Is that what's meant by Texan Appetite?
Thinking about it, Texas, I really believe a better option would be Jerry Hall, back when she was twenty.
To take a line from Mr. T....Mark, I'm not comparing cameras, or something like that.
I'm not, but I know what I've used and honestly pick up a gh3, spend 30 minutes setting it up and go shoot.
No it doesn't have the still quality (quality covers a lot of area) of a Phase or Leaf or Blad medium format camera.
Then shoot some video and no it doesn't have the quality of a RED 1 or an Arri.
But what it does have is an amazing feature set that covers territory in both stills and video, probably the best EVF I've ever used and is as solid as a rock.
I don't know what other people shoot, do know what I shoot and the GH3 is the best all around camera I've ever used.
In fact the only reason I use the RED's for a lot of setups is because the RED workflow is much easier than an h264 camera, but this thing shoots way above it's weight.
I know the purists that yearn for a Rollei or a new version of a Mamiya 6x7 will raise hell over an electronic view finder and video but then again how the hell can you be a purist in the age of digital.
Digital is not film, not analog and no matter what digital camera you use you are in the electronic domain.
Anyway, sorry to go off topic but I'm curious what happens to cameras when the sensors get larger. For some reason they get slower, some less reliable, much more costly and are useable for a decreasing part of the imaging world.
But I'm sure part of it comes to volume, part of it is price, probably part of it is having to rely on outside sensor makers, though Panasonic doesn't make the sensor (Sony does) and I would imagine they probably outsource some lenses (I know Olympus mft does).
Personally I don't care about physical sensor size. I care about look and usability. If the sensor is 1" or 10" I don't care as long as I can produce the look I want and it will be accepted for use.
I love the look of medium format backs, same with leica ccd's and love shooting medium format because I really believe I see a difference and dig the analog feel of the camera I use (oops used the A word) but I also like the look of these little mft cameras and Panasonic really hit the mark.
I honestly believe they must have talked to people that are on the ground shooting for a living, because the panas are not perfect, but damn good. They're autofocus is simply amazing and the camera cost around $1,200 and I've beat the heck out of mine, starting to wear off the white on the dials and they've never missed a frame and if your looking for a waist level finder, get a gx7. That's one good little camera.
I'm sure Phase/Leaf has probably done this, but if not they should go on a busy set where a client wants horizontal and vertical, still and motion, time lapse, slo-mo, with and without sound and do it with every camera out there, then pick up a gh3.
I think they'd be surprised.
But once again, I'm not comparing and I'm sure the medium format makers know about what they sell and who they sell to more than I.
Jerry Hall? I shot her after she left Mick. They flew her into location in an Aérospatiale helicopter and was the first real celebrity I worked with. Really nice, really one of the nicest easiest people I ever worked with and of course I was prejudice because she spoke the same language I did . . . non discernible Texan.
People of all walks could take a lesson from her, because she could have bought the whole shoot for the money she probably finds loose in the bottom of her purse, but was just one of the guys (and girls).
P.S. I know early on RED announced medium format sized, actually larger than medium format sized motion and still cameras. They didn't hit it and don't know why, maybe because it's way too expensive, but RED did set the motion world upside down with the first affordable cinema camera that shot raw and made a useable still image. RED's like any camera aren't perfect, but it's impressive how they started from scratch and built a whole system including software and like my medium format backs, I expect to own and use my RED's for many years.