It's been a long time to get to Nikon fans. Sony has long as opposed to DSLRs, mirror-free bodies are far less bulky, do not have a reflex mirror, and have electronic viewfinder (instead of optical, as someone prefers.) Battery life can be a problem, but no doubt that Sony a7- The series has been an indisputable hit with wedding players, filmmakers, music video producers, landscape / rei shooters and the like.
At the same time, Panasonic continued rolling last year with the release of GH5. Momentum had already been achieved with GH4 which was well received. By adding extra treats like two SD tracks, 4K 10-bit 4: 2: 2 video and body stabilization, the GH5 made an irresistible prospect for many people who spend their days shooting and editing videos.
As long as Nikon is delayed to enter the full-frame mirror-free market.
And you would not know, Nikon priced its new Z6 straight in the sweat, at $ 1,996 (USD).
Not cheap, given – I would say this is semi-pro, seriously hobbyistic territory, with top-rated full-frame bodies like 5D IV, A7SII, and also Nikon's new Z7 considered true pro. But with the YouTube generation here and big channels that draw big money, it may be important to use the right equipment. And for these buyers, this price point is something to consider, but if it's the right tool, it's the right tool and the job must be done (upload, day in and day out).
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So this seems to be difficult:
For about $ 2K, do you want to purchase a Panasonic GH5 or Nikon Z6?
(Note: GH5 is now sells many places ten l below list price)
It really depends. Security, I know. But it really depends on what kind of shooting and projects you are working on. There is no a real camera for everyone.
For example, if you like shooting wildlife and wide outdoor views, you'll probably want the beautiful, full-frame look that something like Z6
Narrative shooters is usually used to Super 35, making GH5 perfect for these scenarios.
Then it's lens mount.
Nikon introduced a new Z-mount for Z6 / Z7. If you have old (and excellent) Nikon glass, you must use the optional adapter. Not too big a deal. But that's an assessment.
Meanwhile, GH5 uses a MFT (Micro Four Thirds) party. There are many MFT lens options out there – and I especially like that they are generally cheaper than Canon EF or Sony E-Mount stuff. Put a Speedbooster Metabones there, as I do with my GH5 when shooting videos for Stark Insider, and you can use all your EF lenses, and you can also benefit from more light and a wider field of view.
But if I'm "There are a few serious design monitors …
Again, it's going to come in the market today and to choose from GH5 and Z6.  Nikon Z6 down to what you shoot. But for me, at least Nikon turned a bit up with the Z6 / Z7. It's unfortunate, especially considering how long the team had to study the success of Panasonic, Sony and others had the mirrorless market around this price range
In particular, it's my grip:
- Only one memory card slot (XQD)
- Non-articulated LCD screen
- Battery life (based on what someone says, we need to wait for full reports and tests before you pull finally ending)
[Random tangent: you think encoding h.264 video in Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder is slow? Try this. Try rendering your project using h.265 HEVC like I’m doing while writing this article. Enjoy the 24 hour wait (an inevitable fail, and “Bahhhhhh!”). Then go back to your h.264 export and enjoy the (relative) zippiness! You won’t complain anymore.]
It would worry me that the Z6 has only one memory slot. If I was a board player or paid shot, I think it would be a deal brecker. That's because I like to have double track for redundancy. Yes, I'm paranoid that way. Maybe you are. Maybe you are not. But the mindset of knowing if a card fails, I have a backup, is very comforting. And if I break for lunch and leave my camera, I can take the second SD card, put it in my wallet, and know I'm covered if something gets lost or stolen.
Vloggers will probably not be short-list this camera due to the non-articulate LCD screen. Why? Why Nikon?! Vloggers is a big market. They buy GH5. But I do not think they will buy Z6, or at least not many. That is because the screen of the Z6 is Sony-like and can not be fully formulated so that a solo shooter can hit and focus itself. Given this YouTube – Hello, guys!
For the two reasons alone, I'd probably buy a GH5 again.
But let's not forget that the Z6 is a full-frame camera for "just" $ 1,995. That is unbelievable.
So if you can live with the above cards and they have no impact on your particular projects or shootings, I would definitely take a closer look. I particularly appreciate that Nikon builds in a small LCD on the top panel so you can quickly see your settings without having to hunt them on the rear LCD screen. I wish Panasonic would rate this for GH6.
Still … 10-bit 4K video, log and full frame for $ 2000 is pretty cute
I have no doubt that the image quality and performance will be top-notch with Z6 (and Z7). That's Nikon. Perhaps the Z6 is best suited to anyone who wants to shoot pictures first and at least grab high quality 4K video. And GH6 would be ideal for someone who wants to shoot video first and at least grab some stills.
Finally, I liked to have seen Nikon include dual XQD tracks and an articulated display.
ALSO: Panasonic GH5 Articles on Stark Insider
No matter how amazing it is for video players these days?
Years back we had pretty much a choice if the budget would allow: Canon 5D Mark II. If you could not create the leap, you could, as if I did, for an APS-C body like the (still amazing) Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
See what we have. Panasonic GH5. Sony a7SII and A7R series. Olympus souffel. Fujifilm. And now the Nikon Z6 and Z7.
SHOT ON PANASONIC GH5:
Waking Up the Vatican
A short film by Clinton and Loni Stark
Gear: Panasonic GH5, Red Scarlet-W
Lots of choices for video players these days. The level of innovation is amazing at the end of the day.
Indeed, the real limit of our projects is probably our imagination. History. Feeling. Everything else is a tool. Important to us, yes, but not to the viewer.
Z7 will be broadcast on 27 September, with Z6 following in November.
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