bowmah - I am a little confused when you say:
Originally Posted by bowmah
"...I am hesitant on the GH2 just because if I wanted to [buy?] a "dSLR" type, I would consider the Panny Lumix series...
You realize that the GH2 is the top of the line Panny Lumix camera, right?
I have the GH2, in addition to a TM900, and if you are willing to work a little harder, you can get some fantastic images with it. And, with a $20 adapter
, you can still use your Nikon lenses in manual mode. Right now, you can get the GH2 with the 14-42mm kit lens for $900
I would not get the D5100 for video (even though it is only $750 with a kit lens
) - because it doesn't give you full manual control of your video images and it has a 20 minute continuous video recording limit. The GH2 is more like a camcorder in this regard, it can shoot continuously for as long as you need it to.
Here are a couple of unhacked examples of what the GH2 can do (make sure to watch the YouTube clip in 1080p and the Vimeo clip in HD):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OC8YXQYc1M
And here are a few hacked examples (make sure to watch in HD):
OIS and autofocus on the GH2 are pretty good - not as good as a dedicated camcorder, though. And it shoots 1080/30p, not 1080/60p. I carry the GH2 when I want "cinematic" shallow depth of field or when I might take either video or stills.
I carry the TM900 when I'm sure that all I will be doing is shooting video in the studio, or when I don't need shallow depth of field & I don't want to worry about lenses or sound or focus - I just want to shoot clean, shake-free 1080/60p video.
Hope this is helpful,
BillHybrid Camera Revolution