Panasonic To Announce GH4 Tomorrow, Feb 7th

Posted Feb. 6th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Panasonic To Announce GH4 Tomorrow, Feb 7th. The rumor mill is alive and well, talking about Panasonic’s newest Lumix that will be announced tomorrow Feb. 7th. It’s speculated to be an update to the current GH3 which I’ve been using for a bit over a year now. The newest GH4 will have the added ability to shoot 4K video based on predictions currently swirling. I’m not sure how much I’ll be using this feature but as I continue to do more and more video, this update will be a great option to have available. My favorite Micro 4/3’s rumors website 43 Rumors has announced additional information about the upcoming GH3. I’ve listed their predictions below.

The first photos of the updated GH3 which is predicted to have 4K video capture.

The first photos of the updated GH3 which is predicted to have 4K video capture.

43 Rumors predicted on it’s web site that the newest Lumix GH3 will have these features.

  • 16,05 Megapixel sensor. It’s a new sensor with semi-conductor protection tech to reduce noise and improved dynamic range.
  • quad core processor and venus Engine
  • ISO up to 25,600
  • 12fps, 7,5 fps with continuous focusing
  • GH4 uses the new UHS I class III SD card format
  • Depth From Defocusing (uses Panasonic lens database to fine tune AF!)
  • AF as fast as 0.07 seconds. 49 AF points.
  • 4K video at 4096×2160 pixels and max frame rate of 96fps.
  • Bit rate of up to 200Mbp
  • Magnesium body
  • Price not unveiled yet
  • There is an optional Interface Unit (see image below). Has 2 XLR, 4 SDI, micro HDMi output, color bar signal, audio reference signal, external time control

If they are correct about 12 FPS, with 7.5 in continues focus mode, that will be hard to believe. I’m willing to be surprised however. I’m  hopeful that the predictive focusing capabilities of this camera have been improved as well. The current GH3 just can’t compete with my Nikons in the follow/predictive focus category of image capture. I’ve been shooting the GH3 extensively in the past six months, trying over and over again to get the kind of images my Nikon’s easily make happen in action related situations. Unfortunately I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that the GH3 just can’t compete in the action category. I’ll be excited beyond belief if this changes with the new camera update.

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  1. Fred KurtzOn Mar. 5th, 2014

    To compare this fix to my recent Nikon D4 fix where I had an LCD problem, both companies were equal when it came to speed of the repair. The Nikon repair included a detailed description of everything they did to the camera. They even fixed things that I did not know needed fixing and that was great. I am sure Panasonic brought the GX7 back up to factory specifications as I had to reset everything on the camera but it would be nice to know what all they did to it. I am really enjoying my GX1 and GX7 4/3’s cameras and the two new professional Lumix lenses. It amazes me how fast the photography world changes and I am loving both Nikon and Panasonic.

  2. Fred KurtzOn Feb. 6th, 2014

    Thank you for the heads up Dan. I was just looking at getting the GH3 and saw they had a price drop so I was wondering if a new camera was in the works. You are the one to introduce me to micro 4/3’s.

    I took the GX1, GX7 and D4 to my recent trip to New Zealand. See for the best of NZ. For the 4/3’s I just got the 12-35 (24-70) and 35-100 (70-200) Lumix professional lenses. I already had the 7-14 wide angle. I shot all three cameras on the trip and without looking at what camera was used, I selected 99 images for my website. Of the 99, 35% were from the 4/3’s cameras and 65% from the D4. I felt that was a good ratio and showed the little cameras can do as good a job as the big one for landscape. Obviously for action shots I prefer the big camera.

    My biggest issue with the 4/3’s is that I caught settings being changed such as white balance and ISO without my knowledge. I think accidently hitting a button on the back of the camera caused this. One morning I shot the GX7 at 25,000 ISO and had several ruined shots before I discovered the error. So always keep an eye on the settings.

    Also on the GX7 I have had issues with the camera saying “Please Turn the camera off and on” and that achieves nothing. I found on the internet that Panasonic has that issue on lots of cameras. Tips were given to rap on the camera , rap on the lens, and install a firmware update. When I first got the camera this happened they very first power up and rapping on the lens took care of it. In New Zealand this happened several times and I was not going to rap on the professional lenses so I kept having to rap the back and bottom of the camera and eventually it worked. When I got home I updated the firmware so we will see if that fixes the problem – very frustrating.

    I am going to seriously look at the GH4 when it comes out. See you in Cuba!


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 8th, 2014

      Fred, your troubles are disappointing to hear about. I have 2- GH3’s, 2-GX1’s and I’ve never had the issue “Turn camera on and off” you are experiencing. In fact I’ve been really impressed with how much abuse all the Lumix bodies have taken and still kept working without a hitch. Maybe it’s a GX7 thing since I don’t have one. I do agree with the accidental button selection that changes settings without you realizing it. I’ve had that happen on the GX1 but it’s not an issue at all on the GH3 and the controls are the same on the GH4, more or less, so it shouldn’t be an issue on the GH4 hoping. I’m not sure what could be done to lock the tiny buttons that are on the back of the smaller cameras. It’s something I’ll mention to my new friends at Panasonic however. They are very interested in feedback. We had a great meeting that included lots of note taking on their part. I’ve never had any meeting with ANY camera company like that before. Was quite flattering. Thanks for checking in. By the way, the new GH4 should be available in March from what I’ve heard.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 5th, 2014

      Fred Kurtz recently emailed me with an update to his issues with his GX7. I’ve posted his email below.

      Email From Fred Kurtz
      Just to let you know, I received my repaired GX7 today. It was exactly two weeks to the day that I dropped the camera at the post office so considering transit time back and forth, the repair time was very quick. There was not a note in the box of the services performed on the camera and if they found a problem or replaced the accelerometer. In any event, the camera will be fully tested in Cuba at the end of this month. It gives me greater piece of mind that I sent it in versus hoping it would not happen again (which it probably would have).

      Thank you both very much for your help and I will keep you posted if the issue occurs again – but hopefully it won’t.


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