[CEATEC 2014] Yes, the world is definitely moving in the direction of 4K when it comes to video, although the initial “wow” factor from the quality jump is not as stark as say, video CD to DVD, or even DVD to Full HD. Perhaps we have seen a fair amount of high quality videos and displays so much so that our eyes are now “numb”, so to speak. While smartphones can already record Full HD video with ease, 4K video might be next – just like the world of digital cameras, as evident in the form of the Panasonic Lumix GH4. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 happens to be the first DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera in the world that sports 4K video recording capability.
Announced in February earlier this year and having shipped in April for $1,700 a pop, this is not exactly the newest kid on the proverbial block, but nonetheless it still packs in some pretty impressive features that allows it to deliver far more than what the average photographer would expect.
It sports a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that is capable of handling sensitivity and response, all the while suppressing the rolling shutter effect even when the electronic shutter is in use. With the Venus Engine image processor in play, it will help deliver a performance boost so that the high speed signal processing required for rich 4K video recording is achieved. We are talking about shooting at maximum ISO 25,600 here. Definitely not the cheapest camera for the budding enthusiast if you were to think about it, but it does pack quite a punch – especially if you would like a future-proof video recording device (at least for a few more years) in your hands right now.