Thanks for those responses. I see what you mean and I do still have Sony HDR SR12e camcorder. I'm assuming the G6 video quality will be noticeably better than my Sony?
I have no experience with the Sony HDR SD12e.
I was hoping to upgrade my point and shoot Canon at some point anyway so if it fails to perform at a good level on video, I'm sure it will do a very good job at taking pics anyway?
The G6 will certainly be an upgrade to your point and shoot if only because you can interchange lenses.
I'm also thinking it could be used for a second camera if it becomes impractical to use for the main shot (we sometimes use an additional side camera when recording speeches for a side shot of the speaker or panning on the audience). In that case I would buy a semi-pro video camera for the main camera, something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7hHxDh5OcM
(interesting video that compares it with the GH3).
The G6 would be a perfect second camera for the b-roll and such. But it all depends on where and in what conditions you’re shooting in, in which case, the lens is important. In low light you will need not only to worry about framing the shot, but having a bright lens to put enough light onto the sensor so as to keep the ISO down to control noise. Shooting in bright light, you’ll need to think about how you want to frame the shot, which will determine which lens to use.
I think the G6 might be a safe bet in that case as I can't justify spending more on the GH3 for the headphone jack and would struggle to justify it for the unlimited continuous recording (that's for my purposes).
The headphone input on the GH3 is a non-starter, let it go. You’ve already determined a solution for how to deal with the missing headphone jack on the G6. By all means if you have the money to blow, buy the GH3 for the headphone jack but it would be a big cost outlay for little to no improvement in audio quality since you already have pro audio solution with your pro wireless mics.
Maestro, thinking of starting out with the standard lens and then do some research into what the best lens would be for speeches. Mmm...the 14-140mm lens is a lot cheaper if bought as a package http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras/di
... 1-pdt.html (local store).
I know this question for for Maestro but I’d like to add here as well. I suspect your shooting indoors which almost always presents a problem of not enough light. In that case you’ll need bright, fast lenses. Here are several that will suit your needs.
Bright Zoom Lenses
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph $1298
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 Power OIS $1498
Bright Prime Lenses (Auto Focus)
Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 $529
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens $399
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS $719
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens $250
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH Lens $428
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 $unknown, due later this year.
Super Bright Prime Lenses (Manual Focus)
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens $999
Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Lens $999
Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 Lens $999
Personally I’ve picked up a Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph and will be buying a Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 Power to match it. At this point my kit will be complete. Then I’ll be adding specialty lens to the kit. First will be the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 (no pricing yet). Then maybe something longer like a 150mm 2.8 that Panasonic has planned.
Among the many reasons primes lens are great is they are bright, but not very flexible. If you have limited placement options, a prime lens may not allow you to frame the shot the way you want. That’s where zooms come in. They allow you to zoom without using your feet which in my previous example isn’t an option.
Oh and any thoughts on how to do a live podcast/broadcast with the G6? - Help appreciated.
You may be able to use to the WiFi video streaming ability in the G6 to stream directly to USTREAM. I’ve never tried it but that may provide an option.