EOSHD : E-M1 vs GH3 for video

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EOSHD : E-M1 vs GH3 for video
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Nice article about the E-M1 video  by a very knowledgeable writer :

http://www.eoshd.com/content/11895/first-look-olympus-om-d-e-m1-vs-panasonic-gh3

E-M1 video seems pretty good after all

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Though they still seem to prefer the GH3, particularly in the codecs area. Anyway, I really like my GH3 in all respects so I won't be trying the E-M1 since I do prefer a larger body

That site adds to the negatives I'm reading about the A7 models.

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I own both and the GH3 wipes the floor with the em1 for video.
In reply to Pixnat2, 11 months ago

No comparison.  I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

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Though they still seem to prefer the GH3, particularly in the codecs area. Anyway, I really like my GH3 in all respects so I won't be trying the E-M1 since I do prefer a larger body

That site adds to the negatives I'm reading about the A7 models.

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The GH3 is surely a more complete tool for taking footage.

But there was a lot of whinning about video on the E-M1 by people who probably take amateur footage for looking on their TV screen. So I find interesting that Andrew Reid, a professional filmmaker, find that the E-M1 is great for filming!

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Yet the image quality really is good enough to be used as an A-camera by a large number of artists and filmmakers.

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I've tried them both. Although it's a nice camera but when it comes to video, E-M1 is definitely inferior to to GH3 ... it doesn't come even close.

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That's not Andrew Reid conclusion
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No comparison. I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

Sure, the GH3 has more feature and a better codec. But sure too, "wipe the floor" or "no comparaison" seems a bit over the top

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I've tried them both. Although it's a nice camera but when it comes to video, E-M1 is definitely inferior to to GH3 ... it doesn't come even close.

Are you so sure? Some people in the EOSHD forum seems to find the E-M1 better for street shooting. So it's not "inferior" in every aspects, right?

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Nice article about the E-M1 video by a very knowledgeable writer :

http://www.eoshd.com/content/11895/first-look-olympus-om-d-e-m1-vs-panasonic-gh3

E-M1 video seems pretty good after all

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I've read that, and all things considered, other than for handheld shots where Olympus has the advantage, I don't see how any current mirrorless camera can beat the GH3 in video.

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honeyiscool wrote:

Pixnat2 wrote:

Nice article about the E-M1 video by a very knowledgeable writer :

http://www.eoshd.com/content/11895/first-look-olympus-om-d-e-m1-vs-panasonic-gh3

E-M1 video seems pretty good after all

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I've read that, and all things considered, other than for handheld shots where Olympus has the advantage, I don't see how any current mirrorless camera can beat the GH3 in video.

That's not a football match. No one has to win or loose. That's only tools you know.

Sure the GH3 has more controls. But the E-M1 video quality is good enough for most amateurs, and IBIS makes it very attracive, especially for amateurs who don't want to put their camera on a rig :-)!

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SenicPhoto wrote:

I've tried them both. Although it's a nice camera but when it comes to video, E-M1 is definitely inferior to to GH3 ... it doesn't come even close.

Are you so sure? Some people in the EOSHD forum seems to find the E-M1 better for street shooting. So it's not "inferior" in every aspects, right?

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I can't disagree more. I shoot videos with 4 different cameras (Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic and Sony) ... what I get from GH3 can't be produced on Olympus. When comes to stills, that's a totally different story ....

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Pixnat2 wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

No comparison. I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

Sure, the GH3 has more feature and a better codec. But sure too, "wipe the floor" or "no comparaison" seems a bit over the top

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No, it's really like that ...

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SenicPhoto wrote:

Pixnat2 wrote:

SenicPhoto wrote:

I've tried them both. Although it's a nice camera but when it comes to video, E-M1 is definitely inferior to to GH3 ... it doesn't come even close.

Are you so sure? Some people in the EOSHD forum seems to find the E-M1 better for street shooting. So it's not "inferior" in every aspects, right?

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I can't disagree more. I shoot videos with 4 different cameras (Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic and Sony) ... what I get from GH3 can't be produced on Olympus. When comes to stills, that's a totally different story ....

That's your personal POV, and I respect it. Andrew Reid from EOSHD shoot with many more cameras and have a different POV than yours. I respect it too

SenicPhoto vs EOSHD : make your own choice

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Pixnat2 wrote:

Nice article about the E-M1 video by a very knowledgeable writer :

http://www.eoshd.com/content/11895/first-look-olympus-om-d-e-m1-vs-panasonic-gh3

E-M1 video seems pretty good after all

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Just an early hands on and not a full review. Better than previous offerings from Ol in this dep but I doubt film makers will be selling their GH2(hacked) and GH3's quite yet. It seems to lack some pretty obvious and must have features to be a GH3 replacement.

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The Photo Ninja wrote:

No comparison. I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

The E-M1 is very good if there is not any panning or highly detailed moving objects such as trees.  You do need to turn down sharpening and use a flat profile too.  The E-M1 also excels at handheld video due to the 5 axis IBIS that adjusts for sensor rotation.  It keeps the image level, something in lens IS can't due.

The GH3 though can shoot at 60p and has a much higher bit-rate. This means for moving objects you get all the detail retained.  Obviously if you are making an independent film or something for broadcast the GH3 is the way to go.  If you are making home movies or need a "b" camera for quick static shots or handheld scenes, the E-M1 offers very good IQ.

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Really, there's maybe three things the Olympus needs to have a permanent place in my video life:

1. 24p. I've started shooting 24 fps on my GH3 and I don't want two different frame rates in my shooting.

2. On-screen audio level monitoring. I shoot music events a lot. Gotta know I'm not overloading my mic.

3. Focus peaking. Less important than the other two, though. My GH3 doesn't have this and I do fine.

I had an E-P5 for a while, and there are three things I like about Olympus over Panasonic (for video):

1. I can configure a MySet that is S mode at the proper shutter speed and then it's just a quick mode dial switch to be configured for video, whereas I can't do that in Panasonic because the custom modes don't remember shutter speeds.

2. 5-axis IBIS, obviously.

3. Auto-ISO in M mode. I don't use this that much, though.

So, really, Olympus isn't even that far off IMO when it comes to being a good video tool. A better codec, focus peaking, audio level meters on screen, and 24p/60p options in E-M1 (which are all possible in firmware updates, by the way) and I wouldn't even need a GH3 anymore. I'd probably downgrade to a G6, as I would still need a video body with an articulated screen for tripod and Youtube work, but I'd definitely switch to E-M1 for handheld video.

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honeyiscool wrote:

Really, there's maybe three things the Olympus needs to have a permanent place in my video life:

1. 24p. I've started shooting 24 fps on my GH3 and I don't want two different frame rates in my shooting.

2. On-screen audio level monitoring. I shoot music events a lot. Gotta know I'm not overloading my mic.

3. Focus peaking. Less important than the other two, though. My GH3 doesn't have this and I do fine.

I had an E-M5 for a while, and there are three things I like about Olympus over Panasonic (for video):

1. I can configure a MySet that is S mode at the proper shutter speed and then it's just a quick mode dial switch to be configured for video, whereas I can't do that in Panasonic because the custom modes don't remember shutter speeds.

2. 5-axis IBIS, obviously.

3. Auto-ISO in M mode. I don't use this that much, though.

So, really, Olympus isn't even that far off IMO when it comes to being a good video tool. A better codec, focus peaking, audio level meters on screen, and 24p/60p options in E-M1 (which are all possible in firmware updates, by the way) and I wouldn't even need a GH3 anymore. I'd probably downgrade to a G6, as I would still need a video body with an articulated screen for tripod and Youtube work, but I'd definitely switch to E-M1 for handheld video.

Agree 100%. Meanwhile, the E-M1 is good enough for many, as Andrew Reid said.

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And then you look at the other story about the EM-1 video
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http://www.eoshd.com/content/11880/olympus-phase-detect-af-strips-showing-up-in-e-m1-video

Because those giant stripes just make the footage absolutely shine...

IMO unless you really need image stabilisation whilst using non stabilised lenses then the GH3 is better in every way with regards to video.

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The Photo Ninja wrote:

No comparison. I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

The E-M1 is very good if there is not any panning or highly detailed moving objects such as trees. You do need to turn down sharpening and use a flat profile too. The E-M1 also excels at handheld video due to the 5 axis IBIS that adjusts for sensor rotation. It keeps the image level, something in lens IS can't due.

The GH3 though can shoot at 60p and has a much higher bit-rate. This means for moving objects you get all the detail retained. Obviously if you are making an independent film or something for broadcast the GH3 is the way to go. If you are making home movies or need a "b" camera for quick static shots or handheld scenes, the E-M1 offers very good IQ.

When I compared the video shot in 1080/28p between E-PL5 and GH1, I found the footage from GH1 cleaner, with less compression artifacts.  Do you think the videos in EM1 is much improved since they introduced E-PL5.  I am not a pro so I do not need broadcast quality videos but I want it to be as least clean.

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The more I look at that 5 axis stabilization samples, the less I want it.  It is not good as people are making it out to be.  Great for handheld still video, but when walking it seems to get lost, and even warp the video.  I think in a a lot of the cases a shakier video without warping would be more useful.  And for still video, the stabilized lenses are good on the GH3 as already mentioned.

Also, I'm learning that the GH3 is more capable as a photography camera than people have come to expect.

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G1Houston wrote:

Lab D wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

No comparison. I am keeping the em1 for stills and just bought the gh3 - no regrets.

The E-M1 is very good if there is not any panning or highly detailed moving objects such as trees. You do need to turn down sharpening and use a flat profile too. The E-M1 also excels at handheld video due to the 5 axis IBIS that adjusts for sensor rotation. It keeps the image level, something in lens IS can't due.

The GH3 though can shoot at 60p and has a much higher bit-rate. This means for moving objects you get all the detail retained. Obviously if you are making an independent film or something for broadcast the GH3 is the way to go. If you are making home movies or need a "b" camera for quick static shots or handheld scenes, the E-M1 offers very good IQ.

When I compared the video shot in 1080/28p between E-PL5 and GH1, I found the footage from GH1 cleaner, with less compression artifacts. Do you think the videos in EM1 is much improved since they introduced E-PL5. I am not a pro so I do not need broadcast quality videos but I want it to be as least clean.

The E-M1 have updated codec which greatly reduce the macro-blocking on fast moving/complex scene that is prone on Olympus camera (up to E-P5), also it record at slightly higher 24Mbps instead of 20Mbps

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