Originally Posted by soundstage28
I am sorry rldivide, please don't take any offenese, but this is a ridiculous statement. Anyone that can take this with any merit is doing themselves an injustice. I have shot several clips in the last fifteen minutes in auto mode on the HF100 and felt it was more than adequate.
Let me explain further. I shot all these clips in a D50 lighting environment. What does that mean? I shot under specifically engineered daylight bulbs. used in the print industry for matching colors. Well folks, under balanced lighting the HF100 performs with perfect color balance when using a white balance card(neutral white reference card) in custom mode to select your white balance. In Auto white balance mode it produced very acceptable results that I would expect 5 deltaE off tops. I custom whit balance because I am a color geek and feel like getting it right off the bat. The video produced in auto mode was well exposed, crisp,and saturated especially in 30p mode.
Ok, I was a bit extreme in my sentence. Canon HF10's auto mode doesn't "suck", but it's no better than average camera.
That is, when I go outside, in a bright day light and shot in the street, I can be sure the sky will be blown up (even with cinema mode activated);
The quick way I solve this is briefly shoting at the sky (so to reduce exposure), then lock exp, and fine adjust.
Spot mode would probably fix this issue, but you can't adjust WB in this mode.
To answer Paul Fort, yes I confirm that for independant movies, Canon HF10 is way better than SR12, even
with the lack of focus wheel.
-you can lock shutter to 1/48, adjust aperture and lock it
-cinema mode (and picture contrast adjusment) dramatically expend dynamic range
-and I could add manual audio level, since I don't think you can fine adjust it on SR12
of theses critical things for independant filmmaking can be done with SR12.
What about the focus ? Well, if you really want to play with focus, then a mini35 is the way to go, you have too much DOF on theses consumer camcorders anyway (unless you want to shot all your movie in tele, but common...). So what do we need to use a mini35 ? focus lock. Can we do it on HF10 ? Yes, bingo.
The only thing it lacks is zebra, so bad they removed it. But with a bit of tests and training you can judge when colors start to be clamped (and yes you can rely on the LCD screen for this, just lower the LCD luminosity to get a better perception of levels).
That said, I would rather recommend SR12 for soccer mom, as it deals better with automatic exposure and automatic white balance.PS: I finally received my HF100 two days ago, been playing a lot with it since, here's my first (experimental) attempt with HF100