I’ve been shooting with the Panasonic Lumix 4K camera for 7 months now and I thought to share my opinion on why it’s a great tool for quality video production, basing my arguments on my personal experience as a videographer and simple research I’ve done.
- High-quality video. The Panasonic GH4 produces significantly sharper video compared to the Canon 5D Mark III. Side-to-side comparison may even make the latter appear out-of-focus.
- In-camera 4K Video. The Panasonic GH4 records 4K-resolution video internally. 4K video allows me to crop into the video without reducing its quality which is particularly useful in recording interviews.
- Variable Frame Rates. The GH4 can shoot slow motion video at variable frame rates such as 50fps and 96fps. This is a very useful feature especially for music video production and other artistic videos that most Canon DSLRs lack.
- Focus Peaking. A greatly useful feature of the Panasonic GH4 that allows users to monitor the focus and fine-tune it with precision.
- Long Battery Life. The battery of the GH4 lasts a long time. A single battery appears to last between 1.5 and 2.5 hours of continuous shooting. The camera doesn’t overheat either.
- Compact & Lightweight. The Panasonic GH4 is smaller than Canon DSLRs but Panasonic lenses are even smaller and lighter than its Canon counterparts. This is particularly useful when traveling.
- Affordability. The GH4 sells at a very good price considering the many other useful features it offers.
The Panasonic GH4 isn’t the perfect camera undoubtedly. As you may know the camera isn’t good enough at filming in low-light at above ISO 800. As a micro-four-thirds camera, the GH4 is also criticized for not producing enough shallow depth of field. Nevertheless, beware that no camera is perfect and it’s always best if you evaluate your needs, decide which features will help you realize your creative goals and take advantage of them.