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  • when i hear budget 4k camera i immediately think under $1,000 after a

  • thorough research online and from using this camera for a few months I strongly

  • feel the panasonic g7 is the best budget 4k camera coming in at under

  • seven hundred dollars those familiar with cameras may be wondering why I'm

  • not recommending this sony a6300 it comes in right under a thousand dollars

  • so its budget and it produces excellent 4k quality content but even with the

  • most recent firmware update to this camera this camera is still having

  • overheating issues and it's not reliable

  • therefore I cannot recommend it and especially if you're using it for paid

  • jobs the panasonic g7 is by no means an end-all be-all camera but it has a lot

  • of features that will satisfy budget 4k filmmakers and in addition for

  • consumers who want 4k content of their family friends and pets

  • it will also satisfy them and remember this camera is under seven hundred

  • dollars with the kit lens so it's extremely affordable i can give you ten

  • reasons why this is a great camera starting with number one when I was

  • looking for a 4k camera

  • it had to have a microphone input where I could plug in a wireless Mic, a shotgun

  • mic or a lavalier Mic having good audio quality is just as important or even

  • more important than having good video quality if you have a video that has bad

  • audio it will immediately turn people off this camera has a microphone input

  • and hot shoe adapter where I can slide in a shotgun mic on the top of the

  • camera in addition I have the ability to manually control the audio levels in

  • camera

  • another feature I was looking for was a pop-out articulating LCD screen

  • I'm a one-man band and I need the screen to pop out and flip towards me so I can

  • see myself while I'm recording in addition the articulating screen allows

  • me to shoot with the camera at different angles either at high or low angles and

  • also if i'm recording video outside i can angle the screen away from the Sun

  • so there's no nasty glare on the screen and this makes filmmaking a lot easier

  • going along with being able to see what I'm record

  • this camera also has an electronic viewfinder so i can see exactly what I'm

  • recording without any interference from the Sun part of filmmaking is being able

  • to use different lenses to achieve different effects such as shallow depth

  • of field and focal lengths this micro four thirds camera allows you to use

  • interchangeable micro four thirds lenses in addition with an adapter or speed

  • booster you can use your existing canon or nikon glass

  • next let's talk about the video quality of this camera the panasonic g7 offers

  • 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second if you're familiar with its older

  • brother the panasonic gh4 surprisingly this camera offers similar video quality

  • at half the price one area where the panasonic g7 actually shines over the

  • panasonic gh4 is at high iso such as iso 3200 and 6400 if you would like to see

  • some low light test and some other test footage click on the video card on the

  • top right of your screen

  • this camera has both automatic and manual exposure and focus controls so

  • you can have the camera automatically focus on the closest subject or you can

  • use the tap to focus feature to make focusing really simple if you want full

  • control like most filmmakers do you can switch the camera to manual focus mode

  • and focus manual exposure works the same way you can have auto exposure or

  • you can take full control and set it to manual exposure going along with manual

  • focus this camera also has focus peaking which allows you to visually see what's

  • in focus on your screen

  • so now while you're manually focusing you no longer have the guess if your object is

  • in focus or if it's not in focus on the screen it will now highlight which part

  • of your object is in focus another nice feature this camera has is called zebras

  • this visually shows you on your screen which parts are potentially clipping or

  • are overexposed and this will allow you to make the proper adjustments without

  • looking at your histogram there are a variety of picture styles you can choose

  • from and you can fine-tune the contrast sharpness noise reduction and saturation

  • of each in addition there are flat picture styles like natural cine-like d

  • and cine-like v which are good for color

  • grading in post lastly this camera offers long record times i can record up

  • to 29 minutes before the camera stops and I have to restart it and on a

  • full charge i can record about an hour and a half of 4k video and I have never

  • had any issues with overheating in addition the file sizes are manageable

  • so for about an hour recording a 4k video it takes about 40 gb now I

  • don't want to paint this camera is all sunshine and roses there are some flaws

  • with this camera after all you are only paying seven hundred dollars for it so

  • we can't have everything but I feel for the features it packs we can get around

  • these flaws my first issue is there's no headphone jack to monitor audio in

  • real-time second if you will be using the auto focus feature the autofocus

  • will be a little bit slow from time to time and also it may do some focus

  • hunting so it may not immediately focused on your subject my third issue

  • is this camera has a micro four-thirds sensor so that means whatever lens you

  • put on this camera you're going to get a 2x crop so for example if i add a 24mm

  • lens to this camera

  • I'm automatically going to be positioned at 48mm now if you saw my

  • canon 5d mark iv rant video you know I complained about the crop factor now I

  • feel this situation is a little bit different this is just going to be a

  • dedicated video camera and there are ways to get around it

  • Panasonic offers wider lenses so for example you can buy the panasonic 12-35mm lens

  • s at f/2.8 and that will be equivalent to a 24-70

  • mm lens which is more standard now if you add the price of that lens

  • and the camera body it's still going to equal less than a canon 5d mark iv and

  • also the more expensive sony 4k camera or you can use a speed booster which

  • will give you a wider field of view it will let in more light it will give you

  • a shallow depth of field and it will also allow you to use your existing

  • Nikon and Canon glass another issue with this camera is it doesn't shoot cinema

  • 4k it only shoots ultra-high-definition and lastly the

  • door that opens to the SD card and battery is positioned to close to the

  • tripod mount so that means when I want to access the battery and the SD card

  • and

  • I want to remove it i often have to remove my camera from the tripod and that's a

  • little of an inconvenience so those are the inconveniences i have experienced while

  • using this camera but they really don't hinder my workflow now if any one of

  • those five issues are an absolute deal breaker

  • just don't buy this camera but otherwise for the positive features it has

  • and for the price i think it's a great camera to have there is a link in the

  • description below to where you can buy one of these cameras along with some

  • recommended accessories and lenses if in any way I was able to help you make this

  • purchase or help you decide on this camera i would really appreciate it if you

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  • and that allows me to make free content for you guys on youtube I would be happy

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    jack20010207 posted on 2018/03/19
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