I have been holding off on the GH4 for a long time. When I initially began photography and video work I jumped on board with Canon. Initially Canon was always one step ahead of the game when it came to video. It was their Canon 5d mark ii that began the whole video DSLR revolution. Canon forever changed the world of independent filmmaking. Unfortunately, they have not stayed at the top of their game. For the most part it appears Canon has no intention of making the video quality and resolution in their DSLR’s any better than it has been for the past few years. They are wanting videographers to jump to their more expensive cinema line with cameras like the C100 or C300.
Apart from making movies and shooting commercial work I also shoot stock footage. The industry is changing such that more and more people are demanding 4k resolution (four times the resolution of HD). I kept holding out believing that Canon would eventually get their act together but after two years of waiting I decided I needed to pull the plug and move on. I still have my Canon cameras and love using them for photography and the occasional video work that doesn’t require 4k.
The camera that has taken place of my Canon 5d mark iii is the Panasonic GH4. This camera has probably changed the industry every bit as much as the Canon 5d mark ii. Out of nowhere, Panasonic released a camera that amazing 4k cinema quality video, increased slow motion capabilities and was half the price of a Canon 5d Mark iii. The GH4 is loaded with useful video tools like zebra lines, scopes, focus assist, wireless and many more. My problem was that I had all Canon glass (lenses). Fortunately the company Metabones has come up with some wonderful adapters that make the camera have a smaller crop factor as well as increase the aperture. This review by Phillip Bloom was very helpful in deciding to pull the plug on Canon.