Big-sensor (full-frame) DSLR vs. Small-Sensor Handycam: Sony Alpha SLT A99 vs. HDR CX760V
Many (not Ken) believe that large, expensive big-sensor cameras are always superior to small-sensor camcorders using the exact same video codec.
Well, this is not so. Here are two videos shot under similar conditions using AVCHD 2.0: sideline at indoor basketball games, and handheld. The Alpha A99, Sony's new "flagship" full-frame camera, was using a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM lens; the Handycam has a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 26.4-260mm f1.8-3.4 lens (yes, both have top Carl Zeiss lenses).
Here is the link to the video from the new, full-frame
alpha camera done as part of a DPReview review, by a pro. It is a clip straight from the camera:
You can download the original from here to watch it on your best viewing device:
Here is the corresponding clip using the Handycam - different arena, same conditions (I bet the arena here is dimmer by far than the Huskies one):
Also straight from the camera, and you can also download the original, from the linked Vimeo site in this case.
It is blatantly obvious which clip has better color, lower noise, higher resolution and is more pleasing (the stereo sound quality from each is comparable). Both were shot at 108060p, AVCHD. The files have exactly the same specs - I can combine them without re-encoding.
Here is another video comparison, again using the same setting and subject - indoor toy trains in action indoors in dim light - but shot with the A99 and then a camcorder:
Here is the DPReview video from the A99:
Again, this is from an original camera clip.
You can download that DPReview video from here:
Here is a comparable clip (the first part) - again an indoor train set in dim light - taken with a Sony HDR GW77 Handycam:
You can downlaod the original from that site too.
It is again pretty obvious which has higher resolution and better color.