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

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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

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
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

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 at a glance:
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Motion pictures
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Metering
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review- Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Live view, viewfinder, LCD screen and video
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - The competition
  11. 11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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