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PANASONIC LUMIX GH4 Body 4K Mirrorless Camera, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-GH4KBODY (USA Black)
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- Professional photo performance with exceptional moiré suppression
- Operating temperature:0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F).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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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 Capture 1
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).
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|Photo Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||—||4/3 inches||4/3 inches||4/3 inches|
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 4K Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is a true hybrid camera designed for both professional photo and video use. It features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine, capable of capturing high-resolution JPEG and RAW stills, as well as UHD 4K 3840x2160 30p/24p and cinematic DCI 4K 4096x2160 video at 24p. Like its predecessor, the GH4 features a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, while offering increased resolution on both the OLED monitor and electronic viewfinder. It also features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC technology, in-camera creative controls, and a high-speed 49-point autofocus in both photo and video mode.
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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/2.8 - My Macro, 2nd portrait, and tele prime
Lumix G X 12-35 f/2 - Excellent all around zoom (24-70 equiv)
Lumix G X 35-100 f/2 - Excellent tele zoom (70-200 equiv)
Lumix 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 - Versatile run and gun lens. (24-280 equiv)
Yes, all of the above fits into a Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW! And is comfortable to carry.
I don't have much to add that hasn't already been written in these reviews so here are just a few notes from my experiences that may help others:
Editing 4K is no problem on a Mid 2012 Retina Mac Book Pro 2.7 i7 with 16GB Ram. With Adobe Premiere CS6 I edit at FULL resolution with no dropped frames usually. Sometimes when you hit play on the timeline it will drop 2 frames then playback the rest with no dropped frames. Or if your computer starts doing something else while you are playing it will drop a few frames. It will drop ZERO frames at HALF or QUARTER resolution. But remember, 4K is 4 times the resolution of 1080 so even at quarter resolution, you are previewing HD! There is no transcoding, just drag and drop on timeline and start editing.
Playing the files off the SD Card or even my SSD HD using quicktime player is not usable. It studders. I have to open premiere and import the files to play them back smoothly. Not an issue for me and my workflow. Haven't done much testing to figure out solutions.
HDMI to TV looks incredible. Some of the best looking HD you'll see at home. If you're a videophile who just has to watch movies on Blu Ray or better then you'll love the images from this camera.
You'll want to stick to the Panasonic Lumix / Leica lenses with image stabilization.
The onboard audio is decent but is very omni so you'll pick up sounds of your breathing and moving about. I have a rode stereo mic that attaches to the hotshoe.
Out of the box the footage is pretty sharp. Good for documentary shooting or everyday home use. But You can dial that back for a more cine style look.
I recommend shooting Cine-D.
This camera has no problem serving as a second camera to my RED or as my primary travel / docu camera.
I'll try and post more as I use this camera more, but if you're thinking about getting this camera- stop thinking and start clicking.
I will say this though, before the GH4 I had an ASPC Canon 60D and this camera blew that canon out of the water! It really is fantastic and while I intend to supplement it with a sony full frame camera I enjoy using it too much to completely give it up.
PS. This took me forever to figure out so I'll just share it, to go above 3200 iso the camera has to be using the mechanical shutter. Simple but on day one I set my GH4 to silent mode and left it there for a while.
I have been a Nikon fan boy for many years, but since they tend to trail behind the pack in terms of video I got this GH4 which has been getting a lot of praise and for good reason. Many reviews have already been done so I'll try to be unique.
With some fairly inexpensive adapters I can use all the high quality Nikon glass I already own. The adapter I bought has a variable ND filter built in! A dream for shooting video. I can mount any lens on the GH4 and the ND is handled in the adapter. Awesome for following the 180 degree shutter rule.
Built in time lapse, yes! And, since I'm all manual with Nikon glass via an adapter I don't have to worry about flicker introduced by aperture.
Battery life is awesome when shooting 4K. Very impressed
From what I've read you can't use the HDMI output option for HD at 96fps. Bummer, because uncompressed HD slow motion via the Atomos recorder would be awesome.
So you wanted a GH4 with v-log to get amazing footage, yeah? Well there is one little catch. To get the best out of the v-log footage you absolutely must use the HDMI out to an external recorder. In many cases you can get away with out it, but I have run into nasty color banding issues using 8bit compressed v-log to the internal card. I don't know all the technical reasons, but definitely Google search the whole 8-bit vs 10bit v-log before buying so you know what to expect.