Maybe, BUT - if you read his post - he said he is looking for something in the $1,000-$2,000 range - not the $200 range.
And frankly, its hard to 'learn' on a $200 DSLR that doesn't even give you the same options the $1,000 cameras have. If he has the funds to invest upfront, there is NO reason to buy a throwaway $200 camera - it's a waste of $200, since it will never be useful outside of basic learning.
If he has a budget of $1,000 or more, a GH4 or Pocket is the best bet at that range. They can certainly be learned on, but can also produce cinematic-quality images down the road - and he can KEEP using them to produce professional results. A $200 camera will not produce any kind of good video, have little manual control over anything, and is just a plain bad investment.
Frankly, given the way the market is going toward RAW and Log Workflow, he need to learn up-front how to expose for these profiles as well. A $200 canon, or $200 anything, will not give you that.
By all means, if all he has to spend is $200, and doesn't really know rather he wants to even do cinematography or filmmaking - buy the $200 camera. However, if he has the budget for more, already knows he wants to do it, he needs to be learning on at least half-way professional equipment. The GH4 w/ Vlog or Blackmagic Pocket are great options for him. They are professional cameras that can be built on and used for a long time, they are fairly user friendly to learn on, they have all the professional features like interchangeable lenses and real video formats and options. Plus, these cameras are at the bottom end of his range, and THAT is where I'd suggest he start.
The GH5 is an okay camera, BUT - word of caution - I returned mine to keep the GH4. The GH5 is not spectacular, and looses a lot of its great feature set once you switch to manual, non-lumix cine lenses. In the GH5 price range, he is much better off trying to find a used Blackmagic 4K camera. The GH5 is nice, but the 'amazing' autofocus, 2-step focus pulling, and IS are all basically moot once you switch to cine-style lenses, and the internal compression - while 4:2:2 10-bit - is still in a bad codec, and a GH4 w/ Atomos is still a cheaper and more robust option.
Edited by Landon D. Parks, 09 March 2018 - 07:37 PM.