Panasonic Wed, 26 Nov 14 09:01:36 -0700 Panasonic en-CA GH4 - Best Video Settings Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:17:13 -0600 maddog15 10255@/talks/discussions Hello all. Anxiously awaiting my GH4, I'm starting the same thread topic that I did with the GH3. At 32 pages of input and tests for the GH3's Best Video Settings, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same for the GH4. Dedicated to user input and results regarding video settings alone. Please share and post your video tests, comparisons and opinions.

I look forward to sharing and learning from you all.

GH4 4K Panasonic video camera, official topic Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:05:26 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9542@/talks/discussions image


  • High speed 16Mp sensor
  • 2.36Mp OLED EVF
  • 1,036Mp OLED screem
  • 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps, up to 100Mbps
  • 1080p modes up to 96fps (in variable frame rate), up to 200Mbps I, or 100Mbps IBP modes (see below)
  • peaking with adjustments
  • 422 recording (external)
  • Stills - 12fps constant focus, 7.5fps - with focusing
  • Interface Unit with two XLR, 4 SDI
  • PAL/NTSC switchable
  • Weight with batteries - 560g
  • Dimensions - 133 mm x 93 mm x 84 mm
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Price - unknown yet

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Recording modes:

  • NTSC
    • MOV
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 29.97p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM,
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 23.98p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM,
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM,
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM,
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
    • MP4
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 29.97p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM/AAC
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 23.98p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 28Mbps(IPB), AAC [FHD] 1920×1080, 29.97p, 20Mbps(IPB), AAC
      • [HD] 1280×720, 29.97p, 10Mbps(IPB), AAC
    • AVCHD
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94p, 28Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94i, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital (sensor output: 29.97fps)
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 59.94i, 17Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital (sensor output: 59.94fps)
  • PAL
    • MOV
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 25.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
    • MP4
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 25.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM/AAC
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 28Mbps(IPB), AAC
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 25.00p, 20Mbps(IPB), AAC [HD]
      • 1280×720, 25.00p, 10Mbps(IPB), AAC
    • AVCHD
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00p, 28Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00i, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital (sensor output: 25.00fps)
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 50.00i, 17Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital (sensor output: 50.00fps)
  • Cinema
    • MOV
      • [C4K] 4096×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 24.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
    • MP4
      • [C4K] 4096×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [4K] 3840×2160, 24.00p, 100Mbps(IPB), LPCM
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 24.00p, 200Mbps(ALL-Intra)/100Mbps(IPB)/50Mbps(IPB), LPCM
    • AVCHD -
      • [FHD] 1920×1080, 23.98p, 24Mbps(IPB), Dolby Digital


Samples and videos

4K crop calculations:

Stills horizontal resolution - 4608
Cinema 4K horizontal resolution - 4096
4K horizontal resolution - 3840

This makes crop:

  • Cinema 4K - 1,125x
  • 4K - 1,2x

of course, it is additional crop (to 2x typical for m43), so you must multiple two if you need to know relative FF crop.

Previous related topics:

Panasonic CM1 - strange thing Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:50:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11299@/talks/discussions image

Some strange thing:

  • 1" 20Mp sensor, 28mm F2.8 lens
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4K video
  • 4.7" 1080p screen


Panasonic GX7 aka GX2, with IBIS topic Thu, 23 May 2013 07:22:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7051@/talks/discussions image



Official specifications

  • 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor
  • Tilting 1.04MP screen
  • 90 degrees tiltable EVF with 2.76 million dots (cov - 100%, mag - 1.39x) *1920×1080/60p full HD video
  • Fastest shutter is 1/8000 second
  • Maximum sensitivity is ISO25600
  • Flash sync - 1/320s
  • Highlight and shadow curve adjustments
  • Three level focus peaking
  • Silent mode
  • in body image stabilization
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC and Wi-Fi
  • 80 degrees titltable LCD with 3.0 in. 1.04 million dots
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 402g
  • 123x71x55 mm

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Previews and videos

Will be added soon, check from 4rd page for now.

Panasonic LX100 camera topic Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:55 -0600 Tron 11140@/talks/discussions image


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GH4 firmware update 2.0 talk Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:21:55 -0600 chef 11461@/talks/discussions GH4 FIRMWARE UPGRADE!!! VER 2.0

  1. [4K PHOTO] mode is added which records 4K video exclusively for capturing a frame to save as a photo. •Settings can be adjusted as below when entering this mode. Rec Format : MP4 Rec Quality : 4K/30p/100Mbps (System Frequency 59.94Hz) 4K/25p/100Mbps (System Frequency 50.00Hz) Luminance Level:0-255
    1. In addition to 16:9 aspect, 4:3/3:2/1:1 can be selected.
    2. Exif information is embedded to the captured image from the 4K video.
    3. Marking function is available enables marker setting on the designated point while recording video and users can jump to the markers when playing back the video to capture the frame they want.
    4. Loop Recording function is added, with which the camera keeps on recording video while deleting the old footage automatically.
  2. 4K/23.98p/100Mbps mode is added in MP4 video recording.
  3. The upper limit of the ISO sensitivity can be set in the menu of ISO sensitivity setting and emission amount of flash light can be adjusted in the menu of exposure compensation.
  4. Focusing performance of 1-area AF in video recording is improved.
  5. Tracking performance of tracking AF when used with the interchangeable lens H-FS14140 is improved.
  6. Remote shooting via USB tethering is available by using PC software “USB Tether” supplied by Promote Systems.

GH4 as a picture camera Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:56:22 -0600 eurocameraman 11591@/talks/discussions The GH4 is the first camera from the GH line up ( I got them all) and even the first mirrorless model ( I got the EM-1 and still have the Nikon1) that I would consider to replace my Nikon D800 for my paid job.

GH3 was too weak on the vie

wfinder and its pictures were missing something (compare to EM-1 or D800) to be pleasing out of the camera or after post processing.

This Saturday, I took advantage of one class I was orginazing for my students in Shanghai (China) to do some shots with the GH4 I was doing high speed shoot workshop (Freezing water with Flash or High Shutter speed) and the GH4 did great.

It is the first camera I am using, for that type of topic, able to take so many jpg+Raw continuous fast shots without filling up its buffer too quickly. Much better than any of my students camera (Olympus EM1, Nikon D800 and D7100, Canon 700D and 70D...).

I used an Olympus 45mm f1.8 for that series of pictures (Manual focus)

From the GH4, I like the lasting Battery (5 times more duration than the on in the EM-1), the comfortable viewfinder (size, sharpness, shape), the peaking assitance for MF and the overall ergonomy of the camera. I sold my EM-1 as I couldn't cop with its weird menu, its poor battery life and one important missing feature: A physical switch to quickly change focus mode. I get it on the GH4 at the exact right position.

The EM-1 still produce more vivd and natural color, but I also like the signature of the GH4. Smoother, but great.

Only one things is still not good enough is the Dynamic Range (or Contrat ratio) of the viewfinder which is too contrasty; highlight are too easilly overexposed in high contrast situation, which is not visually accurate and comfortable to use.

GH3 Wi-Fi Questions and Apps discussions Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:28:07 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5389@/talks/discussions Intended to discuss all the wi-fi related things only.

Plus AppStore and Android apps.

Panasonic GM5 topic Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:23:49 -0600 Manu4Vendetta 11032@/talks/discussions image

Available at:

Panasonic LX100 - How to change language menu on japanese model Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:14:49 -0700 chatxxnoir 11785@/talks/discussions Is there any solution to unlock the menu ?

Wonderful site... Thanks for what you're doing... I sure hope I'll install a hack myself ...

Thanks for helping / advising, Chatxxnoir.

GH2 Video Settings vs. D5200 Video Settings Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:24:47 -0700 stauffec 11759@/talks/discussions This is not intended to ask the question "which is better" or "this is better" - just an observation I've noticed to see if anyone has more ideas of what may be going on. I've been trying to shoot some comparison footage between my GH2 and D5200, both using the stock zoom lens. I'm shooting with shutter priority and shutter speed of 1/50. I did this because I think these were good base settings for 24p / Sanity video recording on my gh2. What I'm getting though on my GH2 is a tremendous amount of noise, even in well-lit indoor scenes - and in low-light (subway) it is almost unbearable. I tried similar settings on my d5200, and the difference is literally night and day. Now I know the d5200 has a toshiba sensor that handles low-light much better, but I feel like there must be something else I'm missing. I keep on trying to pick up my gh2 and shoot video on it, and I feel like in basically every scene the ISO is like off the charts. AFAIK, it also appears that it won't even tell me what ISO it is using, it juts says "auto". Any thoughts or ideas if I'm doing something wrong? Or does the GH2 really require that much additional light.

GH4 4K Panasonic video camera, User reviews and opinions Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10202@/talks/discussions Dedicated only to personal reviews, opinions and tests.

Sony FS700 vs GH4 - owners chime in? Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:36:54 -0700 SuperSet 11734@/talks/discussions Very happy GH4 owner here but wish it had more slo mo options. I'm seriously considering upgrading to the FS700. Can anyone who owns both chime in here and offer some pros and cons?

Panasonic G6 topic, GH2 replacement camera Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:47:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6788@/talks/discussions image


  • 16.05 megapixels sensor
  • 3" 1Mpix screen In-Cell Touch Monitor, Touch Pad function for EVF
  • 240 fps readout for fast focus
  • 1,440,000 OLED viewfinder, eye sensor
  • 1080/24p, 1920 x 1080p60, 1280 x 720p60 (for PAl cameras it is 50p)
  • Manual video controls
  • Time lapse video
  • Stop motion mode
  • 28Mbps for 60p.
  • 3.5mm mike input
  • Build in WI-Fi with NFC
  • 1000mAh battery, 7.2Wh
  • 390 g
  • Kit price - $749
  • 122 x 85 x 71 mm

DMC-G6 incorporates Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode.

The Clear Retouch makes it is possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip. They naturally disappear without destroying the image.

Adjustable HDR mode While the Panasonic G5 had an in-camera HDR mode, there was only an On or Off setting with no scope to tone down the effect. The new Lumix G6 addresses this problem by offering a range of options from Low to High.

Product page -


Where to order?:

Panasonic FZ1000 1", 4K video, superzoom, official topic Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:36:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10583@/talks/discussions image

Official specifications

  • 20.1Mp 1" CMOS sensor
  • 16x zoom 25-400mm F2.8-4.0 lens
  • 15 lenses in 11 groups. 5 aspherical lenses
  • 5 axis stabilizer
  • 4K MP4 video, 25fps PAL, 30fps NTSC
  • 1/4000s mechanical shutter / 1/16000s electronic shutter
  • 0.09sec AF speed
  • 0.66sec start-up time
  • Depth from defocus AF
  • 2.36 million dot-inch OLED EVF
  • 3" 920k screen
  • 12fps
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Time-lapse video creation •*Stop motion animation
  • Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Focus peaking
  • $899 price

Previews and samples


  • None for now
G6 best video presets Sun, 07 Jul 2013 15:58:03 -0600 digitalamator 7454@/talks/discussions If anyone from g6 owners can post here some best video presetes that will be great.

Nissan Flash with GH4 force flash Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:40:18 -0700 dallas 11735@/talks/discussions I am new to photography. There is a color profile that I really like to use on the GH4 called Bleach. The cameras on board flash wont fire in that mode, nor will the NIsaan in any mode I try. Is it doable or is this color profile not going to allow flash under any circumstance. Thanks in advance.

Panasonic GM1 official topic Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:28:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8254@/talks/discussions image


Ultra compact m43 camera.

Official specs:

  • 16Mp CMOS sensor
  • 1/16000 minimum shutter speed
  • Very small
  • Light metal body
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3.0", 1036K dot touch screen
  • 1080i60/p30 (sic!)
  • 1080/24p 24Mbit
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Focus peaking
  • PIP magnification for manual focus
  • silent mode
  • 204 g
  • 99mm x 55mm x 30 mm

Previews and samples

Available at:

Official Panasonic GH3 topic, series 3 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:24:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5344@/talks/discussions This is continue of topics


Also check

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Direct manuals links


Short Specifications

  • Effective Megapixels - 16.05 Megapixels (17.20 total)
  • Live MOS/17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio), not multi aspect
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 3.0" 640k OLED Monitor with static touch control
  • 1.74Mp OLED EVF
  • Video - AVCHD 2.0 1080p50 (PAL), 1080p60 (NTSC), 1080p24 (with slow and fast variations, like 12fps and 50fps).
  • Three containers (AVCHD, MOV and MP4) and large bitrate modes, bot intraframe and interframe.
  • Shutter Speeds - 60-1/4000
  • Flash modes - Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
  • Battery - Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh), old or new?
  • Continuous Shooting Speed - 6 fps
  • Weather Proof
  • WB - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Color temperature setting
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC cards compatible
  • Dimensions - 132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23 in
  • USB 2.0
  • Weight - 550g
  • Price - $1299 (body only!)

Available at:

Check other topic below for other countries and other US options:

Official Panasonic G5 topic Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:07:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3936@/talks/discussions image

The new DMC-G5 features a 3-inch fold out screen and a top of the line 16-megapixel sensor powered by Panasonic's Venus Engine VII.

G5 is capable of things like full HD video recording and capturing images up to 12,800 ISO.

Also it looks like we have power zoom control near shutter :-)


  • 16Mp sensor (18.3 megapixels total!)
  • 6fps burst
  • 1.44Mp viewfinder
  • 1080p50/1080p60 video recording (28Mp)
  • Additional control lever. Control lever behind the shutter button which controls the power zoom on compatible lenses. Alternatively it can be configured to operate exposure compensation or aperture in M-mode.
  • Higher-resolution 920,000 dot rear LCD
  • Regains the eye-sensor to automatically switch between LCD and electronic viewfinder.
  • 'Touchpad AF'. It allows you to move the AF area across the frame with your finger on the LCD while you're framing the shot through the EVF.
  • The newly added Electronic Shutter mode allows silent operation which is helpful in areas where silence is needed
  • The Extra Tele Conversion function extends zoom range Max 4.8x without deterioration of image quality.
  • Price: $800 for kit

Available at:


Previews and reviews:

GH3 user reviews and opinions Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:29:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5304@/talks/discussions Topic dedicated ONLY to post review/opinion if you have camera on hand.

Also for discussions about such opinions.

For all other discussions use other topics or general GH3 official topic

GH4 issues with monitors Wed, 07 May 2014 17:53:37 -0600 chickenpusher 10334@/talks/discussions Is anyone else getting half a second lag on external monitor via HDMI when in 24hz?

I am using the Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI

I don't get any lag in PAL or NTSC.


GH3 hdmi not outputting 1080p despite viera link=off & hdmi mode=auto Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:59:56 -0600 andrevanberlo 9915@/talks/discussions Hey Everyone,

Just got the ultrastudio mini recorder and started testing with the GH3 hdmi out. It sends 1080i50 when it is in auto mode despite the fact that I have rec quality in 1080p/25. 720p/50 is also possible but no 1080p.

I checked the FAQ for GH3 and there it says:

"How to make the Lumix GH3 camera deliver proper, recordable 1080p over HDMI: Deactivate VIERRA Link and Set HDMI Output to AUTO"

With me it doesn't work. Does anyone have an idea how I can do this or are 720p and 1080i the only possibilities?



PS I have installed latest firmware on my GH3

GH2 electrical interference Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:56:07 -0600 TimeEchoProductions 11661@/talks/discussions Hello, I am an audio engineer who is a newbie with video. I bought a GH2 and I have my first real project coming up in two weeks shooting some interview footage. I have been doing some tests and I noticed this interference pattern on the screen. I searched for this topic and found some info but I wasn't sure if the posts I found were speaking about this same issue. I want to know if this is a normal issue to work around or if there is a problem with my camera. I noticed that the interference pattern is different depending on the light source, and does not seem to occur with incandescents, which make sense if this is an issue with flicker rate of lights and the interaction of the shutter speed. I noticed how the interference changed with shutter speed but the only setting where it went away was 1/40 shutter speed. Oh, I was wondering too if firmware hacks have any effect on issues like this. I am currently running Sanity X, but in my test footage it was Sanity 5.1 setting. I apologize in advance because this test footage is ridiculous. It was not meant to be good footage in the first place, I was simply trying to show the interference pattern. Then I compressed it way too far because I wanted to make a small file for upload to be quick. It is terrible, but I think it will show what I am talking about good enough.

What advice is there for dealing with this issue? Just change lighting? Do CFL have this problem as well. Would 1/40 shutter speed be ok at 24p or will the motion look weird? Sorry for my ignorance, and thank you for your patience.

Record audio direct to gh2 / gh4? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:44:17 -0600 AlanEHoward 11680@/talks/discussions Hi, I've been filming a few conferences recently on my GH2 and they've requested fast turnarounds, which means synching in post is an extra process I could do without ... Has anyone has success at recording from a radio mic directly into the camera? The lack of proper monitoring scares the hell out of me? Is there a way round this? Also any changes to this with the GH4 as I'm probably about to invest in one ...... Thanks in advance ....

GH4 Issues topic Fri, 09 May 2014 13:26:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10349@/talks/discussions Known ones:

Looking for some advice regarding headshots Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:01:35 -0600 sjkToday 11634@/talks/discussions One of my buddies who's an actor asked me if I can take some headshots for him because he's short on money and can't afford professional headshots atm. I really want to help him but I don't know if I have the necessary gear/skill. I have a gh2 and I'm planning on using the Sigma 60mm f2.8 lens. I am debating whether I should shoot inside or outside. I have quite a bit of indoor lighting equipment but it's all pretty amateur gear that has it's limits. I researched quite a bit and for what I understand it is important that acting headshots come with a shallow DOF. What settings would you suggest to create a shallow DOF? And is it even possible to shoot acting headshots with a f2.8 lens(I know it's possible to a certain extent but is it sufficient to reach industry standards?)

I'll appreciate any help from you guys.

Ask developers of the Panasonic Lumix GH4, plus, answers about the m43 format Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:35:57 -0600 driftwood 10019@/talks/discussions Still toying with the idea of your next camera purchase - the GH4, GH3, GM1 - or other? Are you worried about the future of micro four thirds? Want to know why Panasonic have chosen the GH4 as their next model in the GHx Lumix series? Why the YAGH? Have a concern? Have a recommendation? Want to know more about the future path of the GH series? Then this is your chance.

We're giving all our personal-view members the opportunity to put their questions regarding m43, the new Lumix GH4 plus more to a certain Mr Koyama - the man in charge of the whole GH4 project and product concept, product planning and support.

We will then collate all your questions and the best of them will be put to Koyama this week in which he has promised to answer as best he can. Deadline for your questions is this Friday, 4th April.

Write them below. Please stick to questions only - no comments off-hand or discussions. Don't be shy. Ask away!

Questions only - no stupid stuff - it will simply be ignored.

G6, timelaps, WiFi. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:54:14 -0600 OldBob 11652@/talks/discussions Hi frends! I heed start timelaps record used WiFi remote control. How can I do this?