A Full Video Review of the Panasonic GH4

by Hugh Brownstone7 Comments

Didn’t I just write that I’m beginning to overdose on GH4 coverage?

No matter.  Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter has put together a half hour magnum opus on why Canon shooters in particular may want to make the switch to the GH4.

It’s worth setting aside half an hour  to watch it.

As a Canon shooter myself (I love my Canons), I felt like he’s talking directly to me.

From being freed from magnifying loupes and monitors because of the new high performance OLED viewfinder and swivel display to long battery life relative to the Canons – and the how and why of his recommendation to always shoot 4K – it’s filled with very practical and meaty details which address very specific shortcomings of elements of the Canon range.

I was especially interested in his assertion that 4K file sizes are surprisingly compact (“it’s not a RED Epic”), and appreciated his comments about which SD cards to buy and why so that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg (beginning around 6:30).

And it just gets better from there.  Very next thing Caleb goes into is the relative ease of color correction and grading (holy smokes!); and then how to handle post on FCPX and Macs through  just one or two settings so that you don’t choke on the 4K footage.

With all of this written, Caleb does point out that one area where the GH4 cannot keep pace with the Canon full frame DSLR's  is low light.

OK, I’m going to stop here, but you get the point: if you’re a Canon shooter contemplating a switch to the GH4, see this vid!

Kudos to Caleb Pike and DSLR Video Shooter.

Panasonic GH4 Video Review

The Panasonic GH4 is an amazing camera. I haven’t been this excited about shooting since I bought my 7D. Not because its a nice toy, but because I can spend more time and energy on my projects, talent and cinematography and stop dealing with silly DSLR issues. Watch my review for the full lowdown.

REVIEW INDEX:
3:24 – Shooting 4K
10:20 – Camera Features
11:06 – Audio
12:04 – Lenses
19:18 – Moire Test
22:09 – Field of View
23:15 – Depth of Field
26:06 – Low Light and ISO Test
27:50 – Slow Motion
29:49 – Why I’m Leaving Canon

Panasonic GH4 Specifications

  • 6.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Monitor
  • 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p
  • 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
  • High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body

For full review and links mentioned, check out DSLR Video Shooter's article “Panasonic GH4 Review”

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

Comments

  1. I started shooting video on a GH3 and made the switch to a 5D MKIII after about a year. The GH4 isn’t the GH3, but many of the advantages of the Panasonic talked about I really miss since I switched. What I would like to add to the discussion is that the “look” of the Panasonic and Canon footage are quite a bit different. This is partially attributed to glass, but also sensor and processing. Most of my colleague shoot Canon, and I consistently liked the look of their footage over mine, even on the same shoot. I tried holding out for a Metabones EF to MFT speedbooster to see how much was related to glass, but that adaptor sadly seems like it’s never going to make it to market.  
    The Panasonic always looked more clinical to me. That’s better for some shoots, but for most of what I shoot, it’s a disadvantage.

  2. Brandon Weaver Brandon, I can second the idea that the images from the two brands look different.  But in my case, I sold my GH2 (having been a Canon guy for years and keeping — at the time — my 5D Mk II simply because I could not color match the footage and had a big investment in Canon glass.

  3. Brandon Weaver I also agree. I owned a GH1 and GH2 and swtiched to a Canon 60D because I just liked the overall image characteristics better. Even though I knew I would be dealing with lower resolved detail and greater moire and aliasing issues. 
    My hope is the 7D2 ushers in a new generation of Canon DSLR video with 4K, greater dymanic range and less moire and aliasing, while keeping that overall Canon look.

  4. TonyNorthrup Tony, thanks for that — though do you truly mean “any”?  I recently saw a comparo of the new super high speed cards vs. the current 95MBps cards, and while there was only a 25% bump in effective throughput, I imagine  there WOULD be a problem with lower rated cards.  Can you share some specifics with us?

    Quite separately: major props on YOUR magnum opus on crop sensor vs. full sensor cameras, and the implications for their lenses.

  5. roxics Brandon Weaver That would be something, wouldn’t it?

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