Panasonic’s classic 4K GH4 mirrorless camera gets a couple of cool new updates via firmware

by on March 17, 2016

Stephan Jukic – March 17, 2016

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 has become something of a classic camera for the new 4K shooter market and fans of powerful and compact mirrorless photo/video devices have loved it since the mirrorless first came out in late 2014.

Now this still very much awesome shooter has been given a new firmware update for the device, which still maintains flagship status among Panasonics many excellent 4K mirrorless camera models.

Firmware update Version 2.5 adds two powerful new features in particular: First of all, the update gives the GH4 a new Post Focus capacity, which basically takes multiple captures of the same frame and then allows the user to select the focus point they most like after the fact through the GH4’s touch screen.

Secondly, the GH4 also now includes a new “4K Photo Mode”, which is in fact an addition of three different sub modes: 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop), and 4K Pre-burst. This overall mode allows users to grab dozens of fast action still photos at an ultra-fast frame rate of 30fps through the camera’s 4K video shooting capacity and then go through all of those frames to choose the best single still or several of them for their particular photo needs. Since the stills are captured in 4K video, they offer just over 8 megapixels of image resolution. Not exactly huge by the standards of modern digital photography but more than sufficient for most normal photography for framing and demonstration and project use. Total usable frames amount to 60, which is more than enough for that “perfect shot” from a single sequence of subject action.

4K and DCI 4K resolutions for video are large enough for excellent photo extraction

4K and DCI 4K resolutions for video are large enough for excellent photo extraction

The Panasonic GH4 is one of the mirrorless camera’s we’ve recently featured in our 4K DSLR and Mirrorless camera guide for 2016 and while even more powerful models with excellent prices have emerged in recent months from several brands, the Lumix GH4 still holds its weight, offering a superb range of photo and video specs for both consumers and professionals while also now selling for a considerably more reasonable price.

The new firmware update Version 2.5 further enhances this robust 4K shooter and will be available to owners of the camera by the end of March 2016 via the Lumix customer support site.

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