Also, in favour of the GH-3, weatherproofed magnesium body, higher framerates, higher bitrates without hacking, more dynamic range, wifi connection to Android app.. I will probably get one.
The main possible downsides are no peaking or zebras, although this may be added in a firmware update, and there was more moire/aliasing present on footage from the sample at Photokina, than had been present on the GH2. Pundits are attributing it to possible use of a Sony sensor rather than their own sensor, and of course it may be fixed before production. It's probably not as bad as pre-5Dmk3 Canons anyway.
As cool as the GH3 sounds, the GH2 would still be a big step up for me, so I was thinking since the GH3 was coming out soon that I may be able to find a good deal on a GH2, or find someone who was looking to upgrade to the GH3 wanting to sell their GH2.
Just kinda worried about getting a used one and it being out of warranty though.
One review I read said something along the lines of "This $900 camera outperforms some of the $20,000 cameras out there". Sounded like a bunch of hype but I hadn't read anything negative about the GH2 either.
GH3 is definately in my mind but I really prefered to stay with Canon. I just wished Canon will release a 6D II with Vari-angle screen and 1080 60P that some I am dreaming of. But don't know when it gonna happen
I think there will be a successor to the 60D/7D/EOS-M that will have those features, but it will be probably be APS-C or some other cropped sensor, not the full frame of the 6D. And I guess it will be well into 2013. But they have to do it surely to hit back at what Panasonic and Sony are coming out with. I think with the full frame you've now got all that Canon are going to give you for a good while yet.
I'm also considering the GH3, Just curious to know how would you compensate for the auto aperture in movie mode?
I've been just cranking the frame rate up on my TM700 to the point where I "think" the aperture is opened up all the way and go back and check the dB level. Kind of a pita but seems to work. Will this technique work w/ the GH2 and GH3.
I sold our Sony HVR-V1U camera ($~5k with HDD recorder) after shooting our first video on the GH1. When the GH2 was released we purchased that and it's even better, especially in low light. I can absolutely recommend the GH2 for use with Vegas, I edit the files natively (no conversion to another format) MOST of the time. Vegas 11 does occasionally crash with certain files created by the GH2; this is very infrequent, perhaps 1/300, and I simply render the offending file to another format (.mxf) and the problem is solved.
In addition to videos I also do product photography and frankly I do not care for the way the GH2 renders images. We have a Nikon D7000 and that is MUCH better for stills, with less noise & better colors.
I also don't care for the way the GH2 renders skin tones. I can get a decent look with the MagicBullet Looks 2 plugin, but right out of the camera I just don't like the skin tones. When it comes to brands I'm Switzerland. I like whatever works, and I have to say that you should at least look at the Sony Alpha series cameras before buying a GH2. I recommended the A35 to a co-worker (~$700 body and lens) and he and his wife both love the camera. I had a chance to shoot both product photos and video with the camera and was very impressed.
The Alpha cameras are not getting much attention but that doesn't mean they're not worth looking at - they are. Image stabilization is in the body, so you can buy a used Minolta lens and it will image stabilized. Minolta has made some nice glass and used lenses are downright cheap - I use them on my GH1 and GH2, but they are not image stabilized.
My big complaint with the Sony Alphas is that they are automatic gain levels only. This is so frustrating because Sony has been doing this long enough that they should know better than to absolutely hobble a camera with something so simple.
I use a small army of GH2s for everything that I do. I have been in love with the hack since I first tried Driftwood's patches, and I love the little camera. There are issues to work around, but honestly I wouldn't want to have anything else at the moment, for the price.
What everyone is saying about the GH3 is completely correct. The GH2 with its all Iframe codec will be a beast, and I plan on picking up several of them when it goes on sale in a few months.
So in short, the GH2 is fantastic. It doesn't do everything, but what it does is fantastic.
One thing to keep in mind is glass... Do you want to invest in M43 glass? If so, cool, welcome aboard. If not, you should consider other options. Also keep in mind that some M43 Panny glass (and Olympus and probably others I haven't investigated) have servo zoom built in. I have a 45-175 X lens with servo zoom that works beautifully for concerts!
Best lens for it is the 20mm Panasonic pancake. There are higher end lens but for a 1.7 at 20mm it just can't be beat. Gorgeous footage and it can see in the dark at that speed.
Got a GH2 in July, have been doing some testing so far. I will wait to hack until out of warranty, or until I can afford a GH3. Saving up for good glass now, using some old Canon/Sigma lenses. It is replacing my Sony FX1 as my main cam.
Some test stills/footage has been stunning. But mainly focusing on getting use to an SLR type cam after using the FX1 for so long.
When recording avchd 1920x1080 60i or 60p at the best bit rate how much time can you record on to a 32gb card?
It's 60i or 30p, not 60p. At the new HBR High Bit Rate in the 1.1 firmware, they say it's about 3hrs on 32GB. I bought 3 class 10 32GB cards.
Hacked higher bit rates will eat that much faster.
Can you record continuesly until you fill the card?
Splits every 4GB, but I think it is a clean split, haven't tested that yet.
When recording video how much time will the battery give you?
It says about 100 minutes. I recorded an hour with no problem.
I bought 3 of those also. Very important to use Panasonic batteries if you are going to hack it. Supposedly you can turn it into a brick if you don't. I stuck with Pana everything.
Does the camera have an D/C jack?
Optional adapter that plugs into the battery slot.
Been using the GH2 (two of them) for event videography (mostly theatrical) for a couple years. Love them.
They will record continuously til the card fills. If you use Vegas to import the clips, they are brought in as seamless clips no matter the length. The longest I've recorded are just over two hours.
Looking forward to seeing some samples of the production GH3 - I'm sure I'll eventually replace both of my GH2s with them. Hats off to Panasonic for giving us the camera that Sony, Canon, Nikon etc. refuse (or can't?) to bring us.
I just got a little Panasonic GF3 for $259. It runs. The same hack as the GH1 and GH2 except that it doesn't do 24p. I bumped up the bitrate to 45Mbps, then backed it off to 25 when my class 10 SD card couldn't keep up. The video looks great and touchscreen focusing is just awesome. You can do things like touch somebody's face and and have it track them as they move. You can also se it so that in manual focus, it will automatically digitally zoom in for checking focus as soon as you twist the focus ring. Amazingly fast to shoot with and just tiny. I love this little thing!