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Panasonic Prices 4K-Capable Lumix GH4 at $1,699

$1,999 Adapter Enables More IO Options, Including 3G-SDI and XLR Audio

Panasonic today announced that its forthcoming Lumix DMC-GH4 4K-capable mirrorless micro four-thirds (MFT) still and video camera will be priced at $1,699. The DMW-YAGH video adapter, which beefs up the GH4's video production capabilities, will be priced at $1,999.

The GH4 became an object of desire when it was announced last month due to its 4K recording capabilities — true 4K (4096×2160) at 24p and Ultra HD (3840×2160) at up to 30p in MOV or MP4 file formats. HD video recording can take place at up to 200 Mbps (all-intraframe), but 4K can be recorded at a max of 100 Mbps with standard interframe (IPB) encoding.

Confused? Scroll down to see a chart showing the different recording options that are available.

By itself, the GH4 can output uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 video via miniHDM to an external device, or it can output 8-bit 4:2:2 over miniHDMI for monitoring while simultaneously recording 8-bit 4:2:0 video to SD cards. (The 10-bit output is not available while on-board video is being recorded.) The optional YAGH outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p and 4K video, with timecode, over four SDI connections and also converts the bare camera's miniHDMI jack to a full-size HDMI connector. It also adds XLR audio inputs.

The current GH3 will remain available after the GH4 goes on sale, Panasonic said. The GH4 is expected to ship in May, Panasonic said, though the company's direct sales website is currently showing a late April estimated ship date for preorders.


Source: Panasonic


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  • John Yaworsky

    the adaptor should cost $500 max

  • michael curwood

    The adaptor should cost $500, based on what assumption?

  • Glen C

    at $1999, I don’t think they’ll be selling many of those adapters

  • Steven Bradford

    in a kit with both together, BH Photo is pricing it at $3200, so a little cheaper.
    Something about adding SDI to any device seems to really add to the cost. in any case if you need these connections, you likely really need them, and are comparing to the cost of a C100 or a Blackmagic 4k (which doesn’t have these connections). It’s nice to be able to remove it for stripped down shooting when you don’t need it.
    If you look at all the out board accesories that people buy to make their HDSLRs usable as cinema tools, this is not that outrageous.

  • Emilio Leotta

    Very interesting! In hd, it offers a more than reasonable alternative to a 5dMk3’s raw. 1080p/24 in 200Mbps 4:2:0 all-i equates to a perfectly decent prores, and is a welcome adittion for documentary films, low-budget advertising, and unsophisticated tv content (talk-shows, some eng). The adaptor, albeit somewhat expensive, seamlessly integrates this cheap, interesting camera to a regional or cable tv studio environment.
    1080p 10bit uncompressed 4:2:2 through hdmi, on the other side, requires only an unexpensive ssd recorder to output a feature grade material.
    While I don’t consider 4k to be a game-changer yet due to it’s limited available applications, it is always a more-than-welcome adittion.
    Also, Panasonic is not a novel manufacturer with an unproven, untested, and potentialy unreliable product, but a respected major video equipment manufacturer (in my humble opinion, the most reliable one, even more so than sony) with an unquestionable technical background.

    The only criticism I would make would be the MFT sensor (which I’m not fond of) instead of aps-c.
    Also, an MFT lens mount, while making a lot of sense for Panasonic, has several drawbacks. In the first place, MFT lenses are, as far as I’m concerned, somewhat overvalued, and grossly overpriced, even more so when compared to legacy F or EF mount lenses, which most professionals already own. The lens selection is laughably small in comparison (see above), and “dumb” non-autofocus adaptors often add flange focus issues. The limited distance between the mount and the sensor also precludes its use with some F and EF lenses.
    The autofocus capability, which is a great selling point for proprietary mounts, remains to be seen.

    All in all, a MOST interesting camera at roughly HALF the price of a 5d Mk3. If a functional and reasonably priced MTF to F can be found (even more so an autofocus-capable one) I would DEFINITELY consider purchasing it.