August 18, 2016 at 9:16PM

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GH4 vs Canon 70d

Hey guys!
I was looking for a camera to start filmmaking and found two great entry-type level cameras. I am between Canon's 70d and Panasonic's GH4. The 70d has an increadible auto-focus and can shoot raw with Magic Lantern but the GH4 has 4k and a better video quality. Which one do you recommend?

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I think the best way to make this decision is by looking at the lens ranges of these two cameras. The great optics of the Canon line (and third-party lenses made for Canon) are made for full-frame cameras. They cost a lot in terms of money, size, and weight. For the most part, those lenses are not entry level (though Rokinon / Samyang are).

In m43 world, lenses can be much smaller/lighter/cheaper and still deliver great image quality because the m43 image circle is so much smaller than FF35. Yes, this means less shallow depth of field compared to FF35, but there are two answers to that question: (1) Voightländer and other f0.95 lenses, and (2) filmmaking is not just about shallow depth of field.

Compare the range of Veydra lenses (http://www.veydra.com/product-category/lenses/) to any range of FF35 cine lenses. They represent an incredible opportunity to enter the world of cine glass that just isn't possible with larger sensor sizes.

I own a GH4, and from the day I bought it, I've preferred it to my EOS gear for video.

August 19, 2016 at 5:39AM

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Thanks Michael!

Matato Del Castillo

August 21, 2016 at 4:15PM

I think the 70d is worth look at, the main issue is the weak codec, if they had a good one it would be the best buy. The gh4 is great but I don't agree with the cheap lense possibility, I find them quite expensive. The cheapest way to get good lense is to buy old lenses and the are made for bigger (film) sensor. Personally after having own many canon dslr I now use a sony A6300 as it give a big sensor, great autofocus and sharp 4k. I am very happy of it. Overheating and rolling shutter are an issue only in 4k and the HD from it is way better then the one from canon dslr line. Although it's not perfect I definitely think it's the best buy of the moment.

August 20, 2016 at 3:31AM

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AvdS
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Thanks so much!

Matato Del Castillo

August 21, 2016 at 4:17PM

My GH4 has served me very well... I use the Metabones XL adapter with my Canon based lenses and it works out very nicely for added speed and shallower DOF... I also use the Atomos Shogun Flame to have the ability to record in 10 bit to get the most out of the situational image I'm capturing... I don't have any experience with the 70d, so no info to personally compare the 2 - just wanted to let you know that the GH4 has been a very good option for me so far - technically, artistically and economically... just my 2 cents... Good Luck!

August 21, 2016 at 11:08AM

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Steve Gibbs, Cre8tv Media, LLC
Cre8tv Director, Prod/Editor/DP
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You just sold me the GH4! Thanks Steve!

Matato Del Castillo

August 21, 2016 at 4:18PM

i have a 70d, dont buy it, the image is awful, raw doesn't look nice, no headphone jack, seriously dont get it,

August 21, 2016 at 1:31PM

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I'll go for the GH4 then! Thanks for the advice!

Matato Del Castillo

August 21, 2016 at 4:19PM

gh4 quality will look way better. 70d looks kind of like poop but it's great for making web content like youtube videos due to the sharp auto focus. I would say look into the sony a6300 too because it has great autofocus and image. gh4 is great for filmmaking though if you have people helping you and pulling focus.

August 21, 2016 at 10:56PM

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I came from a Canon 70D and I was more happy with a Panasonic G6, now with a GH4 you can imagine :)
And you have more opportunity with old primes such as Canon FD that you could not use on 70D.

August 23, 2016 at 8:30AM

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Simone Salvatore
Filmmaker / Recording Engineer / Musician
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I agree with most comments on here. I've had both the 70D and the GH4. Once I saw how much better (even just the HD) the GH4 image was, compared to the 70D, I instantly sold all my Canon DSLRs.

August 25, 2016 at 4:43PM

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Dennis Nagelkirk
Write. Film. Edit. Draw. Paint.
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Used both. Overwhelmingly use the 70D. Watch any of my 150+ films for examples. One correction though, unless things have changed very recently magic lantern isn't available for the 70D.

August 29, 2016 at 10:56AM, Edited August 29, 10:56AM

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Cole Black
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