Originally Posted by gigatron
You know what I spent the whole weekend researching and it looks like there is NOTHING worth a damn under 5000$... hell under 10000$ in the camcorder market to record 1080P.
In the $5,000-$10,000 there are cinema quality camcorders in that price range that smoke the T5i. I own a T2i, btw. It's very nice, but there are nicer cameras in the $5,000-$10,000 range easily if yo know what to look for.Sony PMW-F3 Professional 1080p cinema camera with/S-LO
G. 13.5 stop dynamic range rivals the $60,000 Arri Alexa, has better dynamic range than the Red Epic used to film most movies nowadays. About $7,000-$9,000 used. Absolutely PHENOMENAL cinema camera with S-Log. Wide Dynamic range can handle those lighting situations you're trying to film without breaking a sweat as well as film in near complete darkness. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-PMW-F3-Camcorder-with-RGB444-S-Log-Option-installed-/161017577159?pt=Camcorders_Professional_Video_Cameras&hash=item257d653ec7Sony FS100U
- Sees in the dark. $3995. New. Large Super 35mm sensor, same sensor as the F3. Huge pixels mean fantastic low light. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/761578-REG/Sony_NEX_FS100U_NEX_FS100E_Super_35mm_Sensor.html
Canon C100 Cinema Camera
- Wide 12 stop dynamic range throughout a massive 20,000 ISO Range. This camera sees in the dark. $5,500 new. This camera is their cinema line and smoke their DSLRs like the T5i in video quality. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889545-REG/Canon_EOS_C100_EF_Cinema.htmlSony EX3
- Used to shoot the movie "Monsters". http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/758893-REG/Sony_PMW_EX3_2_PMW_EX3_XDCAM_EX_HD.html
Then of course there is the talk of the cinema camera world with the most revolutionary camera ever released:BlackMagic Cinema Camera
Shoots 13+ stop dynamic range 2.5k Resolution, 12-Bit Color, RAW or 10-bit ProRes @1080p for $2,995 and included $1,600 in free software. The quality rivals the $60,000 Arri Alexa used to shoot The Avengers. http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/
Then in late July they are releasing a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema
1080p camera for $995: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera/
Also in July BlackMagic is releasing a 4k Cinema camera
for $3,995. http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicproductioncamera4k/
Even the Canon HF-G10, HFG-20 and HF-G30 would be a huge step ups over your current camera. As you can see, nothing worth a damn in the $5,000-$10,000 range is way off. lol.
On the other hand I discovered that the way to go are SLR photo cameras which since 2008 have AMAZING 1080P recording
I was totally blown away by some examples of documentaries and even shor films all done with DSLRs!
They are capable of very nice video, and cinematic looks, but the Canon line is a bit soft on 1080p. Video can look great though. Panasonic GH3 will give you sharper video, longer record times and higher bitrate as well as 60p at 1080p and an OLED display.
Another great option in the DSLR realm is the Nikon D5200. Little to no moire/alising.
Sony Nex-5n has good dynamic range and great low light and 60p. Throw on a speedbooster and turns it into a full frame 1080p video camera that makes every lens one stop faster, improving low light by a whole stop.
I have my eyes on the recently released Canon 700D (EOS Rebel t5i). But its like 1100 after shipping/taxes in Canada... trying to get the amazon visa which is interest free so I can pay it monthly for six months.
Unless someone has other suggestions this seems to be the best in the range. Compared to the T4i it has little change EXCEPT specifically changes relating to video auto focus/etc... which is what will matter to me and not necessarily photograpphers. From what I've read the t4i had terrible auto focus and would blur here and there as you record.
You'll probably be quite happy with the T5i, but if I were you I'd spring for the Panasonic GH3 at least. Many DSLRs and camcorders over $500-600 would smoke the Samsung Galaxy.