Archive for April, 2014

PostHeaderIcon Panasonic’s new GH4: Digital Cinema Camera By Any Other Name

Any way you hang it or support it the new Panasonic GH4 is an amazing camera, with true Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution, VFR 2-96 FPS, 10-bit 4:2:2 200 Mbps All-I frame FHD, plus optional 3G-SDI output and balanced XLR audio inputs.  Given the hybrid camera’s latest Micro Four Thirds imager, low noise in light, and 11 stops of latitude, the produced images look a lot like what one might see in a digital cinema. The camera doesn’t feel or operate like a true digital cinema camera however.  And therein lies the rub.

Cameras cannot be judged by raw performance or specifications alone.  We still have to be able to handle the camera efficiently under a wide range of conditions and keep it in focus. Operational considerations matter!

Here is a link to my current review of the camera in Studio Daily Magazine:

BB Makati Mardi Gras GH4

Shooting with the new Panasonic GH4. Barry Braverman seeks moral and physical support in Makati City Philippines 19 March 2014

PostHeaderIcon Among the Flamingos at NAB 2014

Just wrapped NAB 2014 in Vegas. Really great seeing many old and new friends in one place! Panasonic’s new Varicams are sweet and I was pleased to have had the opportunity to present them to the public. I even had two guys in my audience who laughed at my jokes! I was thinking it was cool. So what if they didn’t speak English.

BB NAB 2014 Flamingos

Barry Braverman presents the new Varicams among the flamingos at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas.