December 24, 2014 at 10:28AM


Sony, Canon, Nikon or Panasonic?

Hello and Merry Christmas,
I bought a Sony A6000 about a month ago but I have some problems with that camera. First of all I can only use a mic from Sony with the hot shoe because there is no microphone input. The next thing is that it's hard to stabilize the camera while filming because it is so super small and lightweight. So I went to the store where I bought the camera and they said I can exchange it until saturday.
The camera costs about 700 euro and for the new one (If I should exchange it) I don't want to pay more than 1200 euro.
So after watching hundreds of videos and reading a lot of articles there are only a few options left, I would consider.
Canon 700D (I think its called T5i in America?)
Nikon D5300
Or the Panasonic GH3
I really can't decide, I read that the Canon has the same sensor for many years and the videos don't look as sharp as my A6000. In addition to that the Canon only films at a max of 30fps, so I couldn't use it for slowmos. The Nikon is very nice and also supports 60fps but I read that you can't change the aperture in live view with the D5300.
The GH3 is also nice but is 2 years old and has a smaller sensor.
So all in all I really can't decide, I had them all in my hand and like the feel of every one of it but I need some advice please.
Is there any other good camera that I should consider?
Or should I stay with the A6000 and save some money in the future for a black magic/gh4 /a7s?
I would really appreciate it, if someone could help me.

Greetings, Omid


All cameras are going to be hard to stabilize, though optically stabilized lenses help quite a bit with hand-held shooting.

The Nikon 5300 shoots better still photos ( very sharp with great dynamic range ), and it has the least amount of aliasing and moire compared to the other cameras in this group.
Yes LiveView does not allow you to electronically control the aperture while you shoot, but if you shoot with manual lenses you full control of the aperture. The Nikon also has good low-light performance. ( about 1 stop better than the GH3 )

The Panasonic GH3 has a very sharp video image ( sharper than the other cameras you are looking at ), it also has very long battery life ( 3+ hour of shooting per battery ), and with the non-European GH3 you can shoot as long as your battery and memory card last. ( I've shot a 2.5 hour musical performance as one take with my GH3 ) It's also weather sealed, so you can shoot in the rain an not have to worry about the camera. ( you might have to worry about your lenses if they are not weather sealed )

I cannot recommend the Canon 700D because of the aliasing and moire problems it has, and because of it's poor dynamic range when shooting still photos. I am hoping that Canon will eventually come out with a new line of cameras that will fix these issues, but right now I would only buy Canon if you already have a set of Canon lenses.

For me the choice would come down to the Nikon D5300 and the Panasonic GH3, where I would be choosing between the better image quality of the D5300 and the convenience of the GH3.

I shoot with GH3 and GH4 cameras ( so this is my first pick for video work ) but I've also shot with the Nikon D5200 and D5300 and the image quality was very good. Manual Nikon lenses like the older Nikon AI-S lenses will help to solve the aperture control issue with LiveView, so it's not as big an issue as you might think.

December 26, 2014 at 5:19AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thanks for your answer!
Did you also experienced shooting with the A6000? Because you did not compare the video quality of the A6000 to the GH3 or the D5300 which is now the most important thing to me because the cameras are all hard to stabilize as you said .

Omid Jerry

December 26, 2014 at 4:41PM

All are good cameras. The think is see witch one is best for your needs.

January 22, 2015 at 1:30PM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

Cameras has strength and weakness, the same reason you don't like the canon camera is the same reason i like it... its not devilishly sharp, i hate sharpness.... so get something that suits you. look on youtube for test footage and see what rock your boats. In the end the specs don't matter if you cant get it to do what you want to do!

January 22, 2015 at 4:57PM

You voted '+1'.
Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

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