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I currently have a Canon t2i and love it! However I also use a rode mic with a tascam to record audio serperatly. So theres a lot of editing involved when it comes to syncing audio. My day job is editing, so needless editing starts to get painful. Plus the main thing I do is make videos with friends, and with the t2i needing a bit more experience, I'm pretty much the only one ever using it.

Are there any HD cameras out there with xlr inputs and affordable price that top the t2i?
post #2 of 8
Have you tried PluralEyes?
It will sync all the audio for you in your editor.

There is a 30 day trial:
http://www.singularsoftware.com/pluraleyes.html
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Hi Brendon - in my view, the $700 GH2's picture and audio tops the T2i (I sold my T2i for a GH2) - and its soon-tobe-released follow on, the GH3, is rumored to have an XLR input accessory.

But if you don't want to wait for a notional future camera' with XLR inputs, and you don't mind small sensor camcorders without less control over depth of field, the least expensive modern HD camera with XLR inputs is probably the $1800 Canon XA10.

Hope this is helpful,

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution
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Sony HXR-NX30. Love it and audio is very good.
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Originally Posted by BrendonReimer View Post

I currently have a Canon t2i and love it! However I also use a rode mic with a tascam to record audio serperatly. So theres a lot of editing involved when it comes to syncing audio. My day job is editing, so needless editing starts to get painful. Plus the main thing I do is make videos with friends, and with the t2i needing a bit more experience, I'm pretty much the only one ever using it.
Are there any HD cameras out there with xlr inputs and affordable price that top the t2i?

XLR inputs are generally found in high end expensive cameras. I know the T2i's automatic gain control for audio can make it worthless for serious audio recording. However, if you do the magic lantern hack you can turn off that crappy Automatic Gain Control and record good manual audio with audio levels/meters. It's made my T2i world's better for audio recording in camera. Not to mention you get zebras for exposure, a video historgram, waveform monitor, focus peaking, a zoom focus feature, crop marks for 2.35:1 recording, false color, HDR video mode, exposure override (so you can select 1/24th), frame rates as low as 4fps, kelvin white balance + white balance shift, on camera ISO/Aperture/Focal length (including the APS-C converted 1.6x focal length) and more. Awesome professional features found only in pro high end cameras.
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Originally Posted by brunerww View Post

Hi Brendon - in my view, the $700 GH2's picture and audio tops the T2i (I sold my T2i for a GH2) - and its soon-tobe-released follow on, the GH3, is rumored to have an XLR input accessory.
But if you don't want to wait for a notional future camera' with XLR inputs, and you don't mind small sensor camcorders without less control over depth of field, the least expensive modern HD camera with XLR inputs is probably the $1800 Canon XA10.
Hope this is helpful,
Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution

Love the resolution/clarity out of the GH2, but dislike the poor dynamic range compared to my T2i with Cinestyle as well as the baked in look. I'm excited to hear about the GH3's wide dynamic range sensor. I hope it's not a marketing ploy and there is a real significant advantage in DR and low light over the GH2. If so, it'll be a fantastic camera that's truly a worthy upgrade over my hacked T2i. The hack made a massive difference in audio quality. . I just hope the GH3 allows for custom picture styles/gammas. That -2 on everything is nearly worthless for creating a flat image starting point for color grading.

The GH3 wasn't on my radar until I read "Wide dynamic range sensor". Now I'm considering holding off for awhile on the Black Magic Cinema Camera.
Edited by MTyson - 9/13/12 at 1:17pm
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I hear you on the GH3 Camera, I am looking for a good camera like this to shoot video and do stills, as I hate lugging around heavy gear even though it isn't too much of a problem as I have several different types of camera/camcorder bags. But to me the GH3 and even the Olympus in some sense is starting to bridge that gap between cameras that just shoot ok video. Hell my Sony HXV-100 shoots some mighty fine video for such a small camera especially in daylight, not so good in lowlight. I am mostly a semi-pro photographer and a Enthusiast when it comes to video and I typically been shooting with Nikon Gear over the last 10 years. I have my Nikon D7000 in for a possible trade in on the GH3, which to me seems still crazy as I have only seen some great shots with the GH3 recently and I had a change to shoot with my friend GH2 which I thought put out some decent still images, regardless of all the pixel pushing and sensor size it comes down to the creative mind behind the lenses and not so much the cameras.

Just curious what anyone thoughts are on the Still capability of the GH3 is it a close enough contender for the Nikon D7000 for stills? I wasn't that impressed with the video on Canon or Nikons, unless your talking about the 5D Mark II or III and or the Nikon D800.
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Originally Posted by BrendonReimer View Post

Are there any HD cameras out there with xlr inputs and affordable price that top the t2i?
Pretty much any camcorder is better than the t2i. Except for shallow DOF.
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