In his guest post for News Shooter, Nicos Argillet shares a few thoughts on the Panasonic GH4, which he also compares to the professional Canon EOS C300 and the C100. Nicos had the opportunity to spend a week with Panasonic's camera and he used it during a shoot of a documentary film that he did for France 5, one of the French national TV channels. He wanted to see how the GH4 performs when doing such jobs and if it can match the C300 and the C100 in the field. His video, that you can watch below, should give you a lot of info on the camera because all shots were only slightly graded in Adobe Premiere CS6 (mainly exposure and saturation), so in general what you see here is what you get.
According to Nicos the GH4 did a great job and the camera was very close to the C300 and C100 and he writes that shooting in 4K and editing on a 1080p timeline gives a pretty close match in terms of resolution and rendering. But of course the GH4 cannot match professional cameras in all areas:
"All shots on the C300 were done between 850 and 1600 ISO. GH4 was set to 200 ISO. To my eyes, the noise of the GH4 at 200 ISO is as visible as 1600 ISO on the C300. The other thing I noticed is that the GH4 can be very noisy on the dark part of the image. When shooting a mountain top with a forest below, if you set the exposure to protect the sky, the forest – although clearly visible – would become really noisy. Even though the GH4 seemed to capture those dark stops, it was capturing it with a lot of noise."
Nicos also notices that all three cameras have their strengths and weaknesses, but the Panasonic GH4 is indeed a good option and can be very capable in the field:
"Looking at the images from the two cameras side by side, and especially the interview parts, I think that the C-series and GH4 intercut very nicely, with minimum post-production. And for me this is the most important. I can’t afford to spend hours trying to match color sciences and skin tones from completely different planets."
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