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So basically I want to save up for a nice video camera. As of now I have a Go Pro HD2 and I really want a better option. It's gonna be used for making music videos. I'd be open to spend around $1200 tops. Maybe stretch it to $1500. What do you guys recommend?
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For a video camera, have you considered T4i?
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So basically I want to save up for a nice video camera. As of now I have a Go Pro HD2 and I really want a better option. It's gonna be used for making music videos. I'd be open to spend around $1200 tops. Maybe stretch it to $1500. What do you guys recommend?

Hi Reasynn - welcome to the forum. A couple of thoughts for your consideration. If you want a camera with the large sensor, shallow depth of field "look" seen in most music videos, there are a few choices - some with camcorder ergonomics - some with still camera ergonomics.

Among the camcorders at your budget level, my recommendation would be the $1100 (body only) Sony NEX-VG20. I have shot with this camera, and it produces great 1080/60p and 1080/24p images with very few caveats (e.g., it is susceptible to moire, has a consumer 3.5mm mic input and is incompatible with the new Sony power zooms).

With two $149 Sigma 19mm and 30mm lenses for a total of $300, you will have a great video camera with 2 very good prime lenses for $1400. Here is what this camera can do:

http://vimeo.com/45603587

Among the still cameras at your budget level, I recommend the soon-to-be-available $1300 Panasonic GH3 and a $149 used Sigma 30mm lens to get started. This camera also shoots great 1080/60p, 30p and 24p images - has a headphone jack for monitoring audio (like a camcorder), has a viewfinder and autofocus that continues to work in video mode - and has no video clip length recording limits (unlike Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras). Here is what this camera can do:

http://vimeo.com/55095996

If you want to save some money, don't need 1080/60p and have an external audio solution for headphone monitoring, I recommend a pre-owned copy of the GH3's predecessor model, the $499 Panasonic GH2 and, again, the great value-for-money Sigma 19mm and 30mm lenses. Here is what this camera can do:

http://vimeo.com/45048387

Canon and Nikon DSLRs are unsuitable for video, in my view, due to their 12-22 minute video clip length limits, the complete failure of their viewfinders in video mode and their poor or nonexistent implementation of video autofocus (e.g., noisy lenses, autofocus hunting - see my test of the Canon T4i's video autofocus here).

Hope this is helpful, good luck with your decision, and Happy New Year!

Bill
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