hionhifi wrote:Qadri, I was in the same situation as you and eventually ended up with a G6. I did buy the Canon 70D and lens but ultimately traded it in for a G6 because of the portability and image quality of the G6. The image quality of the G6 is close enough to APC sensors that I can let the small differences go by the way side. Not to mention the G6's many extra features.
The headphone jack isn't really an issue because the G6 has level meters that allow you to view what the mics are picking up. Plus you can use an external mic like a Zoom H1, 2, or 4n to record better sound and have headphone input. Sound wise using an external mic would be the preferred setup. For the difference in price between the GH3 and the G6 you could buy a Zoom H6 @ $399 or Zoom H4n @ $269 that would blow ANY DSLR's in camera audio processing and headphone monitoring solution out of the water.
As far as the video quality concerned I haven't been able to consistently see an appreciable difference between the two cameras. Certainly 72mbps is more than 28mbps, but what type of compression is used? All-I or IPB? All-I uses much, much larger files than IPB but from what I've read online doesn't provide any visible benefits. It's only benefit is that it's easier for an NLE (Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc) to process the files. I thought I would see a difference between the two formats too but now having seen and used All-I and IPB on my 70D, I can say with confidence and experience the IPB files look just as good as the All-I files. The All-I files are just massively larger.
All this leads me to the conclusion that yes the GH3 is a wonderful tool for the professional videographer, but for those of us who don't need timecoding, multiple recording formats and some other pro tools, the G6 is more than enough. Not to mention it has focus peaking, and stop motion, a better screen and EVF than the GH3. Two of those features you'll use everyday when you interact with the camera.
Hope this helps you make a decision. Cheers.
I read with great interest here that you actually bought the 70D but then switched it to the G6. I am actually waiting to buy the G6 with the new 14-140 kit lens which is not yet available in my country, but am now very tempted by the 70D's smooth AF in video, especially its ability to pull focus using the touch screen. On Gordon's review of both cams, it seems that the 70D executes the movement (the video in the cafe with the container of sugar cubes) more smoothly than the G6 which still appears to hunt around a little. Did you find this obvious in the G6?
For still/video quality, your observation is that while the 70D is slightly ahead, there isn't enough appreciable difference in real world terms to justify the larger size of the 70D? Portability is also important to me. Plus the 70D doesn't have in camera panorama stitching, amongst a few other things.
Is there anything that would really justify buying the 70D over the G6? Lenses? I don't have either, so no legacy issues. I am currently using the Sony e-mounts.
Thanks for your comments.