4K Camera Shootout of 2016!

2016 has come to an end and next year is upon us. I wanted to wish everyone all the best in 2017! Also, I wanted to do a recap of the best 4K cameras that I had a chance to use in 2016.

In fact, instead of just talking about what I think were the best 4K cameras of 2016, I decided to do a camera shoot-out where I compare these different cameras to each other – in both, a scientific test and a creative one.

Here are the cameras I wanted to showcase. The most expensive one is the URSA Mini 4.6K from Blackmagic Design. After that is its little brother (or sister), which is the URSA Mini 4K.

The rest are all DSLM-style cameras including my personal favorite Panasonic GH4, as well as the Sony a6300 and the recently released Panasonic G85. Please sit back and enjoy the video!

You can get these cameras here:

Panasonic G85 / G80 / G81 (it’s the same camera but goes by different names, depending on the region)
B&H
eBay
Amazon
Amazon UK (G80)
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany (G81)

Sony a6300
B&H
eBay
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany

Panasonic GH4
B&H
eBay
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany

URSA Mini 4K
B&H
eBay
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany

URSA Mini 4.6K
B&H
eBay
Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany

Also, here are the links I mentioned in the video:
Izabela’s YouTube channel
My initial review of the Sony a6300
My review of the URSA Mini 4.6K
My review of the Panasonic GH4

Here are the camera tests I did in full 4

Below you will find the details from my dynamic range test chart results:

URSA Mini 4.6K can capture 15 stops of dynamic range
URSA Mini 4K can capture 10 stops.
The Sony a6300 is advertised as 14 stops of latitude but really can only capture 13 stops in S-Log3, which I would not advise using in this camera because of the low quality codec that turns this profile into a noise and compression nightmare. In S-Log2 this camera works well and in that profile it can capture 12 stops of light. So I would conclude and say this camera is not really 14 stops but 12 stops of usable latitude.
The Panasonic GH4 can capture 11 stops while it’s little cousin the G85 can capture 10 stops.

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