Panasonic Lumix GH4 DSLM 4K camera
Phone cameras are making inroads into the snapshot market but traditional cameras remain hugely popular, spurred by tech advances and keener pricing. The sales of SLR cameras are, in fact, growing and demand for mirrorless compact cameras has increased by 60%.
The first mirrorless compact camera, the Epson R-D1, was introduced in 2004 but it was Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1 that really kicked off the DSLM (digital single lens mirrorless) market in 2008. It was the first digital camera to meet the MFT (Micro Four Thirds) standard.
Panasonic’s latest creation, the 16.05-megapixel Lumix GH4, is the first DSLM camera capable of recording high-resolution 4K video.
As you would expect from a Lumix, the GH4 looks pure pro –
Lumix GH$ press release
According to Panasonic’s PR Newswire press release, the GH4 can record in –
Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160 at 24fps) and QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 at up to 30fps) in both MP4 and MOV formats. The GH4 is also capable of recording Full-HD video with ultra high bit rate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit.
For professionals working globally, the system frequency can be easily selected between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. A total of 22 LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses offer any creative perspective according to the scene, including HD lenses allowing silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording.
The authoritative DPReview has a GH4 quick review, mentioning –
“… the bulk of the camera’s improvements will be most apparent to video shooters, but there are also some extra features added for the stills photographers…”
Panasonic’s Lumix GH4 images
This is an impressive-looking camera. Here are some more images of the GH4 from Panasonic’s UK release:
Also see the GH4 Special Gallery featuring, among other famous photographers, Bryan Harvey.