September 23, 2017 at 5:21AM

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Camera upgrade after GH4

Hey, I've been shooting on gh4 for a while now and looking for an upgrade.

I shoot mainly promotional and music videos, i would also like to get into shooting some short films.

So I was wondering what would be a good camera upgrade. Things I care about are good colours and i would love to have good slow motion.

I also own a ronin m so I guess it would be great if the camera would be light enough so Ronin m could handle it.

What's your opinion ? What should I look for?

Thanks in advance

Adam

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The GH5 offers better slo motion and native 10-bit 4k color. What's not to like as an upgrade?

In my experience the GH4 is solid enough that if you want better colors, you just need to light things better.

September 23, 2017 at 7:00AM

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I upgraded from the GH4 to the GH5 and have been more than pleased. It makes the GH4 feel ancient, its that significant of an upgrade in my opinion. But I'd also add that the reason I wanted to stay in the same Panasonic line, is that I had that camera memorized, and now with the significantly improved GH5, I can change any setting at a moments notice and enter any gig with complete comfort that I can pull of certain shots with my familiarity with the system.

September 23, 2017 at 11:48PM

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John Haas
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Thanks for your suggestions and the Gh5 option seems really great, and I'll definitely consider it but I've been thinking about moving to a bit more camcorder style of camera.

I've thought about Sony FS5 because I've had the chance to work with fs7 and it was great, but I would love to hear your opinion about fs5.

Or maybe there is another option.

Thanks for help so far

September 24, 2017 at 5:00PM

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I have a GH4 and I can see getting tired of it and looking at the Reds, Sonys and BMs for something better. But it's small, records 4K and outputs 10-bit color. Some ideas:
-Add an Atomos to record the 10-bit
-Rent it out on KitSplit
-Sell it and rent cameras off KitSplit until you find something that works for you

September 25, 2017 at 7:56AM, Edited September 25, 8:24AM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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I was using a GH4 for awhile for web work and slowly moved to camcorders. Not only do you get longer record times and (usually) stronger codecs, but you honestly look more professional in the eyes of most people. It helps when you show up to clients to look the part.

I agree with Adam to maybe go with a Sony FS5 if you're looking for a good transition. But if you're looking to stay with smaller DSLR-type cameras, maybe moving to a Canon could help. Their colors are highly-praised, but expect to put more money down.

But hey, nothing wrong with wanting a GH5, either!

September 26, 2017 at 3:28AM

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Will Giovi
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We are at the cusp of an A7s mark III announcement. I'll wait for phase detect AF and extreme low light performance.

September 26, 2017 at 10:34AM

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Hey,
I also upgraded from GH4 recently...to the GH5. And very happy.
I still also use my old CanonC100 for interviews and such.

So for a good transition to a bigger camera, I'd surely consider the new Canon C200.
Specs, durability, audio control, general ease of use...

September 28, 2017 at 10:01AM, Edited September 28, 10:06AM

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