So, that camera there is Panasonic's newest mirrorless system camera, the GH4. If you're new to the game, Panasonic's GH lines is a fork of the original Micro-Four Thirds line (like, on the market, actually) with a DSLR-style body and a focus on video usage. To that end, the GH4 doesn't disappoint its lineage, and becomes the first mirrorless sporting 4k video intentions. Powered by a 16mp sensor, it has all sorts of kooky features like variable frame rate Full-HD video (and stop motion animation), selectable system frequency (59.94hz, 50hz, 24hz), autofocus speeds as fast as 0.07 seconds, an electronic shutter with silent mode, a physical shutter with a 200,000 exposure life rating and shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000, a dust and splash-sealed magnesium body, built-in wi-fi, and even more specific video features like time stamp, colorbars and a 1KHz test zone, center marker, synchro scan, two "cinema-like" gamma curves, the ability to tweak the brightness over 15 steps, a zebra pattern for testing over-exposure (can be output to external monitor, too), 4096x2160 4K at 24fps or 3840x2160 4K at 30fps, focus peaking, and built-in jacks for a mic (via 3.5mm phono), monitor via HDMI mini, AV, 2.5mm remote port, and flash sync port. Whew.
But because that's not really enough to make this the last word in the burgeoning 4K video market, they've also announced the world's silliest looking and worst named grip as an optional accessory for the GH4. Behold, the AG-YAGHG Professional 4K Video Interface Unit:
And from the back:
Why so monstrous, you ask? What's in there? Well, two start with, 2 XLR inputs (each with their own channel volume adjustment on the back there), and Full HD (4:2:2 / 10 bit) 4-parallel output or 4K output with time-code. Looks like this opened up:
There's no word yet on pricing or availability, so, this is One Of Those Things, but if your 4K sense is all tingly now you can get your name down on our list to get one whenever they do become real. And by one I mean either the camera or the grip, once we know exactly how that'll work. For now, I'll leave you with the links to do that, and hit the jump for the press release:
UPDATE: February 10. Sorry folks, apparently we have been expressly told no preorders at this time, so, had to take the links down.
YAGH 4K Interface Unit