Panasonic GH4, G7 or wait for G80

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by zayn, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. zayn

    zayn New to Mu-43

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    Sep 24, 2016
    I'm aware these cameras aren't typically new in the market and so are my options. I just purchase a "like new" G7 from amazon with the kit lens for a relatively reasonable price I'd assume ($500-600). So for about a hundred more I couldn't have had it brand new, which I couldn't do because the item already shipped, so I'll have to wait until it arrives if I want to do anything about it. Just recently I came across a used GH4 with the panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 lens for about $850-900. So my question is, which is the better bargain considering my options are both used items and the manageable difference in price in terms of camera functionality and features or should I just wait for a brand new G80 for that price? I don't necessarily mind used items but G7 for the lower cost, GH4 for the price and G80 if I was to consider the price for the used GH4. Thanks!
     
  2. skellington

    skellington Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 4, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Keith
    Employee discount price on a G7 is currently $600 (new) and I expect similar or lower prices shortly. I'd say that's not a great price.

    I haven't seen many out there, but given the lens is at least $400-$500 used, that's a very good deal on a GH4, which is a superior camera to the G7 in terms of everything except perhaps size. You could certainly sell off the 12-35 f2.8 and buy a used kit lens like from the G7 for the same or less money overall.

    If you're not going to be shooting professional video, the G80 is probably superior to the GH4 in many aspects (significantly IBIS), but will be $1000 new, with the somewhat inferior 12-60 f3.5 lens.

    Buy the GH4, and trade in the body against a G80 when they start going on sale, and you'll have the excellent 12-35 to keep?
     
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  3. zayn

    zayn New to Mu-43

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    Sep 24, 2016
    Thanks for the input. Yeah, not super stoked about the price of the G7 but I'll return it once it arrives. As for the GH4 with the 12-35mm lens ($850) given I do purchase it, I'll mostly focus on video and maybe stills since it is there, so why not. The G80 with IBIS is a very nice feature too and I'll probably swap it for the G80 later on if the GH4 doesn't fit my needs.
     
  4. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Yep, this seems like the best course of action.

    I would rate the G80 as a better body than a GH4 for all but the most high-end video requirements, so if you get the GH4 with the 12-35/2.8 for $850, and buy a G80 kit with the 12-60 for $1000, you can probably sell the 12-60 and GH4 for $700-800 and have a really great kit with the G80 and 12-35/2.8 for $1000-1100.
     
  5. zayn

    zayn New to Mu-43

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    Sep 24, 2016
    I did decide to purchase the used GH4 with the 12-35mm 2.8 lens for $850 and will be returning the g7. Wasn't too sure on how much shutter count would affect the camera lifespan or what would be a suitable buy, but it did have roughly 1000 shutter counts with only 2 months of use because the person I got it from was more into photography. However I don't mind since I won't be heavily focus on photos and if anything I'd swap it for something in the future given the price doesn't drop drastically. So overall the camera and lens works great so far and looks practically new except for the lens which has a minor cosmetic wear.
     
  6. skellington

    skellington Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 4, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Keith
    It's rated for 200,000 shutter actuations, so if you shoot 100 shots a day, every day, you're good for about 6 years. I'd not raise an eyebrow about 20,000.
     
  7. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Yeah, I wouldn't even think twice about any shutter count under 25,000 or so.