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GH4 Review – 4K Photomode – 8MPx stills from video

GH4 Review – 4K Photomode – 8MPx stills from video

You’ve probably heard all the fuss about 4K video and the ability to pull stills from the footage. Well are they any good? Are they sharp? or blurry? This is what I wanted to find out. Panasonic also added a 4K Photomode in a recent firmware update.

GH4 Method

I pulled the stills out from the video by picking frames and exporting from adobe premiere, these have not been changed after that. The same with the JPG frame below.

Below are versions from various modes, both stills JPGs and then 4K video both with and without the Cinema Photo 4K mode enabled in the menu (both file sizes).

Standard GH4 JPG

Here’s a standard jpg shot in regular photo mode.

Panasonic-gh4-review-normal-jpg

Standard GH4 JPG taken in stills mode

Standard GH4 4K mode with JPG pulled from video

Here’s a couple of frames pulled from 4K video shot in regular 4K video mode.
gh4 video frame from 4k video in standard 4k mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in standard 4k mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in standard 4k mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in standard 4k mode

Panasonic GH4 4K photo mode with JPG pulled from video

Here’s a couple of frames pulled from the new special 4K video photo mode.
gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k photo mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k photo mode

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gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k photo mode

Panasonic GH4 C4K photo mode with JPG pulled from video

Here’s a couple of frames pulled from the new special C4K video photo mode.

gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k cine photo mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k cine photo mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k cine photo mode

gh4 video frame from 4k video in the new 4k cine photo mode

Panasonic GH4 conclusions

So I’ve looked at everything 100% and also reduced size on my screen. My conclusions are that the stills look the same as the stills pulled from the video.. this is amazing news! Of course it may be that there are other situations where this isn’t the case, so next time I’m going to try some inside shots and see if there is any difference in that situation.

I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

You can buy your gh4 from amazon UK.

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  • October 21, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Mako Koiwai - It’s all about shutter speed. 1/50th of a second video shutter gives you smooth video but blurred stills if camera or subject are moving.

  • October 24, 2014 - 8:45 am

    blandford studios - Agreed Mako – these were shot with higher shutter speeds so may suffer from some choppiness to the trained eye but frame grabs will be better.

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