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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY DSLM Mirrorless 4K Cinematic Camera Body Only (Black)
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Overall score: 85%
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- Professional photo performance with exceptional moiré suppression
- 4K 24p cinematic video (4096x2160), plus 4K 3840x2160 30p/24p
- High speed 49 area auto focusing in photo or video, perfect for hybrid photography
- Durable magnesium alloy body and exceptional shutter life meets the demands of professional use
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||500 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||12 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1036000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.05 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW (RW2), MPO|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|Flash Type||via hotshoe or PC sync|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200-25600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.66 x 3.31 x 5.24 inches|
|Item Weight||1.23 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,860 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||45 grams|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine IX|
|Remote Control Description||via DMW-RSL1 wired remote|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Supersonic wave filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.75 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||DMW-BLF19 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K|
|Viewfinder Description||2359000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Panasonic LUMIX GH4: Pro Photo Performance with a 4K Cinematic Experience
Key features include: Professional photo performance with exceptional moiré suppression, 4K 24p cinematic video (4096x2160), plus 4K 3840x2160 30p/24p, High speed 49 area auto focusing in photo or video, perfect for hybrid photography, and Durable magnesium alloy body and exceptional shutter life meets the demands of professional use.
4K Video Recording with Simultaneous 8.8 MP Photo Capture1
One of the most prominent features of Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is unlimited2 4K video recording in both Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps, and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP43. Print ready high resolution 8.8 megapixel still frames can be recorded during video capture, making future proofed Hybrid Photography a reality for any photographer. [4096x2160 - 8.847MP during Cine 4K]. The 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with its quick response. Superior noise reduction allows for exposures up to 60 minutes long.
1. For a DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) as of Feb 7, 2014. 2. Videos can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera's sales area. 3. Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.
High Performance Professional Shutter
The shutter unit boasts professional graded added durability delivering approximately 200,000 release times**. You'll be empowered with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, not only for capturing spur-of-the-moment fast moving subjects, but also using a high-speed lens with an open aperture even in outdoors to achieve the desired defocus effect. Both the built-in and external flash can be synchronized with a maximum 1/250 second shutter speed.
Splash Proof is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this camera offers against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Proof does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with water. In order to minimize the possibility of damage please be sure the following precautions are taken: -The Splash Proof feature works in conjunction with the H-HS12035 and H-HS35100 lenses that were specifically designed to support this feature. -Make sure the built-in flash is closed. -Make sure that all doors, socket caps and terminal covers are securely closed. -Make sure that you are in a dry and secure place when changing the battery, lens or memory card. After changing, make sure their protective doors are securely closed. -If this camera is exposed to water, sand or any other foreign material clean it as soon as possible, taking the necessary precautions that the foreign substance does not get inside the camera. -Under no circumstances should you touch or place any foreign objects within the camera or in close proximity of the camera's image sensor. -See user manuals "Care of this Camera" section for other care issues including Condensation
**Panasonic in-house examination
Pro Quality Video Creation
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 continues to evolve delivering professional quality video. Take advantage 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 a recording time limit.1,2 Discover a variety of high-end functions for professional video recording.
1. Videos 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 Cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.
Magnesium Alloy Body & Rugged Design
Tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 is composed of a magnesium alloy full die cast front / rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction with sealing on every joint, dial, and button.
Dual OLED Displays - LVF & Monitor
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 boasts high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) of approximately 1.34x / 0.67x*, and 3.0-inch 1,036K-dot free-angle rear monitor. These superior displays achieve high-speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing resolution. The OLED for the LVF boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction. *35mm camera equivalent
49-Area AF/ Custom Multi AF
Focus point is increased from 23 points in the LUMIX GH3 to 49 points in the LUMIX GH4 for more flexibility in your composition. Custom Multi mode extends that flexibility even more with the ability to freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing areas.
Real-Time Output with HDMI
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 is capable of real-time image output (4:2:2 / 8 bit or 4:2:2 / 10 bit) to the external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable*. This is perfect for professional video making that requires serious monitoring. Choose to output only the recording content, or the content with the setting menus individually, depending on the display. *When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 comes with a variety of connection terminals including the 3.5mm microphone and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Take advantage of real-time image output on the external monitor via an optional HDMI micro cable while simultaneously recording video. AV outputs, flash sync terminal, and 2.5mm jack for remote controller are also available. The GH4 complies with the SDXC / SDHC Memory Card UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).
Color: Black | Style: Body Only
Top Customer Reviews
I own a RED camera so have been dealing with 4K footage and working in the format for a couple of years now. I work professionally for one of the big 3 letter networks and have two Emmy statues sitting on my mantle. This camera absolutely blows me away.
Much can be debated about whether the DSLR form factor is suitable for professional video work. Its hard to get stable footage, most lenses are hard to focus with, zooming is difficult to impossible with most lenses, and the camera was designed to take still photos. What is hard to debate is that this is the best 4K camera currently available for travelers and DSLR style shooters.
I've put together a traveling kit that all fits into one backpack that includes the:
Tripod - 3 legged things "Brian" - Watch some videos on this extremely light and versatile tripod.
Monfrotto MVH500AH Fluid head - Seriously awesome and smooth
Slider - Edlekrone Slider Plus V2 - Medium with Motion module and Target module (waiting for shipment)
Jib - Aviator travel jib - Very compact. Extends 6ft. Haven't tested enough yet to determine worth.
Zacuto Marauder - Very Nice
Zacuto Z-Finder for GH3 - Pairs well with the higher resolution LCD on the GH4.
Olympus 12mm f/2 - Super sharp, no image stabilization
Pana Leica 25mm f/1.4 - Sharp at 2.8 everywhere. Excellent at 1.4. Creamy bokeh. Magical images but no IS.
Pana Leica 45mm f/2.Read more ›
The reason for a stills shooter to buy the GH4 and pay the money is for the 4K video. But wait you said you were focusing on stills so why are you talking about 4K video? To answer that question I will provide a brief primer on 4K video.
Current high definition 1080p video has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is sometimes called 2K video. If you multiply the 1920 x 1080 you get an approximate 2MP image. The name 4K video, while technically correct, can be a little misleading of a name. 4K video is double the horizontal and vertical resolution of 2K and while there are a couple of resolutions for 4K video I am going to use the 3840 x 2160 for this discussion. When you multiply 3840 x 2160 together you get an approximate 8MP image. So another good name for 4K video might be 8MP video. 8MP is the the holy grail of image sizes for families for the following reason. The average pair of eyes can see about 300 dots per inch (dpi) at a normal reading distance. The largest most families like to print pictures of their kids, etc is 8x10. If you want to print an 8 x 10 at 300 dpi you need an image of the following size: (8 x 300) x (10 x 300) which equals 80 x 90000 which equals about a 7.Read more ›
The processors in the camera are twice as fast as the ones in the previous generation and that means faster focusing, faster read times and generally better processing while the camera is reading information off the sensor. The camera will shoot 4K video which is twice the resolution overall as the 2K video on the previous generation. I won't be using the full 4k any time soon but the improvements required to handle 4k mean a better image in 2k.
I've had the camera for three days, have shot over 1,000 still images and tested the video in both 2K and 4k and everything about the camera exceeds my expectations. I love having more video controls. There is a master pedestal control that allows you to set black levels. There are two cine profiles that give you footage that's easier to color correct and grade in post processing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far I am loving this camera. It was a big decision to go with a micro 4/3 instead of a full frame. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jordancc
Fantastic camera. I'm a video producer and can speak much more to the video-specific features of this camera. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Christian Jolly
Seriously one of the best purchases ever! It's a beast of a camera. :)Published 1 month ago by W. Landry Prichard
Great combination of features with especially good video options; great user interface; a terrific valuePublished 1 month ago by David Salahi
I love this Camera. We took this camera to Atlantic City with us and tested how the footage would turn out in 4K with a 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Cheng
It took me a while to get used to focusing with this camera, but there's just so many ways I can use this camera to capture great video. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George Reese
LOVE it ... I prefer it to my 5D mark II and my 700D ... very interesting but the only issue is the low performance ISO of this GH4 , the captor size are not a problem if you make... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guimaraes Teixeira
Best 4K camera under $1700 ever! I have two of these and take all my YouTube videos in 4K with it. Grab Metabones speedbooster and you can re-use your Canon or Nikon lenses plus... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Max Lee