Panasonic LUMIX GH4 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • Contrast Detection autofocus system
  • 49 autofocus points
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/8000
  • No image stabilization--stabilized lenses available
  • JPEG and RAW
  • Manual modes
  • 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • 12 fps burst mode
  • Built-in flash with external flash option
  • Video at 4096x2160, 24 fps (1080p video at 60 fps)
  • MPEG-4 or AVCHD
  • Wi-fi
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 500 shots
  • Weighs 1.23 pounds
  • Release Date: 2014-05-01
  • Final Grade: 93 4.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic LUMIX GH4
Say hello to the Panasonic LUMIX GH4, the first compact camera system with 4K video.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/11/2017

Hey! You should know that Panasonic has released a newer version of this product: the Panasonic Lumix GH5.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is a mirrorless camera designed for professionals--particularly those who also dabble in videography too. The GH4 is the first compact camera system to offer 4K video, according to the manufacturer. The 4K video on the GH4 is shot at 24 fps, and when more speed is needed, 1080 HD video can be captured at up to 60 fps. But the GH4 isn't all about video, with a 49-point autofocus system and a 12 fps burst mode, the camera looks to have a lot to offer for still photographers too. Thankfully, Panasonic has thrown in a battery that's been rated at 500 still pictures, which is a step ahead of many mirrorless options. The design appears to be excellent as well, with an electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. At the $1,700 price point (body only), however, we'd like to see an APS-C size sensor, instead of the smaller Four Thirds.

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As a manufacturer known just as well for their camcorders as their cameras, Panasonic was the first on scene to offer 4K video inside a dedicated camera. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the first mirrorless camera boasting the higher video resolution, with the FZ1000 as the first compact, bridge-style camera to do so.

Panasonic also produces cameras that provide both a longer zoom range and image stabilization at a price that's relatively cheap. For photographers that need versatility in a small package, Panasonic digital cameras can provide many selections that are suitable. Having something for amateurs and serious enthusiasts at the same time, Panasonic offers a great selection of digital cameras, from ultra compacts to mirrorless cameras. They can be hard to compare because every camera comes with its own unique features and traits.

Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

Panasonic's most popular models are their super zooms and mirrorless, with models ranging from cameras with huge zooms to mirrorless cameras earning the “smallest yet” distinction like the GM-1. They've been more focused on their mirrorless line lately, without introducing budget point-and-shoots in quite some time.

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