Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

Panasonic GH4 £1300 in UK

Posted by Phil On March - 10 - 2014

 Just been announced. The new GH4 will be £1300…  I’ve been shooting on the GH2 for a few years and found it excellent, but the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 threatens to blow it away as it’s  the first DSLR with 4K video recording capability and it only £1300.  

I’ve used the Black Magic Pocket camera (£700)  and handled the Black Magic 4K Cinema camera (£1400) . They are both great advances,  but still awkward to use without add on viewfinders etc .  Whereas the GH range of cameras are lovely to use hand held.  See an example here   

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 will be available in the UK from 5 May – body only for £1300, with a 14-140mm lens for £1750, or with body only and an Interface unity for £2500. For those pre-ordering a free battery grip and battery is on offer from 10 March until 2 June.


The GH4 is the World’s First DSLR with 4K Video Recording Capability and can shoot 4K at 30/25/24fps at 100Mbps using ALL-Intra compression. At 1080p that rises way beyond broadcast standard to 200Mbps.

But even if you leave out the 4k which will need fast and expensive  SD cards, in  HD it can shoot up to  96 frames per second —nice slow motion –  and it has  zebra pattern to aid exposure  and focus peaking to aid with manual focusing, Master Pedestal Adjustment with 15 steps and  Gamma presets exclusively for video recording. So this is evolving into a seriously sensible video camera.

Also has  maximum 125,600 ISO,  Wifi / NFC compatibility, 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) . The camera  embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods,  to help synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production.    £1249  at  UK digital



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