Originally Posted by SD90
I felt the opposite. The look of GH4 footage is highly adjustable in camera whereas it's much less so with the AX100. The GH4 has 3 dials and many buttons in addition to a huge range of selectable menu options. That gives it a professional character whereas the AX100 is just like a $500 consumer camcorder with limited menu options, far fewer buttons and dials, plus it's a bulky thing next to the compact GH4. Although the body of the GH4 is mostly plastic, the quality of the shutter mechanism is true pro grade - rated for 200,000 actuations. The big and bright viewfinder of the GH4 is also pro grade in comparison to the small "looking into a tunnel" consumer grade viewfinder of the AX100. The GH4 has a 1 year parts and labor warranty, whereas the AX100 has only a 90 day labor warranty as is typical for consumer camcorders. Lastly, I feel the footage of the GH4 has a natural looking degree of crispness whereas the footage of the AX100 looks over sharpened. I will admit the audio quality of the built in mic of AX100 does seem clearer than the GH4.
Regardless of how many buttons, dials, days of warranty, rated shutter actuations etc, I look for the end result, the picture. Warranties and all the other 'goodies' do me no good if, inevitably, I'm less satisfied with the picture. Such was the case with my private battle of the AX100 vs the GH4.
IMO, not only was there more real detail and sharpness in the picture, but the color was consistently accurate in the AX100. I had no need to make changes other than when I'd do a MWB. I don't miss not having picture profiles and the like, I don't feel the need for them. Yet with the GH4, no matter which profile and no matter how I adjusted the picture within a profile, I could not get the clarity & consistent color the AX100 gave me...even with its 'limited menu options'.
As far as bulk is concerned, yes, it is heavier than the GH4, but that also adds to stability in holding the camera. This is not to say the IS on the AX100 is great, it's not, but IMO it's easier to hold a camcorder style camera steadier than a DSLR-type camera.
The GH4 will make many users happy, but for my needs it was basically 'no contest'.