Hey Pals, we recently conducted a 4k camera recording test using 4 cameras. The cameras used were the: Sony A7s II, Panasonic Lumix GH5, Fuji X-T2, and Olympus OM-D II. The results that we received were very impressive to say the least. Below we briefly go into detail on each shot.
Sony A7s II
The Sony A7s II performed very well in the given low light situation. The transitions for the highlights to the shadows are seamless. This camera maintains a great amount of detail in the darker spots of the imagery. At the point of focus, it is extremely sharp, and the gradual fall-off from foreground to background increases the quality of the image by adding depth to the frame. The Sony has a 35mm sensor and produces the largest image of the cameras tested.
The Panasonic GH5, using its native Panasonic Lumix lens, created an amazingly sharp image. Though the depth of field at F8.0 appears a bit deeper, the detail is extremely sharp. The performance of the GH5 in low light is very comparable to the A7s II. This camera preserves great detail in the shadows and displays immaculate clarity in the highlights.
Fuji’s XT-2 captures the smallest image size of the four cameras that were tested. However, not to be out done it holds its own with its low light capabilities. The foreground sharpness and clarity of the glass in this image was most impressive given that the duck is also relatively sharp. Although shot at the same depth of field the XT-2’s focus range is by far the deepest of the cameras, and in the video you can see the water as it splashes for the cup, it is crystal sharp.
Olympus E-M1 Mark II
The Olympus OM-D EM-1 had an amazing amount of detail in the video, however the low light capabilities leave a bit to be desired. We shot this using a Panasonic Lens on the Olympus, and while the image is just as sharp as the previous 3, the depth of field is much shallower. Overall for the Olympus to be such a small camera it packs a lot of power for 4K Video.
So whatever your needs are in the realm of 4k Video these cameras will surely meet them. Although each camera is very small, they all have amazing capabilities. In the end it all comes down to taste. It is difficult to put one camera over the other, as each of the final images will come out with an extreme amount of quality and will be tact sharp. So if you have been on the fence about upgrading to 4k video, I would definitely recommend giving one of the cameras above a try, they can all be rented here at The LensPal.