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5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4


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£1,299.00

It may be the first mirrorless model to shoot 4K video, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera is no one-trick pony. Among other things, it also has a new 16.05-million-pixel Live MOS sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review – Our verdict

Panasonic’s Lumix creators are keen to appeal to professionals as well as enthusiast image-makers with this camera, so with those aims in mind they’ve developed a camera that really tries to do it all. The GH4 carries a host of pro-level video features and can capture stunning images with good detail and tone. The GH series has been a big hit with videographers especially, but now Panasonic has created a camera that photographers will be wise to pay attention to as well.

I would have liked to see the GH4 packed with a higher-resolution sensor than 16.05 million pixels, but rugged build quality, weather-sealing, and good low-light and great AF performance make this a compelling choice. Finally, although the market isn’t quite there yet, making the GH4 future-proof by including professional 4K video-recording capabilities in a compact camera may prove to be a very shrewd move from the Japanese firm.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review – Key features

Connectivity
Connect easily to smart devices via Wi-Fi or NFC to control the camera, or use an external monitor
Slow or fast motion
Create captivating slow or fast-motion footage using a frame rate of between 2fps and 96fps
Audio
Record and monitor audio professionally using an external mic and the provided 3.5mm head jack
Shutter life
The camera has been given a professional-grade shutter, rated to 200,000 actuations, which is 50,000 more than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Professional video
Using the optional DMW-YAGH interface, it is possible to output uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 4K footage via micro HDMI – broadcast news is typically recorded using 4:2:0 colour sampling
Rugged build
Full die-cast magnesium-alloy front and rear frames, with splash and dust-proofing, make the GH4 ideal for in-the-field use

  • Video: [4K] 3840 x 2160 pixels, 24fps, MOV with stereo sound
  • Dioptre Adjustment: Yes -4m to +4m
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 4 custom, manual, WB shift
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, with GN 12m @ ISO 200 output
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • LCD: 3in, 1,036,000-dot articulated OLED
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3456 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.359-million-dot resolution
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Sensor: 16.05-million-effective-pixel X-Trans APS-C CMOS
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
  • AF Points: 49-point system (contrast-detection-based) – all points are individually selectable
  • Field of View: 100% through EVF
  • Power: Rechargeable BLF19 7.2V 1860mAh Li-Ion
  • Weight: 560g (including battery and memory card)
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000-60secs, plus bulb (max 60mins)
  • File Format: JPEG, RAF (raw), MOV
  • Drive Mode: 12fps continuous burst (AF-S), 7.5fps with AF-C
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI, 2.5mm stereo mini
  • Exposure Comp: 1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV during motion picture)
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £1,299 (body only), £1,749 with 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds mount
  • ISO: 100 (extended) / 200-25,600 (native)
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, flexible, manual
  • DoF Preview: Yes (via EVF)
  • Dimensions: 132.9 x 93.4 x 83.9mm
  • Metering System: 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system, spot, centre
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC

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