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Hi stokes – I upgraded to 4K with the GH4, and it has been a good decision for me. Your mileage may vary.
Here's what I like about it:
– When downscaled to 1080p, the image quality is stunning – and there is zero moire
– I can crop within the frame to get a 1080p image – and create the impression I am shooting with multiple cameras
– To some extent, I am future-proofed. When clients start asking for 4K, I'll be ready.
– Panasonic compresses their 4K to 100mbps – my tired old Windows laptop handles it just fine
What I don't like about it:
– Limited number of frame rates – no affordable 4K60p cameras yet
– I don't have a 4K monitor yet
If I were you, I would sell the VG30 and consider something like the $2300 Sony PXW-X70, which Sony plans to upgrade to Ultra HD "4K" in January for an additional ~$500.
Yes, you would be trading the flexibility of interchangeable lenses for a fixed lens, but the X70 has a great 12x zoom, a relatively large 1" sensor, a professional 10-bit 4:2:2 XAVC codec (much better than the VG30's 8-bit 4:2:0 AVCHD), built in pro XLR mic inputs, a built-in ND filter plus HD-SDI out in addition to HDMI.
Since the codec is so new, you will need to download Sony Catalyst Browse (free) to transcode it to something your NLE can use.
Here is what this camera can do:
And here's a nice hands-on review from Philip Johnston, the HD Warrior:
Hope this is helpful, and good luck with your decision!