$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