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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful HD camera.
With its electronic viewfinder and interchangeable lenses, the GH4 is capable of not only recording professional-quality still images, but has the added ability to record HD video as well. The mirrorless design enhances the camera's versatility beyond that of most digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. With the appropriate adapters, it can use virtually any manufacturer's manual focus, legacy lens. It is smaller than a typical DSLR in both size and weight, and retains automatic focusing while recording videos-a capability that is missing in many DSLR cameras.
With the GH4, Panasonic has significantly expanded the video capabilities beyond those of previous models. Among the improvements is the camera's ability to record 4K video and save the movie to the internal memory card.
Along with these powerful functions comes complexity, and that is where this essential guide comes in. Authors Brian Matsumoto and Carol Roullard explore and explain the features and capabilities of the GH4 in detail, as they cover everything from the basic features of the camera to numerous advanced photographic applications. The informative text is illustrated with example images throughout.
Readers will learn how to:
- Control the most basic camera functions-focus and exposure
- Navigate the camera's menu system
- Achieve a range of artistic effects using various camera settings
- Use the camera's automated controls, and override those controls to obtain better exposure
- Use the GH4 in its video mode to obtain 4K and HD videos
- Expand the camera's use by mounting it on a telescope or microscope
- And much more...
Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a retired research scientist who has worked for 30 years documenting experiments with technologically advanced cameras. He now spends his time photographing with a variety of cameras and lenses, and enjoys expanding a camera's potential by pairing it with specialized optics such as microscopes and telescopes. He enjoys spending time outdoors and carries his camera on all of his hikes to photograph nature.In addition to the seven books he has written for Rocky Nook, Dr. Matsumoto has published several articles and has had his photographs published in numerous periodicals. His photographs have also appeared on the covers of American Laboratory, BioTechniques, and BioPhotonics. He is experienced in the technical aspects of photography and has taught courses on recording scientific experiments with digital cameras. Dr. Matsumoto recently served as a judge for the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition.
Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since her high school years, where she first experimented with black-and-white artistic composition. Since then, she has continued photographing mainly nature and architecture. Ms. Roullard has used a variety of cameras covering a wide range of makes and models, from simple point-and-shoot to complex professional-level cameras.In addition to co-authoring six books for Rocky Nook, Ms. Roullard produces award-winning fine art photography and utilizes her previous art business experience to manage her online gallery and present her work at art shows. As a former Project Management Quality and Compliance Engineer, she spent a number of years developing procedural and quality control methodology for IT projects. In addition, she has developed and conducted training sessions covering best practices for procedural and quality control, breaking down complex subjects into easy-to-use approaches to learning.