Out of the blue, Panasonic has just announced its first box-style mirrorless camera the DC-BGH1. In a nutshell, the newcomer features a Micro 4/3 mount that offers increased flexibility and access to an extensive lens lineup, bringing together technologies Panasonic has acquired through the development of professional cinema cameras, camcorders, and the LUMIX GH series.
According to Panasonic, the LUMIX BGH1 provides a versatile solution in the form of an easy-to-use expandable camera that can be used in multi-camera, drone, IP remote control, and live-streaming environments. The unit shoots internal 4:2:0 10-bit 4K DCI & UHD video up to 60fps alongside 4K DCI & UHD 4:2:2 10-bit up to 29.97p.
The body frame of the all-new LUMIX BGH1 is composed of aluminum and magnesium alloy, making the camera both durable and lightweight.
The unit benefits from a new heat dispersion structure to achieve unlimited video recording. It also features four 1/4″-20 mounting threads for mounting on a plate, cage, or tripod mount.
It’s also worth noting that the BGH1 integrates a 10.2-megapixel Live MOS sensor offering Dual Native ISO and a Venus Engine while being capable of a maximum ISO 51200.
The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, plus users can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in Photo Style.
The BGH1 provides multiple ways to record footage to high data rate files in the ALL-Intra Long GOP, MOV, and MP4 recording formats with H.264 and H.265/HEVC codecs. The camera supports unlimited recording time and allows users to record 10-bit 4:2:2 video using the camera’s dual SD card slots.
It can output raw sensor format up to 4K via the HDMI 2.0 output, or you can output up to 1080p resolution via 3G-SDI. The camera can also send video via HDMI and 3G-SDI simultaneously. That way, users can utilize one signal for monitoring and the other for recording.
The device also supports recording at variable frame rates up to 1080p240 for high-quality slow-motion video. Custom 3D LUTs can be uploaded into the camera using the SD card slots. You can power the BGH1 using the included power adapter, with a separately available high-capacity VBR-type battery using its integrated mount, or by using PoE+ (Power-over-Ethernet) via the LAN port with compatible PoE equipment.
In addition to a USB 3.1 Type-C port, the camera is equipped with a 3G-SDI and a HDMI Type-A port. Besides that, Genlock IN and Timecode IN/OUT functions which enable multi-angle synchronised video recording are available, allowing users to build a scalable system with external monitors, rigs and gimbals supplied from other manufacturers.
Other noteworthy features of the BGH1 include a double SD Card slot for backup recording, anamorphic support, advanced AF (autofocus), numerous remote and power options, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and more. Audio features include high-grade 48 kHz/24-bit LPCM format, an integrated stereo microphone, a 3.5mm mic input, and a 3.5mm headphone output.
The optional DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter can be utilized using the camera’s integrated hot shoe, allowing you to record with professional microphones which is another nice touch.
Panasonic LUMIX BGH1 Highlights
- 10.2MP M4/3 MOS Sensor
- MFT Lens Mount
- 4K60, 4:2:2, H.264/H.265/HEVC Recording
- 13 Stops of Dynamic Range
- Unlimited recording time
- HLG Imaging
- Dual-Native ISO
- Advanced AF (autofocus)
- Custom 3D LUTs
- VariCam Look & V-Log L
- Dual SD card slots
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Availability: mid-November 2020
- Price: 1,997.99
The Panasonic DC-BGH1 is currently available to pre-order selling for $1,997.99.
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