Panasonic GH4 sample images at Bird Kingdom

I recently picked up my new Panasonic GH4 along with a couple of Panasonic lenses, the 12-35 mm f/2.8 and 35-100 mm f/2.8 constant aperture zooms. I thought readers may like to see a few initial Panasonic GH4 sample images taken with the 35-100 mm f/2.8 at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.

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Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 85mm, f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO-1600
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 85mm, f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO-1600

I haven’t had any time to even look at the manual yet so these images are just early experiments.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-1600
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-1600

The GH4 body layout is very logical and provides shooters with a range of external controls. I think it will probably be a bit faster to make adjustments on the GH4 compared to the Nikon D800 I had because the GH4 has separate buttons for WB, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as four other function buttons, and the typical PASM dial.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/125, ISO-1600
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/125, ISO-1600

The Panasonic GH4 is a M4/3 format so the image ratio is 4:3 rather than the 3:2 I have been used to shooting. This can be adjusted to 3:2 which reduces the image size from 16 MP down to 14 MP.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-1600
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-1600

I purposely shot all of the images for this article at f/2.8 so I could get an idea of how the Panasonic 35-100 mm f/2.8 performs wide open.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-200
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-200

Like all M4/3 cameras the Panasonic GH4 has a 2X crop factor so the 35-100 mm f/2.8 lens has an equivalent field of view of 70-200 mm compared with a full frame camera.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/50, ISO-1600
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/50, ISO-1600

Most folks think of the Panasonic GH4 primarily as a video camera and that is the main reason why I switched over from my Nikon D800 and FX glass to the Panasonic system.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-800
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO-800

What many people do not realize is that the Panasonic GH4 is a very capable stills camera as well. In fact, it has the highest rated M4/3 sensor ever tested by DxOMark (at the time of writing this article).

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-2500
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-2500

The Panasonic GH4 features a full magnesium body that is splash and dust proof. By M4/3 standards it is a ‘large’ body, similar in size to a Nikon D5000 series camera.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, ISO-3200
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, ISO-3200

The Panasonic 35-100 mm f/2.8 constant aperture lens features internal zoom and I found the focusing very quick. The lens has Nano surface coating.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-1250
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 @ 100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-1250

While a M4/3 sensor is never going to be able to match the dynamic range and colour depth of a full frame sensor as was in my Nikon D800, I did find that the GH4 files did have quite a bit of latitude in them. My initial impression is that they will be more than adequate for my still photography needs.

Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 @100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-2000
Panasonic GH4 + Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 @100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, ISO-2000

The Panasonic GH4 with the 35-100mm f/2.8 attached is quite light and compact. The camera/lens combination weighs less that a D800 body.

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5 thoughts on “Panasonic GH4 sample images at Bird Kingdom”

  1. Hey Tom. Your images demonstrate your usual excellence. I have to concur with you on the quality of the GH4 as I noted in my own review. I too liked the 12-35 lens very much even though I find the focal length range a bit short. Good to see the IQ of the 35-100 as I did not get one for my review. I’ll be interested to learn of your experiences using it for 4K video.

    Ross

    1. Hi Ross,

      Thanks very much for your most generous comment!

      The IQ of the Panasonic 35-100mm is simply excellent and the lens is a joy to use. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to use the Panasonic 12-35mm but I am expecting similar performance from that lens. I think a lot of M4/3 stills shooters probably don’t even look at the GH4 as they perceive it solely as a ‘video camera’. Like you, I found that the GH4 is a really solid still photography tool.

      Tom

    1. Hi Mike,
      On the surface the Panasonic GH4 body and the Panasonic f/2.8 constant aperture zoom lenses do look expensive. Having said that, they do provide video capability not found in equipment for double the price.
      Tom

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