Thursday, July 30, 2015

Camera FAQ

A few subscribers to our YouTube channel have noticed a jump in the visual quality in some of our most recent videos and wondered what camera we shoot with.

Allow me to introduce you to the new addition to the family... The Panasonic GH4.

Why did we choose the GH4?

We wanted a camera that could provide 4K capability while still offering beautiful stills. The main contender was the Sony AX100 but in the end we wanted a camera that had the ability to swap out lenses.

What's the verdict?

The ability to shoot 4K allows so much flexibility in post production when downscaling to 1080P. We’re able to zoom in up to two times without losing a pixel of detail in the rendered footage. Very valuable in our situation when we want a close look at an artist putting fine details on their work. The addition of focus peaking ensures that what we are shooting is in focus.

Here's a video that we shot with the GH4 in 4K and downscaled to 1080P:

Should you get a GH4?

The GH4 is a solid camera that is recommended for anybody looking to get into videography. The answer on whether or not to buy one boils down to whether or not you want or need to shoot in 4K.

If you do want to shoot in 4K then you still have a few other options to consider besides the GH4 from Sony but they have a nasty reputation for overheating for extended shoots. If money isn't an issue then you might take a look at the GH5 which offers 4K at 60 frames per second and 10-bit color at 1080P. Definitely worth the extra money if you plan to use any sort of slow motion or you see yourself taking handheld shots but dollars to donuts I'd say go with the GH4 and use the extra money to invest in a decent lens.

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