Why regular people need 4K, too

Recently, on a trip to Nairobi Kenya, I was unexpectedly invited to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage. This wonderful place is only open to the public for one hour each Sunday, so for me, this might literally have been a once in a lifetime opportunity.

There was no time for me to gear-up. I happened to have my trusty GH4 and a 25mm lens in hand. While a nice lens for portraits, not a good choice for reaching out and framing wildlife from a safe distance. Nor did I have any sort of stabilization. Sigh.

With little hope I’d get anything usable, I still couldn’t resist trying to capture some of the experience for posterity. As feared, I couldn’t get very close to the babies (at least in photography terms) and the hand-held footage was very shaky.

4K to the rescue! Crop in on the image and apply image stabilization with no loss of quality when viewed at 1080P. Easy. Is it great footage? No. Is it a lot more watchable. I think so. Am I glad I have more than my memory of this special event? Definitely.

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