Taking things more seriously
Previous to this I was recording videos with my iPhone. While the videos were ok I wanted something better at taking videos and photos as well.
Little did I know finding that perfect hybrid camera is pretty much impossible when you have a limited budget. When you have a budget some features will have to go. The choice I made by getting a Panasonic G85 (G80 and G81 in other regions) was to have the best hybrid camera I could afford. The other two contenders would have been a Canon 80D and a Sony 6300. Both were more expensive than the Panasonic G85 but one thing they all shared was having compromises.
The Canon was expensive and did not record in 4K, was a classic DSLR so live view was missing. In other words while it could be great at photography it wasn’t that great for videography. Then the Sony offered the 6300 and 6500. While the 6500 was nice it’s price made it a no go. The 6300 was an even more cut down version of the 6500 and its biggest compromise was that it was prone to overheating while recording video. Now did I really want to purchase a new camera mainly for video that would overheat during video recording? Not really.
So that left the G85. While not being the best at everything it sure was good at what it did. So what was its compromise? Well it wasn’t as great for low light scenarios but being that I would take video and photos in a controlled setting that could be alleviated. What was the Achilles heal to the G85? Its auto focus performance during video capture. You just can’t have everything. But it’s something that can be learned to work with over time as your skill develops.
Take a look at my initial thoughts when I first got this camera.