the weak point in their production chain…<<

            Precisely, which is THE major problem with this website, to many wannabes.

        • Bryan Harvey, who shot the Yucatan promo, told in a forum thread on EOSHD that he shot it on preproduction GH4 cameras in Standard profile. So – you can probably get more DR out of GH4′s CineLike profile.

          We’ll just have to wait and see how much better DR you can get out of the GH4 – but expect a bit more :)

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 5:08PM

            While watching the video it was clear, to me at least, that it wasn’t at its optimal settings. No one should judge what this camera is optimally capable of at this point. I know after the final product is in use there will be samples that will look far better than this. I saw someone who has seen better footage say it will definitely be used in tv shows, and, in movies along with high end 4k cameras.

          • We shot the GH4 at optimal settings for grading recommended by the Panasonic engineers. There is no cine gamma type setting. From the manual: [Standard]/[Vivid]/[Natural]/[Monochrome]/

            Perhaps this will change with the production model, as we were using advance prototype cameras.

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 6:49PM

            The picture seemed a tad overexposed at times. Was that from viewing it on YouTube?

          • The Cine/gamma setting seems to be a “here today, gone tomorrow” type of a feature. Panasonic will post something alluding to it, then remove the page. I guess we’ll see what comes with the unit in March and, if it’s not there, hope for future firmware upgrades. (increasing the Long GOP bitrate and 4K 4:2:2 would be other items on this hypothetical wish list)

          • EOSHD got some prerelease info from Panasonic. He writes about a new CineLike profile for GH4:

  • VinceGortho on 02.7.14 @ 11:38AM

    Damn. Almost had me. Wish it were 10bit internal recording.
    Don’t want to spend the extra money making this thing bigger, buying external recorders.

    • You will either be waiting a long time or paying a lot more for a camera.

      • VinceGortho on 02.7.14 @ 12:13PM

        No. I’ll continue with the blackmagic purchase.
        This is still a nice cam though. Just not what I need. Attachments fall out of date. I’m glad I never purchased the Atomos Ninja. Couldn’t use it here for 4k 10bit.

        • I’m speculating that ATMOS will be coming out with a 4k recorder soon, possibly NAB? They seem like pretty smart people that don’t want to be left behind…

          • The Atomos president said last October’ish that a major development in the 4K realm would be the outboard 4K recorders. Of course, later on, he denied that Atomos is working on such. In any case, it seems a foregone conclusion that the internal recording on these small form cameras won’t be as good as with the external 4K piece. FWIW, Sony AX1 has a similar Long GOP 100 Mbps 4K internal recording (codecs and the processor may, of course, vary greatly) and it looks excellent on stationary shots but IMO, you don’t want to pan with it too quickly. GH4 supposedly has a much faster sensor scan rate, so the motion should be handled better as well.

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 6:51PM

            Yeah, they seem like they want to make sales—isn’t that what you do in a business. Of course a 4K recorder is needed and will sell.

  • I suppose that the focus depth feature is for still pics only. Anyone have a guess how the af will work in video mode? And before I get a million unneeded anti-AF lectures I miss being able to use my mini glidecam.

  • Joe, these lines seem to imply that internal recording is 4:2:0 8-bit only, not 4:2:2 as you state in the article:

    *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.

  • Alriight!!

    …Is it going to be chip, right -_-…?

  • Do we know the resolution at 96fps?

    Also, is it me or does it seem like the sample video was shot in 30p?

    • Haroun Souirji on 02.7.14 @ 12:38PM

      1080p. The difference with 60p is that it is overcranking so you loose the sound, same way you loose it at 120fps or more on the FS700.

    • The Bryan Harvey video is 30p. I checked in VLC because it played back a little jerky on my monitor set at 24p and smoothed out when set at 60p.

  • Looks like pretty much the perfect camera for me. Everything that I love about the GH3, plus 4K recording. As long as it’s on the $1300-$1700 range, I’ll buy it immediately.

  • Interesting comments! How anybody could not be impressed by watching “Lights of the Yucatan” set to 4K on YouTube, well, I’d have to think you’re not watching the same video. Watching that on a iMac 27″ is stunning. My prediction is once this is available, you won’t be able to touch it for months, just like when the 5D MarkII hit the market. All together now, “OUT OF STOCK!”

  • Nice, good job boyz

  • Michael Hawk on 02.7.14 @ 2:47PM

    Anyone know the DR of this cam at 10-bit 422?

    • The Hot Rod Camera guy guessed about 12 stops for a preproduction version that he got to handle.

  • john jeffries on 02.7.14 @ 3:15PM

    We’ll be laughing at that giant adapter you have to stick onto the camera in 5 years

    Nice try Pansonic, but the BMPCC records 12bit RAW straight to SD cards internally. Can’t beat that as far as budget cameras go

    • Your joking right?? That adaptor is perfect and adds functionality that BM users can only dream of. XLR connections, 3xSDI and genlock!! Then you add pristine beautiful 4K in an ergonomic and shower proof body.

      This camera doesnt need a cage unlike a BMPCC.

      The BM cameras have the most crap audio of any camera released in the last 30 years almost. How hard is it to add audio monitoring?? 2 min battery life, poor screen that you cant see in daylight. BMPCC looks muddy and soft.

      • Yeah, we get it. You HATE Blackmagic.

        • No I dont hate them but instead of fixing the first camera that many bought, they forgot it and decided to make 2 more cameras. No I dont hate them, but I have no respect for their camera division.

          • I take that back, I have no respect for whoever made the decision to make more cameras rather than develop serious firmware updates for the BMCC. The F5 in less than a year has had 3 major firmware updates each one with excellent new features like 120fps in ver 2.0, 180fps in 3.0 and between those were lots of smaller updates. BM could have been doing the same in what? 2 years since its been out?

      • john jeffries on 02.9.14 @ 1:42AM

        In camera audio is only for scratch tracks, bro.

        • If your used to only DSLRs then you’d say that. A pro camera has pro audio in camera as well as AES/EBU.

          • Noone on a “pro” cinema set uses internal audio for more than scratch. Cooperate shooters use on-board audio.

          • There are many flavours of “pro” work environments when it comes to camera. Cinema sets are just one of them and even then not often that “pro”. Narrative film production makes up a very small part of the professional camera industry.

  • 43Rumors is reporting the Euro price is €1,700. Since this is a Japanese company, this should translate into $1,600-$1,700 in the US. Which makes it an unbelievable buy for the time being (even if it needs a special cage, etc).
    We’ll see what CP+ announcements are in the offing. Sony’s has shown a mock-up of their own DSLR/DSLM Alpha 77 or 99 4K replacement in the past and its managers/engineers mentioned that the reason for not having 4K in A7r was the inability to dissipate heat in a very small body. Alpha 77/99 has a body similar to GH4.

  • So does this camera record 4:2:0 8 bit to the cards and 4:2:2 10 bit to an external recorder via HDMI? Sorry if it is a dumb question the specs are little confusing to me though.

  • Amazing camera. It will force the other bigger camera manufacturers to follow suit. (in 4k specs AND in price)

  • Ryan Droege on 02.7.14 @ 7:10PM

    Any idea if the YAGH interface will be compatible with the GH3 too?

  • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 12:00AM

    Already looking forward to the GH6K!

  • The price in Norway is set to 13999 norwegian kroner. This would be 2200 US$. But we have 25% tax on cameras, so I guess the price estimate saying under 2000 is correct.

    See this link for norwegian price.

    • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 7:49AM

      25% on cameras! I can see why people left Europe and built America.

      • Surely not for universal health care…

      • or free education, unemployment and retirement insurance. yeah, it sux being european and knowing, when things go bad you’re taken care of…

        • . However, working with what I had, I used the Disney WOW Blu-Ray to crtabaile. The end results turned out to be very similar to custom mode. The picture quality was good. Colors are great and I found motion handling to be very good. I didn’t notice any soap opera effect motion looked good to me. The one issue is that the default black setting ( Dark ) crushed like crazy no details could be found in dark scenes, and it was impossible to crtabaile games (you know move the cursor until you barely see the logo ). Changing it to light resolved the issue, though.I don’t have much to say on sound quality it seemed loud and clear, but lacking punch. I use a cheap Sony sound bar, and the sound on the TV definitely wasn’t even close to that. Thankfully, the TV has an optical out so setup was not a hassle. I plugged in my cable box, PS3, and 360 to the TV through HDMI and routed the optical cord to the sound bar.This is my first 3D TV so I was eager to try out the 3D. Panasonic thankfully includes four glasses, which were a good side and fit comfortably even over my regular glasses. I am not well-versed on the difference between passive and active sets but this looked good. Some games looked great (Killzone 3, Super Stardust), some looked muddy and undetailed (Gears 3, Resistance 3). The TV even has a weird 2D-to-3D mode which can turn regular content into 3D. I tried it with a basketball game and it wasn’t bad, though I wouldn’t use it that much.Game support was just fine. With game mode turned off, games were pretty choppy and tore a lot, but with game mode on, it was smooth and responsive. I don’t have a way to accurately measure lag but it seemed very good to me 1-2 frames at most. The games I played looked good and Street Fighter was responsive no complaints at all there.So. Good gaming, good picture, good 3D. Everything’s great, right? Unfortunately not. The big problem with my set was banding, which is basically issues with uniformity in the backlight. The light is not distributed evenly which causes vertical bands to show up. Make no mistake this is noticeable in certain content, and it detracts from the experience. Soccer matches and games with bright vistas (think Crysis or something like that) look dingy. It’s gross, and unfortunately a dealbreaker. The set was returned.I’m not happy about it, but this is an inevitability when margins are so tight and competition is so fierce. I mean, most people probably won’t notice it, but I do. It’s quite possibly that I just got a bad panel, but it’s possible I didn’t. In my research, this appears to be a common issue with all LEDs, from all manufacturers. So just be careful when you consider this or any other TV.

  • Cancelled my order for Black Magic 4k cam. Will get this instead.

    Panasonic are a reliable company, you’ll get firmware updates, maybe even a hack. Black Magic won’t even respond to enquiries on their own forums as to when their 4k camera, 9 months late, will even be shipping. They’re an arrogant bunch. They could have really made an impact but their too late. Many more 4k cams will be announced at NAB soon.

    At least with the GH4 I can shoot high speed, even if it is at 1080p. The BM 4k can’t shoot any high speed.
    Those guys have blown it.

    • Exactly. Blackmagic has served a great purpose by lighting the fire under the bottoms of the big boys to produce competitive products again. But at the end of the day, BM’s antics are just an unnecessary headache. I’d pick Panasonic any day.

    • I remember when the GH3 came out and I set my mind to getting one 6 months or more passed and it was still impossible to find one. The people at my camera shop emailed Panasonic to try and find a unit for me, guess what- they didn’t reply either. I’d be surprised if this camera is shipping in meaningful quantities before the Blackmagic 4k camera. Nikon and Olympus seem to announce then ship immediately and in volume, Canon and Panasonic seem to pre-anounce, announce, then ship over a long period of time such as by the time you get your camera almost certainly other options have been announced and shipped while your still waiting.

    • Sicterricter on 02.8.14 @ 10:09PM

      I understand your frustration about the Blackmagic production camera, the delay is a drag but this camera isn’t on the same level. No raw and in camera only 4:2:0 8-bit…who knows how much the accessory will cost, you could be looking at about the same price as the Blackmagic. A few other things to consider are that the Blackmagic will have a global shutter and is only 1.7 crop. I’d say just be patient if you’ve already ordered the production camera.

    • If you want a film look then dynamic range is king. Yes there are many other contributing factors but dynamic range really does add that extra special sexiness that moves it much closer to film than anything that’s close to it’s price range. This is something that the BMCC ultimately still kicks ass on. +1 on higher frame rates and firmware updates still though :p

      • Grading is more important than dynamic range for film look.

        Case in point:

        - Kendy Ty’s stuff on Vimeo (especially behind the move), shot on t3i
        Cary Fukunaga’s sleepwalking in the rift vignettes, shot on 5d and 7d

        Vs. any number of random black magic footage online that look horrible

        • Wow, I just looked up the examples you posted.. The cinematography in both was amazing, once again proving that it is the person behind the camera and not the camera itself that matters more!

  • That means that the gh4 is recording 4k with 100mbps only? that´s not much data rate for 4k. and through the adaptor with 3g-sdi u can only get 1080p. hm. i don´t know. very heavy compression. the same rate the 5dmk3 uses for 1080p. i don´t think that´s good to grade. hope they will enable 10 bit also for 4k.

    • You can get 4K out of the SDI — you just need to use the Quad Link functionality into a compatible 4K recorder.
      Also, the internally-recorded 4K doesn’t seem to use all-intra-frame compression like the 5D Mk. III did, so it’s probably more efficient. That said, I wouldn’t expect it to be too amazing for grading, either.

  • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 8:29AM

    New interview, uploaded last night, from NewsShooter about the GH4K with Illya Friedman of Hotrod Camera. They cover what’s been talked about in this post but also a couple things not talked about here yet:

    28 minutes at vimeo:

  • I’m not saying this camera isn’t significantly awesome for its price. But there were a lot of leaks and rumours suggesting this would be a 4k camera with 10 bit 4:2:2 and 200 Mbps. It isn’t. Its an 8 bit 4k 4:2:0 camera @100Mbps. Less than half the camera I thought we were getting so I don’t think it’ll be all that great for serious work. Banding in the sky is a deal breaker no matter what. I wouldn’t shoot a feature on this over a Blackmagic.

    Additionally, it is supposed to ship just a few weeks before NAB. I would not pull the trigger on one until we see what other companies have coming down the pipe. In fact i’m really hoping Panasonic take the same sensor and put it in an Af200 or something with internal ND’s, internal 10 bit 4:2:2 or raw, and XLR’s and charge 4k for it.

  • Hopefully this camera will lead to peaking in the gh3… id advise not to get camera on the hope of hack… hacks stopped at the gh2…

    • Nicjk Driftwood has been working on a hack for the GH3. It could be out any day.

      I am hoping he will at least come out with a hack that gets rid of the 30 minute limit in this new camera.

        • Vitaliy Kiselev is the one working on the hack, Nick Driftwood is manly working on setting tuning and matrix reworking.

          Last Vitality update about the gh3 hack was that they were working on making proper dump of the firmware, he closed the hack development topic on his forum months ago and no news since so i wouldn’t expect anything soon.

          • Gene (not the 3 other Gene's) on 02.8.14 @ 3:07PM

            The last I read the hack was due out in November, 3 months ago, and it was from Nick Driftwood. Shows how messed up internet rumors can be.

            I’m mainly hoping either one will make a little hack to get rid of the 29min 59sec limit.

  • Can anyone help a newbie out?

    What’s the cheapest 4K recorder that would work with this for uncompressed 4:2:2 10 bit 4K?

  • I just canceled my Blackmagic 4K pre-order, enough waiting..Sorry Blackmagic but you did this to yourself.
    Now Hello GH4 :)

  • at 200mbps for 1080p video, it seems like it would be able record 10-bit 422 internally easily, but that isn’t the case is it? :/ Still, pretty darn awesome features for it’s range, but a missed opportunity and wasted potential for Panasonic’s own newly developed SD cards made specifically for this camera…

  • To compare the GH4K to one of the big name 4K cameras here’s birds of prey video samples shot with a Red Epic. It’s best to download the largest file from YouTube that you can and watch it on a player in your computer. Though I’d say not a Windows Player—it won’t give you great quality.

    2:23 minute at YouTube: [ ]

  • had a hands on with a preproduction unit and, according to them – “Gradationskurven finden sich ebenfalls bei der GH4 – wir vermuten ein ähnliches Feature wie bei anderen Lumix Kompaktkameras. Ob es bei der GH4 reicht, um auch eine Log GammaGamma im Glossar erklärt Funktion herauszukitzeln, bleibt abzuwarten. Dafür kommt die GH4 mit einer sog. Cinema Gamma erklärt Einstellung, von der wir jedoch noch nicht recht wissen, wie sie arbeitet und ob sie für anschließende Farbkorrekturen Spielraum zur Verfügung stellt wie man es vom 8-Bit Log-Material der Canon EOS C100 her kennt.”
    Maybe the German speakers can translate this into English. Off Google, this suggests they are not sure what Cine-Gamma will be like if it will be anything at all.

    • DLD. Why post something in German on an English site?????

    • It means:

      Gradiation curves are also available on the GH4, we suppose it is a similar feature as found in the Lumix compact cameras. They’re not sure if you can use it to get a LogGamma function in camera, but the GH4 features a “Cinema Gamma” setting, which could be useful. They don’t know yet how it works and if it’s comparable to 8-Bit Log-Material of the Canon EOS C100.

      • Thanks, Lou. This will be an important development because many folks are expecting the 8-bit footage to break up upon grading. With a (quasi) Log function, it may hold up reasonably well.
        And, Tony, this site is visited from all across the globe. had information that I had not seen on other sites. Some have linked to the GX7 YouTube clips and its HDR feature but otherwise there hasn’t been much from the folks who have held the actual camera in their hands.

    • The German post through google translate: Curves can also be found in the GH4 – we suspect a similar feature as in other Lumix compact cameras. Whether it’s enough with the GH4 to also explains a log gamma function in the glossary tease out remains to be seen. For the GH4 comes with a so-called Cinema Gamma explains setting, but of which we do not yet know quite how it works and whether it represents as one of the 8-bit log-material of the Canon EOS C100 ago available for subsequent color corrections scope knows.

  • Michael Monzón on 02.9.14 @ 7:04PM

    I think I’m in love <3

  • I think the switch from Canon to Panasonic (MFT) will not be that easy right? I’m afraid I have to re-buy all my lenses. Is there any update on the Metabones Speedbooster Canon EOS -> MFT?


  • Extremely convinced by the specs, tho not yet by the footage. I would love to see some external 4:2:2 material with a clean grade.

  • The price being bandied about for the XLR/SDI adapter is more than the camera itself! Over $2,000! There are some hot rumors that there is no 10 bit, 4:2:2 4k out of the mini HDMI, which will make you HAVE to buy the fugly DMW-YAGH, which looks like it was thrown together with cheap spare parts; nowhere near $2,000!!!

    If this is true, the Blackmagic Design 4k Cinema Camera is looking better and better, especially with the new lower price. Panasonic may have just f–ked up.

  • the HDMI is capable of being recorded in 4:2:2 10-bit, either through the camera or the optional add-on box. When you want to use the 10-bit, the camera will not be able to record internally (only externally)….no need asap to get the add on box. Waing for a HDMI recorde doin 4:2:210 bit……April, not bad….dammed good for the price tag

  • What is the lens used by Bryan Harvey on his Yucatan shoot…???

  • People may want to consider the mbps of both the Gh4 and BMCC. The the Gh4 at 4k can only do 100 mbps and 200 mbps at 1080p. While the BMCC at 4k does 880 mbps, thats a huge difference.

  • Andy Pearson on 02.19.14 @ 9:22AM

    Do we know when they will be offering 4K at 25 FPS? And to confirm – can you go 4K straight out of the camera to the Atmos recorder or do you need the YAGH interface unit thingy?
    I’m not sure many Norweigans (or indeed English people like me) are clamboring to get into America. We would save a few pennies on camera tax but we lose out on education, free healthcare, free pensions and don’t have people shooting each other every couple of minutes. So I’d say the tax on camera’s is well spent. Also, the cinema industry is now based here in London :)