Sunday, February 16, 2014

Preproduction Panasonic GH4 in the Field!

Eduardo Angel gives us a tantalizing taste of what it's like to shoot with the new Panasonic GH4 4K camera in a blog post entitled, "7 things we discovered after shooting 4K with the GH4. You won't like #4."

I'm not going to repeat Eduardo's 7 lessons here (you can head over to Eduardo's excellent post to read the list), but there are a few really great nuggets in his blog post that aren't explicitly spelled out.  For example:

  • the GH4 seems to have no problem with a little snow and moisture - there's a picture of it sitting on the ground in the snow

  • the GH4 fits GH3 cages without any issues - Eduardo used a Swedish Chameleon GH3 cage, but the $90 Photography & Cinema Fhugen Fusion Honu Cage should work just fine

  • the Letus AnamorphX is relatively large - and really changes the look of the camera - a little more so than the SLR Magic Anamorphot

SLR Magic Anamorphot
Letus AnamorphX

It's also clear from Eduardo's experience that the price of SD cards for this camera is going to be a challenge. The $99 (on sale) 95MB/s R/W Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC cards that work to record Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera RAW don't seem to work with this camera.

Fortunately for Eduardo, he had an early copy of the new Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 280MB/s(!) card - but he still plans to buy the pricey Panasonic 64 GB microP2 card when he gets his production version of the camera.

Here's a bonus for you Spanish speakers - Eduardo's interview in EspaƱol (no subtitles) with on his experiences with the GH4:

Really looking forward to seeing the footage that Eduardo and his team shot on this snowy New York day!

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