Back about a month ago came the announcement of the Panasonic GH4, a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with the ability to record 4K video. Panasonic released word of its plans to keep the camera at a reasonable price of less than $2000, and it seems now that they went through and delivered.
For a recap, in case you haven’t kept up with news of the camera, here’s the specs on it:
- 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
- UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
- Full HD up to 60p
- 3.0″ 1036k-Dot OLED Monitor
- 2359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder
- VFR Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, and 24p
- Real-Time 4:2:2 8-bit or 10-bit HDMI Output
- High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
- Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body
- In-camera time lapse and stop motion animation
- 1/8000 second maximum shutter speed
- 1/250 second shutter speed sync for built-in & external flash
- Face / Eye Detection Autofocus
- Magnification of 1-Area focus point
The optional interface unit comes at a pretty demanding price, but when you look into it, you may find it worth the purchase. The interface packs 2 XLR pro inputs, 4 pro HD-SCI outputs (which would be for quad 10-bit 4K output), time base correction, and 12V external power. That addition to the camera alone makes it a pretty powerful professional cinema camera.
Other than that, the price for the Panasonic DH4 (which the company claims is the first DSLM to shoot at 4K) itself is a good call for competition like Canon and Nikon to step it up. Back a few years ago, I bought the Canon 5D Mark II at about $2500, and today I find myself in a good amount of surprise at how affordable cameras like this are starting to come into the picture. The appeal for a hybrid camera is growing, considering professional videography is gaining more and more demand. The market for DSLR and DSLM cameras has kept a consistent rate over the past few years at having professional video cameras becoming more and more accessible to consumers, and Panasonic’s newest installment is the next step in that run.