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I'll chime in since I'm the guy he's talking about.
These two cameras are basically the perfect compliment to each other – the strengths of one fill the weaknesses of the other. I have both at the moment, and I might have to return one of them. Deciding which is nearly impossible, because between the two of them I have almost every situation I'll ever encounter covered.
The AC-90 is a great point-and-go kind of camera, and is perfect for all things in regard to shooting live events. It can use shore power easily, has two card slots that can be configured for redundant recording, has XLR inputs so you can feed it good quality audio, and would be an ideal camera to set up for live streaming. The lens is powerful enough to cover almost any situation, and the low-light performance is great, considering how many people knock it for the size of its chips. It is a real purpose-built camcorder.
Downsides: I still haven't figured out the white balance on this thing, the iris and gain control are linked, there is no separate "ISO" control.
The GH3 isn't eaiser to use per se, but offers a lot more control if you know what you are looking for, and accessing the parameters you need to access is very easy. You'll probably need a few lenses to pull it off properly, but with a good lens, the image quality is stellar. Low-light performance is great, it's small and compact, the third-party battery that I was using seemed to go on forever.
Cons: would require more lenses, to stream properly I need lots of crazy adapter things, not sure if it can use shore power, so you may end up having to swap batteries at a bad time, it does not look like a real camcorder – laugh at that last one if you must, but despite the ubiquity of DSLR's, if someone is paying you to video a gig, sometimes they want to see a "real video camera"
Hope that helps.