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Is it worth getting the Sony A7s or Panasonic GH4 now, or wait? And if so, how long am I going to be waiting for?
My guess is that the A7S Mk2 and the GH5 will be released next April at NAB 2016. So you've got almost a whole year to wait for the next generation.
May 8, 2015 at 8:03PM
Sony A7s is out of the running for me due to 4k not available to memory card.
My Canon Rebels are capable of beautiful video if used well. I use Sony Vegas Pro and full frame lenses (nikkor) so getting max benefit and easily getting video into my NLE are important. I would use the Samsung but don't have a good capture workflow yet.
Right now as a 4k camera the A7s is really a $5k camera with a purchase of a external recorder and monitor and then it becomes more bulky and when that is factored into the competition its value is greatly diminished, but make the 4k capture internal then it is a new ball game. What I value most is cropping ability and still capture. I work as a one man band and so being able to frame a little wider and not end up with a noisy mess in post, being able to have a second camera on a tripod where I have not control, gives me options in post. This may or may not be important to you, but important to me.
May 10, 2015 at 9:53AM
Sound Devices have announced a $1,200 4K monitor/recorder that will be out this summer...
Sound Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitorhttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1137222-REG/video_devices_pix_e5h_...
May 10, 2015 at 6:44PM
Just bought a GH4. Loving it. If you wait until the next big thing, you'll NEVER buy anything=) Depends on your needs and whatever that big thing is you're waiting for. With the GH5, it'll probably be better in low light, maybe higher bit rates and frame rates for 4k. What else can you expect the thing do at that price point=)
May 10, 2015 at 4:57PM
The best camera to use is the one you can use NOW.
There will always be a new camera coming in the future, but a future camera dosn't shoot a single frame. The one in your hands does.
Do you have a camera now?
If yes: is it good enough? -> Wait till you hit the boundaries.
Is it limiting you? -> Look for an upgrade
If you don't have a camera: why are you postponing what you want to do? Every day you wait, you will not grow, won't get any experience and fun...
May 11, 2015 at 7:45AM, Edited May 11, 7:45AM
Get a camera now and shoot, get an a7s it is a magnificent camera incredible for the money and not just the low light truly beautiful images one can get. 4k is a nice feature to have but should be nowhere near at the top of anyone's list of priorities. The a7s has such a beautiful clean image lovely picture profiles, really good dynamic range I've used many low budget cameras including the GH4 and this blows them all out of the water. 2 draw backs 1. Menu system and 2. Rolling shutter. The Apsc mode a god send. And I really like the Xavc codec.
May 11, 2015 at 1:16PM
i was told at NAB this year that there will be an announcement in june regarding the a7 line. But employees at this time don't know yet.
Im waiting for that. I might just pick up the a7s if they dont update it then.
May 12, 2015 at 6:04PM
This has been said many times before but "There's always something that's going to be coming out" Like Gino said Get the camera now and shoot if you have a project you want to shoot. Once you wait till A7s MKII to come out there is always room for MKIII and "BETTER" camera in your dark dark lustful human heart. haha.
As for A7s I use it for mainly low light and it's just amazing!!! I love it, S-log needs lot of post to make it look good for sure. Rolling shutter has never been a issue for me, and if it does I fix it in prem pro. It worked for most of my footages that has em.
No internal 4k wasn't a big deal breaker for ME. Might be for some people that actually needs them. Same as low light.
The search for a perfect camera will never end, because there is no perfect camera.
There is a camera that fits your needs though.
May 13, 2015 at 9:39AM
agree with Keith. Im personally waiting for either a newer announcement or buying the current one if it isn't. We have plenty of other larger cameras and have no need to rush for the purchase so it's fine.
May 14, 2015 at 6:47PM
telling someone just to get a Sony a7s is not very helpful, kind of like saying just get a new learjet or just get a new Mercedes etc. Giving reasons why you make a recommendation helps, but I still stand by my post in that the Sony A7s to do video even with a cheaper monitor is still a 4-5k expense. In addition I cannot upload natively so is not ready to prime time.
May 13, 2015 at 7:45PM
good point missed. We didnt consider if kelvin has any camera or knowledge of them currently.
May 14, 2015 at 6:48PM