I’ve been shooting with the Panasonic GH4 since July 2015 and I thought to share my top reasons on why this is a great camera for quality video production, drawing from my personal experience as a videographer and a bit of research.
1. High-quality video
The Panasonic GH4 produces significantly sharper video compared to the Canon 5D Mark III. Side-to-side comparison may even make the latter appear out-of-focus.
2. In-camera 4K Video
The Panasonic GH4 records 4K-resolution video internally. 4K video allows me to zoom into the video without reducing its quality which is particularly useful when recording interviews with only one camera.
3. Variable Frame Rates
The GH4 can shoot slow motion video at variable frame rates such as 50fps and 96fps. This is a very useful feature especially for music video production that most Canon DSLRs lack.
4. Focus Peaking
This is a greatly useful feature of the Panasonic GH4 that allows users to monitor the focus and fine-tune it with precision.
5. Long Battery Life
The battery of the GH4 lasts a long time. A single battery appears to last between 1.5 and 2.5 hours of continuous shooting. The camera doesn’t overheat either.
6. Compact & Lightweight
The GH4 is smaller and lighter than Canon DSLRs. Panasonic lenses are also smaller and lighter than their Canon counterparts. This is particularly useful when traveling.
Unlike Canon cameras, the Panasonic GH4 sells at a very good price and comes with many useful features.
Needless to say, the Panasonic GH4 isn’t perfect. It’s isn’t very good at filming in low-light situations at above ISO 800. As a micro-four-thirds camera, the GH4 is also criticized for not producing enough shallow depth of field. Nevertheless, the Panasonic GH4 is the best camera I’ve used so far and its numerious video features meet my creative goals.