[•] Why I bought a Panasonic GH4 instead of GH5 in 2017
- 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
- UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
- Full HD up to 60p
- 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Touchscreen Monitor
- 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
- 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
- High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
- Adds V-Log L Gamma Profile to GH4
- Wide Dynamic Range of up to 12 Stops
[•] Panasonic GH4 with Leica M 28mm F2 ASPH
I’m still testing the Leica on the GH4.
The GH4 produces a signature grain look for stills. I have not seen in any other camera this more predominate not even this much in the GH2. 100% zoom in Photoshop really shows the limitations. I have a feeling this has to do with the software and a combination of the sensor design as it’s geared more as a video camera than it is a stills camera.
The sensor in the GH4 is a double edged sword in the treatment of image processing. It can be positive and negative but if you purchase the GH4 like I did I recommend it to be used as a video camera.
PANASONIC DMW-SFU1GU V-LOG PROFILE CODE FOR GH4
With the purchase of the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 and the camera’s firmware update Ver.2.3, users will be able to activate the V-Log L function.
Log recording, which Panasonic currently offers on its Varicam digital cinematography cameras, offers exceptional flexibility as well as a wider dynamic range for colour grading in the post-production process.
V-Log / V-Log L has been developed by Panasonic to feature a similar characteristic curve to Cineon which is a characteristic curve of film digitalisation. Taking full advantage of the Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts the log characteristic with 12 stops.
Both V-Log and V-Log L have the same characteristic curve and LUT (Look Up Table) can be utilised in common.
I can say more but I think this needs to be done with a lengthy talk on video but for now here I find myself in 2017 with the purchase of the Panasonic GH4 so watch this space.
There’s so much to talk and write about especially About this camera and using vintage Canon FD glass. This will be my distraction and looking for a signature look for video with a combination of LUTS.
Why buy the GH4 over the GH5 I have a number of reasons included mainly lens testing applications but I wasn’t fully convinced on the GH5 with all it’s wizardry and special powers of IBIS and questionable auto focus. I have always shot manually with lenses for video and that way of shooting has been instilled in the way I use a camera.
Further testing still to be done with the SLR Magic Anamorphot X50 X2 Lens and SLR Rangefinder.
Currently building a video rig for 4K anamorphic show real. The only way to test this is load up the complete step up and look for weakness in all the components. SmallRig is the path I have taken to start the build and will update this post with a completed video rig.
So far a successful build but would like to shed some weight with carbon fibre 15mm rods. Any extra weight is an issue for a camera operator with a bad back. Review on the camera rig build is in the blog.
Lets talk audio: With so many options out there little do people know that a quite contender is the Movo VXR10. Clean crisp clear audio is all that matters. You can find this mini shotgun mic on Amazon or eBay.
List of components:
GH4, Canon FD 20-35mm F3.5 Lens, Metabones FD to MFT Mount adaptor, SmallRig Cage for GH4, Fotga DP500 Follow Focus, Fotga CCUPSLE Unit, V-Mount Battery, Atomos Ninja Assassin 4K recoder/monitor, JTZDP30 Mattebox, SmallRig X2 30cm & X1 10cm Carbon Fibre Rods, Movo VXR10 Shotgun Microphone, HDMI cable, Dummy Battery and cable. SmallRig Top Handle and SmallRig Cage for monitor.
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