December 19, 2014 at 3:33PM

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Should I go with the GH4, Sony A7s or the Sony fs700?

I have been researching and researching and not sure what camera to buy! what do you guys think?

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- What is your budget ?

- What do you shoot ?

- Is camera size an issue ?

i.e. Camera size is less of an issue if you always shoot with a small crew, but if you mainly shoot by yourself then the smaller cameras make life easier.

December 20, 2014 at 2:18PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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it is just me for a film crew and my budget is 3000 grand and I shot sport interest pieces, interviews, documentaries, short films and wedding videos.

December 22, 2014 at 12:31PM

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Jack Hajewski
Filmmaker.CEO of JSHfilms LLC
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For your documentary pieces, and wedding videos the A7S will do you wonders for low light capabilities, especially if you have never been to the location and realize the lighting conditions aren't very good.

However, the GH4 has been proving great camera, with all the frame rate and resolution options you can't go wrong.

It comes down to how your shoots work, if you are carrying around lights and are prepared for every shoot I'd go with the GH4. If you're more run and gun and not sure what you're getting into the low light capabilities in the A7S are unbeatable.

December 22, 2014 at 1:50PM, Edited December 22, 1:50PM

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Alex Kaldeway
Director of Photography / Editor
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I haven't had experience with the FS700, so I can't help you on that one.

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December 22, 2014 at 1:53PM

I have 2 GH4s for weddings and find they work great. I'd love an A7s for low-light work too but on balance I think the GH4s are better suited. Way better battery life, nice flip out screen, easier to grade profiles for faster turn around. Not to mention the fact you can shoot 4K and crop in for useful moments like the vows (ISO 800 and below only though). Its also a bit cheaper than the sony - but definitely get a speed booster so budget the $450 for that too.
For the reception I carry a couple of F&V 300 ring lights as well as another 2 small LED lights for backup. I put them on cheap light stands so its a really light-weight set up that I can throw up easily. Even if I had the A7s I would add lights anyway - many times reception venue lighting is terrible and flat. And orange, or in one case this year full on red. Its also really important to light the speeches. The ring lights are great for this. Then one of the smaller LEDS for a rim light. Super simple and quick. For the dancing I put the 2 ring lights on the back corners of the dance floor just lift the lighting enough for me to be at 1600 iso with a T1.5 lens and speed booster and it works out pretty well. Keeps it moody but adds lots of dynamic. Options for some nice lens flares, silhouettes and rim-lit dancing.

December 22, 2014 at 7:34PM

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Mark Relf
Director, Editor
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Awesome!! thanks for your input and after several months of doing research I feel like it would be a better fit for me to buy the GH4 considering the 4k internally and the flip out screen, with a long better live.

Jack Hajewski

January 18, 2015 at 1:57PM

>>>it is just me for a film crew and my budget is 3000 grand and I shot sport interest pieces, interviews, documentaries, short films and wedding videos.

$3000 is not enough for a used FS700, so realistically you are looking at either the Sony A7S or Pansonic GH4.

I don't know if you already have lighting and audio gear, but if you don't then that's something else to consider. Lighting and good audio are essential to producing high quality work.

For budgetary reasons I would choose the GH4 over the A7S, as the price difference is currently about $800-900, which could pay for several lenses, LED lights, or some half decent audio gear.

Yes the A7S has much better low-light performance, but realistically you are going to have to light your subject for most paying shoots, and with lights ( even small LED lights ) the GH4 can shoot just about anything.

So I would start with the GH4 body, a couple of extra batteries, two Sandisk SDXC 95MB/sec 64GB memory cards, and then use the remainder of your budget for audio, lighting, lenses, etc...

December 22, 2014 at 9:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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