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PanasonicLumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 225 reviews)

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    (197)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (178)
  • Easy to use (138)
  • Compact (118)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (111)
  • Large clear LCD (107)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)
  • No image stabilization (4)
  • Poor flash (4)

Best Uses

  • Video (174)
  • Travel (106)
  • Weddings (94)
  • Landscape/scenery (89)
  • Wildlife (75)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (78), Semi-pro photographer (62), Photo enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (180), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Mighty Mirrorless (Even without 4K)

I had been looking at several DSLR-type cameras for a few months and I had the oppurtunity to shoot some sample video with 2 or 3 of them but I was unable to get my...Read complete review

I had been looking at several DSLR-type cameras for a few months and I had the oppurtunity to shoot some sample video with 2 or 3 of them but I was unable to get my hands on the GH4. I had never used a M4/3 sensor before and I had concerns on how shallow the depth of focus would be.I was originally planning to wait until Photokina 2014 was over and all of the new cameras were announced, namely 7D mkII. But then, I watched 2 camera reviews. One by Dave Dugdale and the other by Philip Bloom. Both of which produced very in depth reviews on the GH4. I was then able to get a good visual of what the camera could do. Obviously, I was impressed. I then made the choice of not waiting on the "other cameras" to come out because of the overwhelming amount of features that the GH4 has. Some of these features will probably never be put into a prosumer level Canon, focus peaking and zebras not to mention having a cool "party trick" of internal 4K. Nikon may include some of these features but I wouldn't bet on it for a few more years.The camera from the video side of things is phenomenal. The amount of detail that you get from the 50/100/200mbs 1080p footage is outstanding. Then you look at the 4K and cinema 4K(only 24fps) footage and it's like getting glasses for the first time. All of the detail that is captured in the 4K footage is breath taking. Some of the first 4K "test footage" clips that I shot were of a series of soy bean fields that were on rolling hills. At f8 (35mm eq of f16) with the Panasonic 25mm f1.4(50mm f2.8 eq), I was able to see ants crawling on a leaf of a soy bean plant that was approximately 10ft away from the camera! That made me feel very content with my purchase. ;-DThe stills side of the camera is great as well. Although I purchased it primarily for the video capabilities, I have been very pleased with the photographs. My first outing with it as a stills camera was at my daughters birthday party 2 days after it was delivered to me. I was able to get some quality pictures with it. A family member of mine that uses full frame sensor cameras was even impressed by the stills that it produced. The auto focus was/is extremely quick. I have yet to have the GH4 "hunt" for focus. The focus with the 25mm 1.4 lens can still get very shallow (See pic). Its not as shallow as a D810/610 or 5D/6D can get but it very respectable. Again very pleased.I have not tested the low light capabilities of the GH4 yet but I DO KNOW that it is NOT the a7s. I haven't, as of yet, seen anything in the GH4's footage that has me regretting my purchase at all.It took me about an afternoon to get use to the menus and where each feature was located. Now, 2 weeks later, I can just about change the settings blind folded. The camera itself is very user friendly.The EVF is an awesome feature too. Now it doesn't matter how bright the shooting environment is, the EVF is there to save the day. For video, using the EVF gives you another point of contact with the camera that helps you stabilize the it.The battery last forever. All day shooting has finally arrived. I have, on several occasions, shot video for approximately 6+ hours WITHOUT changing the battery. This will definitely benefit the time lapse shooters as well. If they need to hike in to a remote location to shoot, it will allow them to maintain a small, compact gear bag even for an extended multiple day trip.CON:The audio from the Rode Video Mic Pro does produce some nasty digital noise. If you cut out the 14-18khz in the audio EQ in post then its tolerable but still noticeable to trained ears. I believe that Panasonic has recently found a fix and will correct the issue if you send the camera back to them for a few days (Sept 2014). For the footage/shoots that require solid audio, I only use the camera's internal audio for syncing purposes anyways so its not that big of a deal to me.If you are currently considering getting this camera, you need to order today. It has very few limitations/cons compared to the amount of features/pros that it offers.I am currently using the GH4 for b-roll and interview purposes for outdoor industry entertainment as well as video shorts for my church.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Impressive! unless you say Low Light

Based on video shooting only: The GH4 has amazing image quality at 4K, lots of detail, very very sharp. Lots of Pros, that camera is almost perfect for the price. Buy...Read complete review

Based on video shooting only: The GH4 has amazing image quality at 4K, lots of detail, very very sharp. Lots of Pros, that camera is almost perfect for the price. Buy it, but before that, read the following.

The biggest downside is obviously the Low Light capability. Man, at ISO 800, it's ok, but at 1600, your footage is barely usable. You don't want to go at iso 1600. This is not a low light camera.

The Sony a7s low light performance makes me rethink about my choice of product. I think i did wrong, because i'll have to shoot indoor event, soon or later.

A great overall camera should perform a lot better than the GH4 in low light, but for the price, you have a lot of Pros, including 4K video recording without having to go external. It's just not a low light camera.

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5.0

So far so good, soo gooood

By vanberis

from Monterrey México

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

Works great, but is definitely a camera aimed for videographers, i wasn't very impressed with the photos.

video: awesome, everything is designed for video great codec and great compression, better than my A7ii

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5.0

GREAT camera.

By Rabbit

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

You really can't beat the GH4 at this price point. The camera features and ability to shoot internal 4k make it the unquestionable favorite for DSLR video below $2k.

In addition to production, we use it in a live multi-cam setup using and ATEM and stream to the internet. My only feedback for Panasonic/BlackMagic would be that I wish I could get the ATEM to accept the feed in .mov recording, rather than AVCHD.

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5.0

You heard it before.

By Alfredo the Clickity Clicker

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

    Outstanding. Saved me thousand of dollars for this level of quality. Thanks Panasonic and B&H.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Couldn't be more pleased!

    By Ken

    from Richmond, VA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Bought the GH4 to utilize the video aspects of the camera and to be able to use some of the Nikon lenses that I have. Manual operation is quit easy and presents no problem with older lenses. The camera does exactly what the specs say. Its easy to learn how to operate the buttons and the results are pleasing to this point. My older TM900 camcorder makes a very good B role for the GH4. I have tried most of the video formats with FCPX and have not had any problems editing the video.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Novice first dslr

      By Mt

      from Indy

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Not Pro Enough To Compare

      Cons

      • None I Know Of

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

      As a new user of DSLR camera's I was worried that the GH4 would be a little overwhelming. To my delight I found that I picked up the basics of photo and movie making quickly primarily bc The Menu parameters are intuitive; now along with the advanced PDF manual and the many GH4 instructional youtube videos, I am expanding my "artistic abilities". As an amateur or novice at best photographer/videographer, I could not be happier with this somewhat expensive purchase.

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      5.0

      Great Video Camera

      By Drama

      from Ponce Puerto Rico

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

        Great Video Quality Perfect For Videograhers Very impressed

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        • No

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        5.0

        A Very Capable Camera

        By Rich

        from Sunny Southern California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This is my second GH4, needing two matching cameras for video interview shoots. Adding the V-Log software opens the realm of 12-stop capture, and the Atomos Ninja Assassin brought up 4K to 4:2:2 10bit. I bought the interface unit which also provides SDI, full-size HDMI and a better audio section with XLR inputs, too. I like the better zooms from Panasonic - those with constant maximum aperture, and found the 45mm Leica/Panasonic lens to be a fantastic closeup lens. I have had no mechanical problems with either of my GH4 cameras and only wish they were a little bit larger for my hands. The auto-focus could use a little speeding up.

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          5.0

          Great Bundle!

          By PayneXIII

          from VA

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

          So I ordered this for personal video projects because I've heard nothing but good things about this camera. Everything about the camera feels great and well made, it's a lighter build but that doesn't sacrifice the quality of how this camera feels. The features are another thing that I absolutely love, from the 4K and Variable Frame Rate to the without lens shooting and zebra stripes this camera covers everything I need.

          As for the RODE Mic it also feels very well made and fits on the camera perfectly and doesn't get in the way one bit. However the fasteners that hold the mic in place feel a little loose and I worry that if I leave it in a loose spot in my bag that they could come loose, but it comes with backups so it's really not a big deal. The over all quality of the mic is also very clean and clear so you can't go wrong.

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          5.0

          Great for snaps to pro 4K video. Bonus use old lenses too

          By Steve

          from Orange CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

            Im still finding my way around all its capabilities but I am very impressed. Coming from a Nikon D70 I am obviously taking a leap forward in quality but a few things about this great Micro Four Thirds camera were even better when I got it than I understood from the reviews.

            Using Old high quality glass. I collected Konica SLRs with AR mount lenses many years ago. I had written them off even for eBay selling but the electronic viewfinder, focus peaking and manual focus assist features make using these older lenses a snap. The electronic viewfinder and Histogram make it fast to set manual aperture. The Focus Peaking and Manual Focus Assist make nailing your point of focus quick and easy.

            I took some shots with my adapted (cheap adapter) Hexanon 40mm/1.8. Very sharp lens and great shots. Im hunting for an f1.4 and the rare f1.2 versions on eBay now I see the results. I expect I will eventually spring for the Metabones speedbooster so I can use them in even lower light situations which I know has been a concern for other shooters.

            The overall weight including lens. Im a pack rat when it comes to my camera bag but the lighter (but still sturdy) body combined with smaller lenses than their equivalents means I can pack a lighter bag but include more options in it

            The histogram and zebra patterns are helping me be more aware of the shot I am taking so I can get them most out of it when I tweak it for posting or printing. I am really getting better at shooting because of this. Less wasted shots I have to wade through.

            iPhone control and a tripod make it simple for video blogging.

            Wifi direct to your laptop folder for shooting where you need to see the full size photos immediately for quality checking. (not for video)

            Beautiful variable frame rate to 96 per sec for artistic slow mo video segments.

            I could go on but others have covered most other things.

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            5.0

            GH4 Review and Test Video

            By Freeman Joseph Media

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

              Quite love this camera, so I did a video review for it, while using one. Check it out:https://youtu.be/zezrm90EoXY

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              5.0

              Great value. Great for Video.

              By Henry

              from Ohio

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I bought the Gh4 to step up from a Canon T3i. And it was everything and more than I expected.

              This camera packs a big punch, and it's smaller than Canon Rebel cameras. 4K images look amazing. I can't say enough good things about the Gh4.

              The only thing that is average or possibly below average is that it's low light features are not the greatest. But that is not a deal breaker.

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              5.0

              Still the best all around micro four thirds camera by far

              By CHNJAB

              from Oakland NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • And More
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Simply an amazing piece of equipment perfect for every photographic and cinematic situation.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome 4K Photo Mode!

                By Paydiki

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Watch quick tutorials online or read the manual. There is a lot this camera can do that it hard at first to find and understand how it actually works. There are people out there to help!

                I really like the 4k Photo Mode. With just a few seconds of 4k footage with a macro lens. I can have almost professional quality 8 megapixel stills on the camera itself in real time. It takes a while to go through all the frames but it's worth it especially out in the field or away from the computer and makes for very funny playback of events.

                I wish the 4k Photo Mode stills were exportable in RAW.. but as the 4k footage is compressed and now RAW I can see why this wouldn't work.

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                5.0

                A videographer's best friend!

                By SelflessHERO

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Battery Life
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Light Weight
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Such a great little camera for the price. It literally is the perfect camera for videographer's with it's mass amount of customizations and convenient button layouts. The only con for me was it's poor low light performance. But other than that, this is the camera to get! I've owned this camera a little over 6 months and I'm in love with it!

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                4.0

                4k Video is why I bought

                By JGrizwald

                from Lake Charles, LA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Lowlight

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                The most useful thing about this camera is the ability to capture great video. We produce video for church announcements and sermon bumpers. This camera makes the job so easy. It really captures great cinematic video.

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                5.0

                BEST CHOICE - BEST PRICE

                By Vaka

                from Argentina

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  We use the GH4 to deliver high-end quality videos for web and find the GH4 the perfect product. Quality, versatility and accuracy for the price. Used to work with Canon and move here for the definition of images.Here's a video we deliver last year using a GH$ and Canon redline lenses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi-y_SZTdhUGH4 was used for the Machu Picchu on site footage.Great for the kind of videos I share.Not so great for more pro videos. Over there move to Red cameras.

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                  4.0

                  Great help in recommending product

                  By TraderDick

                  from Naples, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    Very helpful in describing the camera

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                    5.0

                    Best budget and performance camera

                    By Steve Y.

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • 4k
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Built-in Stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    GH4 is undoubtedly a good camera. I know still many people complain about the low light performance. I had before, but I solved it! Actually you can just buy the lens brand like SLR Magic or Voigtlander which provide F/ 0.95. That is how I deal with low light.
                    The only thing I really don't like GH4 is the position on its Mic jack, which made it loose easily. Also you can't hear the recorded audio with headphone AFTER the video recording begins...

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera!

                    By Hunter

                    from Bowling Green, Kentucky

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I use the GH4 mostly for short film and commercial work. I use the Metabones Speed booster XL and Nikon F mount Rokinon Cine lenses. The features like the Histogram and Zebras are wonderful! The picture is very sharp and paired with the speed booster, has great dynamic range. The only thing I would recommend is to not underexpose the image. The noise can get pretty bad. However, if you check your histogram and light the scene adequately it isn't a problem.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By filmcomposerz

                    from Corpus Christi, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      I shoot short films around my city and do some video work occasionally on the side. I was previously shooting with a Canon T2i, but I hated the dynamic range. Enter the GH4. Better dynamic range, 4K, 1080 at 96fps and 24p or 30p video with All-I compression at 200 Mbps. So far I have shot eveything at 4K and edited in a 4K timeline and rendered out to 1080. Beautiful. Finally my wide shots have detail. I would recommend this camera. More bang for the buck. Not disappointing at all. Plus, unlimited shooting and no sensor heating like my Canon T2i.

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