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Panasonic LUMIX BGH1 Micro Four Thirds Box Camera Announced

Taking a cue from Z CAM, the BGH1 is a GH5s in a box!

Lumix BGH1
Lumix BGH1 - Images by Panasonic

Panasonic has just announced Lumix BGH1 – a Micro Four Thirds box camera with 4K/60p 10bit internal recording and livestreaming capabilities.  

If you are familiar with the shape of a Z CAM E4 for example, well then you get the idea of what the Lumix BGH1 looks like. Furthermore, the BGH1 it appears to  have borrowed the 10.2-megapixel 4/3 sensor from the Panasonic GH5s. And yes, it does feature Dual Native ISO and the Venus Engine.

Compact, Versatile, and Affordable 4K Camera for Drones, Cinema or Remote Productions

Constructed out of aluminium and magnesium allow, the BGH1 sports a light-weight, but robust box-style design that allows it to be placed virtually anywhere. Whether a crash cam, or a remote cam for live production, or even a high-end webcam for your Zoom call, the LUMIX BGH1 is a bit of a swiss-army-knife-type camera.

You will need an external monitor for it thought. However, thanks to a new heat dispersion structure, the camera allows for unlimited video recording.

Pre-order Panasonic LUMIX BGH1 on B&H

10bit 4K recording in ALL-Intra or H.265/HEVC

In addition, the new Lumix BGH1 can record DCI 4K/60p in 10bit 4:2:0, or 4K/30p in 10bit 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I (Intra H264 codec) internally onto SD cards.

Moreover,  users get the benefit of V-Log L profile with 13 stops of wide dynamic range. Also, the camera is capable of outputting 4K/60p 10bit 4:2:2 signal over HDMI. 

And thanks to the versatility of the Micro Four Thirds mount, users can adapt a variety of lenses including Canon EF and professional PL cine lenses. Anamorphic lens support is also included. 

Use it as a Webcam for Livestreaming 

The camera supports “Power over Ethernet+” (PoE+), which simplifies remote camera setups by providing power, signal and control over Ethernet. Furthermore, this allows support for up to 12x BGH1’s in a multi-cam setup.

However, it is worth noting that this will require a firmware update; according to Panasonic their “LUMIX Tether for Multicam” update is going to be released when the BGH1 hits the streets.

Images by Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix BGH1 Features

  • Micro Four Thirds camera with 10.2 MP LiveMOS sensor
  • Dual Native ISO
  • DCI 4K/60p in 10bit 4:2:0 H.265
  • DCI 4K/30p in 10bit 4:2:2 H.264 
  • Full HD up to 240fps slow-motion
  • Records onto Dual SDXC UHS-II cards
  • Lightweight and versatile box-style design 
  • USB 3.1 Type-C, 3G-SDI and full-size HDMI output
  • Genlock IN and Timecode IN/OUT, Ethernet
  • Remote Control
    • LUMIX Tether for Multicam
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE+)
    • IP streaming over wired ethernet (RTP/RTSP) coming in firmware update
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • De-squeezed Anamorphic output over SDI/USB-C/Ethernet
  • Hot-shoe compatible with (optional) DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter
  • Pre-order: $1,999 at B&H Photo/Video
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BGH1 – I/O – SDI, Genlock, Timecode, HDMI, Ethernet

Deep Learning Technology for Eye/Face Detection

Nonetheless, the new BGH1 also incorporates advanced deep learning technology that detects specific subjects like humans and fast-moving animals, including dogs, cats and birds. 

Notably for humans, in addition to the eye, face, and body, the head is separately recognized by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing.

Additionally, the camera keeps tracking the subject even if they move quickly, turn their back to the camera, tilt their head or move far away from the camera. 

Price and Availability

The new Panasonic BGH1 is available to pre-order for $1999.99 for authorised dealers and is expected to ship in December.

Head over to Panasonic’s website for full specs and further details. 

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