A prototype of the rumored Panasonic GH 4K is on display at CES 2014, where the company’s reps have revealed some details about the upcoming Micro Four Thirds camera.
Towards the end of 2013, the rumor mill has begun talking about an alleged Panasonic camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that will be capable of recording videos at 4K resolution.
The company has remained quiet on the matter, but the leaked information has come from reliable sources. Shortly after that, a Panasonic director has hinted that the manufacturer is working on a 4K camera and that we will hear more about it soon.
“Soon” has turned out to be the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, an event which is now underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Japanese maker has already announced its digital camera line-up for this Spring, which includes the Lumix LZ40, a 42x optical zoom bridge shooter.
After the press conferences have come to an end, visitors have been invited to the companies’ booths where they have discovered some surprises. Beside the Nikon D4S, another camera prototype has been spotted on the floors at CES 2014. That device is the Panasonic GH 4K and it is capable of capturing 4K videos.
Panasonic to launch GH 4K video recording camera in February for $2,000
Panasonic has confirmed that the GH 4K will be its next addition to the “GH” series and it is coming sooner than we think. According to the company’s reps, the mirrorless camera will be released by the end of February and it will cost $2,000.
For the time being, it is unclear whether the representative is referring to the announcement date or to the actual market availability date. However, since a price is given, we may well be in for a treat next month.
Panasonic GH 4K to record data at 200Mbps on a new UHS Class 3 SDXC card
Unfortunately, a complete specifications list has not been unveiled. A confirmed feature is the ability to record data at 200Mbps and output content to an external recorder through a miniHDMI port using the ALL-I mode.
Videos can be stored on a new UHS Class 3 SDXC card, but space can be considered not big enough for 4K demands. This is why users might want to buy an external recorder to use the GH 4K at its full potential.
Additionally, the MFT camera will allow users to capture photos while recording videos. The resolution is not given, but the rumor mill has previously believed that the sensor will be clocked in at 16 megapixels.
Other features that will purportedly be present in the Panasonic GH 4K are 1/8000th of a second maximum shutter speed, 1-million-dot OLED screen, 21mm 3-million-dot OLED viewfinder, a time code, and 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Ultra codec support.