• Subscription Options:

    Subscribe via LinkedInSubscribe via FlickrSubscribe via Google+Subscribe via YouTubeSubscribe via Pinterest

The GH4 does a Parade

Framegrab from 1080p

Framegrab from 1080p

Here is the 2014 Sequim 119th Irrigation Festival Parade in all it's glory shot in AVCHD 1080/60p. With the limitations of YouTube the video was reduced to 480p at 30 frames a second. YouTube does not do 60p. I reduced the video to 480p because the parade video is 105 minutes to keep the file size down. The lens used is the New Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.6 O.I.S.

Doing long form video on the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is wonderful.
Number one: Unlimited Recording. There is no limitation on how long you can record, unlike most other HDSLR's. The bigger the SD card the longer you can record. The camera does not stop till you stop the camera.
Number two: No Overheating. The GH4 does not overheat and shut down, period. That was a problem with other cameras that I have used.
Number three: Long Battery Runtime. The camera battery lasts a long time. I have had one battery cover an entire opera, symphony concert or musical.
Number four: Buit-In Viewfinder. The viewfinder works while shooting video. In sunlight, in shade, in the dark, does not matter.
Number five: Adjustable LCD. The rear OLED LCD is adjustable. It can be viewed from any position.
Number six: Bright LCD. The OLED LCD is bright enough to be seen in daylight without a hood. Wonderful while working on a tripod.
Number seven: Audio Level Display: The audio levels display on the screen and stay on screen as long as you are recording video. On the GH3 display the audio levels went off after a short time.
Number eight: Focus Peaking. Being able to manually focus on the fly with the LCD and viewfinder is great when the subject is constantly changing.
Number nine: Zebra Bars. Being able to see what will wash out in exposure is very helpful. They can be set to 80% or 100%.
Number ten: Low Rolling Shutter. 1080 60p has the lowest rolling shutter on the GH4. A noticeable difference. 4k has the most rolling shutter.

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 replaces a video camera.

GH4 4K Fireworks

24.00HzTook the new GH4 to the 119th Sequim Irrigation Festival Fireworks. I thought it would be good to use the Cinema 24p at 4K on the camera. That's right, the camera records at 24 frames per second just like a film motion picture camera. None of this 24.976 stuff to NTSC. Just set the camera to 24.00Hz (CINEMA) in the Setup menu under System Frequency and the camera will only record 24p. Now we really have a motion picture camera.

This is the first 4K test with the new camera that I am publishing. I recorded the footage at 100mbps IPB on to a HoodMan RawSteel 32gig Class 10 U1 SDHC card with no problems. On a 32 gig card the camera estimates that you have about 40minutes of record time.

There will a an article soon explaining the differences in the 4K modes in the GH4. We are in a new exciting world with the GH4.

Slow Down GH4

140430-230610-001For my first test of the new Panasonic DMC-GH4 I decide to see how the variable frame rate works. Answer: It works real well. I am very pleased with the slow and fast motion. The way they have set it up is very straight forward as you will see.

To have these capabilities in a camera so small and reasonable in cost is amazing. Just a few years ago it cost thousands more. Panasonic has really given us a lot to work with.

Looking forward to actually use this feature on a paying shoot. I feel my clients will be very satisfied. Take a watch at this first video.

Samsung 3 Pack SDHC Cards

These Samsung cards should be great for the GH4 as they have high data rates.


Samsung ” 3 PACK ” 32GB SDHC Pro UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card, Upto 80MB/s Read, Upto 40MB/s Write

Regular Price: $89.85 Sale: $49.95 + free shipping and Free Card Reader


Samsung ” 3 PACK ” 64GB SDHC Pro UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card, Upto 80MB/s Read, Upto 40MB/s Write Speed

Regular Price $174.00 Sale: $99.99 + free shipping and Free Card Reader

Unboxing the GH4

Unboxing The GH4 ProjSo far I am very happy with the Panasonic Lumix GH4. The features are wonderful and I like that Panasonic has listened to it's customers. This is a very impressive camera indeed.

This unboxing video does not have footage from the camera or goes into depth of features. Those videos will come very soon as well as the full review. This is just a look at the camera.

The Rumor of Death is Totally Untrue.

The recent rumors reporting that micro 4/3 format is going to be dropped by Panasonic and Olympus is totally untrue and a very bad April fools joke. The joke was reported when it was April 1st in Japan. This type of false reporting does our industry no good and a lot of harm. In this Internet age any kind of speculation can be drawn to the maximum exposure. Why people are doing this escapes me. There is no reason for this kind of stupidity.

Pundits have been writing about the death of micro 4/3 format for many years now and the cameras have gotten much better, more interesting and with the GH4 an incredible bargain. There is no reason for Panasonic or Olympus to abandon the micro 4/3 format. The financial reports that I saw from both of these companies were not that far off of their expectations. One Panasonic rep told me that the GH3 has been a good seller and they're very happy. With all of the preorders for the GH4 I expect it to be even a better seller. We, the consumer are getting incredible value for our money. Also these cameras are the best DSLR like cameras to shoot video and Panasonic knows that.

Even with out the GH4, I have one of the Best cameras I have ever owned with the GH3. Would I be sorry if this ugly rumor proves to be true and there are going to be no more micro 4/3 cameras? Yes, but I already have what I need to get the job done and I am very satisfied with what I have. I could live with what I have for quite sometime and I don't think that Olympus or Panasonic are stupid companies. Killing micro for thirds would be just plain stupid.

GH4 Available for Pre-Order at Amazon

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Digital Camera is now available for pre-order at Amazon! This will be a popular camera so order early to get this game changing camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Only, Black – with 4K Video Recording

Price: $1,698.00

Panasonic LUMIX DMW-YAGH Interface Unit, Pro Audio Video Interface for LUMIX GH4

Price: $1,999.99


Pre-Order The GH4 at Adorama.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Digital Camera is now available for pre-order at Adorama!


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Only, Black – with 4K Video Recording

Price: $1,698


Panasonic LUMIX DMW-YAGH Interface Unit, Pro Audio Video Interface for LUMIX GH4

Price: $1,998


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Camera Body, Black with DMW-YAGH Pro Audio Video Interface Unit

Price: $3,298 (save $398 when pre-ordering the GH4 and the Interface Unit together, rather than separate)



A Bright Lens: Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2

Leica 42.5mm F1.2
Leica 42.5mm F1.2

Leica 42.5mm F1.2

The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 A.S.P.H. Power O.I.S. Lumix G is a bright lens. It is a very fast short telephoto portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. This is the most robust, built like a tank lens that Panasonic has ever created. It looks and feels – Leica. This lens is for those who want great out of focus backgrounds. With this lens Micro Four Thirds finally has a lens that competes directly with larger sensor cameras and has that low focus plane with that pleasing out of focus background. On a 35mm sized sensor camera the focal length is equivalent to a 85mm with a aperture of about F2.5.

The lens features optical image stabilization, a special Nano Surface Coating to minimize ghosting and flare, and an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades for better out of focus circles. The lens is fairly compact fitting in the palm of your hand. For a lens that offers a portrait focal length although it's quite weighty for a Micro Four Thirds lens. It makes the GH3 feel a little heavy but balanced.

The traditional manual aperture ring on the lens barrel is new for Micro Four Thirds. With aperture markings from f/1.2 to f/16 it allows you to set the aperture in 1/3 step. As you change the aperture, it is also shown in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Put the lens in A and the camera controls the aperture.

The Nocticron is a high-quality lens with an impressive all-metal construction. Panasonic does not claim any sort of weather resistance for this lens, and there is no rubber seal around the mount.

The metal manual focusing ring is well dampened with a nice feel to it. Like most Micro Four Thirds lenses the ring turns freely. There are two small switches on the side toggle between auto/manual focus and turn Power O.I.S.

The Nocticron comes with a large metal lens hood and a cloth storage bag, and it uses 67mm filters, same as the 100-300mm lens.

I have found this lens to be a stellar performer with wonderful characteristics. On the GH3 it is a match made for each other. This is the best portrait and interview lens around. If you can afford it, this lens will not disappoint.

I have posted at Flickr some photo samples from this lens.

The video I have created is a review at this amazing new lens for Micro Four Thirds.