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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 103 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 6.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control5.0   above average
Focus4.6   exceptional
Size4.6   average
Video4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Image4.1   average
Speed4.0   above average
Lens3.9   above average
Light3.2   below average


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Control

Control:
"It gives you a nice, flat profile that allows you maximum control in post."
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"Go pro slow motion is great but if you need control over your image GH4 is tough to beat in this price range."
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"wish 96fps was a bit more robust but very useful -hopefully firmware will add 120 fps 200 mbps option or even 240 fps 720p as long as its clean looking... the fz1000 can do 120 fps 1080p and 240 fps 720p - even less DOF control but for slow motion- its the best value on the market."
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"and exposure controls).4) The video is great."
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"While these might sound like non-issues, The control layout is EXCELLENT."
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Focus

Focus:
"Has anyone else noticed that video autofocus is terrible?"
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"Its hard to get stable footage, most lenses are hard to focus with, zooming is difficult to impossible with most lenses, and the camera was designed to take still photos."
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"Unfortunately, auto focus in this mode works like a video autofocus, slow and smooth like focus pulls and is quite a bit slower than stills autofocus."
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"If you use it for video you will want to use it in manual focus (which is a pretty good idea for all video) So here is our normal tool kit for our day-to-day photography- Panasonic HC-1000X Camcorder."
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"I am also very impressed that it's very easy to set it to back button focus and it's very easy to pan with."
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"This camera takes incredibly fast pictures and the continuous autofocus is really good."
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"Blazing fast focus, 4K video, great image quality."
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"The GH4 auto focus is pretty much on par with the BEST Nikon and Canon have to offer in their top end DSLR's which cost thousands more than the GH4."
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Image

Image:
"And when at home, if we need to record videos that have both of us in the shot, I'd rather just use the Panasonic X920 camcorder for situations like that (though it's not as convenient to have to grab another camera for specific needs).Another reason I wanted the GH4 was to use its 4K photo mode feature, but it turned out that it not as easy to use as I had hoped."
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"In the end, I decided to return the GH4 and continue to use the E-M1 (along with my Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic X920 camcorder), since the disappointing image stabilization of the GH4 during video isn't something that will be fixed in a firmware update, and I shoot just as much video as photos nowadays, and they're all run and gun styled home videos."
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"Situations like that are quite rare, and it's definitely not as important as having good image stabilization."
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"It's not perfect yet on the GH4, but I can live with it.2) I haven't tested the photo quality extensively yet, as I have been shooting video mainly, but I'm sure it's as good as OMD-EM1 and any APS-C DSLR based on all the reviews online so far."
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"You can't go wrong with it... the only disappointment is the 1080p 96fps setting, not very fine in terms of detail (more like upresed 720p as far as I can tell)... seems to be quite compressed and low resolution... so alas, not as good as 1080p60 in terms of image quality."
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"I originally bought a Sony a99 to do video with since it seemed set up to do good video production but the camera is crippled with a poor codec, line skipping and a generally mediocre image quality (in video, the stills are great)."
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"With the right lenses, the 4k image of this Panasonic is incredible and it holds up well when projected."
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"Blazing fast focus, 4K video, great image quality."
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"It's beautiful when you've got plenty of light but the images are much less impressive in darker situations."
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"Just put the camera up to your eye and you'll be treated to a beautifully sharp, isolated image while you're recording."
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"Seriously, you should ALWAYS shoot in 4K (unless your computer can't handle it) because there aren't any storage drawbacks and even if you're just publishing in HD, your images will be so much cleaner and more detailed."
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Lens

Lens:
"I have Pentax K5 cameras and with their WR lenses, they have never suffered any water damage."
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"The worst part of the lumix combo is actually the 12-35 lens, which is separate and very expensive."
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"The speed of the Leica lens helps to negate some of the GH4 disadvantages with light."
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"The build quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is exceptional and even with the lens attached, its not too heavy to be comfortable to travel with."
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"Its hard to get stable footage, most lenses are hard to focus with, zooming is difficult to impossible with most lenses, and the camera was designed to take still photos."
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"I prefer it to my 5D mark II and my 700D ... very interesting but the only issue is the low performance ISO of this GH4 , the captor size are not a problem if you make the combo GH4+canon EF lenses+metabones speedbooster"
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"In terms of pure video quality, especially for interviews and scenes with little movement.... the GH4 with one of the Panasonic Leica lenses (I use the 25mm F 1.4 and 42.5M F 1.2) is far superior in terms of both color and sharpness."
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"So if you buy the Gh4 make sure that you invest in a few solid lenses... these are my go to lensesPanasonic Leica 25mm F 1.4 - Fantastic for everything - probably my main lens for videoPanasonic Leica 42.5 F 1.2 - Fantastic for everything..... might be the top piece of glass for MFT... period."
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"The standard Panasonic lens work very well, but the 45mm Leica macro is in a league by itself."
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Light

Light:
"The speed of the Leica lens helps to negate some of the GH4 disadvantages with light."
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"not the best in low light."
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"- It's not wonderful in low light."
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"Low light, sadly is weakness."
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"Low light levels: Not Good."
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"I trusted the Panasonic because I was a gh3 owner and user and even that the gh3 was bad in low light yet the gh4 is terrible , shame on panasonic , shame on all the reviewers that didn't indicate that ugly issue .I can say that it's not usable no matter what setting you tried .get an eos or nikon instead and don't throw money on an ugly image camera like the gh4 .1700 us dollars are waisted"
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"Although, not a low light king as the A7S, it is still good in low light and still way more usable and user-friendly with its superior UI."
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"If Panasonic could improve the light performance it would be a 5 star camera.... but for now it is *good* at a lot of things while being great at video.4 Stars"
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"It's beautiful when you've got plenty of light but the images are much less impressive in darker situations."
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"That's really the pleasure of the GH4, in fact - small, light, and incredibly powerful."
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Quality

Quality:
"All what I cared about was the Gh4 quality degradation during on air transmission or broadcast... Well what I saw was mesmerizing."
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"You can't go wrong with it... the only disappointment is the 1080p 96fps setting, not very fine in terms of detail (more like upresed 720p as far as I can tell)... seems to be quite compressed and low resolution... so alas, not as good as 1080p60 in terms of image quality."
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"I originally bought a Sony a99 to do video with since it seemed set up to do good video production but the camera is crippled with a poor codec, line skipping and a generally mediocre image quality (in video, the stills are great)."
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"It is a nice combination of decent quality and run-n-gun shooting capability."
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"We have a pretty diverse number of requirements... from studio quality prints, to action videography... to basic interviews."
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"Blazing fast focus, 4K video, great image quality."
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"The E-M1 is just so much better at image stabilization, and I don't need broadcast quality for home videos, so GH4's superior image quality and video features don't really mean much for my needs."
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Setting

Setting:
"But after many weeks of trial and error I discovered the magic settings for wonderfully accurate and yet lively looking outdoor colors was the Scenery Picture Style, -1 Contrast, +1 Saturation, 5300 Kelvin white balance."
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"The back tilt and swivel screen is beautiful and I really have missed the swiveling aspect on the EM1.With the exception of setting exposure (EV) the handling on this camera is top notch."
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"Take the time to learn the menus for ease of changing settings on the go! "
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"It has nice of neat settings but i still perfer my canon..."
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"But after many weeks of trial and error I discovered the magic settings for wonderfully accurate and yet lively looking outdoor colors was the Scenery Picture Style, -1 Contrast, +1 Saturation, 5300 Kelvin white balance."
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"Easy to use and easy to play with settings."
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"Though hard to do post with it for now given my limited Macbook pro capabilities, so you need a fast computer with good graphics card and lots of memory and fast HDD or SSD preferrably to process 4K.- 1080p settings: A plethora of settings from 200Mbps to AVCHD (by the way, the 1080p60 28Mbps on GH4 is very good if you want to save SD card space, and better to my eyes than the 1080p60 50Mbps IPB setting for me)."
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Size

Size:
"So just beware...e) Wished there were 2 slots for SD cards as the file sizes eat a lot of GB quickly if you use the 100Mbps or 200Mbps for 1080p or 4K settings."
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"I prefer it to my 5D mark II and my 700D ... very interesting but the only issue is the low performance ISO of this GH4 , the captor size are not a problem if you make the combo GH4+canon EF lenses+metabones speedbooster"
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"However, the GH4 with the Panasonic 200mm F 1.7 is nearly as small takes very good photos (although I think I give the advantage to Fuji)Go Pro Hero 3 & 4 - Action photography."
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"To my pleasant surprise, I'm really liking the sensor size."
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"- 4K file sizes are VERY reasonable."
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"Still, as long as you understand its limitations and small quirks, this camera is the absolute best value you can find for the money as far as video cameras right now."
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Speed

Speed:
"The speed of the Leica lens helps to negate some of the GH4 disadvantages with light."
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"FWIW, the wifi connection is apparently quite slow but I would have found it useful and it's lack is frustrating.2) For sports the EVF does have a slight lag."
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"I can't easily change ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture all at once without fumbling while recording."
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"This 280 dpi which is not quite 300 dpi but is still more than enough for printing an 8x10.Rolling shutter distortion can be a problem with fast movement."
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"(well, other than blackmagic)Pair it with the Atomos Shogun-96fps slow motion, no it's not an fs700, but 96 is very nice!"
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"This camera takes incredibly fast pictures and the continuous autofocus is really good."
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"I love the easy fast menu system, the rugged build, the high bit rates and frame rates..."
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"Blazing fast focus, 4K video, great image quality."
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"Very good camera and seller ship it to me very fast I would recommend"
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"This camera is lightweight, fast, clean, easy to use and I really couldn't be happier with the 4k resolution, downscaled to 1080 for my productions."
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Video

Video:
"In the end, I decided to return the GH4 and continue to use the E-M1 (along with my Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic X920 camcorder), since the disappointing image stabilization of the GH4 during video isn't something that will be fixed in a firmware update, and I shoot just as much video as photos nowadays, and they're all run and gun styled home videos."
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"With this style of shooting, I need excellent image stabilization or else the videos end up being too shaky and uncomfortable to watch (headache-inducing)."
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"As a video camera, it is a bit of a disappointment."
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"I can't believe they got so much right with their first attempt at 4k video recording in the GH line."
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"Has anyone else noticed that video autofocus is terrible?"
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"Unfortunately, in creative video mode (mode to shoot 4K), the autofocus is not as fast even when video is not being recorded."
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"Great combination of features with especially good video options; great user interface; a terrific value"
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"It took me a while to get used to focusing with this camera, but there's just so many ways I can use this camera to capture great video."
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"I just shot this music video in 4k and it came out great!"
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"If you use it for video you will want to use it in manual focus (which is a pretty good idea for all video) So here is our normal tool kit for our day-to-day photography- Panasonic HC-1000X Camcorder."
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