The Japanese-based company, Panasonic officially announced Panasonic GH4 Digital Single Lens Mirror less camera (DSLM), which was previewed previously at CES 2014. This is the fourth camera to release in the line of GH series. In a sharp contrast to previous ones, which were primarily focused on improving the still image quality, the GH4 has been positioned by Panasonic as a professional video camera.
The GH4 is very much similar to the GH3 in terms of form factor but when we take a close look on the specs, we come across that Panasonic has kept the big focus on improved video quality. For the first time, Panasonic blurs the line between professional and consumer video.
More like a cinema camera
The GH4 is the first of the Four Thirds series to capture 4K-resolution video and considered more like a cinema camera when it comes to delivering high-quality stills. This camera is built on newly designed 16MP sensor, which can be optimized for 4K video capture at 4096×2160 pixels. With a 2.36 Million Dot OLED EVF, an attachable XLR adapter and focus peaking, the camera truly holds a great value.
Value for money
With expected price closer to $1,500, the GH4 is certainly value for money. Plenty of useful features, including quad-core Venus CPU, are available with this camera. It’s because of the high-powered Venus CPU that the GH4 is able to shoot away at 12 frames per second. If you compare this camera with previous models, it has a larger image buffer and can process closer to 40 RAW or 100 JPEG images in one go. If you are a sports or nature photographers, you will love to own the camera.
Capture brilliantly clean photos
The micro four-thirds sensor is approximately equivalent to the traditional Super 16mm film. However, the sensor is obviously smaller than that of Canon and Nikon’s full-frame and APS sized sensors. The sensor of GH4 has the ability to capture brilliantly clean photos even under gloomy light conditions.
Lighter and less bulky
Now when it is about camera body weight, sensor size is an important consideration. As GH4 makes use of a micro four-thirds sensor, its weight is around half of the usual Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The lenses in GH4 are lighter and less bulky in comparison to many other DSLRs.
Well, there are some limitations as well with the camera. The smaller sensor of the camera limits photographers and video capture in two ways. On this camera, it is not easy to get wide-angle shots and out-of-focus; depth-of-fields effects are not as dramatic.
Overall, the Panasonic GH4 DSLM won’t break the bank and is quality product to own. So, if you are looking forward to buy a camera, you may consider the Panasonic GH4 camera.