Making the GH4 a great video camera makes it an even better still camera

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Making the GH4 a great video camera makes it an even better still camera
7 months ago

Some on the forum are expressing confusion over the evolution of the GH series and seem to think that the inclusion of  new performance levels of video on the GH4 hampers the progress of its still camera capabilities. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The faster processors mean better still image processing, faster frame rates, and lower noise in still images. The internal redesigns mean a faster top shutter speed, a faster top sync speed and a shutter that will last twice as long as its predecessor. The improvements to the rear LCD and EVF will improve our ability to use the camera in composition and image evaluation.

None of these things are "negatives" for still photographers.

I am in the target market for the camera because we shoot stills and video in my business. But I probably will never buy the add on unit for XLR connectors and outboard digital recorders because I like running microphones in the camera and I am currently more interested in high performance 2K video.

If the camera hits the U.S. market at around $1500 you will have a camera with better performance than the one it replaces, no real changes in the way still photographers operate the camera, and you will have improved files.

If you are uninterested in video you needn't use it but you will appreciate that the faster processors and other improvements have the potential to make your photography even better.

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