Originally Posted by Ken Ross
Well the problem is, no matter how you pimp them out, you don't have a viewfinder, power zoom or autofocus nearly as good as a dedicated camcorder. To me the VF is essential for proper framing, focusing, color accuracy determination etc. in bright light as well as simple good ergonomics. Holding a camera in front of you as you try to focus and do the other things necessary for good video (or still shots for that matter) is far from ideal.
That's why no pro would buy equipment without a VF.
As far as low light is concerned, remember, as you mentioned, you're comparing cameras with far larger lenses, larger sensors and probably little to no zooms...oh yes, and slower frame rates. All of those contribute to better low light sensitivity. If I compare my XA10 to my GH2 with a pancake lens, the GH2 will do better in low light too. But start to saddle those very same cameras with long zooms, higher frame rates etc. and your low light results will suffer.
As you know, I just don't like the 24p/30p frame rates. So for me it's either 60i or 60p, both of which you don't have in those DSLRs.
I agree, but I am no pro when it comes to video and I am sure a lot of people on this thread are most likely not, as we are talking about a P&S shoot camera that shoots decent video. With camcorders becoming smaller and P&S and smaller DSLRs becoming more capable at video I think you are going to see a blend of products as most people don't want to lug around 3 different devices to a Soccer game or Swim meet, etc.. You will see P&S cameras and DSLRs that can shoot 24p/30p and 60p are just around the corner.
If you are a pro/semi-pro when it comes to video one would assume you would use a Pro-camcorder, but I am seeing more pros shoot with DSLR but then again it's how the finished product looks and we can talk specs all we want, bottom line it comes down to what works for you. Ok, this is getting off topic!
As we are comparing P&S to camcorders when it comes to video in this thread,DOH! I would be all over a GH2 if they would come down in price and where available as I use to have one. The Sony HX100 is very good in lowlight so far, and if it keeps doing this well, it will be a keeper for me, will I still look for a device that does both very well yes, I just hope the "Holy Grail" comes out soon by some one!
I just wish there was a way to change the file type when recording as MTS files seems more of a pain in the (|) to work with the HX100, but thanks to Paulo that might be rectified.
The EVF on the Sony DSC-HX100V is ok, and decent on the GH2. I agree with you VF, as there is no substitute for a good one.