Panasonic’s GH4: video test and review

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In use

GH4 controls
The GH4’s controls are in a logical layout, for a camera which has to handle stills and video

In use, the GH4 is almost identical to the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which is no surprise. It is a small and lightweight camera, and even with a battery grip, substantially more compact than a full-frame video DSLR such as the 5DmkIII or the Nikon D800.

All the buttons fall logically enough into place, after a few hours of use, and the rotatable screen and WiFi control – with a corresponding smartphone app — are a real bonus to self-shoot operators. A lack of aperture rings on most Panasonic and Olympus lenses will frustrate some users, but this is no means unique to the GH4.

The YAGH adapter does change the ergonomics, which we will consider in our separate review. But on its own, the GH4 is easy to operate, very portable, and with a Panasonic native lens, well-suited to handheld work due to the Lumix lenses’ excellent image stabilisation; note that Olympus lenses are not image stabilised as Olympus builds stabilisation into its camera bodies.

The battery compartment for the GH4 is on the underside of the camera; the GH4 doesn’t suffer from the cripplingly short battery life of the GH2 in video mode, but the battery grip or at least a spare battery is still a good investment.

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