When guys like Michael Reichmann, Philip Bloom, Caleb Pike and Dave Dugdale write about either buying or switching entirely from Canon to Panasonic; video comparisons here, here, and here offer unequivocal demonstrations of superior GH4 footage; and guys at local meetups all talk about the GH4 and possibly switching as well, you have to ask:
Is the GH4 the game changer that everyone thought it would be?
The answer is: we’ll see.
But here’s what to look for:
- A major TV show shoots an entire episode with the GH4 (as HOUSE did with the Canon 5D Mk II for a season finale a couple of years ago).
- A big budget movie sequence is shot with the GH4 (as Canon DSLRs were and are, first displayed in THE MATRIX and subsequently in a number of Hollywood films including THE AVENGERS).
- An amazing advertising sequence is shot with the GH4 (as Rip Curl did with 52 Canon Rebels).
- Market share numbers change in Panasonic’s favor.
- Canon responds very directly to the GH4 by trying to kill it off with a new camera aggressively matching or exceeding the GH4 function/value proposition (7D Mk II, anyone?).
Even if only this last item occurs, the answer will become: yes, the GH4 is a game changer. The game changer that everyone thought it would be? That’s another story, still to be told.
What do YOU think?
Have any of you made — or are about to make a switch? What have you learned? If you're in the market for a camera like this for the first time, whose vision and value proposition is more compelling to you — Canon or Panasonic? Is the GH4 a game changer?
(cover photo credit: snap from B&H)