Ultra High Definition video has finally become affordable for the masses with Panasonic’s new GH4, which is the first consumer-friendly 4K-capable mirrorless camera. But the camera is not only for amateurs, as the massive add-on interface unit goes to show. One of the first videographers that was able to realize a project with the new GH4 is Bryan Harvey, who used two GH4 bodies and a slew of Micro Four Thirds lenses for a shoot in Yucatán, Mexico.
While some might claim that 4K doesn’t make a huge difference over Full HD on screens smaller than 50 inch at regular viewing distances, it does make a difference as soon as your display resolution is higher than Full HD. On the MacBook Pro Retina, there is a visible difference between the 4K and the Full HD footage in terms of raw sharpness, and when watching the video it made our jaws drop. In fact, the footage is so sharp that we felt an urge to dive right into the scene in front of us–that’s how life-like and realistic it looks.
Whether or not the GH4 will fully satisfy even the most demanding of videographers will remain to be seen, as this is mainly a question of the quality and flexibility of its output. But so far, what we see is pretty breathtaking, and the fact that 4K is now available at a consumer-friendly price tag is simply exciting. You can find Bryan Harvey’s video after the jump, as well as a short behind-the-scenes clip where he talks about the experience. Be sure to also take a look at our first impressions with the camera.
Via SLR Lounge
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