What’s 4k Good For?

The official announcement of the Panasonic GH4 is finally here. The highlight feature of the camera is 4k video. Many traditional photographers are asking, what do I need 4k video for? I confess that for most people, including me, the answer is you probably don’t.  The added storage and processing overhead will require upgrades in more than just the camera for most people.

Nevertheless, I can think of at least one set of users that should be excited about this camera, wedding photographers. 4k video means great video quality, but it also means that you can pull 8-9 MP still frames from the video footage. A B-roll GH4  may capture a moment that you miss with your still shots. If so, you can pull an image frame from the video.

Beyond the obvious cinematography uses, can you think of other applications for 4k video? If so, please share them in the comments.

BTW, the Panasonic USA site has not updated for the new camera surprisingly. Here is the Amazon link which has all of the marketing data and specifications about the camera:

Amazon GH4 Page