May 13, 2016 at 12:53PM
4K DSLR/Mirrorless Options
Recently sold my Sony a6000, which I loved for photography.
So, I'm looking to upgrade to a camera that can shoot both nice stills as well as 4K video. Preferably one with a LOG option. Budget is under $2,000. I currently own a Blackmagic Pocket as well, with a Panasonic 12-35 2.8 lens. I love that camera, but I would love another camera to provide me some other video options as well as the ability to do photography (which I obviously cannot with a BMPCC).
What I'm considering at the moment:
1) GH4 with V-Log upgrade. Advantages here include compatibility with the 12-35 lens I already own, as well as the ability to do 10 bit 4:2:2 externally (I plan to purchase a Shogun down the line, or something similar). Disadvantages include: reduced field of view (or "crop factor"), though it is not as extreme as my BMPCC. However, I do plan to purchase a Speedbooster before long - one question I do have, would that Speedbooster be compatible with both the GH4 and BMPCC? Same mount, same lenses. But I've seen BMPCC-specific speedboosters on B&H, and am wondering if there is somehow a difference. Also, it is a 16MP camera, as opposed to my a6000 which was 24 (this is a photography aspect). It also does not perform as well in low-light compared to my #2 option.
Number 2 option: Sony a6300. This was the first camera I figured I would get to replace the a6000. Pretty much an identical camera, with more functions, 4K video, S-Log, etc. However, the rolling shutter when shooting 4K is literally the worst I have ever seen on a camera. This is fixable to a degree, with Premiere. I did a test and the results were not awful (I didn't shoot the footage, just took it and ran it through Premiere's rolling shutter repair - took all of 5 minutes): https://vimeo.com/165807468
So rolling shutter is certainly one issue with the 6300. Ergonomics are another. I love the way a GH4 feels in my hands. I liked the portability and compact size of the a6000, but it was a much better photography camera than video camera. I more want a happy medium. And I've never shot photos with the GH4. Obviously, another disadvantage to the 6300 is that I don't have a nice lens for it, though plenty of adapters are available. Furthermore, it is limited to 4:2:2 8 bit externally, opposed to the GH4's 10 bit. Advantages: low-light, APS-C sensor, 2 stops more DR, 120fps in HD, and what I'm assuming is superior photos.
Those are the two cameras I'm really considering right now. I was just looking for thoughts on these two, as well as other suggestions. While 4K is highly preferred, I'm not married to the idea. I'd prefer a camera that shoots excellent stills and 1080p video that is very gradable and can be pushed in post to a camera that shoots 4K video but you can't do much with in post (one reason I lean toward the GH4's 10 bit external vs 6300's 8 bit internal or external). Log recording highly preferred.
Thanks for any suggestions and opinions. Also, if anyone can tell me if a Speedbooster for the GH4 would also work on my BMPCC, that'd be very helpful and a sizable factor in my decision.