Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review

5.0
April 24, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 17.20 megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.05 megapixels
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still image JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Motion picture MOV (Audio format LPCM), MP4 (Audio format LPCM / AAC 2ch), AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch)
System frequency 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz, 24.00Hz
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard/MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
File size(Pixels) Still Image [4:3] 4608x3456(L) / 3264x2448(M) / 2336x1752(S) / 1824x1368 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)/[3:2] 4608x3072(L) / 3264x2176(M) / 2336x1560(S) / 1824x1216 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)/[16:9] 4608x2592(L) / 3840x2160(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)/[1:1] 3456x3456(L) / 2448x2448(M) / 1744x1744(S) / 1712x1712 (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds system standard)
Motion picture (MOV*:59.94Hz) [4K] 3840x2160:29.97p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[4K] 3840x2160:23.98p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:29.97p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:23.98p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
Motion picture (MOV*:50.00Hz) [4K] 3840x2160:25.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:25.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
Motion picture (MOV*:24.00Hz) [C4K] 4096x2160:24.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[4K] 3840x2160:24.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:24.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
Motion picture (MP4*:59.94Hz) [4K] 3840x2160:29.97p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[4K] 3840x2160:23.98p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:29.97p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:23.98p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94p, 28Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:29.97p, 20Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[HD] 1280x720:29.97p, 10Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[VGA] 640x480:29.97p, 4Mbps (IPB) (AAC)
Motion picture (MP4*:50.00Hz) [4K] 3840x2160:25.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:25.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00p, 28Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:25.00p, 20Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[HD] 1280x720:25.00p, 10Mbps (IPB) (AAC)/[VGA] 640x480:25.00p, 4Mbps (IPB) (AAC)
Motion picture (MP4*:24.00Hz) [C4K] 4096x2160:24.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[4K] 3840x2160:24.00p, 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:24.00p, 200Mbps (ALL-Intra) (LPCM) / 100Mbps (IPB) (LPCM) / 50Mbps (IPB) (LPCM)
Motion picture (AVCHD Progressive*:59.94Hz) [Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94p, 28Mbps (IPB) (Dolby)
Motion picture (AVCHD Progressive*:50.00Hz) [Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00p, 28Mbps (IPB) (Dolby)
Motion picture (AVCHD*:59.94Hz) [Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94i, 24Mbps (IPB) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 29.97fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:59.94i, 17Mbps (IPB) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 59.94fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:23.98p, 24Mbps (IPB) (Dolby)
Motion picture (AVCHD*:50.00Hz) [Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00i, 24Mbps (IPB) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 25.00fps)/[Full HD] 1920x1080:50.00i, 17Mbps (IPB) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 50.00fps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD: Approx. 220 min with H-HS12035/AVCHD: Approx. 220 min with H-FS14140
Actual recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD: Approx. XXX min with H-HS12035 (TBD)/AVCHD: Approx. XXX min with H-FS14140 (TBD)
WiFi FUNCTION WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode, WPS, Wi-Fi Direct
NFC ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F (Passive Mode)
QR Code Connection Yes
VIEWFINDER Type OLED Live View Finder (2,359K dots)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1 (TBD)
Eye point Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0 - +4.0 (dpt)
Eye sensor Yes
Eye sensor adjustment High / Low
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
DFD technology Yes
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 49-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available)
AF detective range EV -4 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp Yes
AF lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
Others One Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system (TBD)
Light metering mode Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/(Up to ISO6400 in motion picture recording) (ISO Auto in M mode)
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV for motion picture)
AE lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
AE bracket 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV Step, Max. ±3 EV, single/burst
WHITE BALANCE White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still image: Bulb (Max. 60 minutes), 1/8,000 - 60/Motion picture: 59.94Hz: 1/16,000 - 1/30, 50.00Hz: 1/16,000 - 1/25, 24.00Hz: 1/16,000 - 1/24 (24.00Hz: 1/16,000 - 1/24 (When using Synchro Scan)
Shutter life Approx. 200,000 images
Self timer 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
Remote control Remote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed Mechanical shutter: H: 12.0 frames/sec (with AFS), 7.5 frames/sec (with AFC) (TBD), M: 7.5 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)/Electronic shutter: SH: 40.0 frames/sec, H: 20.0 frames/sec, M: 7.5 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images Approx. 40 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)/Approx. 100 images (when there are no RAW files)/Approx. 120 images (when using electronic shutter)/(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
FLASH Built in flash type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN12 equivalent (ISO100 ・m) / GN17 equivalent (ISO200 ・m), Built-in Pop-up (Reference)/Lighting angle: 24mm (35mm camera equivalent)
Flash Mode Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ only.
Synchronization speed Less than 1/250 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV step ±3EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation Yes
Flash sync socket Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4, Fn5, Fn6, Fn7, Fn8, Fn9, Fn10 Wi-Fi / Q.MENU / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Zoom Control / 1 Shot RAW+JPG / 1 Shot Spot Metering / Cursor Button Lock / Photo Style / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / AFS/AFF / Metering Mode / Burst Rate / Auto Bracket / Self Timer / Highlight Shadow / i. Dynamic / i. Resolution / HDR / Electronic Shutter / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust. / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Motion Pic. Set / Variable Frame Rate / Picture Mode / Synchro Scan / Time Code Display / Mic. Directivity Adjust / Color Bars / Silent Mode / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Rec Area / Video-Priority Display / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / AF Mode/MF / Restore to Default
MONITOR Type OLED monitor with static touch control
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0-inch / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels Approx. 1036K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red-Green (11 levels), Blue-Yellow (11 levels)
CREATIVE CONTROL Still image Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome / Silky Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Fantasy / Star Filter / One Point Color / Sunshine
Motion picture Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect / Fantasy / One Point Color
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max. 2x (Aspect ratio sets at 4:3. Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)/Motion picture: 2.4x (FHD), 3.6x (HD), 4.8x (VGA)
Other functions Level Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Center Marker, Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra pattern (Still image / motion picture)
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Direction Detection Function Yes
PHOTO STYLE Still image and motion picture Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom
CREATIVE VIDEO MODE Exposure Mode Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
Slow and fast motion 59.94Hz MOV/FHD/100Mbps/29.97p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/29.97p:1500% Quick, 200% Quick, 115% Quick, 107% Quick, 100%, 107% Slow, 113% Slow, 150% Slow, 200% Slow, 250% Slow, 300% Slow, 320% Slow/MOV/FHD/100Mbps/23.98p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/23.98p:1200% Quick, 200% Quick, 120% Quick, 109% Quick, 100%, 108% Slow, 117% Slow, 150% Slow, 200% Slow, 250% Slow, 300% Slow, 350% Slow, 400% Slow/AVCHD/FHD/24Mbps/29.97p:1500% Quick, 200% Quick, 115% Quick, 107% Quick, 100%, 107% Slow, 113% Slow, 150% Slow, 200% Slow,
50.00Hz MOV/FHD/100Mbps/25.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/25.00p:1250% Quick, 208% Quick, 119% Quick, 109% Quick, 100%, 108% Slow, 120% Slow, 148% Slow, 200% Slow, 248% Slow, 300% Slow, 384% Slow/AVCHD/FHD/24Mbps/25.00p:1250% Quick, 208% Quick, 119% Quick, 109% Quick, 100%, 108% Slow, 120% Slow, 148% Slow, 200% Slow
24.00Hz MOV/FHD/100Mbps/24.00p, MP4(LPCM)/FHD/100Mbps/24.00p:1200% Quick, 120% Quick, 109% Quick, 100%, 108% Slow, 108% Slow, 117% Slow, 150% Slow, 200% Slow, 250% Slow, 300% Slow, 350% Slow, 400% Slow
PLAYBACK Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / Category Selection / Favorite, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Location Logging, RAW Processing, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Rotation Display, Favorite, DPOF Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit, Picture Sort, Delete Comfirmation
MOTION PICTURE FUNCTION SS/Gain operation Shutter Duration/ISO / Angle/ISO / Shutter Duration/dB
Color bars / 1K Hz test tone Yes (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB) / Yes
Cinelike gamma Cinelike D / Cinelike V
Master pedestal level 31 steps
luminance level 0-255 / 16-235 / 16-255
Synchro scan Yes
Time code Count Up: Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode: Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable (When system frequency [59.94Hz] is selected.)
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible
INTERFACE USB USB 2.0 High Speed Multi
HDMI** Playback miniHDMI TypeD / VIERA Link, Audio: Stereo/59.94Hz: Auto / 4K / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p/50.00Hz: Auto / 4K / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p/24.00Hz: Auto / C4K / 4K / 1080p/(4:2:2 10-bit or 4:2:2 8-bit is selectable.)
Monitor-through 4:2:2 8-bit / 4:2:2 10-bit (When 4:2:2 10-bit mode is selected, it is not possible to record motion picture or still picture on the SD memory card in the camera unit.)/information display ON/OFF (selectable)/Automatic down-conversion (4K → 1080p only)
Audio video output Monaural Type/*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Remote input φ2.5mm for remote
External microphone input φ3.5mm for external microphone
Headphone output φ3.5mm for headphone
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: OFF / Low / Standard / High / AUTO
Speaker Monaural
LANGUAGE OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh) (Included)/Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 500 images with H-HS12035/Approx. 500 images with H-FS14140
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 132.9 x 93.4 x 83.9mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.30 in (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 560g / 19.75 oz (SD card, Battery, Body)/Approx. 480g / 16.93 oz (Body only)/Approx. 865g / 30.51 oz (SD card, Battery, H-HS12035 lens included)/Approx. 825g / 29.10 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS14140 lens included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature 0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% to 80%
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.5 PE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)/SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 4.1 SE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X v10.5 / v10.6 / v10.7 / v10.8)/LoiLoScope (trial version) (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)
Standard accessories Battery Charger (AC Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, DVD/Lens Cap*, Lens Hood*, Lens Rear Cap* *Included with DMC-GH4A kit and DMC-GH4H kit.
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES External flash (optional) DMW-FL580L (optional), Wireless Channel: 1ch/2ch/3ch/4ch
Interface unit (optional) DMW-YAGH (optional)***
AC adaptor (optional) DMW-AC10 (optional)
External microphone (optional) DMW-MS2 (optional), Stereo/Lens Auto/Shotgun/Super Shotgun/Manual selectable)
Battery grip (optional) DMW-BGGH3 (optional)
INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1 Lens Name LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
Lens Construction 14 elements in 12 groups (3 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)
Nano Surface Coating -
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (POWER O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-280mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture range F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(TELE)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.30m/0.98ft (at focal length 14-21mm) / 0.50m/1.64ft (at focal length 22-140mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.25x / 0.50x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(Wide) to 8.8°(TELE)
General Filter Size φ58mm / 2.28in
Max. Diameter φ67mm / 2.64in
Overall Length Approx. 75mm / 2.95in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 265g (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood)
Weight [oz] Approx. 9.35oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood)
NOTE * About motion picture recording.
NOTE • Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures in [4K/100Mbps] [C4K/100Mbps] [FHD/100Mbps] or [FHD/200Mbps].
NOTE • Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1)" or higher when recording motion pictures in [FHD/50Mbps].
NOTE • Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class 4" or higher when recording motion pictures in [FHD/28Mbps].
NOTE (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
NOTE ** For [4K] or [C4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as"4K compatible".
NOTE *** The DMW-YAGH is not available in some countries or regions.

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