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

(based on 283 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (179)
  • Easy to use (139)
  • Compact (118)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (112)
  • Large clear LCD (107)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Video (175)
  • Travel (106)
  • Weddings (95)
  • Landscape/scenery (89)
  • Wildlife (75)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (78), Semi-pro photographer (63), Photo enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (181), 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

 

Weather Sealing and Panasonic Service

I'm the lead producer at a digital agency and we produced more than 100 videos last year on dslr's and REDs.This review is based on two major flaws that will keep me from using this...Read complete review

I'm the lead producer at a digital agency and we produced more than 100 videos last year on dslr's and REDs.This review is based on two major flaws that will keep me from using this camera as my day-to-day travel camera or integrating it into our digital workflow. I wanted to love it. I pre-ordered it and have used it extensively. If you are someone that keeps their camera in a glass bubble -- then my review is not applicable. However, if you use your camera outside the studio then be warned.First, the weather sealing is non-existent. In just a minor drizzle, water got into the SD card slot, battery compartment (which is open to the sensor area), and the bottom connectors. We've been using Canon's and Nikon's for years and this is at the bottom of the list. Even the consumer grade ($1k range) Canon's are better sealed.After a couple months of use, the main sensor corroded and in Panasonic's terms the camera is a "total loss." This means they offer to sell you a refurbished unit for barely any less then you can buy a new one on B&H.Second, the panasonic service department in Texas is a huge waste of your time. After sending it to them I had to call them every day for multiple weeks just to find out what the status was. They provide you with a dedicated customer service rep -- who will ask for all your contact numbers and then quickly start call screening you to delay the process. I found the only way to access my rep was to start calling in and asking for supervisors -- I eventually landed with the operations manager and he sped up the process. After two months -- I was able to order a replacement camera for their pitiful discount.

Reviewed by 283 customers

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5.0

GREAT SO FAR, VERY EXCITED TO SEE ITS POTENTIAL !

By TRAV

from Selinsgrove, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I saved up for a year to buy this camera and I was beyond excited when I saw the priced dropped. I can't wait to see what I can do with this camera & my new set up.

 
5.0

Great for small independent filmmakers

By Lorentz

from Undisclosed

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

I've been using the GH4 for a little while now, and it has been able to produce the images I want without too much effort. With so many options, with function buttons and such, I can be prepared for shoots beforehand. A lot of people complain about the GH4's lowlight capabilities, but most of them have been unfair comparisons or situations. If you know how to light a set or wherever you're shooting well enough, and you have it at the right ISO, plus a lens that goes below f2.0, you can still have really nice looking low light shots. I have been using it for one of my concept proof films recently, and I have enjoyed seeing the GH4's results while editing. The only advice I have for using this camera is to know what you're doing and know what you are shooting.

 
5.0

Really great camera - awesome colors

By Avichai

from Undisclosed

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

I've been using the GH4 for a while now.

I highly recommend it as it is indeed an awesome video camera.
96fps 1080p video sure is awesome and fun.

I'm very happy with the colors the camera gives and also how compact it is of course.

The only downside I would say is perhaps the low light abilities, going over 2,500-3,200ISO just gives a really bad image.

For it's price it's absolutely amazing!

 
5.0

Just Amazing

By Marshal

from Undisclosed

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

A good trust worthy camera for my wedding work. Just with GH4 and a 12-35 mm I did lot of weddings and fall in love with this system. Need a 35 - 100 mm too

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This camera is incredible!!

By Jason

from Undisclosed

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

Hand down, this is one of the best cameras for your dollar! Read up on the specs. You'll see why a lot of canon users jumped ship to use this camera. If you're doing video production, small business or weddings, get this camera!

 
5.0

I would buy again

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Easy to use with students. I bought one and liked it so much I got another one.

 
5.0

Solid Camera!

By Nicholas

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

I love my GH4, This is a solid micro 4/3 camera, I use it for 4k video in studio and on the road, and opted to get the Battery grip.  I now have a GH5 on preorder, and can't wait to see what Lumix has in store for that camera body!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Budget Film Camera Out There

By Gray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is one of the best budget filmmaking tools out there. I recommend purchasing a guide to learn how to use this camera to its full potential (i.e. Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter's GH4 guide). I use it for event videography as well as short doc-style films. When comparing this to the Sony A7 series, the only downside of this camera is the micro four thirds, which makes it way worse in low-light. Another thing to think about if you shoot in situations with little control over lighting, is that you have to buy the V-Log function separately for around $100, whereas Log comes pre downloaded on Sony A7s.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Nice Camera

By William

from Undisclosed

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

I am very pleased with the GH4's performance. When used correctly this camera produces some very nice images. I also own the GH1 and GH2 cameras and still use them often. The GH4 has its own look and is complimentary to my two other cameras. Fortunately, I found the correct combination of proper in camera settings, lenses, lighting, framing and post production which make the GH4 shine. I would recommend this camera if you are willing to take some time and learn to bring out its full potential. Also, purchasing camera equipment for many years from B&H has always given me quality products.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great 4/3 camera for the price

By Aaron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

have had this camera for a couple months now and i can honestly say that this camera will totally change the game for people looking into videography/ cinematography. so much options and functions. in love with the zebra/ peak option which helps alot for alot of filmers.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Camera

By Mike

from New Hampshire

Verified Buyer

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

If your looking for a good camera this is the one. this camera takes good pictures but even better video. It can show cinema 4K very high quality video. This camera is great for all levels of users, although takes sometime to get use to all the setting and feature this camera offers but any camera does. Definitely wouldn't hesitate to buy its worth every penny. It has really good battery life and can go a whole day shooting on one battery pretty much. I have attached a video so you can see the video quality of this camera but the entire video was not shot with this camera but most of it was.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great tool at a good price.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the Lumix GH4 mainly for the 4K video. I have been learning it for 2 months now and testing it with my Canon 5D mkIII. Although the menu is complex, the camera is capable of many things. In addition to 4K video it can do beautiful slow motion (96fps 24P) and the custom mode dial, C1, 2, and 3, allows you to set different ways of recording so you can quickly change settings on the fly to never miss a shot. The touch screen has many helpful short cuts for histogram, zebra and peak focusing so you don't have to go into the extensive menu to turn these tools on and off.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent image! LOTS of options.

By Paul

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm still getting used to all the bells and whistles, but WOW...what an image! For my uses it's a perfect camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Banged, Bumped, Rained On, Still Going.

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

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

I've pretty much got all positive experiences with this camera.  It's been used in all kinds of weather from the Florida Beaches (extreme humidity and heat) to Icy Conditions in Colorado.  It has also seen use in harsh military evironments and yet it refuses to break.  I recognize there is another review on here which gives it one star, but they perhaps use the camera constantly where as mine sees use about every 2 weeks.  I've extensively shot my youtube show on this camera and with the right lighting it produces a picture worthy of a professional user. 

The only Negatives would be that it is not a full frame sensor so lens choices aren't as great unless you've got a ton of money to adapt to cinema and metabones. That and it sucks at low light.  But it's a best bang for your buck in terms of 4k video work.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

11/10 Would Recommend

By Cosmo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

So far this has been the perfect step up from my last camera, with only a small learning curve. It's easy to use and takes excellent photographs, and better video. 10/10 would recommend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More than I expected!

By Anthony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Once I got this little beast set up for video and saw the results I was blown away! Low light video is really incredible. Shooting in 4K and Cine D results in amazing video. I'm going to buy another one for two camera setups.

 
5.0

AWESOME

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

AWESOME! Had been shooting with a Nikon D7000 for a few years and wanted something better. I decided on this based on all the stellar reviews and the options Panasonic offers.

 
5.0

Nice

By Nelson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good camera nice price... haven't fully used it but soon

 
5.0

A filmmaker or a photographer. This camera is for you.

By Mohammed

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A great piece for pros and starters, filmmakers and photographers. This is my first digital camera to buy and I never regret choosing it among other digital cameras. Definitely recommend to buy it.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than Expected

By Peyton

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Personally, I was worried about switching from Canon to Lumix 4/3. But I have been pleasantly surprised and will not be switching back. Many complaints I heard of this camera actually turned out to be false in my experience: Such as short battery life - Complete Lie. I LOVE this thing! I can literally shoot ALL day in 4K video and just barely run out of battery at the end of an 8 hour shoot. Obviously videographers will keep more than one battery on-hand, but I have zero complaints about this thing!

LOVE the quick focus on the top button.
LOVE the touch screen.
LOVE all the options with customizable buttons for short cuts!

People complained that this camera was light and didn't feel professional. I was scared I'd feel the same way, but if you're shooting all day, you WANT to not walk away dead tired. I'm a small woman and I can walk with this guy + 4 lenses and a hefty monopod and not break a sweat. I LOVE how light it and the Lumix lenses are!

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