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conclusion:We like it

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The world of digital cameras is a crowded one, which means a company has to deliver a lot more than just good photos to stand out from the crowd. In the case of the GH4, Panasonic hopes to make a mark by offering a 16MP sensor and 4K video recording capability, all in a compact format.

Critics were blown away by the video capturing ability of the GH4, with Photography Blog noting the "outstanding" quality and Pocket-Lint says "nothing else on the market can compete at this price point." However, Panasonic didn't forget about the GH4's photographic capabilities -- What Digital Camera calls the results "impressive" and Trusted Reviews says the "the level of detail captured in shadows and highlights is particularly eye-catching."

Panasonic nails the design too, with Expert Reviews noting that the "ergonomics and controls are hard to fault," thanks to "dials, switches and buttons for quick access" to the camera's settings. The touchscreen was helpful in giving ePHOTOzine access to the control panel, "making it very easy to change settings" when they needed to.

The GH4 has it all: solid image quality, impressive video capturing and fast speeds, all packed into a compact shooter. If you're just looking for a camera to just take photos there are certainly cheaper options out there, but for those who love shooting tons of video, the GH4 is more than worthy of consideration.

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Pocket-Lint May 2, 2014

It's really the best-in-class video mode that makes the GH4 one serious camera to be reckoned with. It's no longer so much "compact system vs DSLR", it's about which camera is best, and the GH4 ticks so many boxes it'll be known as one of the best cameras to arrive in 2014.

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Reviewed.com Cameras May 9, 2014

4K might not be a game-changer (yet), but the fact that it's been shoehorned so successfully into this camera's packaging means that the GH4 rocks the competition when it comes to video.

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What Digital Camera May 14, 2014

The GH4 is an audacious and versatile camera, and the shrewd addition of 4K video - a technology still arguably yet to have its day in the sun - could make it a sharp investment for the future.

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9.0
TechRadar May 19, 2014

The GH4 has some of our most sought-after features; a high-resolution EVF, a vari-angle screen that's touch-sensitive and Wi-Fi connectivity. It's also weather- and dust-proof and takes great-looking images.

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8.0
TrustedReviews May 23, 2014

The Panasonic GH4 stands alone in offering 4K video in the body of a CSC, and if it's video performance that you're after then you won't be disappointed. However, it's not without its flaws and there are better stills cameras available for less.

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Expert Reviews May 21, 2014

A quantum leap for amateur video production, and a superb stills camera to boot. It's the obvious choice for anyone remotely serious about video production, delivering big benefits now and even bigger rewards if and when 4K catches on.

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Photography Blog Apr 24, 2014

Designed to appeal to both photographers and videographers, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a veritable tour-de-force, offering excellent stills and outstanding video quality in a small, compact package at a very attractive price.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 6, 2014

Long gone are the days when digital cameras were just for still photographers. In fact, with its GH4, it's easy to argue that Panasonic is putting an even greater emphasis on video capture -- of the 4K variety, in this case.

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CNET Feb 6, 2014

In Panasonic's demos, it looks pretty fast. Too fast, in fact, for video, where you don't want it to snap from one subject to another; you want it to glide gracefully between subjects. It remains to be seen if there are any controls over the focus speed for that.

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Gizmodo Feb 7, 2014

Despite the allure of 4k resolution, many shooters won't feel the need to make the jump just yet. For them, the GH4 provides some stellar full HD recording options.

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Digital Photography Review Feb 7, 2014

Probably the biggest change is a feature called DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) autofocus, where the camera uses image blur to judge subject distance. During live view (before a half-press of the shutter button), the camera will occasionally make a tiny adjustment to focus.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 7, 2014

Our only real criticism - other than why no dual SD slot? - is the lingering question: does its 4K prowess provide too much too early and, therefore, will consumers be on board at this stage?

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Imaging Resource Feb 6, 2014

The GH3 was already one of the preeminent video capture platforms on the market, but the Panasonic GH4 represents a large step up in almost every area.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Apr 6, 2014

The GH4 provides the flexibility of an interchangeable lens camera, the ease of use of a DSLR, and the video chops to integrate into a pro-grade setup.

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PC World Australia Apr 17, 2014

The 4K video feature is perhaps the most interesting overall, and it’s what sets this camera apart from the competition. The higher video resolution comes in handy for many purposes, such as offering more extensive editing abilities.

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TrustedReviews Feb 7, 2014

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 bears a very strong resemblance to the GH3, especially as it too has a magnesium-alloy body. However, despite the use of magnesium alloy the camera is lightweight, and very comfortable to hold thanks to an emphasis placed on ergonomics.

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What Digital Camera Feb 7, 2014

For videographers, the GH4 is currently peerless. The speed of 4K capture is hugely impressive, but the four thirds sensor means the camera remains relatively light and suitable for travel, as do its lenses.

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TechRadar Feb 7, 2014

There are significant benefits to having a smaller sensor, the smaller size of the camera lenses being the most obvious. There's also the opportunity to have better image quality across the whole frame because (with the right design) the sensor can cover the lens's image circle more easily.

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Expert Reviews Mar 4, 2014

If the quality matches up to the impressive specs and, what looks like, incredible 4K modes, the GH4 should be a real winner.

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