Panasonic's Lumix BGH1 Takes Pro 4K Video to Smaller Places

From PC Mag: Panasonic is expanding its video-first Lumix GH camera series with an all-new concept. The product's moniker is a mouthful—it's technically the Panasonic Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DC-BGH1, so we'll just call it the BGH1 for short.

There's not much to it, physically. The camera body is a small cube, with mounting points all around for accessories. It supports Micro Four Thirds lenses and includes dual UHS-II SD slots for internal recording, as well as 3G-SDI and full-size HDMI output to external recorders.

There's no mechanical shutter, and the sensor has just 10MP resolution, making the camera a much better fit for videographers than still photographers. It also lacks a display or electronic viewfinder.

Videographers are more used to building out rigs, and the sensor is perfect for 4K footage, and supports widescreen anamorphic lenses and 4:3 recording too. Pixel-for-pixel readout means that there's no compromise in video quality.

You'll be able to record 4K at 60fps with a 4:2:0 10-bit sampling rate, and you get better 4:2:2 All-I footage at 30fps and slower frame rates. Standard color profiles are available, as are flat V-Log L and HDR Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) options. A low pixel count and a Dual Native ISO provide a very wide sensitivity range, up to ISO 51200.

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