March 8, 2015 at 4:50PM

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GoPro Hero 4 Black vs. Panasonic LX100

I'm looking to add a secondary camera to my kit and am torn between these two cameras.

Here are my uses:
-I'm making a doc about paramedics and EMTs, and unfortunately most of the ambulances can only fit two people in front. I end up sitting in the back. It's important for me to capture their conversations (they're mic'ed up wirelessly so audio is being captured). I'd like to mount a camera - one of these two - in the front of the ambulance.
-In addition to mounting it in the front of the ambulance, I've been considering using this secondary camera on a small, handheld gimbal to get some nice tracking shots.
-I'd also want to use it mounted outside the ambulance to get some cool driving shots.
-Eventually, I'd like to get a drone. I get a decent amount of freelance work as it is but I'm confident a drone will help me get more clients.
-I shoot a lot of music shows. I'd like a camera I can set up somewhere to capture another angle without too much fuss.
-My primary job is as a documentary shooter for this PBS show. It covers all sorts of arts - music, theater, film, dance, everything.

Pertinent factors:
-My primary camera is a Panasonic GH4. I'd like this b-cam to shoot 4K to match my GH4 better. These seem the two best options. Obviously the LX100 would match the easiest being a similar, if not exactly the same, sensor.
-Amazon has a deal for Amazon cardholders where you can finance a camera for 12 months without interest. That would be about $63 a month for the LX100. The GoPro is not offered in this plan.

Other questions:
-Can I fly the LX100 on a drone? I haven't really found too much in the little research I've done. As I said, I'm pretty keen on the idea of investing in a drone. The GoPro seems to be the best option for that, at least for the Phantoms.
-Am I overlooking anything?
-Is the 4K on the GoPro any good? I've heard mixed opinions.

I can get into a pros and cons list, too, but this post is long enough already.

Any thoughts or opinions welcome!

3 Comments

The GoPro camera will always be better at doing things that GoPro cameras are regularly used for ( wide POV camera on a fixed mount, 3 axis-gimbal, mounted to a quadcopter drone ), where the LX100 would be better as a 4K b-roll camera to your GH4. The LX100 will be better in low-light, and easier to match the FOV of your GH4.

To me it sounds like you need both cameras, as they both serve different purposes.

March 8, 2015 at 6:24PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Yeah, I think you're right and I could see myself ultimately getting both. Another thing I thought that might be a major con for the LX100 - is its FOV wide enough for my needs? Specifically, regarding the ambulance shot. I have a feeling it's not. Anyway, guess I'll be researching some more!

Thanks for your input!

Christopher Kim

March 8, 2015 at 7:33PM

Yes, you can put the LX100 on a copter... But it does not support live video out, so you can't get FPV, kinda of a deal breaker when it comes to AP. The GH4, OTOH, does offer live video out and is becoming quite popular w/ AP shooters... But you have to have the right copter and gimbal to lift it.

April 20, 2015 at 11:57AM

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Tom Holton
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