Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH4 camera boasts of 4K video capturing ability
As this year’s CES aptly proved, Ultra HD (4K) resolution is fast emerging as the benchmark for display and video oriented electronic devices. And interestingly, Panasonic has jumped on this high-definition bandwagon albeit with an innovative twist. The company has gone beyond the ‘conventional’ allure of televisions to unveil their unique 4K camera system. Christened as the Lumix DMC-GH4, the digital camera is envisaged as a true hybrid contrivance tailored to both photography and capturing videos. It boasts of a credible 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS sensor and an advanced quad core Venus Engine image processor. This combined ‘power-train’ is apparently capable of snapping high-quality still images with quick response time and enhanced focus control. However, the ‘piece de resistance’ relates to the device’s ability to record Ultra HD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24 FPS and cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160 video at 24 FPS.
The housing of the Lumix DMC-GH4 is based on a magnesium alloy shell that is both sturdy and dust proof. The durable body is complemented by the heavy-duty shutter mechanism that is rated for a whopping 200,000 releases. As for its image capturing credentials, the hybrid camera has a special sensor that is 33 percent larger than regular micro sensors. This size modification allows the sensor to recognize a shallow depth of field, while at the same time maintaining a compact form. The device further has two OLED displays for the Live View Finder and the rear monitor. These screens technologically exhibit 100 percent coverage and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
Finally, the usability scope is also improved with the camera’s ability to connect to NFC via WiFi. This means you can shoot videos and photos on a remote basis through connected smartphone and mobile devices (via Panasonic’s dedicated Image App).
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH4 is expected to make its commercial debut in a few days time, with pricing to be divulged when shipping starts. You can keep an eye on the availability by following the BH Photo Video site.