A Look At The Panasonic Lumix GH4

Panasonic has long been known for impressive mirrorless cameras that they have released to the market over the years. And recently, they have released yet another impressive mirrorless camera model with the Panasonic Lumix GH4. How impressive is this camera, you may ask? Read on for my thoughts on this product.

Features and Design

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 boasts an all new 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a chip developed specifically for this camera. And this new sensor is designed so as to facilitate faster response and read-out times than the previous model which is the GH3. The sensor also provides an extensive native ISO range of 200-25,600.

While the GH4 remains an impressive still image shooter, the camera shines most as a video shooter, delivering video in clear, ultra high definition 4K format, the first mirrorless camera to offer this feature.

And if you’re afraid the camera may not be able to handle the amount of data rendered in 4K video format, no need to worry.  The GH4 has a new Venus Engine image processor as well as a quad-core CPU specifically aimed at making video capture as smooth as possible.

The processor also delivers some impressive burst mode figures with the GH4 managing 7.5 frames per second with continuous AF enabled, increasing to around 12 frames per second in AF-S mode.

Another area of the camera’s performance which has been improved is auto focusing. The model sports an AF system complete with 49 precision contrast-detect AF points as well as Panasonic’s own ‘Depth from Defocus’ technology, with the whole system delivering AF speeds of as little as 0.07 seconds.

The camera sports at the rear a clear and bright 3-inch 1,043k-dot vari-angle touchscreen OLED monitor. It also has a new OLED viewfinder complete with 100% field of view and a resolution of some 2.36-million dots.

While the GH4 is technically a mirrorless camera, it looks more like mid-range DSLR in the hand both in terms of design and build quality, not to mention the controls and settings available in the unit.

The camera has a solid build as well, with a magnesium alloy shell that is resistant to both water and dust.

Performance

One of the more impressive areas of the GH4 (outside of the 4K video capture) is the GH4’s autofocus features, allowing you to shoot photos faster.

The level of performance from the camera’s EVF is also impressive. Thanks to the speedy refresh rate, real-time display of shooting setting adjustments as well as various shooting information, you could argue that the experience is preferred to a great deal of optical viewfinders.

As far as the output is concerned, the GH4 delivers some great quality images, though the colors tend to be a little flat at times.

Recommendations

If you are looking for a great mirrorless camera to shoot videos, then the GH4 would be a camera we highly recommend, thanks in part to its 4K shooting capabilities and its fast processor. This does not mean its still image capture performance is not impressive. In fact, this camera is one of the finest still image shooters out there, though other models may perform better especially in rendering color.

Overall, the GH4 is yet another great camera Panasonic has made, a must buy for those who are interested in both photography like Wedding Photographer Newcastle and videography with its rich features and capabilities it offers.

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Why you should always use a lens hood on your camera?

What does a lens hood do and why should you always have it on your camera? This is a question I am often asked – and it can seem so trivial a question, but it can make the difference between your lens acting like a cheap kit lens, or an expensive prime!

Okay let’s start with the basics – The lens hood is a piece of equipment that attaches onto the front of the camera. It is a large piece of plastic that extends beyond the front. What does it do? The lens hood blocks out light and reduces flare. You might tell yourself that you don’t need a lens hood because you are excellent at controlling the light when you’re snapping pictures, and you might be right. However, the lens hood does provide protection from the lens flares that you can’t see. It saves you the disappointment of developing ruined pictures.

The humble lens hood - a must-have on your camera at all timesThe hood also protects the lens which is always a good thing. Most photographers have probably managed to scratch or break their camera lens at some point, so the protection provided by the lens hood is very beneficial. Even if you’re super careful with your camera the elements can still do quite a work on you lens. Snow, rain, or wind can all damage your camera, and the protection of a lens hood is quite nice in those situations.

Lens hoods can look kind of funny since they come in multiple shapes. The reason for these odd shapes is to allow the hood to extend out as far as possible without actually getting in the way. Certainly everyone has taken a picture that would’ve been just perfect if only your dumb friend hadn’t covered part of the lens. It would be awfully lame if the lens hood got in the way of your photos, so that’s why the shapes can be kind of strange looking.

So should I use a lens hood?

That depends a lot on what you’re doing to be honest. In most cases the answer would be yes. The lens hood almost always brings more benefits to the table than problems. The only times you may want to consider running without one is if you have a super fancy camera with a very special lens. Some lenses have built in mechanisms that reduce the flare that the lens hood would normally take care of, like plastic that extends outwards beyond the actual lens. Then again, the protection provided by the lens hood is still an added plus to consider.

Some might feel like the lens hood gets in the way when shooting macro. This is a rare occurrence though, but the lens hood might make it difficult to zoom in and get really close to small subjects. Most exceptions that would require you to remove the lens hood can be worked around though.

So to sum it all up: It is almost always better to have a lens hood for a couple of reasons. It blocks the lens flare and protects your camera lens. They are not very expensive and you could probably pick one up online for less than $50 dollars. That is if you are unlucky and your camera doesn’t come with a hood already. The lens hood is definitely a must have for any photographer.

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My Camera – the Nikon D800E – the best camera I have ever owned

I thought I would start off the blog with a quick post detailing the camera I use – a Nikon D800E

The D800 series was introduced a couple of years ago and the “E” version was a special version with the anti-aliasing filter removed to ensure you have the sharpest images possible – perfect for landscape photography.

Nikon D800EThe camera also features a resolution on 36MP – this is basically Medium Format resolution – again perfect for landscape photography.

The camera is pitched in the “Pro” range of Nikon’s cameras, so everything is properly sealed from dust and rain – again perfect for landscape photography.

So you can understand why I have one – it’s the best camera I have ever owned and I’ve owned LOTS.

Here’s a link to the full specification and a video providing a much fuller review of the camera than I could possibly provide from those wonderful people at Luminous Landscape https://luminous-landscape.com.

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