By Rob Garrott | Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I’ve been going to the annual NAB Show™ in Vegas for a long time, and rarely get excited about anything in particular; there are usually so many announcements from so many manufacturers that it’s hard to keep track! Each NAB Show ends up having a bit of a theme to it: Two years ago, 3D stereoscopic imaging was all the rage (thank goodness that’s over now). Last year’s NAB was all about drones with quad-, hex-, and octo-copters buzzing all over the show.
This year the big theme was 4K resolution cameras. Every camera manufacturer that didn’t already have a 4K system on the market announced one. But for me, the most exciting new camera this year is the Panasonic GH4.
The GH4 is a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) format camera with a mind-boggling amount of features, all directed squarely at the video market. Its feature list reads as if Panasonic looked at every video-capable still camera on the market and asked a simple question: What’s missing? The GH4 answers that question in many ways: 4K? Check! Clean, uncompressed HDMI out? Check! Solid microphone pre-amps? Check! Headphone jack? Check! Clamp on outboard device for high-end inputs and outputs? Double check! The list goes on and on.
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