After numerous reinforcements during the summer in the form of the superb Panasonic DMC-GX8 and Panasonic DMC-FZ300, as well as the Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 and Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 lenses with the Post Focus technology, Panasonic continues in the same style and announces a revolutionary Panasonic DMC-GH4R. Moreover, the new firmware has been launched, bringing improvements for the original Panasonic DMC-GH4.
The Panasonic DMC-GH4R, a new iteration of the legendary Panasonic DMC-GH4, which took video recording to a whole new level, comes as a response to demands of the film production industry that have to do with recording in as high resolution as possible. The new GH4R brings virtually unlimited 4K recording, as well as V-Log L, a super-flat tone curve designed to capture the maximum dynamic range, which will result in greater flexibility while color grading.
With these innovations, the GH4R will no longer be limited to 29:59-minute-long recordings, as it was the case with the predecessor, which means that it will be possible to shoot in 4K (Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160 at 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160 at up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) for as long as necessary. As for the V-Log L, this function will provide wider dynamic range for color grading in post-production, and thanks to it, the Micro Four Thids sensor will be taken full advantage of, which will enable videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid 'bleaching out' details in very bright environments.
Along with compact dimensions, small weight, and sealed construction, the new GH4R retains all the specifications of the original GH4, so it represents an ideal camera not only for professional videographers, but also for those that film as a hobby. What is more, it keeps a completely identical design, so its exterior is the same as the predecessor’s.
As for the 'old' Panasonic GH4, the Japanese manufacturer announced firmware update, which will supply the original iteration with the aforesaid V-Log L, whose installation will be charged. It is DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key, by which the camera's firmware will be updated to version 2.3, so the V-Log L option will be available on the original model as well. This upgrade will not provide unlimited 4K video recording on the GH4, however.
The new Panasonic DMC-GH4R will be available only in Europe, priced at £1199, starting from September 7. The firmware update for the Panasonic DMC-GH4 can be bought and downloaded from Panasonic's official website, where you can find details of the process required to authenticate the update.
The news was taken from PANASONIC.