Panasonic Lumix GH4 - a great all round
For the past few months, I've been giving the Panasonic Lumix GH4 a try. I have a soft spot for Panasonic cameras and they don't disappoint. The thing with their range of Micro Four Thirds cameras is that they do lots of different things well.
The GH4 shoots video in 4K, has 16 megapixels sensor, 49 focus points, ISO 25600 and lots of other goodness to enjoy including a tiltable, twistable 3" screen.
Micro Four Thirds cameras are a real joy to use, smaller and more compact that dSLRs and the quality they produce is still awesome. Yes you'll notice the difference if you plan on printing it in a huge poster but most people don't, you snap a photo and share it on social media. No one will look at your photos and go...oh that was taken using a M 3/4s.
Micro Four Thirds cameras all use the same fitting so you can use Olympus lens on Panasonic bodies and vice versa which opens up a whole range of possibilities. For the time I've had this camera I've been using the fit lens which is a 14-140mm F3.5 - 5.6 and it's a good lens. Ideal for someone who plans on using this camera for both video and photography.
The first time I took this camera out I was in a rush and didn't check my photo settings. I always shoot in RAW so that it retains as much information as possible but on the photo below I failed to check and it was actually set to JPEG Low which is the worst possible set up.
It's not that bad and with some small edits, it's fine for viewing on a phone or laptop. Little niggles with previous Panasonic Lumix cameras have been corrected such as the buttons and dials. These used to be easily knocked but no such problem this time, and the menu system is really easy to navigate.
I know lots of people will be wanting to use this camera for making videos especially vlog style videos so how does it handle that?
In a word...PERFECTLY. This isn't the must-have camera, the best of the best but what it is is an excellent vlogging camera. 4K goodness, a flip out touch screen, easily reachable buttons for when the camera is pointed at you. It also has a mic in port which is a must for any videos, this is something that the Canon G7x ii doesn't have and you really notice the difference.
Panasonic recently released the GH5 but that doesn't mean you should dismiss the GH4, it's a fabulous camera and will serve you well. At the moment the price is around £699 for the body and it's well worth the money.
Whether you're a photographer or videographer this is a dream.
For more details check out the Panasonic Lumix GH4 page.
Panasonic let me borrow this camera for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.