November 8, 2015 at 6:18PM
Rent before buying?
First off, I am a college student and am trying to get into some aspect of film for my major. (probably producer/director) I am currently trying to decide between a couple cameras and have roughly $1,500-$2,000 to spend.
The two cameras I am trying to decide between are the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S. Most likely you already know all of the specs and may even have them memorized, so I won't paste any specs on this post.
GH4's weakness is the 4/3's sensor. (strength: internal 4k)
A7s weakness is external 4k. (strength: native full frame glass, great low light capabilites.)
If I purchased the GH4, I would also get a Metabones speedbooster to mount EF lenses on it.
If I got the A7s I would get an adapter to do the same thing.
Currently the price is roughly around the same for both camera bodies. That being said, I would be buying one used.
I shoot a variety of short films and I'm not specific to one genre. In the past I have shot: interviews, comedy, nature, 'horror', and basic short films. I would like to eventually get into 4k footage, but I definitely do not NEED to be shooting it right now. It would be a nice feature in the long run if I ever wanted to use it... and if I owned a camera capable of shooting it.
I have not gotten my hands on either of these cameras yet, so my main questions are:
Should I blow $200+ on renting both of these cameras just to decide which one I like better? Are there camera stores that might have both these cameras on display to compare them side-by-side?
In my situation, which would be the better buy?*
*this question is aimed for those who have had their hands on both these cameras... I would like to avoid biased answers as much as possible(:
Thanks in advance!