From the “Better Late then Never” department, the very popular Panasonic GH4 is now available at the Northwest’s cinema equipment leader, Professional Video. “Why has it taken this long” you ask? The most important thing to keep in mind is that giant companies like Panasonic aren’t one big company, they’re a group of small companies all working under the same main brand name. We have been Panasonic Broadcast dealers for nearly 25 years. However, the GH4 was not developed by or sold by the broadcast devision, it is a “consumer photo” division product.
Up until recently Panasonic Consumer Imaging required a company to be a “full-line” dealer if they were going to sell any of their products. We couldn’t just sell the GH4, we also had to sell the lower end photo cameras as well. After months of knocking on the door Panasonic approached us and said that they’ve finally decided to move to a business format that would allow for certain cross-over Consumer/Broadcast products. The GH4, logically, is one of the first major items to be considered in this crossover category.
Now you know the whole story. I’m selling the Panasonic GH4 and all associated accessories. I have a GH4 now on my shelf for demonstration, evaluation, and rental. I’m selling it (as of this writing) for $1,698 body only or $2498 for the kit including the professional connector dock. It’s renting for $90 body only or $135 for a kit including the Metabones EF Speedbooter adapter, the professional connector dock, and a high capacity battery system. Fin the IN STOCK today. Post by Eric C. Petrie
I have great news. We’ve received our first batch of Atomos Shogun 7” monitor and 4K video recorders. This has been a very hotly anticipated product. It offers 4K recording via HDMI and 1080p recording up to 120 frames per second. It is a naturally perfect match for the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4.
My first wave of pre-order customers already have theirs in there hands. I have a few more pre-orders to fill and then I’ll have them on the shelf ready for sale or rental. Post by Eric C. Petrie
Panasonic just announced the new iteration of its highly popular interchangeable lens camera series, the GH4. Rumors have been swirling around the web for over a month, but now it’s confirmed.
The 4 in GH4 stands for 4K indeed. In a similarly small form factor users have become used to since the original GH1, the Panasonic GH4 amazes with incredible specs: “real” cinematic 4K at 4096×2160 pixels at 24p is the highest video resolution it can offer, and UltraHD at 3840×2160 pixels in all frame rate varieties: 24p, 25p, 30p, and even 50p and 60p. Plus, you can choose whether if you want that 4K goodness in a MOV or MP4 container.
Unfortunately, all the 4K varieties are 100MBps only (IPB frame order), while you can record up to 200MBps (ALL-Intra frames) in every 1080p Full HD variety. Full HD video can be recorded in up to 96 fps (at 24p playback), which should be great for some amazing 4 x slow motion footage. And of course, 1080p can also be recorded in the mediocre AVCHD codec.
Along with the GH4, Panasonic announced an optional “professional 4K video interface unit” the AG-YAGHG. It’s an attachment to the camera which provides 2 XLR ports with manual audio controls as well as a full-size HDMI port on one side and a full 3G-SDI terminal with 4K2K 4:2:2 10 bit output on the other side. Something entirely unexpected from a camera like this. It even has professional timecode features.
The rumored price on the camera is about $2,000 with the “pro interface” running another $2,000. Even at $4,000 total that’s a heck of a package. Of course anybody using this for pro applications is going to want both units and then an external 4K recorder like an AJA Ki-Pro Quad or an Odyssey 7Q.
Come to the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th and see all of the latest 4K technology. They’ll be giving a seminar on the future of video tech.
Internal Recording Codecs
AVCHD 24mbps 4:2:0 Long-GOP 8-bit
AVC-Intra Lite 200mbps 4:2:0 Intra-Frame 8-bit
AVC4K 100mbps 4:2:0 Long-GOP 8-bit
AVC4K Intra 200mbps 4:2:0 Intra-Frame 8-bit
Resolutions & Frame Rates
96fps most formats
60fps in AVCHD
16mp standard bayered (33%red 33%green 33%blue pixels) 4/3″ CMOS sensor
HDMI (full sized) for 1080p 60fps 4:2:2 10-bit
2x 3G-HD-SDI for 4K 30fps 4:2:2 10-bit or 1080p 60fps 4:2:2 10-bit
Time Code input
2x XLR w/ 48v
4-pin 12v XLR power connector
Other Video Features
External light-up V/U audio meters
2x external audio gain dials
color bars generator
1KHz test tone
cine gamma D & V 11-12 stops dynamic range
master pedestal control