Why is Panasonic camera better at 4k video than Nikon and Canon?

10 months 4 weeks ago #642628 by Harrison J
I have a D700 and have been looking to make a camera upgrade into something that is stronger at video.  This is an area I want to spend more time in moving forward.  What has me wondering at the moment is that as of yesterday, I have had 2 other photographers tell me that when it comes to video, the Panasonic cameras shine above the others.  

Now I'm no pro at video, as mentioned I'm looking to get into it.  And I have never owned a Panasonic camera, so I just don't know these cameras at all. 

I assumed Nikon and Canon were the leaders when it comes to video.  Heck, maybe even Sony.  But Panasonic?  Now that another photographer brought this up.  I'm taking a look more seriously at their cameras.  But could use some help.

Hence this thread.  

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10 months 4 weeks ago #642663 by garyrhook

Harrison J wrote: I assumed Nikon and Canon were the leaders when it comes to video.  Heck, maybe even Sony.  But Panasonic?  Now that another photographer brought this up.  I'm taking a look more seriously at their cameras.  But could use some help.


You'd be grossly mistaken. Panasonic has always enjoyed superiority in video. When I first got into video (12+ years ago?) I learned this fact. After wasting money on Canon video cams that have never satisfied me.

As to why it's better, who knows? Software, probably. I don't know what sensors Pany uses, but that's only part of the story. And ultimately, does it matter why?

Got to a store, and under identical conditions with identical settings (exposure and codec) compare products. Decide for yourself.

We use a pair of GH7s for video (both HD and 4K) and are very happy with the cameras. My only complaint is the 4K codec, but that's a 4K problem, not a Pany problem. If it really mattered I'd have a system that did raw 4K video to an external recorder.

Frankly, I think 4K is overhyped. HD is just fine, and you might find 240fps HD video far more useful and interesting. But that's just me.

Anyhoo... look at the G9 if you want to see some impressive features in a modestly priced camera.


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10 months 3 weeks ago #642708 by Jim Photo
"We use a pair of GH7s for video (both HD and 4K) and are very happy with the cameras"


Gary what is it you do?


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10 months 3 weeks ago #642911 by garyrhook

Jim Photo wrote: "We use a pair of GH7s for video (both HD and 4K) and are very happy with the cameras"


Gary what is it you do?


My day job is a software engineer. I moonlight as a photographer and videographer. I work with a buddy for a standing gig at a private university (portrait and event photography, event video) as well as supply photo and video services to a few local ballet studios. I do other activities and as time and interest permit.


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