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How To Set Up Your Gh4 For Photography

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It’s been pretty well established that the Panasonic GH4 is bright when it comes to video. A 4K camera at under $1.5K gives filmmakers a great deal of flexibility at a decent cost point. My two favorite reviews are by Dave Dugdale and Phillip Bloom. If you’re interested in using the GH4 for video, I highly recommend checking out those 2 in-depth videos.  As a full-time photographer, I was more than interested in how that camera performed in terms of still photographs. Every review seems to apace, and almost dismissively say that the image quality is “great” before moving on to more raves about 4k or video comparisons.

So I took the GH4, along with the Lumix Yard X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Lens, around a few countries in Europe for this practical, hands-on review.

Basic GH4 Specs:

  • xvi.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p, UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full Hard disk up to 60p
  • 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Touchscreen Monitor
  • 2,359K-Dot OLED Alive View Finder
  • High-Speed 49-Bespeak Autofocus
  • Magnesium Blend, Weather-Sealed Torso
  • Wireless connectivity

Panasonic GH4 Image Quality

Let’due south start with the virtually important aspect of any photographic camera, the image quality. The power of Panasonic’southward proprietary “Venus Engine” image processor is on total display with the GH4, responsible for the beautiful 4K video, solid high-ISO performance, and overall image quality.

Here are a few sample images. All images were shot in full RAW and processed with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets 2022








Panasonic GH4 ISO Performance

I’ve never been a fan of testing ISOs at their maximums levels, as few people would ever go all the way up to 25600 and expect a usable image. In my style (and the styles of 99% of u.s.a.), I most always keep the ISO at 3200 and below; and at that level, I was very impressed with the image quality and lack of grain. Here are a few examples:


Panasonic GH4 Focusing

Focusing on the GH4 is fast and authentic, with a digital signal exchange max of 240fps. The number of focus points has increased from 23 points in its predecessor, the GH3, to 49 points on the GH4 . Focus peaking adds an boosted dimension of flexibility, bachelor in live view and in remote shooting style via wi-fi.

Focus Peaking is a Convenient Feature in the GH4
Focus Peaking is a Convenient Feature in the GH4

LVF & Monitor

The GH4’due south touchscreen monitor swivels so that you lot can view your compositions at odd angles. This allows you lot to stay off of the ground when shooting low to the basis and gives y’all full view of your screen when raising it above your head.


The following image was fabricated much easier with the swivel functionality, every bit information technology allowed me to raise the camera far above my caput to avoid distracting elements and however find my desired limerick.


Notwithstanding, despite the “high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays” the playback of the images on the rear monitor lacks contrast and the images seem muted and fifty-fifty soft. In fact, during my entire feel with the photographic camera, I was fairly sure that the images were not turning out well. When I loaded them into Lightroom, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. To be fair, I have been spoiled in my professional career with the amazing display of the 5D Marker Iii, only even compared to the Olympus OMD EM-1 that I previously reviewed, the LCD did not practise the bodily images justice.

Build – Magnesium Alloy Body & Rugged Blueprint

The GH4 feels solid and durable, with a magnesium alloy frame, responsive, and well-congenital buttons and knobs. It’south as well splash and dustproof. The major con is its size, which at v.ii x 3.7 x 3.3 in. and xx.i ounces is larger than some of its competitors like the Fuji X-T1 (15.52 oz) and the Olympus OMD EM-1 (17.44 oz). In fact, it’s not much bigger than a small DSLR like the Canon T6s at xix.93 oz.


Simultaneous viii.viii MP Photo Capture

If, for some reason, y’all demand to record stills and video at the same fourth dimension, the GH4 offers a unique feature that allows for 4K video recording and simultaneous photo capture at 8.8 megapixels. While viii.8 Megapixels probably isn’t enough for professional hymeneals, fashion, or portrait work, I can come across that functionality beingness very useful for photojournalists and hobbyists at recitals, graduations and other everyday moments.


Mixed feelings surface when thinking about the usability of the GH4. On one manus, the external buttons are intuitive and attainable. Below is a shot of the buttons and knobs on the top of the camera.


On the other hand, some of the functionality is non equally intuitive, and some of the options are buried deep in the menu. Some menu options get unavailable in specific modes without whatever explanation, as you lot see the following paradigm:


In Conclusion


  • Image Quality
  • Price
  • Pop-upwardly Flash
  • Swivel LCD
  • 1/8000th seconds and syncs with flashes at up to 1/250th of a second.
  • Continuous shooting is boosted to 12 frames per 2nd, vii.5fps with continuous focus.
  • Focus Peaking
  • Continuous shooting 12fps, 7pfs with focus tracking
  • Touch Screen


  • Size & Weight
  • Usability/Menu – Touch to Focus, Focus Options


The GH4 was released well-nigh a yr and a half after the GH3, and it’s been a solid performer ever since. The GH4 has been around for just over a year now, and if it follows the refresh cycle of its predecessor then a new model should exist released in Q1 of 2022. That being said, if you’re looking for a photographic camera that shoots excellent stills likewise equally 4k video, the GH4 volition be a capable option even afterward the GH5 is released.

More Info

The guys over at The Camera Store TV have just released their hands-on look at the GH4, and the chief topic of the video is the 4K video functionality of the camera. The unit of measurement they reviewed was pre-production, so keep that in heed 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.


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