First Look: Panasonic GH4 at 96 Frames per Second

EOSHD shared this video shot with a pre-production Panasonic GH4 (now available for preorder) at 96 FPS. In our previous posts about the newly announced GH4 we've been pretty excited about a 4K video camera system with a sub-$2,000 price-tag. This camera is poised to give the more expensive systems a real run for their money and with features such as 96 FPS recording there's even more reason to consider adding this to your bag.

The video (displayed SOOC) seems to be pretty clean for 96 FPS, especially given the MFT size sensor. The only — minor — issue I saw was the moire. As noted in the original post, between 24 and 60fps IQ is really pretty good, but when you start to bump up the frame rate (say, 96fps) the GH4 appears to line-skip and pixel bin a lot more noticeably, resulting in a marginally softer image. EOSHD noted that close-ups tend to yield the best results in this high-fps mode, with wide angle shots suffering from quite a bit of softness, moire, and aliasing.

That's not the only potential issue facing the GH4 though, in the video below, EOSHD looks at the rolling-shutter and the effects this can have on hand-held video. The higher-resolution GH4 seems to suffer from this effect quite a bit more than its predecessor, the GH3.

It will be interesting to see how the GH4 stacks up against the a7S, 5D Mark III, and more expensive systems such as those by Blackmagic, RED, and Alexa.

The Panasonic GH4 is now available for preorder and is expected to ship towards the end of April, 2014.


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Most of these shots are either under exposed, overexposed, or have a big ass flare covering the frame... Not the most impressive demo reel ever.

Thanks for the info.

Rolling shutter! Still?? Geeezus.

Yeah really, when are manufacturers going to stop nickle and diming for global shutters.

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Overall, it looks good.

To simply dismiss any artistic effect/filter/etc is amateur, not the use of.