Panasonic G4K Launches in 2 Days, New Spec Leaks

Panasonic 4K Lumix Camera

The more and more I see on the new Panasonic 4K Lumix camera, the more I am impressed. It is shaping up to be a groundbreaking 4K camera. The “game changer” moniker is really gone at this point for resolution and frame rate bumps; however, the G4K may be the most impressive launch we’ve seen in a prosumer camera in the past few years – especially if it comes in at the quoted “under $2000″ price point.

Numerous rumors and leaks point to a Friday launch for the Panasonic 4K concept we saw at CES 2014. We believe the camera will be called the G4K and will offer a bevy of video-centric features. Previously rumored specs for the Panasonic Lumix G4K camera appear to be on the money and include:

  • 16MP
  • 1/8000 shutter
  • 1m dot OLED screen
  • 21mm OLED viewfinder, 3,000+ dot.
  • Time code
  • 200mbps mp4 All-i/100mbps IPB
  • 4k/30p
  • 4:2:2 10/8bit output
  • 3G-SDI and XLR adaptor available

Panasonic Lumix 4K Camera-4

Additionally, newly leaked specs note that the G4K will featuring the following as well:

  • Focus peaking (with changeable colors)
  • All-I with 4:2:2
  • 1080p at 120fps
  • Quad-core processor
  • 4K formats only .mov and .mp4
  • AVCHD available at 1080p
  • Smartphone app available
  • Faster AF and more AF points than GH3
  • Dual 3G-SDI output available via adaptor

Getting 120fps on an affordable mirrorless or HDSLR camera is something I’ve been waiting on. A few months ago, I predicted Sony or Panasonic would be the first to achieve this. I will be more stoked about the 120fps at 1080p than the 4K capture if it turns out to be true.

Panasonic Lumix 4K Camera-3

Panasonic’s new SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 card should launch along with the G4K and will offer a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (equivalent to 240Mbps). Accordingly, the new Speed Class 3 card will accommodate the rumored 4K 200Mbps .mp4 capture from the G4K.

The Panasonic Lumix G4K is expected to launch early in the morning on Friday, February 7.

[via 4/3 Rumors and again]