Originally Posted by wintour
Hiii all! I'm brand new to this so go easy on me
I have been studying on your forums & these 3 cameras for over a week now and I am so stuck!!
I am making a low budget documentary in my area, all these cameras seem to be great I obviously want the best picture I can get, I will be using a shotgun mic. I am not the greatest when it comes to editing as I am still quite new to it all so something thats going to be complicated I will get very lost. I live in Australia so these cameras are going to be a bit more expensive to me so even if you have other cameras you could recommend that would be very much appreciated! So I'm just curious to see what everyones thoughts are on these cameras, which one do you own and would you recommend that? Thanks so much guys, your info in the owners threads have been so helpful but when you have 3 good cameras to choose from and no experience with camcorders yet I am so lost haha
A camcorder is a tool. You need to define what you will be using it for.
Also your price range. For some things a DSLR would be best, for others a Camcorder. Are you doing, bright light mostly or low light? Run and Gun or do you have a long time to setup your shots?
You can buy a $25,000 camera that will not do as good a job as a $2,000 camcorder depending on your needs.
But since I started this thread here is a simple list, not exhaustive.
PRO: Great Bright Light Performance, 1080p60p (50p in Oz)
CONS: Average low light performance, 1080p60p files are a PAIN to edit and the bitrate can crash a PS3, so you need a different playback device.
PROS: The Best Image stabiliation, 1080p50p
CONS: has slow autofocus and will hunt for focus in low light, few manual controls 50p files a pain to edit. They will play ok on a PS3 tho.
Canon HF G10/XA10
PROS: Very good Bright and Low light capability, 1080p60i easier to edit, lots of manual controls
CONS: Dynamic OIS is wonky but thankfully unneeded, it is mandatory if you use auto mode, which you shouldn't
This is a simple list you could add a lot more pros and cons to all of these.
These are the main ones.