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Can the GH4 match the image of the C100?

I’ve been shooting a lot of 2 camera interviews recently using the Canon C100 and the Panasonic GH4 and after some modifications to the GH4’s settings I’m very happy with the complimentary image that is achievable.
C100 & GH4 comp
The above shot is taken straight from both cameras using the settings I have listed below. As you can see I have a great starting point for keeping to a minimum the process of matching both cameras when grading. (C100 left & GH4 right).

Below is a list of settings that I use for both cameras.

In terms of sharpness and detail, both cameras match extremely well when using 4K on the GH4 (I haven’t tested 1080 25p on the GH4). However, out of the box both cameras provide a very different image in terms of colour and skin tones, but with a bit of tinkering you can get them very close in camera.

Canon C100:
I shoot with the C-Log profile at ISO 850 with all other settings such as sharpness and NR set to default.

Panasonic GH4:
This camera needed a bit of adjustment to get an image I am now happy with. (Thanks to Erik Naso for his input)
CineLike: D
Contrast: 0
Sharpness: -2
NR: -5
Saturation: -4
Hue: 0

When setting up the cameras at a shoot, I tend to set both cameras with matching Kelvin (K) values so that colour balance is fairly close. This shoot was lit using natural daylight and 2 small LED lights, one to the left rear of the subject, the other to the front. The front light has an orange gel applied. Both cameras were set to 3500K.

Here is a shot graded in FCPx using Impulz LUTs. The FCPx Sharpening filter has been added with a value of 2.5
C100 & GH4 graded comp
C100 left & GH4 right.

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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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