Panasonic’s GH4: video test and review

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Ergonomics

GH4 touch screen
Most of the GH4’s controls are on the rear or on the touch screen

When it comes to ergonomics and controls, there is little new about the GH4. The industrial design is very close to that of Panasonic’s GH3, to the extent that cages and rigs made for the GH3 will fit the GH4 too.

The camera retains a fully-rotatable, touch screen LCD and, as this is a mirrorless camera system rather than a true DSLR, an electronic viewfinder.

There are two control dials on the right hand side of the camera, for shutter speed and aperture, a dedicated video button, buttons for white balance, ISO, exposure compensation and for activating the in-built WiFi, for focus mode and meter area selection, and to toggle the display on and off.

Shooting modes are via decently-sized, rotating dials on the top plate, although most videographers will keep the camera in manual video mode; the camera’s function buttons can be reassigned if desired. The top of the camera also features a pop-up flash, although this is likely to be of little interest to video shooters.

On the side of the camera are sockets for headphones and a microphone – a 3.5mm stereo jack – and an HDMI output. The GH4 can produce a clean HDMI signal, without overlays, up to 4K, but via a micro HDMI socket. On the other side of the camera is the GH4’s sole memory card slot, for an SD card; on the underside are interface connections for a battery grip or the YAGH.

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