Overview mirrorless camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: new flagship

Overview mirrorless camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: new flagship

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    The novelty is not trying to win the hearts of potential buyers with retro design, moreover, apparently GH4 virtually indistinguishable from GH3. Inside, the changes and improvements weight. That there is one only support video format 4K.

    Originally mirrorless cameras appeared as a kind of intermediary between DSLRs and compacts. No one then do not take seriously the camera without a mirror with interchangeable lenses and compact as impressive threat classic cameras mirror type, even for budgetary decisions.

    Moreover, dignitaries from Canon have repeatedly stated that they see no long-term prospects for this segment, and the fight for it do not intend to join (but later still came and presented their solution, though not very successful).

    However, mirrorless cameras very actively developed, and over time, models that are opposed to even the budget, and very advanced cameras mirror type. And a lot of these devices – even without a single (three persons) and yet unique full-frame “Seven” from Sony.

    This, for example, Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OM-D E-M10, which have already visited our tests, as well as a hero material – Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. Externally camera almost copies last year Lumix DMC-GH3, but inside enough innovation – higher resolution screen and the viewfinder is much more focus areas, and shorter maximum shutter sync speed, and a snack – card support UHS II and honest 4K-video.

    In general, in the segment of high-end cropped MILCs appeared extremely strong player.

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    Specifications of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 claimed by the manufacturer

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
    Image sensor Live MOS, 17,3 x13, 0 mm, 17.2 MP
    Effective amount of points, MP 16,05
    Storage format images Photo: JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW, MPO
    Video: AVCHD Ver 2.0 compliant (AVCHD Progressive), MPEG4-AVC (H.264), ( MOV, MP4)
    Lens Interchangeable lens micro 4/3
    Frame size in pixels Photo: up to 4608×3456
    Video: 4096×2160, 3840×2160, 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480
    Sensitivity, units in ISO-equivalent 100 – 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV
    Shutter speed range, seconds 1/8000 – 60,
    Manual (up to 60 minutes)
    Metering, modes Measurements in 1728 zones; multi, spot, average
    Compensation + / – 5 EV in 1/3 steps
    Built-in flash guide number 12 at ISO 100 17 at ISO 200
    Timer, sec
    2/10
    Storage device SD, SDHC, SDXC(UHS-II)
    LCD Inclined touch OLED-display, 7.6 cm (3.0 inches), resolution 1036 thousand points
    Viewfinder Color viewfinder with a resolution of 2359 thousand points
    Interfaces HDMI, USB, external microphone, headphone connection
    Advanced Wi-Fi module
    Power Lithium-ion battery DMW-BLF19E, 14 Wh
    Dimensions, mm 132,9×93,4×83,9
    Weight, g 560 (including battery and memory card)
    480 (body only)
    Price (body only):  $1700 [easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”none” asin=”B00I9GYG8O” cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”small-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″ width=”120″]

    Package

    On testing was granted nonprofit sample with pre-version of the firmware. Of course, the sample pre-sales and delivery appears incomplete – CD, charger, battery and USB-cable. That’s all. Lens was provided separately. It appeared to be a simple Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS, has submitted in 2010.

    Appearance and usability

    Externally, as we have said, the camera is almost identical to its predecessor, model DMC-GH3. Differences so insignificant that if you close the model name, even an experienced user does not immediately recognize the novelty.

    In fact, the only significant difference – it is a higher drive mode selector that gets besides the lock button on the center, which in DMC-GH3 was not. Accordingly, like its predecessor, the DMC-GH4 externally similar to the classic SLR.

    Unlike the two main competitors, namely the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Fujifilm X-T1, in the guise of GH4 no hint retro motives, which is now very popular (everyone wants to be like Leica). Yes, the metal case does not look like a work of art, but the camera is extremely easy to operate.

    With the convenient handle in the front part and a small protrusion of the thumb on the back side Lumix GH4 perfectly in the hand of medium size, although the weight of “carcass” decent – the largest among competitors.

    Of course, consider only the weight of the case without the lens is not quite correct, but still a very significant difference. All controls are clearly fall under the fingers, and even a trio of the call menu white balance, sensitivity and exposure compensation administration easy and convenient to press different parts of a nail phalanx of the index finger and it does not have to catch the camera.

    In general, one of those rare occasions when the camera seems to be a continuation of his hands. With the build quality is also not miss – everything flawlessly.

    Front are the lens mount, AF assist lamp, and connect the sync cable connector, whose presence for the top MILCs has already become a common practice.

    From the rear so many different functional elements that even a large display of them is lost. By the way, turning the display, and not inclined, like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (a competitor Fujifilm’s display can not even tilt), with two degrees of freedom.

    Above it is the viewfinder diopter control supplemented. Located to the left softkey Fn5 (default is responsible for switching between the display and the viewfinder) and the button to go to the playback mode. The right of the viewfinder is the key video and exposure lock button / focus mode selector lever to focus.

    The right side of the back surface are rear control dial, speaker system, the display mode selection key, three programmable buttons (default – call the quick menu, focus area selection and delete / go back one level in the menu) and a round 4-way scroll key navigation, augmented button input / enter the main menu in the center and surrounded by a rotating ring.

    Top center is located in flash, which fit in the bottom of the “hot shoe” and a pair of built-in microphones. To the left of the flash is only the mode dial to broach. Right keys installed selecting menu white balance, sensitivity and exposure compensation administration, softkey (default – configure a wireless connection), the shutter release button, the front (in the case of the test chamber – the top dial), and the mode dial with lock button move, lever supplemented diet.

    From below, in addition to the battery compartment is a standard tripod mount connector, as well as hidden rubber plug connector for battery handle.

    Right side surface is almost empty. There is only plug connector wired remote control and door can insert a memory card. Separate compartment for memory cards – this is a big plus, because sometimes even the DSLRs it is hidden under a single cover with the battery and hybrid cameras, this practice is the norm at all.

    The left side loaded stronger. Here, under the three rubber plugs, connectors are hidden from external microphones, headphones, as well as HDMI-and USB / AV-cables. On the side surface mounted viewfinder key flash control. Very unexpected place, and use this key is not particularly comfortable.

    Screen, viewfinder and interface

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 was equipped with OLED-screen viewfinder with a resolution of 1744 thousand points, which is enough for comfortable work. However, the resolution was still lower than, for example, the Sony cameras or direct competitors beginner.

    At DMC-GH4 resolution viewfinder is exactly the same as that of all the competitors – 2359 thousand points. See a single point with such a resolution is not possible, no matter how hard you try, even on plain graphical menu items.

    And indeed to find fault with the viewfinder extremely difficult, because the colors are true, contrast – rife, and the rubber eyecup is extremely convenient. However, the disadvantage is still there – automatic switching between the display and the viewfinder comes with a small but slightly annoying delay. It should be noted that a similar remark was and DMC-GH3, but things are there where they wore.

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    Display does not change in appearance – he touch, based on organic diodes with two degrees of freedom and with the same restrictions rotation angles – 180 degrees and 270 degrees. But now, its resolution is 1036 thousand points against 614 thousand predecessor.

    It should be noted that the major competitors display resolution is similar. Lack of rotary screens that if you want to display only slightly tilted, it still has to tilt sideways or down. Fortunately, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 because OLED-technology features viewing angles allow recourse to tilt the display is only in rare cases, for example when looking at camera strictly above or below.

    Color reproduction is quite good, although OLED-displays many users often complain because of the inaccurate display of colors. Yes and contrast galore – again feature OLED-technology. Decent supply of brightness, and the sun screen read without problems.

    Furthermore, the protection of the screen was very strong – she is not afraid of strong pressure, no sharp objects. In general, the only quibble is that the protection of the display extremely quickly collects fingerprints. But then touch-screen, so oleophobic coating would not be superfluous.

    Last year, we are pleased Panasonic cameras with beautifully traced menu, with good anti-aliasing and beautiful fonts. Besides Panasonic camera interface includes not only the standard main menu, but also the so-called q.menu (or “Quick Menu”), so the most frequently used settings can be reached in a couple of clicks.

    But this is not the main advantage of the interface. Nevertheless, the main advantage is a hybrid control system that allows you to change almost every parameter as using classical keys and drive, and using the touch screen. For a long time in the segment of devices with touch screen camera Panasonic hybrid operation was not equal, although now they are increasingly on the heels of the camera Sony.

    However, from a subjective point of view, the Panasonic camera still the best so far. Do not forget about the huge number of additional and programmable keys that allow you to instantly call up the setup menu the desired option.

    Only analog programmable keys – five pieces (Fn1-Fn5), but there are still five virtual pop-up sidebar. Also in the second tab pop-up menu are key to activate the backlight mode field areas (“picking”), disable the touch shutter and virtual call button slider smooth control.

    By the way, in the video mode in the side pop-up menu appears, and the third tab, which allows you to silently control shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, sensitivity, as well as the volume records, all these parameters change smoothly and silently using the aforementioned virtual slider.

    In general, use the camera extremely convenient, and, despite the apparent at first glance complexity of development of such a complex government, he is easy to handle, even inexperienced users on a purely visceral level.

    Camera Features

    Immediately it is worth noting the possibility of shooting in a fair format 3D, but you have to buy a separate company with twin lens optical systems. But shooting 3D-photo by single-lens system as in compact Panasonic, in Lumix DMC-GH4 is not provided. 3D-image can then be viewed on TVs Panasonic Viera, and control playback using the TV remote, which is very convenient.

    Of course, modern camera can not do without the regime HDR, which allows you to extend the dynamic range by stitching together multiple shots with different exposures. Advanced camera, so HDR mode is not rendered in the scene mode menu, so that it can be used in program mode, and in manual mode unit ekspopary.

    [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00I9GYG8O” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″]Lumix DMC-GH3[/easyazon_block]In addition, possible to manually install the exposure step (1, 2 and 3 stop increments), as well as automatic alignment that minimizes the negative effect of camera shake during shooting. Of course, some restrictions have. For example, in this mode, you can not use flash or saving in RAW, there is no possibility of shooting bracketed.

    Another interesting feature is the multiple exposure. In this mode, you can use the RAW format and flash, and the amount of overlap is not actually limited. An interesting feature is also a timelapse, which allows you to shoot in increments of 1 second to 99 minutes 59 seconds, and the number of frames at the same time can be up to 9999.

    Feature of the regime is that for large pauses between shots camera simply falls asleep and wakes up automatically only if when you need to take the next shot. This feature allows interval shooting a fairly lengthy process without the need to recharge the battery.

    Another important feature of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is the presence of the module Wi-Fi/NFC with very broad functionality. Camera using a wireless communication module capable of reproducing an image on TV, send photos or videos to your PC, smartphone, in the cloud-based service Panasonic, as well as on various web services (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr), and this applies as already footage, and one that you just are trying to capture.

    When sending to a PC special software on the receiving side, as in the case of cameras Sony, is not required, and a network folder, you can select any – only to have write permission. It is stipulated that send pictures during shooting can only be inserted memory card, first because there is a record of the image buffer to the memory card, and then – mail.

    When transferring the images from the memory card is also available in the possibility of sending a print, and, as in other cases, provided shipping and infrastructure mode, and when connected directly (of course, if the printer has a built-in Wi-Fi).

    Sending is possible not only in JPEG, but in RAW, as well as RAW + JPEG. Moreover, before sending the camera can convert image size or send full frames. Control shooting from your smartphone by using the program Panasonic Image App, which is available for free in the app store.

    Familiar with this software, you can link to. Program features are not limited to only a function of the shutter and set the self-timer – you can control multiple parameters photo and video (photo style choice, resolution, aspect ratio, quality, metering mode, white balance, focus mode, focus area, the introduction of EV shift, setting the parameters ekspopary ).

    When using a lens with motorized drive zoom remote control may “zoom”. In addition, you can also bind geotagging. Built-in GPS-module not in the camera, so the program takes the coordinates of the GPS-receiver smartphone. Also worth noting is possible to activate the functions lapse animation using a smartphone.

    In general, the functionality and ease of managing data wirelessly camera superior Wi-Fi-cameras Sony and Samsung, and so does the rest here and hopelessly behind.

    Shooting and work experience

    At the time, the camera DMC-GH3 was kindly provided by the lens with motorized drive zoom, which is very convenient in video mode, but in the process of preparation for work on power slightly delay the process, because he needs to go out of the transport to working position.

    Therefore DMC-GH3 during testing was ready for use only after 0.65 seconds. However, without a lens, this camera could fit into a standard third of a second. Tested the novelty came to the laboratory as a “carcass” with conventional lens Lumix G Vario 14-42 1:3.5-5.6, which in theory should allow to show a good result, but the camera was able to take the first shot only after 0.48 seconds.

    A similar result was shown and without the lens. It is worth noting that by itself the result is quite good, and most modern “mirrorless” preparing to work about the same, but in fact DMC-GH4 – the flagship Panasonic, MILC which conquered the first third of a second.

    Burst speed test chamber is 12 frames per second, which is the best result among the competitors, because Olympus OM-D E-M1 series is able to shoot at 10 frames per second, and the Fujifilm X-T1 – “only” 8. Velocity measurement and the duration of the series was held in three modes: as a JPEG with the least compression format RAW, RAW + JPEG with the least compression.

    For all formats, it was found the highest available resolution. Focus was transferred to the manual mode, the shutter speed is 1/1000 seconds, and a variety of software processing disabled. To minimize the influence of various external factors has been selected from the fastest memory card available, – SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I with a claimed write speed up to 90 MB / s.

    It is worth noting that the character of the material, as well as a competitor in the face of Fujifilm X-T1, boasts maps of class UHS-II. Unfortunately, the data card still not particularly common in retail, and most importantly insanely expensive, so far limited to using one of the fastest memory cards Class UHS-I.

    In JPEG format camera was able to shoot at the maximum speed phenomenal 204 frames (buffer size is 81 frames) in RAW and RAW + JPEG at frame 41 (buffer size – 39 frames). And here it is necessary to digress about the speed burst shooting.

    Manufacturer claimed 12 frames per second, but this rate is available only when using the electronic shutter, but when activating a mechanical shutter, our measurements showed 10.7 fps. But 12 frames stated for a mechanical shutter.

    Maybe this feature is due to the fact that we tested a sample with a non-profit pre-version of the firmware. For comparison, the former “king of the hill” and the main competitor from Olympus using the same memory card at a rate of 10 frames per second could shoot 40, 35 and 33 frames, respectively, and Fujifilm X-T1 at a rate of 8 frames per second 36, 22 and 22 frames respectively.

    Velocity is measured by focusing conducted in good light (1000 lux at the checkpoint in the center of the template), as the object still life guidance used test used in the evaluation of the noise level, the focus is on the central zone, before each measurement camera zooms to infinity, pictures are taken from a distance 50 cm at wide-angle and telephoto 100 cm.

    Panasonic cameras often impressive decent speed focusing, and no exception predecessor test chambers, which are stacked at wide-angle setting on the test in 0.09 seconds. Of course, good results are expected from DMC-GH4.

    However, the provided lens Lumix G Vario 14-42 1:3.5-5.6 never special shustrosti no different, so expect some records was difficult. Actually, the fact that the autofocus is not very smart, and it was noticeable without measurements.

    Wide-angle for guidance on the test pattern took 0.28 seconds and 0.35 seconds in telephoto. Of course, this result is not bad, but nimble competitors. However, here again, it is worth recalling that the lenses in Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 is much more interesting than provided for testing the hero material.

    As for the auto focus in low light, the camera here is not something that has pleasantly surprised and impressed. Light metering at which the camera can focus on the subject, is always held in the same conditions – the device off the backlight when the autofocus focuses on the test pattern, which is installed at a distance of 1 meter.

    In this light level gradually decreases and fixed the minimum at which autofocus able to point at the subject. For example, Fujifilm X-T1 in such conditions could focus at 0.6-0.8 lux illumination that “mirrorless” is a good indicator, because, for example, a full-frame Sony ILCE-7 test pattern was given only at 4 lux illumination.

    Until that day in our record was offset reflex camera Pentax K-3, who was able to focus light at 0.3 lux. But now we have a new leader, because the camera is unable to focus under test at an illumination of 0.1 lux! For comparison, the level of illumination on a moonlit night is 0.2 lux.

    Of course, a similar result was achieved only when the function of fast focusing and adjusting the process took 1.5 seconds. However, this is so slow in low light forgivable, because it is often in such circumstances, even manually focus is extremely difficult, and only on automation and does not have to think.

    In terms of settings, focusing this expanse. For a start, switching between single frame, constant and manual focus mode is performed by a separate lever and single auto focus in manual mode is activated virtual key, which is available in this mode.

    In terms of selecting focus areas Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is slightly different from its predecessor. As before, the one-zone is available with manual selection, both with the joystick, and by tapping anywhere on the screen, so-called “very accurate” (center point), as well as currently popular modes and face detection mode reference object.

    But multizone mode is different, because the novelty zones 49 to 23, its predecessor. In addition, a completely new mode “multi-zone custom.” In this mode, the user can specify an area of multi-zone mode, which is very convenient.

    Face detection mode works flawlessly and added function to create a list of your favorite people. This function allows you to make three pictures in different lighting conditions and with different facial expressions, which helps automation correctly define elected officials.

    Additionally, you may specify the name and date of birth (age). In tracking mode in the case of DMC-GH3 we had a lot of comments, whereas in this new mode works almost perfectly – quickly and easily picks up and holds objects even when they are moving fast.

    Of course, low-contrast background function is almost useless, but in other circumstances it works very, very bad. Mode precise focus has traditionally been a three-speed, and on the speed here, of course, depends on the accuracy, although usually quite average / speed accuracy.

    In manual focus mode the camera have a surprise. Of course, the link with the optical system psevdomehanicheskaya, but still control the focus using the lens ring is much nicer than the keys. In addition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 provides many helpers.

    To begin with it is worth noting the zoom function the focus area, the scale can be adjusted in increments of 1x (rear dial) and 0.1 x (front control dial). Of course, the required area can choose not only the navigation keys, but simply pointing to the right of the screen.

    Of course, there is a distance scale. Unfortunately, unlike the Fujifilm X-T1 here is not fitted with an indicator of depth of field, which would be very useful for novice photographers. But there is a function of field illumination zones, or “picking”, and you can choose one of two levels of intensity of illumination, as well as one of three colors, namely blue, pale yellow and green.

    The “picking” method is based on the contrast focus, so in low light is practically useless, and suffers not only the tested camera, but all the others with this feature. It is noteworthy that the faces of field lights not working properly even when illumination 3 lux, while focusing, as we have noted, can operate at 0.1 lux illumination.

    Installing ekspopary performed in standard mode (PASM). But it’s not all functions and settings exposure. The user is given a choice of three standard metering modes and introducing EV shift in a rather wide range (from -5 to +5 EV.

    Survey is also available with automatic or single frame bracketing (3, 5 and 7 frames in steps of 1/3, 2,3 and 1 EV). However, that’s not all, because the provided manual control and brightness of light and dark areas. Actually this is a common post-processing such as intellectual exposure, but in manual mode, implemented this feature is quite interesting.

    There are four preset settings that can be changed as well as three custom setting. changing the brightness of shadows made ​​using the rear control dial and light areas – due to the upper disk. course, make such changes can be in any graphics package using the gamma correction curve, but if the processing capabilities on a PC not, then this tool can be very handy, because you can not always extend the dynamic range mode using HDR.

    However, often with automatic daylight very worthy job done, even in difficult shooting conditions, such as heavy cloud or shooting against the sun or any other bright light source. But here is to recognize that in difficult shooting conditions Fujifilm X-T1 behaves significantly better, although he metering module only 256-zone, whereas the hero material boasts a 1728-zonal.

    But a small loss in working with sophisticated lighting Panasonic DMC-GH4 compensates wealth of settings and in particular advanced bracketing mode with an impressive range of settings. In laboratory conditions, the fluorescent light is scanty error – it rarely passes for -0,03 EV.

    When using incandescent slips a little more – to -0,3 EV, which is evident even without measurements. It should be noted that under laboratory conditions Fujifilm X-T1 admits a similar error under incandescent lighting, but much more precisely in the light of fluorescent lamps. Olympus OM-D E-M1 then losing opponents, especially when a fluorescent light.

    White balance settings include five presets (sunny, cloudy, shade, incandescent and flash), manual configuration, which provides for four containers, automatic and manual input of color temperatures from 2500 to 10000 K.

    For any preset and manual modes provides fine adjustment on scales AB / GM. Under natural light error Automatic White Balance noticeable only if you use a calibration table, and eye uglyadet this error is extremely difficult. With artificial light bulbs are great blunders.

    But with fluorescent lighting bug – compared with the results of its predecessor – has decreased significantly, and it is even noticeable to the eye, without measuring.

    Flash

    This camera has not only “hot shoe”, but also built-in flash lift. Power flash competitors Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 – the undisputed leader, because the guide number at ISO 100 is 12, and at ISO 200 – and at 17. For comparison: the Fujifilm X-T1 complete flash at ISO 100 “breaks” only 8 meters.

    Competitor from Olympus is no built-in, or even a complete flash – thereby manufacturer as it alludes to the “professional” status gadget. But back to the hero material. With such a high power flash pretty quickly charged regardless of the state of the battery.

    Unfortunately, the serial flash photography is not possible. But if you tap the trigger keys managed to shoot 30 shots with flash for 30 seconds, which is quite unexpected. However, when such a high intensity are taken after the 30th frame pictures appearing between a pause of 20 seconds.

    This is most likely due to the need to not charging capacitors, and with a strong heat so intense flare. Also DMC-GH4 has sync port, which is and all direct competitors. However, at the moment the cost of Chinese radiotriggerov so low that there was little need for a synchronization ports even in the studio now, in general, is not.

    Number of flash setting is impressive: includes modes fill flash, fill with the suppression of the effect of “red eye” and Slow sync on the first or second curtain – and in both cases it is possible activation functions, reducing “red-eye.”

    Correction range in TTL mode is quite wide – from -3 to +3 EV in increments of a third stage. Also has a manual mode and flash output (1 to 1/128 in increments of a third stage). Of course, there is also a wireless control mode (3 groups, 4 channels).

    Video Mode

    We have long been accustomed to the camera Panasonic – is to support the AVCHD format and Full HD-video modes 50/60p. Of course, no exception and the test apparatus. But in the case of DMC-GH4 is just the beginning – supported recording video in 4K.

    AVCHD recording support 4K, of course not – processor power is not enough. But formats MOV, MP4 and MP4 LPCM (an uncompressed stream) 4K support is available, but only in 25/30p (IPB). The flow rate is 100 Mbit / s per second.

    However, this is not the limit. After all, with video recording 1080/50p (All-Intra) flow rate up to 200 Mbit / s. In general, the expanse for video editing.

    Settings in the video mode mass. You can not just set the white balance, but also directly in the video control the disclosure of the diaphragm, exposure time and level of sensitivity, as well as introduce exposure compensation.

    Adjusting these parameters as possible with the help of the dials and sliders due to virtual pop-up menus that allow smooth and silent operation. But regulators still virtual and two-speed. Among other things, there is provided a manual control zones of light and shadow which is implemented in the same way as in the photo mode.

    And if in the case of photo editing brightness gamut – a trifling matter, the transcoding video requires a lot of CPU time, and specialized software that has not every PC.

    With the focus in video mode there is no problem – the camera easily picks up your subject even when active movement. Linger a little automation makes only a very rapid change in focal length. In terms of sound Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 also bypasses all competitors.

    In addition to a pair of built-in microphones, the possibility of connecting an external microphone and headphones. There are adjusting the volume record in the range from -12 to +6 dB in 1 dB steps. Of course, the availability and the noise canceling function, and with three levels of activity (also provides the automatic mode of the level of activity).

    Moreover, there is the noise canceling function of the lens. Well, absolutely discharge of exotic – it is an opportunity appointment television tuning tables, and provides not one but three standard tables (SMPTE, EBU and ARIB). In general, the tested camera is clearly trying to be like a semi-camcorders. That’s just the camera body is still focused on photography.

    Power supplies and battery life

    In the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 extremely capacious used lithium-ion battery with 14 Wh, which is a record in the class “mirrorless”, and mirror type of cameras with few rivals in high capacity battery. But at the DMC-GH4 also possible to connect the battery handle is provided.

    But despite this, the stock of an independent course not so great – 500 frames for testing standard CIPA, whereas its predecessor, equipped with the same battery, stated on more than 40 frames. Yet here it is worth noting that the alleged duration of both main competitors significantly less – 350 shots.

    In the field, GH4 could shoot 840 shots, of which only 56 were made with a flash. Basically, the result is quite good, but with a similar value of DSLRs camera still falls short for no specified results or in the field. The residual charge level only 3-segment, but to rely on its readings that pre firmware rarity.

    Charging the battery capacity is so large, of course, carried out exclusively in an external charger and battery recharge function of USB-bus is not supported.

    Conclusion

    Externally the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 very little different from its predecessor. Virtually all differences confined to the key, move the locking mode dial operation. However, these are two fundamentally different camera.

    To start with new, higher quality display and viewfinder. Here it is worth mentioning and stunningly comfortable hybrid interface, as well as a huge number of programmable controls, and both analog and sensor. And in general the camera ergonomics are very well thought out and successful hybrid interface that emphasizes.

    The speed and duration of Burst GH4 – record. Special attention should be perfectly modified autofocus. First, significantly improved autofocus in tracking mode, and secondly, a new mode of zone selection – user multi-segment, well and thirdly, autofocus was extremely tenacious, even in darkness, and in our standings GH4 and did set a new record.

    [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00I9GYG8O” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″]Lumix DMC-GH3[/easyazon_block]Can not be overlooked, and built-in flash – it is very powerful and also very fast charging. As the functionality of the module Wi-Fi Panasonic cameras are significantly higher than all competitors, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 – is no exception.

    The main “trick” camera – a record 4K-video. But the flagship Lumix stands out not only the video resolution, because the settings and functions in video mode it is not less than semi-camcorders. In terms of battery life DMC-GH4 – again the leader among the competitors, though inferior to the SLR.

    GH4 a bit behind in terms of competing Fujifilm correctness of metering in the most severe conditions. Let the loss is not too significant, but it is, and it is necessary to compensate for the richer settings. In general, the Panasonic got lucky and very interesting camera, but its price is too high – at the time of publication of this article GH4 without lens is an average of $1700.

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