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Trevor Dennis 5,925 posts
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A decent Non DSLR video camera?

Jul 20, 2012 6:01 PM

Guys, I suspect this is a done to death question, and that the answer changes every six months or so.  After the best part of two years attempting to get serious with Premiere Pro, I am starting to feel comfortable with it, and able to work way faster than I used to.  I am currently using a Canon 1DMK4, and Sony HC1 to record footage, (plus a little Canon GX1 as a carry around camera) and while the Canon has a definite advantage in image quality, it is a PITA to use compared to the little Sony.  So I am thinking about looking for a video camera that would match or better the DSLR footage, but have the userbility of the HC1.  

 

The problem is, I have no idea where to start.  I remember a thread in the Hardware forum at the beginning of this year where Harm mentioned several cameras, and quoted some as being acceptable by the BBC.  Where are things at nowadays?  I have even noticed 4K cameras slowly moving towards afordability. Is that trend going to continue?  Is there a website that deals with the subject?

 
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    Jul 21, 2012 8:51 AM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    >Is there a website

     

    I did a Google for

     

    camcorder review

     

    and many sites were listed

     
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    Jul 21, 2012 6:13 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    >personal opinions

     

    I didn't say anything until a day after you posted, just for that reason

     

    I use and like a Canon Vixia HFS100 for my home hobbyist video, but didn't think that is what you want... and it has been replaced, anyway

     
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    Jul 21, 2012 9:21 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    I am thinking about looking for a video camera that would match or better the DSLR footage, but have the userbility of the HC1.  

     

    I think there is probably only one option available at the moment (assuming the pricier Digital Cinema cameras are off the table) and that is the Panasonic AG-AF100.

     

    But even that has some usability flaws, such as no autofocus and no servo zoom.

     
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:40 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    Actually the AF100 does have autofocus . Use a lens with appropriate AF coupling

     

    ...and the fact that it does not have servo zoom is that the AF100 is a camera body only. ie a Production Camera with interchangeable lenses

     

    The user decides what lens to attach to it but currently there are no consumer lenses that have integral servo control.

     

    Professionals would mount a proper cine zoom  lens and use a professional servo such as a Hayden

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 10:13 AM   in reply to shooternz

    That can make it difficult to use handheld.

     

    Remember, in addition to the superior image of a larger sensor, the call also included the same functionality as the handheld Sony HC1.  On that front, the AF100 fails by not having built-in servo zoom.

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:36 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    It was not designed as a handheld camera so obviously it will "fail" in that regard.

     

    Remember, in addition to the superior image of a larger sensor, the call also included the same functionality as the handheld Sony HC1.

     

    It was you that recommended it to the O.P (post 4) ...not me.

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 5:36 PM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    Take a look around this site.

     

    http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/

     

    For a ton of information from users of most avavaible cameras.

     

    It has a bit of a leaning to prosumer and indie users but shou;ld confuse you more ..or offer some great search and research paths.

     
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