Panasonic GH4 Image Quality Analysis: See how the new 4K video powerhouse performs with still images


posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM EDT


The Panasonic GH4, highly-anticipated successor to the GH3, aims to take the enthusiast and professional video market by storm, but let's not forget it's also a mighty stills camera first and foremost (given that its ergonomics still resemble that classic DSLR-like shape). The Panasonic GH4's got a host of upgrades including a newly designed 16MP Live MOS sensor and a new quad-core Venus Engine 9AHD image processor to create images with improved dynamic range, high ISO performance and better, more accurate color rendition.

We're now able to present to you the next in our series of posts for the GH4: our Image Quality Analysis. Here we'll take a close look at the GH4 in a series of side-by-side crop comparisons from our lab test shots against a variety of competitors, including, of course, the Panasonic GH3 as well as the hot new Sony A6000 and Canon's latest HD-DSLR, the 70D.

As an example, below is a table comparing the GH4 test lab images to the GH3 at base ISO. These are cropped from 100% resolution images to give you an accurate read on what each camera is delivering at default camera settings. As usual, there's also comparisons at ISO 1600 and 3200, as well as a high-contrast, fine-detail comparison table up to ISO 6400, and of course our signature Print Quality Analysis as well, where we detail how large you can expect to achieve good prints across the entire ISO range.

Our side-by-side comparisons let you see how the various models stack up to each other.

Stay tuned for much more to come on the Panasonic GH4!