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DSLRs and CSCs autofocus in the same way in video mode.
I agree with Paul - get a high end compact. Something like a Canon S100 will do the job.
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Quote: I agree with Paul - get a high end compact. Something like a Canon S100 will do the job
That`s not a high end, high price yes
LX5 or 7, XZ1 or 2 or the RX100.
Quote: That`s not a high end, high price yes
In your opinion, Paul. I actually have the Canon S100 and I would say the HD video is pretty similar to that from the Olympus OM-D.
Its just a pretty expensive pocket shooter CB, it has nothing outstanding about it, be realistic
Nor have any of the cameras you have mentioned, Paul. For chasing around after kids to video them, it will do the job and the price of the S100 has tumbled, now the almost identical S110 has been launched. About £240.
Have you read the posters initial questions CB, that S100 is going to fall short in pretty much every respect.
He`s using a 5D M3, so I`m not going t recommend anything too expensive, if it has to be M4/3 the EPM1 twin lens kit at£280.
Or a decent high end compact, with a decent spec.
Here`s some video from the xz-1, the xz-2 should be as good or better.
Am also used to good image quality. Have had outstanding video quality from my 5D II and for pocket video I've been impressed as anything with movies from my S95 (my S95 videos here) and I love my S100 (my videos here)
Those cameras take fab stills too. I think one of Nikon's biggest fans even called the S100 the world's best pocket camera
The video is going to be fine on that s100 Chris, its just the other needs.
I've stopped using my GH2 in favour of the Sony RX100 amazing quality at 60p
Buy a proper video camera, if you are that serious about video. Too many people expect too much of what is, after all, a compromise be it camera phone,CSC,DSLR or compact. Horses for courses and all that.
Quote: Too many people expect too much of what is, after all, a compromise be it camera phone,CSC,DSLR or compact.
I guess I'm guilty of that, but you just don't expect something less than a 20th of the cost to do it better, given they share the same all in one function.
Not that I'm "that" serious about video, I don;t expect to be directing epics, just getting decent footage of my kids growing up - sadly kids are fast, unpredictable and you get no second takes, so for that reason I need something quick and accurate, being picky I wont want it to look like I threw sand all over the image either.
So given that as a focus what would you suggest? Preferably not something too expensive though.
Quote: Sounds a hassle.
If you feel that editing a video is too much hassle then obviously you are not planning on showing your videos to anyone outside the family. In which case, as Paul says, just get a compact. Cheaper, smaller and no hassle at all.
Quote: I'm a bit of a generalist, doing anything from birds in flight at 500mm to 5x macro work with the MP-E, some studio stuff with the HiLite & three head kit, all as an enthusiastic amateur.
I will say that I do alot of work at shallow depths of fields (within my price range), so 1.8, 2.8 etc
Are you now saying you just want a camera for video and none of the above, If its just for video then pretty much anything these days will be good enough.
But if you want to get creative as well the s100 will leave you pretty stuffed with no hot shoe and a slow lens.
If you want to take good videos, be able to focus track moving subjects and want something relatively compact I'd suggest you have three choices Nikon 1 series, Sony SLTs (e.g. A37) or NEX-6. All these have full AF in video mode and also have phase detection AF. Micro 4/3 cameras can't do this - yet.
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