Originally Posted by apwhitelaw
Now I really would like my DSLR to take 1080p video. I was looking at the T2i, and the 60D, and similar ones. Do any around the price of those do 1080p at 60fps? Not a big deal but would be nice to have.
I have a hacked T2i. With Cinestyle or Marvel's Cinema picture style it's great. I'd recommend the T3i though for the swivel LCD screen. Don't get the 60D unless you are BIG time into photography. It offers no video advantages over the T2i or T3i. Well, except 1/3rd stop ISOs, but that's MORE than taken care of with a very easy Magic Lantern firmware hack.
The Magic Lantern gives you LOTs of very valuable features found on highend expensive cameras. Turns your camera into a BEAST!
If you want 60p at 1080p the Sony Nex-5N is the only option until you get tot he $4,000 range. Plus, it shoots WAY better low light than the T2i, T3i, 60D or GH2 and has higher dynamic range. Has its flaw too though, but it shooter cleaner video than the Canons, especially at higher ISOs. The camera is said to be better the 5D Mark II in low light. May have to send the unit in to Sony to get the clicking sound during panning fixed. A well known Nikon DSLR uses the same image sensor as the 5n.
Also, I wanted to know what would be the best lens to have for low light shooting(lets assume I get a Canon)? When I say low light, I'm talking about at night, whether it be like outside, or inside and with not much light, or whatever. I don't really know much about DSLRs but a lens has a big effect on low light performance right?
Well, prime lens are best for this. I'd recommend getting some Rokinon Lenses. They are video designed (easier for focusing) and go to F1.4. Anything faster than that will cost you and arm and a leg. They have a 24mm F1.4, 35mm F1.4 and 85mm F1.4. These will give you great low light with the Canons. You'll have to look into some other lenses for the Gh2 though. F1.4s will be hard to come by.
Anyways so what camcorder should I get after reading that? I guess I'm going to sell the camcorder on eBay. I could use it as another camera angle for whatever I'm doing, but I don't think I'll care for it that much. I could probably have it sell for quite a bit...it cost like $450, and I have a tripod and a 4 or 8 GB SD inside it(It already has 16GB internal). That should help pay a lot, and I have like $400 right now(but I'm just saving up, so don't worry about the fact that I only have that much right now).
It's hard to say. They each have their advantages:T2i/T3i Pros:
EASILY hackable with Magic Lantern (so easy) for professional filming features such as Zebras, histogram, waveform monitor, exposure override, shutter override, frame rate override, focus assist, zoom focus feature, HDR video mode, etc. Custom picture styles for grading and higher dynamic range. Good low light with a fast lens.T2i/T3i Cons:
Line skipping/Pixel binning causes some moire and aliasing at times. The picture can sometimes be a bit soft as it doesn't resolve 1080p, but then again most DSLRs do not (Gh2 hacked does).
Pretty poor codec. Not too good over ISO1600 without Neat Video noise removal. 12 minute record limits. Over heating at times.
If it weren't for Magic Lantern I could NOT have filmed this:GH2 Pros:
Great resolution resolving power and sharpness. Lower high ISO noise than the Canons. Longer record times. Hackable with high bitrate. Good autofocus with the right lenses.GH2 Cons:
More crop factor than APS-C (people say 2x crop, but I've heard in video mode it's more like 1.88). Makes it a bit harder to go wide and fast, but there are a few lenses available now that help. Such as the Olympus 14mm F2.0. Dynamic range is said to not be as good. Would have to do some testing to see how much detail can be pull from the shadows in post though. Lack of picture styles like Canon sucks, but may not be a big deal to most. Deeper depth of field, less shallow than APS-C, but this can be a pro for some.Nex-5N Pros:
1080p at 60p. Great low light! 5D Mark II or better low light for a fraction of the price. Cleaner high ISO. Higher dynamic range. Super small. Sharper than T2i/T3i, but not GH2 sharp/detailed. Camera is pretty cheap for the body only considering it has 1080p/60p and such great low light.Nex-5N Cons:
Still has some aliasing and moire at times. Should be a bit less than the Canon's though. Some have a clicking noise when being panned, but Sony should fix it if it does. I believe it does not have a microphone input and no manual audio gain control.