December 18, 2016 at 4:06AM


Cameras - Colour Grading

Hey guys, first post...

I am getting more and more into colour grading and am finding my trusty hacked GH2 cant (obviously) hold up to extensive colour work. I shoot music videos and shorts at the mo.

I am by no means a professional so cannot justify spending a lot of money on a new camera, I also love straight photography so need something that can handle stills.

Long story short, I was looking at the A6300 but am now leaning toward getting a Panasonic G7 & a BMPCC. Reason being, I already have lenses for the M43 system and although the A6300 shoots log it's 420 8 bit

The G7 covers the stills and still has 4k good enough (for me) for reframing shots. The BMPCC allows me to work on my colour grading skills without the footage falling apart.

I already have a rig, stabilizer, some lights etc and want to spend approx £1500 tops on new gear.

Any thoughts??? Thanks!


I would look at getting a used GH4. The GH5 is about to drop (pre-orders accepted Jan 4th), and the GH4 packs an unbelievable punch at a price that keeps dropping. I'd also look at getting a used ATOMOS SHOGUN or NINJA. Prices are dropping there, too, as ATOMOS is releasing HDR versions of those with a very low trade-in value for original monitors.

December 18, 2016 at 6:03AM


Hey, appreciate the response, where are GH5's available on pre-order? I can't see that anywhere.

Charles Carter

December 18, 2016 at 8:37AM

See here:

Michael Tiemann

December 18, 2016 at 10:39AM

It disagree, buying a GH4 with the GH5 down the block is not good purchase. I expect that once the GH5 is out you can buy a GH4 below $500 due to the fact that almost every Panasonic GH4 lover will want to upgrade.

Cary Knoop

December 18, 2016 at 3:03PM

Hello Charles! I had the chance of a quick look at your work, just because you posted this question. And that's what's great about this NFS community.

In my eyes, there was a massive improvement between some of your music videos and your short "the tone". If it's you behind the artistic and editing processes of this short, you are in good tracks.

When a new project pops up, it would be great to rent some camera's and try them out yourself, to see if it was the camera that kept you from improving. It's cheap and affordable in Greece, so i suppose it will be as easy in other places. Don't buy before you try!

2nd gen of prosumer 4K or raw cameras are on their way, so 1st gen cameras will soon be affordable used.

December 20, 2016 at 6:28AM

Panos Economou
Director / Editor

Hi Thank you for checking out my stuff.

The Tone was the only project uploaded to my channel that was shot on a DSLM, the other projects were all shot on a Canon HV30!. I worked on technique before buying the GH2 & shooting The Tone and have stuck with the GH2 for a while to further work on technique. I don't constantly throw money at gear because I believe in skills over gear, but I now feel ready to move on from the GH2, I am just not happy with the image anymore.

I really like what Sony is doing right now and dont think that Micro Four Thirds will ever fully resolve issue with low light and noise, even with the GH5. I cannot always light how I'd like to so Sony is becoming more appealing. I need a camera for stills too!

Thanks again!

Charles Carter

December 20, 2016 at 7:18AM

I'd wait until the GH5 comes out before making an informed decision between the top options out there right now. Always did find the ergonomics of the Lumix series to be a significant plus against the Sony lineup (much stronger battery life and fantastic handling as both a stills and video camera) - if the GH5 is able to close the image quality gap, I'd say it would stand as a very worthy option to consider.

December 20, 2016 at 10:13AM

Kevin Chiu

Well i Shoot BMPCC and the stuff i pull out of ProRes HQ in Davinci is amazing. You get creative freedom and if you up to it you can always shoot RAW, but you gotta have the space to shoot RAW. So Ah mean you would already have mft Glass so that would be the least of your issue, just that you'd have to get battery solution and a few other small things to make the camera work as you'd want it to.

December 21, 2016 at 8:11PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

Really? BMPCC totally dissapointed me

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