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Gear Reviews

Panasonic GH4, An Early Hands On Look

By Anthony Thurston on March 20th 2014

The Panasonic GH4 seems to be gaining more and more momentum every day, and it has not even been released yet. The camera has been likened to the Canon 5D Mark II in what it could mean for low budget filmmaking, while also still being a very capable stills camera.


But for all of the hype, not many have been able to have their hands on this camera yet. Our own Joe Gunawan (Fotosiamo) is lucky to be one of them, and he published his initial impressions on the camera a little while ago. But what of the video features? Is this a 4K camera that people should want?

The guys over at The Camera Store TV have just released their hands-on look at the GH4, and the main topic of the video is the 4K video functionality of the camera. The unit they reviewed was pre-production, so keep that in mind while watching the video (things could be changed between a pre-production and production model). If you are interested in the video capabilities of this Panasonic GH4, check out the review below.

I am still not convinced that 4K is important to have right now. It takes up a ton of space, and not many consumers even have displays capable of viewing it yet, plus the majority of 4K cameras are pretty pricey. That being said, I can totally see this as an awesome feature to have access to now. With the price of the GH4, why not get 4K?

What are your thoughts on the GH4? Is 4K video something you are looking for, and if so, is a GH4 something you are looking at purchasing? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. jEAN

    Hello there,
    Thanks for the nice review. Can you give me some details
    about improvement on Dynamic Range ? thnks

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  2. Hanssie

    Do you think 4K is ever going to take off?

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    • Rick

      Recording 4K with consumer equipment is currently suffering what HD went through years ago. Namely, cramming more pixels onto exiting small sensors. And then massive compression with inferior chroma-subsambling (most likely 8-bit 4:2:0).

      Today, it still costs quite a bit for really high quality HD (e.g. broadcast). But, those prices have come down a bit. And if you want high-quality 4K, you will definitely need to spend tens of thousands if not more.

      Agreed that storage space will skyrocket. You also need much more horsepower on your computer to have reasonable editing times.

      In terms of viewing, I would wager a bet that the vast majority of people have displays and a sitting distance such that 4K would offer no benefit over HD.

      Will 4K eventually take off? Really hard to say. Going from SD to HD was a huge leap and something most people could see. So that was a logical move. But going from HD to 4K isn’t going to offer the same leap. For most it would simply be overkill.

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