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.
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.
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.”
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