Product: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K
Subject: Panasonic Lumix GH4 Review
Price: $1,697.99 ( retail )
Our Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Ever since hearing about all round cameras being used as ‘on set’ back-ups ( the last season of Dexter ) we’ve taken steps to try out as many as possible for the purpose of this site.
We’re lucky enough to be in constant contact with local indie filmmakers and camera suppliers. These contacts frequently give us the opportunity to try out equipment for the purpose of review without putting our hands in our pockets.
This was thankfully the case when it came to the best 4K camera we have reviewed for this site – the Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K.
We received the Lumix GH4 a few weeks ago and decided to write a review about our experiences with it so far. In this Panasonic Lumix GH4 review, I will discuss how well it works, how durable it is, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online.
By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether the Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera is the right fit for you.
Panasonic Lumix GH4 Camera – Product Overview
This device is actually the first mirrorless camera on the market to record 4K footage straight out of the box making it perfect for beginners to the subject.
It’s about the same size as a regular DSLR camera but it’s magnesium alloy body makes it a much more durable choice.
As well as it’s brutish alloy body it offers extra protection to it’s dials and buttons – each is reinforced with protective seals that combat water and dust. ( WARNING – this does not mean you can drop the device in a local pond! It’s designed to survive heavy rain/bad weather ).
The GH4 makes use of an excellent OLED screen and an OLED electronic viewfinder. I noticed a very slight lag when using the viewfinder but overall it was big, bright and VERY clean.
The best 4K camera options on the market offer Wi-Fi and NFC functions and the GH4 follows suit. We were really impressed by the ease of tapping our NFC-enabled phone against the GH4 to establish a Wi-Fi connection.
From this connection we were able to control the camera parameters through Panasonic’s Image App.
Below is a list of the important Panasonic Lumix GH4 tech specs:
The Good & The Bad
- The magnesium alloy body will withstand almost anything that comes it’s way
- Heavy size and weight does not stop the device from feeling ‘correct’ and safe within your hand due to the effective molded grip
- Buttons and dials are easily accessible
- Also includes an extra 3in pull-out-and-tilt screen ( touch sensitive )
- The 4K video recording is handled by an awesome image processor called the Venus Engine which targets noise reduction and picture quality
- Offers superb quality with 4K, 1080p and 720p video
- Records in MP4, AVCHD or MOV
- QR code and manual connections seemed a lot easier to set up than the NFC connection
- The Auto-focus is not as fast as the SONY A7R
Who is The Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K For?
The high ISO performance, superb 4K video capture, accurate auto-focus and duel viewfinder and screen make this a brilliant choice of CSC for amateur movie makers and photographers.
Our Final Opinion on The Panasonic Lumix GH4 Camera
The GH4 is superbly put together device that is both durable and easy enough to use.
The still image quality and the video quality are awesome considering the camera is a mirrorless model.
It’s not the most compact of cameras and the price may well put your hair on end but you get what you pay for in this business.
It’s a versatile and hardy model that offers top quality stills and video in any weather situation.
We hope you enjoyed this Panasonic Lumix GH4 Review and if you have any questions about the camera or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment in the section below.