October 24, 2016 at 5:38PM


GH4 versus NX 1 for 4K video

I've been looking at the GH4 for a while now as a camera for shooting narrative short films in 4K, however I've seen sites like cameradecision rating the image quality of the NX 1 significantly higher. Do the drawbacks of the NX 1 (scant software support, and small availability of compatible lenses) really outweigh its supposed benefits? Is the 4K image that much better than the GH4 image?

Thanks for any and all advice.


UHD (they are not 4K) is not only unnecessary but detrimental to the quality of the image in that price range. That said, the GH4 does not produce clean images, especially in low-light. I don't have any experience with the NX1, but the GH4 is a downgrade from a hacked GH2, which is HD only.
Pixel count isn't everything.

October 25, 2016 at 3:51AM


As far as I know the gh4 has UHD and true cine 4k settings. My plan is to shoot in 4k and then bounce it down to 1080 and post, but I've read that shooting in 4k gives a very "full" 1080 image in post, and it gives u editing and alteration flexibility in post. Your thoughts?

Neil Anderson

October 25, 2016 at 1:33PM

4K is detrimental to the quality compared to 1080? Please. I agree 100% with your assertion that pixel count isn't everything. I use the BMPC which is 1080p and I love it for narrative work because of its raw and pro res options and great dynamic range and color rendition. I also have a hacked GH2 with Moon T7 and for sure it gives a pleasing image, but better than the GH4 in 4K? I mean, you can have your own opinion, and I know there's a very few that share your belief, but I, as well as I'd surmise a vast majority would take the GH4 image without thinking twice. Saying 4K is detrimental to the image? That's pure hogwash.

Matthew Hoecker

November 3, 2016 at 10:38PM

Samsung stopped producing the NX1, didn't they? I think that says everything.

It's that there are very few lenses for that camera and even fewer adaptors for other mounts. And what its very frustrating: the NX1 records in H.265 which is not compatible with the most NLEs and also cannot be played even with VLC. So you have to decode it the H.264 or something else to work with it (does not work with media encoder by adobe, you need to buy a extra piece of software for that).

October 25, 2016 at 8:44AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

thanks I'm going to go with the panasonic

Neil Anderson

October 25, 2016 at 1:25PM

I am a prosumer...so, let's start there. That being said, I have had the Samsung NX1 for over 6 months. I am able to use Samsung lenses, Nikon lenses and Sigma lenses on the camera. There are even mounts available for high end lenses, like PL mount. For the money (this is the key), I am not sure you can find a better image in 4k. Also, it takes very good stills.

Here are some videos I have made with the NX1:

October 27, 2016 at 7:39AM


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