A replacement for my beloved 5D Mark II (one of them anyway)?
I love Panasonic cameras and still use our battered old FZ-38. What I love about that camera is the image stabilisation at full zoom and the great sound quality from the video clips.
A few generations on and this new Panasonic GH-4 looks like a real “traditional DSLR” killer…for me anyway.
The ability to shoot 4k video at a sensible frame rate is a real bonus…4k is 4096 x 2160 in resolution which gives a real “cinematic” widescreen look to your footage. It also means you can shoot a scene and zoom in and out, up or down and left or right in post production whilst retaining full HD quality for the end render…marvellous!
Here are the main specs:
- 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
- UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
- Full HD up to 60p
- 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Monitor
- 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
- Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p
- 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
- High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
- Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body
For me personally, some of the features I love are the decent weather sealing, mirrorless design (quiet), autofocus during filming (very handy), progressive filming at 4:2:2 at 200Mbps (incredibly high quality), 60p at full HD (great for HD slow motion), HDMI out, focus peaking, time code support, and cine-like gamma options.
Having a video clip length of 220 minutes is also a major selling point for me…the 5D Mark II only does 12 minutes due to tax implications (any more and it is classified as a video camera which alters the tax bracket or something..stupid laws/legislation if you ask me).
Then you have the “perfect” resolution of 16mp, 12 fps shooting in single autofocus mode and when using the electronic shutter, you can shoot in bursts up to a whopping 40 fps.
Throw in a few bonus, fun and creative features such as in-camera time lapse and stop motion animation, 1/8000 second maximum shutter speed and 1/250 second shutter speed sync for built-in and external flash and you have an all-round, quite incredible camera!
What may take some getting used to is the micro four thirds system with 2x crop factor, I still can’t get used to that coming from full frame…
I can almost certainly guarantee that I will be purchasing one of these beauties…it is a small, light and feature-rich powerhouse of a camera.
Check it out at B & H, see the full specifications, drool for a bit and then get your order in…I reckon this will be a popular camera!
KEEP UP CANON!
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