Panasonic has announced its first box-shaped video camera, the 4K, $3099 Lumix BGH1, designed for a broad range of applications from hand-held documentary shooting to drone videography.
The BGH1 is no miniature camera, but the aluminium and magnesium alloy wrighs just 545 grams – a light enough payload for a large variety of miniature drones. It has a 10.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor with the Panasonic Venus image processor and Dual Native ISO technology, similar to the M4/3 chip used in the Lumix GH5S camera. It delivers ISO up to 51,200.
The BGH1 supports 4:2:0 10-bit C4K/4K 60p / 50p internal video recording as well as C4K/4K 4:2:2 10-bit output over HDMI. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and Hybrid Log Gamma is available with a low-bit-rate recording mode C4K/4K HEVC /H.265. (Pay attention up the back there!) The camera is pre-installed with V-Log L gamma profile, offering a wide dynamic range of 13 stops. Variable Frame Rate lets users record video in C4K/4K (up to 60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps, maximum 10x slower in 24p). The minimum frame rate for quick motion video is 2 fps.
Other features include heat dispersion designed for unlimited video recording, plus ‘Power over Ethernet’ (PoE+), allowing the camera to be operated and powered using a single Ethernet cable through compatible peripherals.
Control over a maximum of 12 BGH1 cameras will be available. A future firmware update will support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP). Terminals include USB 3.1 Type-C; plus 3G-SDI and HDMI Type-A which can be used for simultaneous output. GenLock IN and Time Code IN/OUT functions enable multi-angle synchronised video recording and support a scalable system with third-party external monitors, rigs and gimbals – making the camera ideal for virtual reality video. It’s equipped with two SD Card slots for backup or relay recording, plus front and rear tally lamps and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. It can be used with anamorphic lenses. Bundled accessories include a Cable lock band, AC adapter and AC cable. A SDK (Software Development Kit) for camera control via USB will be provided free.
The BGH1 has an RRP of $3099, and will be available in late November 2020.