IX. Panasonic GH4

[•] Why I bought a Panasonic GH4 instead of GH5 in 2017

Purchase Camera Here: PANASONIC LUMIX GH4 Body 4K Mirrorless Camera, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-GH4KBODY (USA Black)


  • 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 I have not seen in any other camera not even this much in the GH2 when at 100% zoom in Photoshop. I have a feeling this has to do with the software and a combination of the sensor as it is geared more as a video camera than it is a stills camera.

Its limitations in turn give photography by a GH4 a double edged sword treatment.. It can be positive and negative but if you purchase the GH4 like I did mostly for video the upside its more as a video camera.

As for stills I’ll treat the camera stills side as a art effect because of the signature look is gives.


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.

Unboxing here:



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.



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