The GH4's new Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine team up to reduce noise while raising resolution and improving colour reproduction. As the world's first* DSLM camera to record 4K videos, it truly meets the needs of professionals.
* For a digital single lens mirrorless camera as of February 7,2014.
LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DMC-GH4
The newly developed Venus Engine image processor with a new quad-core CPU enables high speed signal processing. The combination of the new Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine dramatically improves sensitivity (Max. ISO 25,600), gradation performance, resolution and colour reproduction to achieve even higher picture quality; yet, keeping images natural looking.
Pro-Quality 4K Video
The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to meet professional quality and standard with a variety of recording options in format and bitrate to meet wide-ranging needs.
- 4K (Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160 / 24 fps
- QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 / up to 30 fps) video recording in MOV/MP4
- Ultra high bitrate video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording duration 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 Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater.
Superb Mobility & High Speed Response
The DMC-GH4 is equipped with superb mobility and high speed response. The high-precision Contrast AF now integrates DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology to achieve an 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 adopts an OLED to minimize time lag while enhancing the resolution.
* In AFS, with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035
To offer more flexibility, the DMC-GH4 incorporates
Wi-Fi® with NFC technology and in-camera RAW development capability. It also complies with External Flash (DMW-FL580L), Stereo/Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) and Battery Grip (DMW-BGGH3) to support professional photography/videography. The expansive flexibility of the DMC-GH4 goes far beyond the limits of conventional Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras.
New 16.05 Megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
The new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high quality and high sensitivity image recording with its quick response. Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses the rolling shutter effect when using electronic shutter or recording video. Taking full advantage of the Live MOS Sensor, dynamic range is expanded by 25% (max) at the low ISO end. Plus, superior noise reduction allows 60 minutes (max) long exposure.
Advanced Venus Engine Image Processor
The newly developed Venus Engine image processor dramatically boosts its performance with a quad-core CPU that enables high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, the DMC-GH4 enables shooting at Max. ISO 25,600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and colour reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality.
The Focus Peaking function shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode so users can see the focus position while monitoring the subject in live view. It is also available in remote photo / video shooting with a smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi®.
Highlight / Shadow Control
Highlight and shadow can be adjusted separately with the front/rear dial. Three 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 colour space setting (sRGB / AdobeRGB), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight / shadow, saturation, noise reduciton, sharpness or hue can be adjusted while applying LUMIX's Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control or Intelligent Resolution.
You can choose colour/texture type for photo/video from Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery or Portrait. Contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, saturation and hue parameter for each mode can be adjusted and memorized in-camera.
Electronic Shutter &
The DMC-GH4 offers a practical electronic shutter. The high-speed signal readout achieved by the Live MOS Sensor minimizes the rolling shutter effect. Silent mode switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sounds (AF, operation) off while suppressing emission of the 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: 4096 x 2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*³ formats.
*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 Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater.
Versatile Video 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 duration limit*¹*². You can freely choose from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats with 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 Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.
Video Recording Formats
System Frequency (Selectable)
For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be selected from 59.94 Hz (23.98 Hz) / 50.00 Hz or 24.00 Hz.
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 professional video making that requires serious monitoring of imagery. Users can choose to output only content being recorded or content with the menu depending on the display.
* When using 4:2:2 / 10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Cards is not possible. When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Cards.
VFR (Variable Frame Rate)
VFR (Variable Frame Rate) enables recording video with slow/fast motion @ 96 fps / 4x*, in Full HD. See specifications for more options.
* In 24p playback.
Time Lapse Shot / Stop Motion Animation
Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation are available for observation of stationary subjects or for producing a stop motion (stop frame) video with sequential pictures. Both can be produced in-camera without post-production processes.
Indicates overexposed area before / during shooting and the pattern can be output to the external monitor.
Allows for adjustment of the brightness balance ±15 steps based on black colour levels.
“CINE-LIKE D” and “CINE-LIKE V” are newly available for expressive tone such as cinema.
Practical for suppressing flicker over the TV / PC monitor or fluorescent lights.
By displaying it at the centre of the viewing angle, centre marker works as a guide mark for video image composition.
Colour Bars & 1 kHz Test Tone
Colour Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) can be the benchmark to fix colour or brightness. The 1 kHz Test Tone can be the benchmark to fix sound volume.
SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods makes it easy to synchronize multiple video footage or sound source in the post-production workflow.
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. The DFD calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness levels while consulting the optical characteristics data of the current lens in a moment. As a result, ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec* is achieved. This improvement benefits more as focal length increases. * In AFS, with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035 lens.
High Speed Burst Shooting
The DMC-GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) with maximum recordable images of up to approx. 40 (including RAW) / approx. 100 (excluding RAW) and 7 fps (AFC), to capture fast moving subjects just in-focus. Together with the quick start-up and short release time lag, the DMC-GH4 never lets you miss fleeting shooting opportunities.
Focus detect area is increased from 23 (DMC-GH3) to 49 points for more flexible composition.
Custom Multi AF
With Custom Multi mode, you can freely select the blocks to focus on out of the 49 focusing areas.
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 on the face or eyes.
Seamless Magnification of 1-Area Focus Point
The 1-area AF 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. Increasing the resolution of the display to 2,359K-dots, the LVF (Live View Finder) boasts approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35 mm camera equivalent) magnification 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 colour reproduction.
The shutter unit is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*. It offers a high shutter speed (max. 1/8000 second), not only to capture spur-of-the-moment, fast moving subjects, but also uses the high speed lens with open aperture even outdoors to give impressive defocus. Both the built in / external flash can be synchronized with max.1/250 second shutter speed.
* Panasonic in-house examination.
Optimum Layout of Controls
For quick, intuitive control, 3 dials are located on the top and back of the camera and the main dial now comes with a lock structure. A dedicated button allows direct reach to exposure compensation, white balance adjustment or ISO setting and settings can be assigned to the Fn button (max. 5). All of these external controls are designed to be operated easily without taking your eyes off the viewfinder.
Teminals for Expanded
The DMC-GH4 comes with a variety of connection terminals for flexible shooting options: 3.5 mm MIC and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The DMC-GH4 is 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 2.5 mm jack for remote controller are available. It complies with the SDXC / SDHC Memory Cards UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).
Wi-Fi® with NFC
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 a compatible smartphone / tablet. It is also easy to embed geotag in the image after shooting. For a smartphone / tablet without NFC, the camera displays a dedicated QR code on its monitor to complete pairing easily by reading/scanning the code.