My experience with the Sony FDR-AX33 4K camcorder wasn’t 100% satisfactory so I ordered another camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. This is a 4K-capable mirrorless DSLR that allows you to use your existing Canon/Nikon DSLR lenses with an adapter. Now, this is touted by many videographers as one of the best 4K DSLR cameras out there. So, I had to try it.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a pretty decent DSLR camera. There’s more buttons and features than my Canon 7D and 60D, plus the touchscreen is a bonus along with easy live view with your Android or iOS devices. What’s really nice is that you can hook up to any of your high-quality DSLR lenses using lens adapters. Now, you can grab a regular adapter (I recommend the Kipon) or the Metabone Speed Booster to get smaller F-stop (reduces by 1 F-Stop), which essentially turns your F1.8 lens into F0.8. Of course, since the GH4 has smaller sensor, this all works out to be a bit different but I did notice I could now take photos/videos in much darker setting. I am actually still waiting for the Metabones Speed Booster but using a cheaper Fotasy Speed Booster. Still, the results are pretty amazing I think.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 vs. Sony FDR-AX33
Here’s a quick comparison test I did with the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony FDR-AX33 in 4K, if you have a 4K monitor/TV, do let me know which camera you like more!
If you cannot carry all your DSLR gear with you everywhere, perhaps you are a travel blogger, I would say the Sony FDR-AX33 is an excellent choice to record 4K videos. But if you are doing a lot of close-up, low-light, and you can carry the gear with you, the Panasonic GH4 may be the right choice. Also, if you are not familiar with DSLRs, you may want to go with the Sony FDR-AX33 as everything is nearly automatic and you can start shooting from day one. On the other hand, shooting video with Panasonic may take a bit longer to get hang of.
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