This is my extremely small, extremely light, extremely versatile and extremely high quality portable hybrid stills / video outfit for location shooting. That portability is very important for me, since for the most part I'm working alone and have to carry this around.
Regular readers will know that I've been doing a lot a testing to see what works best for me and this outfit wins hands down. It's the lightest, the easiest to work with and produces the best quality video footage. The Panasonic image app is by far the best I've used for controlling the camera via my iPad and the combinations take pretty good stills as well, especially with the camera mounted on a tripod.
As you can see it's very good indeed. Shot as MP4 files, 1920 x 1080 at 50p and edited in iMovie which knocked it down to 25pfs. None of the lenses is particularly expensive and none have particularly high 'bragging rights' in the m4/3 range. However, all of them produce excellent quality footage and the zooms are particularly useful. I do of course have the option of using the EX TELE CONV setting to extend the range of the lenses.
Now I'm really pleased with this and it suits what I do just fine. I have no need for 'exotic' and ultra-fast lenses and I have a system that is superb for both tripod work and hand-holding, the GX7 having IBIS for the Olympus lenses as well as the OIS in the zooms. It is of course amazing that something this small can produce such good results. I might still buy a GH4 but I can't see that I'm really going to need much more than this, unless some seriously well-paid work somehow appears.
Video is more difficult, requires more planning and takes more time than shooting stills, but this outfit makes it as painless I can make it. (or probably just less painful!) As a working photographer I need to be able to offer video as an option and while I have little demand for that at the moment it's as well to be prepared.
The video posts will certainly lessen from now on (Means I'll certainly get a lot more page hits!!) as this is the culmination of a lot of testing and if I do shoot more video then it will be more purposeful and not just test shots in the garden.
Finally, I made a comment a few posts ago that my GX7 was probably a more 'professional' camera than either my Sony A7 or A7r. And I stand by that.
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