Originally Posted by markr041
I agree with you except for when you say "In the camera is everything or nothing." Some cameras, as you know, have many adjustments of many parameters.
High-level editing software likely has more possibilities than hardware can provide.
Pros argue over whether one should get it right in the camera, or do it all in editing.
Just one more observation on that.
Imagine this situations:
1 - STILL CAMERA - CONSUMER/PROSUMER LEVEL - USED BY A CONSUMER/ENTHUSIAST
You are recording some beautiful flowers in telemacro. You use some pre-sets to enhance the greens and the reds. Then you see another lovely scene of an old couple in a place full of grey/blue rocks. Will you have the time to choose another pre-set for that scene? Will you lose the right moment? Will you always use the same adjustments, with the risk of making videos with the wrong looks? If your camera raises the constrast, gama, gain etc too much, no editing program will be able to go back and recover some details. You will lose them, forever. Especially because we are talking consumer level range. And what if you use the pre-set in the flowers and later you notice that you have too much red and too much contrast? Some colors are blowed up and you want less shadows. Can you correct that in post? Sometimes you cant, because non neutral looks lose detail. If I had a still camera for video, I would never use those effects and pre-sets, because I rather edit them the way I want later. If you dont plan to edit your videos, then yes, a still camera will make better looking videos in most of the times, thinking consumer level here.
Considerations: If you have a good camera (like you do), you can make your footage neutral and use that for post. Thats good. But you have to consider whats better for you. You can get that neutral look in camcorders, with all of their facilities. They are just easier to use. In that case you have to think whats better for you: sharpness? detail? resolution? recording time? temperature issues? low light performance? DOF? After that you can say if a camcorder or a still camera is better for you.
2 - CAMCORDER - CONSUMER/PROSUMER LEVEL - USED BY A CONSUMER/ENTHUSIAST
You record everything with that neutral/dull look of the camcorder, without having to worry about adjustments, time recording limits, temperature issues, losing focus, stabilization etc. When you get home you have a video with a boring look, but with A LOT of detail, sharpness and possibilities to work with. In you chair you have the time to think if that scene will look better with more color, with less contrast etc. You dont have the time to do that in real time, unless you are recording a movie. We are talking about consumer use here. One second and you lose the perfect shot.
So you sit on your chair, put some good music on and start editing your videos. In 5 minutes you cut out the things you dont want. Then in 3 minutes you split the videos to edit each scene the way you want. In one scene you can spend from 20 seconds to 3 minutes editing. People think that for camcorders the way to go is to raise the saturation and contrast. Thats wrong. If you throw the saturaion down a little bit, and then lower the gamma, gain and offset you will have more vivid colors without blowing colors up and without losing details. But each scene has its particularities, and thats the fun about editing. Its a relaxing exercise. So if you want to play with color corrector, color curves etc, you will spend no more than 20 seconds in each scene. If you want to make more advanced adjustments, like using masks to edit only parts of the scene, like lowering the brightness of a window, increasing the sharpness of an especific area of the video, adding blur in another area etc, then you will spend like 3 minutes on that scene.
At the end of 20 minutes you have a nice looking 7 minutes video, with every single scene with the exact look that you want. Now you are ready to show your video to your family.
Im not saying that a still camera is useless for video. But for ME, a camcorder makes more sense. I can imagine that for some users a still camera will be better.