Photokina has been a very exciting show this year. There have been so many new exciting camera releases, it’s been very hard to keep track of them all. However, 2 of these cameras have stood out to me as a photographer and filmmaker, these being the Canon 6D, and the Panasonic GH3. Both of these cameras have some impressive abilities, and are priced very reasonably. One of these 2 cameras may just find themselves at home within my hands. Let’s take a look.
Canon announced the Canon EOS 6D as a full frame sensor camera, at a MRSP 2100. This means it’s Canon’s cheapest full frame camera, directly competing with Nikon’s D600, and it’s own Canon 5DMK2. The camera itself is the same size and weight as the Canon 7D, a camera which I have personally grown to love. But is it a replacement for the 7D? The Canon 6D has a 11-point autofocus system, however it has a slower burst mode, and no integrated flash. Canon has designed the ^D with DIGIC 5+ processor similarly found in Canon’s flagship 1D X and 5D Mark III DSLRs. The The Canon 6D new 20-megapixel sensor is completely new.This means it’s low light capabilities are very impressive.
The video capabilities are impressive as well. The Canon 6D is allows you to capture full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30, 24, or 25 frame-per-second rates. Manual exposure control is possible while recording video, plus you can also embed time-codes while recording, making this a highly viable option for multi-camera shoots. Also makes editing clips much easier and better for organizing. Clip lengths of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds are possible when working with standard-quality video, or up to 20 minutes when recording the highest-quality video. Canon has also introduced manual audio level control is possible in 64 steps. Something that is badly needed on my 7D. A total surprising features is Built =in Wifi and GPS providing you with the ability to bility to instantly share imagery from your camera and geotag your photographs.
The GH2 was widely accepted by the filmmaking community largely due to hack that allowed you to record video at higher bit rates, near broadcast quality. Well Panasonic has watched this growth and answered back with the GH3. The Panasonic GH3 has a new 16 mega pixel micro four thirds sensor within ISO rating of 12800. Now most of you think Micro four thirds compared to a full frame makes no sense. But what I most impressed by this camera is it’s ability to record video at higher bit rates. The GH3 has a really impressive video capabilities, Panasonic saw what hackers were doing to the GH2 and basically got the hint at what potential users wanted. The G3 now records HD video at a bit rate up to 72Mbps. It can also record 1920×1080 up to 60 frames per second. However, the bit rate also drops to 50Mbps, but still within what is required for broadcast standards. Combine that with a touch screen, wifi, and weighing in just under 20 ounces. you now see why this camera has me excited. right?
As you can see both these cameras have some impressive features and some down falls as with any camera. But which one will end up worth my hard earned cash ? I will have to wait until /i can get my hands on one to fully decide. Although If I could, I would love to have a full frame sensor form the Canon 6D and the video recording capabilities from the GH3. Now that would be a monster of DSLR. Which camera would you choose and why?
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