Revelations in Shooting 4K video with the Panasonic GH4

by steven schwartz8 Comments

There's a lot of buzz around the upcoming release of the new Panasonic LUMIX GH4 camera. The fact that it will shoot 4K is just one of the features catching attention.

For a full list of observations, check out Eduardo Angel's Article: “7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the Panasonic LUMIX GH4.”

Some of the exciting new features require the new Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit for GH4 – it and the camera are available for pre-order.

Can't wait to see examples of the 4K footage!

7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the Panasonic LUMIX GH4

From Eduardo Angel:

​​The invi­ta­tion to per­form​ ​the field test arrived quite sud­denly, with mul­ti­ple com­mit­ments for Fash­ion Week already in place and nasty weather that didn’t really allow access to tried and true locations.

1. Com­par­isons​​
Instead of a side-by-side com­par­i­son between the GH4 and other brands, Sean Davis and I were more inter­ested in explor­ing the new fea­tures of the Panasonic LUMIX GH4, com­pared to the GH3 and a hacked ver­sion of the GH2 that we have used in the past. Obvi­ously, shoot­ing 4K was at the top of the list.

It is very impor­tant to men­tion that the cam­era we tested was a pre­pro­duc­tion model run­ning firmware v0.3. As it is always the case with pre­pro­duc­tion mod­els, as well as some early pro­duc­tion mod­els, many fea­tures were dis­abled or not work­ing as expected. We also wanted to test if our cur­rent work­flow, which we gen­er­ally use with Blackmagic’s Pocket Cin­ema Cam­era and Canon products—ranging from the 60D to the 5D Mark III to the C300 and even some 1DCs—would work at the same or needed adap­ta­tions for the Panasonic LUMIX GH4.

7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the GH4.  Photo Credit: Eduardo Angel

7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the GH4.
Photo Credit: Eduardo Angel

2. Look and Feel

The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is the exact same size as the GH3. Not only that, unlike other cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers that feel inspired to sell new bat­ter­ies and charg­ers with every new cam­era, we were pleased to see that the GH4 shares the same exact DMW-BLF19 bat­tery (here’s a much bet­ter deal). In other words, all your GH3 “power rig­ging acces­sories” will con­tinue to work. Great news for Pana­sonic users and rental houses. An impor­tant dif­fer­ence (and a small hic­cup in our field test) is that the GH4 uses Micro HDMI, and not the GH3’s Mini HDMI.

Before you ask, the answer is no. We did not have the Lumix DMC-YAGH Inter­face Unit (aka The Brick) with us.

Read Complete List at Eduardo Angel's Article: “7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the GH4.”

  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  

Are you going to buy the Panasonic LUMIX GH4? How about the Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit for GH4? Please share by leaving a comment below.

(cover photo credit: snap from Eduardo Angel)


  1. I have ordered the GH4, and also a SD card. The SD card is U 3 which is suppose to work for the GH4 I hope. Kingston just released it a few weeks ago, and it specifically has 4K recording speed necessary.
    Kingston Digital Kingston Digital 64GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Flash Card (SDA3/64GB )

  2. “7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the GH4. You won’t like #4.”
    His article was written before the Kingston UHS-1 U3 speed class 3 cards were available that sell for $106 (64GB SDXC) on Amazon.

  3. I’ve ordered the GH4 and went full force with the Lumix DMC-YAGH Inter­face Unit as well.. However, as Adorama’s saying they won’t have delivery until late May-June, there will probably be others before me with video reports. I haven’t decided yet whether or not to get an adapter for my Canon-style EF lenses, or break down and buy (or at least rent) MFT lenses meant for the camera.

    As I’m interested in seeing low-light and run-and-gun footage comes out with the GH4, I have a lot of hopes for this camera, even going as far as seeing if it can replace my FX100 camcorder for on-site video reporting, and corporate and event recording. I’m not sure if it’s apples and oranges, but we’ll see.

  4. I’m not sure if the Inter­face Unit is worth that amount of money… First, it’s butt ugly, but…. ok, if it’s functional… but, lot’s of outputs where i don’t see any use for (I mean, “four simultaneous 1080p streams up to 30 fps” eh, no idea why that would be usefull).
    For audio… I think my JuicedLink will do just as fine (also buttugly but ayh, it’s way cheaper!)

    I think the camera itself is already powerfull enough for 90% of the users…

    Btw, why is there still no good convertor for 4/3 camera’s? I would love to use my L-glass on the Panasonic. Manual is ok, but sadly most tele ‘old’ lenses have no IS, which I really needed.

    1 thing they all need to develop, is SSD compatibility… Why is it possible for an ATomos Ninja/Blade to record on SSD (of other harddrive) and the current camera’s cannot? Ninja/Blade ‘does’ it also by the HDMI output of the DSLR, on way higher bitrates then the camera does!! (ProRes 220Mbps, 4:2:2)

  5. I’m going to be picking one of these bad boys up soon enough. I’ve been on the looking for a new camera and I’ve been eagerly interested in the Panasonic GH4 for quite some time now. Here’s hoping I can get my hands on one soon. I need it to survive. haha!

  6. I am really happy to see the batteries are the same as the G3 model. I hate when any device that’s made after one another switches to a completely different battery or battery type. It should be hard to use the same battery for most things. ugh! Anyways I am really into the Panasonic GH4. I got to actually play with it for a while ago, and I really like the feel of it as well as the overall ease of use, well, it was for me.

    Can’t wait to finally own it. 😉

  7. I have the GH4, 12-35 and 35-100 lens + Kingston class 3 card (I heard the “old” Sandisk 95Mbps card works better).
    The 1080 P60 Video is even  better than the GH3.

    My questions have to do with setting up for 4k P30.
    So far I have not been able to set the shutter speed to 1/60s and my videos are blurry.
    Previously I just set the mode dial to S and set it there, but in 4k it keeps reverting to 1/30s.

Leave a Comment