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Panasonic DMC-GH4EB-K Compact System Camera (Body Only)
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- High Picture Quality - Far Exceeding APS-C -16.05M Live MOS, Venus Engine, Moire Suppression, Max. ISO 25600
- The Highest Level of Video Shooting Performance- 4K 30p/25p/24p, 1080 60p/50p/24p, High Bitrate, 4:2:2 10-bit Output, VFR
- Superb Mobility & Intuitive Response - Compact & Lightweight, Controllable, DFD Technology, 12fps Burst, Shutter 1/8000 sec
- Durability to Meet Professional Needs - Magnesium Alloy Body, Splash/Dustproof, Max. 200,000 Shutter Life
- Expandability That Sparks Creativity - Various Input/Output Terminals, External Accessories, Wi-Fi with NFC
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Despite increased competition, the GH4 remains the most complete stills/video camera on the market. It's a competitive stills camera in its own right but the attention to detail when it comes to the provision of movie-shooting tools and capabilities makes it a stand-out camera.
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Panasonic Lumix, Mirrorless System, 16 megapixel, Body Only, Crop Sensor, Pop-up Flash, Detachable Flash, 480 gram, Live MOS, - The GH4's Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine team up to reduce noise while raising resolution and improving color reproduction. Innovative DFD technology increases the speed of Contrast AF. As the world's first DSLM camera to record 4K videos, it truly meets the needs of professionals.
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The GH4's new Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine team up to reduce noise while raising resolution and improving colour reproduction. Innovative DFD technology increases the speed of Contrast AF. As the world's first* DSLM camera to record 4K videos, it truly meets the needs of professionals.
Video Creation to Meet Pro Quality
The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to meet professional quality and standard with the capability of 4K(Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) video recording in MOV/MP4 or ultra high bitrate video recording at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit. *1 *2 In addition, a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording are newly integrated. *1 Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area. *2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps
Electronic Shutter & Silent Mode
The DMC-GH4 offers practical electronic shutter. The high-speed signal readout achieved by Live MOS Sensor minimizes rolling shutter effect. The Silent mode switches shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sound (AF, operation) off while suppressing emission of AF assist lamp and flash with just a single setting for special shooting occasions.
Contrast AF with DFD (Depth from Defocus)
Superb mobility and high speed response come equipped with DMC-GH4. The high-precision Contrast AF now integrates DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology to achieve ultra high speed AF of approx. 0.07 sec*. The burst shooting power is also boosted to12 fps(AFS). Both 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) and 1,036K-dot rear monitor adopt OLED to minimize time lag while enhancing the resolution. *In AFS, with H-FS14140 or H-HS12035
Advanced Image Processor Venus Engine
The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with quad-core CPU that enables high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, DMC-GH4 enables shooting at max. ISO25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and colour reproduction are dramatically improved
To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the main structure of the DMC-GH4 is composed of magnesium alloy full diecast front / rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction thanks to the sealing on every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 times release*. *Panasonic in-house examination.
High-Speed Burst Shooting
The DMC-GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps(AFS) with the maximum recordable images of up to approx. 40 (including RAW) / approx. 100 (excluding RAW) and 7 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus. Together with the quick start-up and short release time lag, the DMC-GH4 never lets you miss fleeting shooting opportunities.
New 16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
The new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with its quick response. Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect when using electronic shutter or recording video. Taking full advantage of the Live MOS Sensor, gradation range is expanded by max. 1/3 step at low ISO end. Plus, superior noise reduction allows max. 60 min long exposure.
Dual OLED Displays - LVF & Monitor
The DMC-GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) of approx. 1.34x / 0.67x* and 3.0-inch 1,040K-dot free-angle rear monitor. They achieve high speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior colour reproduction. *35mm camera equiv.
Top Customer Reviews
You will often see people talking about the pro video features which make this camera more suited to video production than the likes of Canon and Nikon SLRs. The two most important of these are zebras (2 custom levels) and focus peaking which are standard features on any pro video camera. Zebras allow you to see at a glance whether any parts of your picture are over exposed, or exposed above a certain level which you can set. Focus peaking highlights the parts o your picture which are in focus by sprinkling brightly coloured dots over the relevant areas. You can choose the colout from a set pallette (I use bright orange). Very useful if you are doing documentary shooting on the move or so-called 'run and gun' shooting.
Some of the other video-focussed features include the ability to have a histogram on screen, a wide choice of shooting modes varying in the frame rate, the bit rate, and the resolution meaning you can pick a shoting mode to suit your particular scenario, although I'd recommend defaulting to 4K unless you have a specific reason not to. Even if you're outputting in 1080p or 720p, shooting in 4K and downscaling will give you sharper results, no moire, and give you the ability to frame a bit wider and crop in during an edit.Read more ›
The Panasonic is small about 2/3rd of the size of my Canon and its light and fits well in your hand when shooting. The menus are easy to follow and after a short while I had set the camera up to what I needed. To be frank since I am not the only person to use the camera I do need auto ISO, and programme modes. This camera delivered well on those settings and whilst I did need to boost the brightness on occasion it did a better job then the Canon.
I have tried the camera with a Panasonic/Leica 25mm Macro lens I use on my Olympus. I was knocked out at the images, but to be frank that lens is the cream of the crop but focusing on the Panasonic was quick and crisp. I also used the manual focus and controls and was very happy with the results.
Now on to the video! This camera can use 4K video. Problem here is I do not have a 4K video TV or monitor and have no urge to get one. However, surprisingly what the video is great for is to take single images off the video you have streamed. This is useful where I need to look at an area I missed when taking stills. It shoots at 30 images a second and some of the images I would say were as good as the jpegs I got when shooting the stills. Nice feature.
I am still using the camera but at the moment I am edging towards buying one for the business and demoting the Canon as a back up.
In real world photography as opposed to pixel peeping the GH4 is as good. The lenses are as sharp but due to the sensor design the depth of field at f2.8 is not the same as a full frame sensor. The focus speed of the GH4 is brilliant and the viewfinder bright and no concern for me versus the 5D. The fact I can see exposure changes live is great.
I am very much used to Canon so still learning the set up of the GH4. I have a GX7 as well and the Panasonic menus are the same through the range so the 'change' is not too bad as I know roughly where to look for everything.
The video potential of the GH4 is well documented - 4K in a package like this at the price point is very good. I will have to practice. The wife is a professional photographer who is using a GH4 now and grabbing 8mp images from 4K video and the sharpness even when printed to A3 is such you would think the image was taken with a full frame camera.
Noise levels are OK but not as good as say a 5D. The thing I have found is that the GH4 images seem to respond better in Lightroom to noise reduction than I expected.
The build of the camera is solid but weighted just right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far, after half a year, I've had no trouble with this camera. I simply love it.
I've also bought a FD to MFT speedbooster, and it works perfectly with the camera. Read more
Awesome video, beautiful pictures and a great price. I cannot fault this camera, I'm a time lapse junkie and it just knocks it out of the park with it's positive work flowPublished 10 months ago by Matthew Saviker
I moved across to this from the 5D III and am blown away by the video quality. Film in 4K and show off your movies in HD - they look so much better - or pan and zoom the 4K footage... Read morePublished 15 months ago by H. Fryer
This is the biz for video - and strong on stills. Probably the best camera in the market in the price range and for much above, but this particular offer is still high relative to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Angus Jenkinson
A fantastic little camera, a wonderful democratising camera bringing good 4K video to the masses. If you're careful and do a lot of research about how to get the best image out of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Jones
Every now and then you get a piece of kit that feels properly built, where everything works together as a properly integrated, well-balanced whole. The GH4 is just such an example. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer