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G6 or used GH2

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by 00r101, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. 00r101

    00r101 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 21, 2012
    I can get a new (possibly grey market) G6 body for $660 or a used GH2 for $500+. I will shoot video but I am no videographer by any means. I will shoot about 20% video vs still and mainly casual stuff (family, friends, sports, etc.)

    I like some of the special features of the G6 (panorama, time lapse, focus peaking) but don't know how much I will use them. My question is does the G6 offer enough shutter and aperature control in video mode compared to the GH2 to make it good enough for my video needs.

    Were you me, which would you go for?
     
  2. arson519

    arson519 Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 10, 2013
    Canada
    g6 has no mic jack if you plan on using a rode mic or something. If you don't plan on using high bit rate hacks on a gh2 then get the g6 it has the newer venus processor wifi and focus peaking and the video is just as good with manual control.
     
  3. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 16, 2013
    G6 does have a 1/8 microphone jack. Also focus peaking, better low light AF (down to -3 EV) and better dynamic range due to an improved processing engine. GH2 has more controls. Personally, I like the ability to switch drive and focus modes with a switch rather than digging into menus. I'd go with the G6.
     
  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    You can switch drive and focus modes with a switch on the GH2, STR.

    But the only reasons to go with the GH2, I think, are if you really value the multi-aspect sensor, or are going to do the video hack and use the camera for serious video production. Oh, and there is an aftermarket battery grip for the GH2, if that's important.

    In all other respects, I'd say the G6 is superior.
     
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Don't forget the G6 has the super nice OLED viewfinder. :smile:
     
  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    For your use it sounds like the G6 is the right choice. I just purchased my second GH2. Having two identical bodies will make setting up and 2 camera shot much easier for me - shared batteries, identical controls, etc...
     
  7. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 16, 2013
    Yes. That is what I said. The quick menu isn't bad, compared to a lot of camera UIs I've tried, but the switches are better. I don't know why Panasonic stopped using them. G1, GF1, G2 and I think GF 2 had them as well as the GH1 & GH2. GH3 doesn't, nor does the newer G, GF and GX series. But I like night shooting and the low light AF of the G6 trumps having to hit 2-3 buttons to change focus mode and drive settings.
     
  8. 00r101

    00r101 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 21, 2012
    Thanks guys. A big help. The G6 it is!!!
     
  9. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Just in case you're interested, here's a video shot with my G6 and the 12-35mm:
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  10. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    That needs flash, maybe this one is better: [ame="http://vimeo.com/75049969"]Panasonic G6 Test on Vimeo[/ame]
     
  11. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Well, what you said was:

    which I interpreted as meaning you preferred the G6 because it offered that feature.