Originally Posted by Ken Ross
It would appear you don't know how to use the camera properly. Yes, a DSLR will have that nice shallow DOF, but the HG10/XA10 will have an overall better PQ in most shooting scenarios, with far less moire and artifacts. I would agree that you'll get better low light with a large chip DSLR IF it's coupled to a large lens, but if not, you still may ger better low light from the camcorder.
As Steve said, the sound you'll get from a good camcorder setup will also be better than what you get from a DSLR. You either need to go back and read the manual or reassess what is important to you in video & audio.
PS: I didn't read through the entire thread when I wrote the above, but now I have. I agree 100% with Steve, you are suffering from buyer's remorse. Most of us have moments like that when we shell out big bucks for equipment.
Fine, please show me (or point me to the right direction) how I can use it properly. I really want to like this camera and not return it. I don't care so much about the DOF, but I care a lot about low light performance, A LOT. I shoot almost exclusively indoors and half of that if not more is either too early in the morning when my daughter wakes up or late in the evening when she goes to sleep.
I have been trying with various modes since yesterday, I tried 24P with 1/24 shutter speed, it did help a little, but my god, there is just so much NOISE in that picture. It's so far from my DSLR coupled with the 30mm prime lens. I even said screw it, let me try 1/12 shutter speed, it was blurry, but even that wasn't crips clear. When I shoot with my prime lens 8pm at night in a very dark room with only 1 light, you almost don't feel like you are in a dark room. It's as if the lens have an extra light source attached to it and it's not like ISO, its very natural.
I tend buy very expensive stuff and use it very long. The PC I currently have cost me well over 3 grand 5 years ago, yet its still used 24/7 to this date, I do my video processing, image processing, HTPC, games, you name it. Same with my LCD TV I bought 4 years ago, or my car. I'm not a rich guy, but when I buy something I want the best in its class and not look back. This camera business is like picking the right women to marry, so hard!
If I knew there was a camera out there that does what I want and it was $4,000, I would buy it tomorrow. The reason why I'm unhappy isn't because I spent 2k on a camera, it is because I spent 2k on a camera, and I can't make it work the way I wanted.
Not to mention now I saw this NEX VG-20 sony has, which looks like it's going to be a game changer - but not going to discuss it here, I will create a separate thread for that to not to go off topic.