Panasonic Lumix GH4

A Replacement for My Beloved 5D Mark II?

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 Lumix GH4 looks like a real "traditional DSLR" killer. For me anyway. The features are pretty ground-breaking for a camera in this class.

Panasonic Lumix GH4

Here are the main specs:

  • 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096x2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840x2160 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:

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    Decent weather sealing
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    Mirrorless design (quiet)
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    Autofocus during filming (very handy)
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    Progressive filming at 4:2:2 at 200Mbps (incredibly high quality)
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    60p at full HD (great for HD slow motion)
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    HDMI out
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    Focus peaking
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    Time code support
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    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. Plus 12 fps shooting in single autofocus mode and when using the electronic shutter, you can shoot in bursts up to a whopping 40 fps.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Bonus Features

Throw in a few bonus, fun and creative features such as in-camera time lapse and stop motion animation. Then add 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 haven't got used to that yet 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 Amazon 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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