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bleuwaterz's picture
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I currently have a Sony 1000u but I am looking to buy another camera. I am considering the Canon 7d or perhaps the T3i. But I wanna know are there other camera (video) that I should consider. Price range up to about $1600. Thanks


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bluewaterz - if you want a large sensor interchangeable lens video capable camera for less than $1600, I would get the $750 Panasonic GH2. Close to zero moire - unlimited video clip length (unlike the Canons, which limit you to 12 minutes) - and its autofocus works in video mode (no autofocus in video with the 7D or the T3i). In addition, the Canons' optical viewfinder goes blank in video mode, while the Panasonic's electronic viewfinder is still usable.

The GH2 also has better video resolution than the Canons. Here is a side-by-side example with the 7D (see the details in her jewelry and the trees in the distance):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHbJfgjZ90w

Here is a side-by-side of the GH2 and the Canon 60D that really shows the moire problem (same sensor and video processing algorithm as the T3i and 7D):http://vimeo.com/21962491

I was convinced to sell my Canon T2i when I tried to autofocus during an important Christmas video and got unusable footage. Yes, it was my fault for not knowing that it wouldn't work - but as soon as I discovered that the GH2 had video autofocus, I moved over to Panasonic. I'm not a Canon hater - I still have some Canon glass, so I'm ready to switch back when they get rid of the antiquated DSLR mirror and can meet the GH2's video specs. But, until then, I'd stay away from Canon 'video' DSLRs.

Cheers,

Bill

Hybrid Camera Revolution



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When I see samples of side by side video testsi always will wonder if any tweaking was done prior to renderingmake one look better. I am not accusing Bill of this but do wonder sinceI have no way of verifying what was "raw" video and what was not.


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You may want to check outhttp://www.zacuto.com/the-great-camera-shootout-2011/episode-three I think the still / video cameras are in episode 3. The results will surprise you as to which cameras produce the best video.


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Charles - the series you referred to is excellent and it is episode 3 that contains several of the DSLR's with reference to motion and moire along with other artifacts. The series was done very professional and scientifically based in many of the tests. The take away though is what is said at the end of the video - any DP worth his salt who completely understands his camera's capabilities and limitations can achieve just about anything with the cameras that were tested.

Jeff Media Fish Productions


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Charles,

Sadly, the GH2 was not included in the 2011 shootout (although the GH1 was included back in 2010). But Philip Bloom did include a hacked GH2 (increased bitrate version) in his Christmas 2011 shootout. Note what he has to say about the camera's sharpness at about 13:35 into the video: http://vimeo.com/34279033

gunner - I did not shoot the side-by-side posted above, but this isn't the only side-by-side to show how soft the Canons are compared to the GH2. Here is another one, shot by the guys at Saratoga Wedding Video. It says in the description "This video is untouched": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqJoq4FE-Jk

Cheers,

Bill

Hybrid Camera Revolution