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Panasonic Lumix GH4

Photos to Impress, 4K Videos to Inspire

The GH4's new Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine team up to reduce noise while raising resolution and improving color reproduction. Innovative DFD technology increases the speed of Contrast AF. As the world's first* DSLM camera to record 4K videos, it truly meets the needs of professionals.

Superb Picture Quality for Lifelike Textures

The image processor Venus Engine is newly developed with new quad-core CPU that enables high speed signal processing. Combination of new Digital Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine dramatically improves sensitivity (max.ISO25600), gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction to achieve even higher picture quality. Yet its image description is natural - that is what LUMIX aspires for.

Video Creation to Meet Pro Quality

The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to meet professional quality and standard with the capability of 4K (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) video recording in MOV/MP4 or ultra high bitrate video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit.*1 *2 In addition, a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording are newly integrated.

*1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

*2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.

Superb Mobility & High Speed Response

Superb mobility and high speed response come equipped with DMC-GH4. The high-precision Contrast AF now integrates DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology to achieve ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*.The burst shooting power is also boosted to12 fps(AFS). Both 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) and 1,036K-dot rear monitor adopt OLED to minimize time lag while enhancing the resolution.

Reliable Durability

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the main structure of the DMC-GH4 is composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front / rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing on every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*.

*Panasonic in-house examination.

Expandability for Flexible Usage

To offer more flexible usage, the DMC-GH4 even incorporates Wi-Fi® with NFC Technology or in-camera RAW development capability. It also complies with External Flash (DMW-FL580L), Stereo/Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) or Battery Grip (DMW-BGGH3) to support professional photography/videography. The expansive flexibility of DMC-GH4 goes far beyond the limit of conventional Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.

New 16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor

The new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with its quick response. Approx.50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect when using electronic shutter or recording video. Taking full advantage of the Live MOS Sensor, gradation range is expanded by max.1/3 step at low ISO end. Plus, superior noise reduction allows max.60 min long exposure.

Advanced Image Processor Venus Engine

The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with quad-core CPU that enables high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, DMC-GH4 enables shooting at max.ISO25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality.

Focus Peaking

Focus Peaking function shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode. Users can see the peaking of focus while monitoring the subject in live view. It is also available in remote photo / video shooting with smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi.

Highlight / Shadow Control

Highlight and shadow can be separately adjusted with the front/rear dial. 3 patterns of settings can be customized in addition to 3 preset patterns.

RAW Data Development in Camera

The DMC-GH4 is capable of developing RAW image in camera. In addition to the color space setting (sRGB / AdobeRGB), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight / shadow, saturation, noise reduction, sharpness or hue can be flexibly adjusted while LUMIX’ s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Photo Style

You can choose color / texture type for photo / video from Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait. Contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, saturation and hue parameter for each mode can be adjusted and memorized in camera.

Electronic Shutter & Silent Mode

The DMC-GH4 offers practical electronic shutter. The high-speed signal readout achived by Live MOS Sensor minimizes rolling shutter effect. The Silent mode switches shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sound (AF, operation) off while suppressing emission of AF assist lamp and flash with just a single setting for special shooting occasions.

World's First *1 4K Video Recording

One of the most prominent features of GH4 is unlimited *2 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4 *3.

*1 For a DSLM as of Feb 7, 2014.

*2 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

*3 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.

Versatile Video Recording Formats

The DMC-GH4 is also capable of ultra high bitrate video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), which has no recording time limit*1 *2. You can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. In MP4 / MOV, high quality sound in LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) is recordable.

*1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

*2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.

Selectable System Frequency

For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selected from 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

Real-time Output via HDMI

The DMC-GH4 is also capable of real-time image output (4:2:2 / 8 bit or 4:2:2 / 10 bit) to the external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable*. It is suitable for the professional video making that requires serious monitoring of the imageries. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with the setting menus individually depending on a display.When using 4:2:2/10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera is not possible. When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera.

VFR (Variable Frame Rate)

The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) enables recording video with slow/fast motion such as 96 fps / 4x*, all in Full-HD. See specifications for more effect options.

 *In 24p playback.

Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation

Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation are available for stationary observation for subjects or for producing a stop motion (stop frame) video with sequential pictures. Both can be produced in camera without needing postproduction process.

Zebra Pattern

It indicates overexposed area before / during shooting and the pattern can be output to the external monitor, too.

Master Pedestal

It allows adjustment of the brightness balance ±15 steps based on the color of black.

Cinelike Gamma

“CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” are newly available for expressive tone like a cinema.

Synchro Scan

It is practical for suppressing flicker over the TV / PC monitor or fluorescent lights.

Center Marker

By displaying it at the center of the viewing angle, center marker works as guide mark for video image composition.

Color Bars

Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) can be the benchmark to fix the color or brightness. 1KHz Test Tone can be the bench mark to fix the sound volume.

Time Code

SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods makes it easy to synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production workflow.

Professional Video

Contrast AF with DFD Technology

The Contrast AF system is advanced with the DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to focus. It figures out the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different depth of field while consulting the data of optical characteristics by using lens in a moment. As a result, ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec* is achieved. This improvement benefits more as focusing distance increases.

*In AFS, with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035

High-Speed Burst Shooting

The DMC-GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps(AFS) with the maximum recordable images of up to approx. 40 (including RAW) / approx. 100 (excluding RAW) and 7 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus. Together with the quick start-up and short release time lag, the DMC-GH4 never lets you miss fleeting shooting opportunities.

49-Area AF

Focus point is increased from 23 (DMC-GH3) to 49 points for more flexible composition.

Custom Multi AF

Custom Multi mode in which you can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area.

New Face / Eye Detection AF

In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the DMC-GH4 newly incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the face or eye in face.

Seamless Magnification of 1-Area Focus Point

Now the 1-area AF area can be seamlessly magnified not only in manual focus but also in auto focus mode.

Dual OLED Displays - LVF & Monitor

The DMC-GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) of approx.1.34x / 0.67x* and 3.0-inch 1,036K-dot free-angle rear monitor. They achieve high speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction.

*35mm camera equiv.

Magnesium Alloy Body & Rugged Design

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the main structure of the DMC-GH4 is composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front / rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing on every joint, dial, and button.

 High Performance Shutter Unit

The shutter unit is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*. It offers highest shutter speed at max. 1/8000 not only to capture spur-of-the-moment for fast moving subject but also to use high-speed lens with open aperture even in outdoors to give impressive defocus. Both built-in / external flash can be synchronized with max.1/250 second shutter speed.

*Panasonic in-house examination.

Optimum Layout of Control Components

For quick, intuitive control, 3 dials are equipped on the top and back of the camera and the main dial is now comes with lock structure. A dedicated button allows direct reach to exposure compensation, white balance adjustment or ISO setting and max.5 settings can be assigned to the Fn button. All these external components are designed to be operated easily without taking eyes off from the viewfinder.

Terminals for Expanded Connectivity

The DMC-GH4 comes with a variety of connection terminals. The 3.5mm microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jacks. It is also capable of real-time image output on the external monitor via an optional HDMI micro cable simultaneously while recording video. In addition, AV outputs, flash sync terminal and 2.5mm jack for remote controller are available. It complies with the SDXC / SDHC Memory Card UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).

Wi-Fi® with NFC Technology

The DMC-GH4 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. With the "Panasonic Image App", remote shooting of photo / video is available with smartphone / tablet. It is also easy to embed geotag in the image after shooting. For the smartphone / tablet without NFC, the camera displays dedicated QR code on its monitor to complete pairing easily by reading the code.

New Interface Unit (Optional)

The Interface Unit(DMW-YAGH) is offered exclusively for professional / industrial workflow enabling more powerful video transmission. It complies with Full HD (4:2:2 / 10 bit) four parallel output or 4K (4:2:2 / 10bit) output, both with time code*. The 2ch XLR input terminals are also equipped for line or condenser microphone. Microphone volume can be controlled L / R separately. It compies with 12V DC IN.

* When using 4:2:2/10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera is not possible.

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