I mainly shoot interviews and eng-type pojects, with my main camera a full-size Panasonic AVCHD cam, and that works well for me. I'm looking to buy a new second cam, and am looking to find something that will add some new options to my arsenal. I want to stay in the $500-$1,000 range if possible.
I can't seem to find much info on the sound capabilities of many of the DSLR's (some manufacturer's sites don't mention external audio inputs and controls, while some independent reviews only briefly mention them).
So, I'm hoping some of you may be able to shine some light on things for me.Here are some of the cameras I'm consdering, and why:
Sony Alpha A77: weatherproof, mini-plug audio in (I can't find info on sound quality or control, though), the stabilizing system.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6: mini-plug audio in, price.
Canon 7D: appears to have audio in.
I've looked at many others as well, especially in the Canon line: most of the D series (650D, D5100, D5200, etc.)
I'm considering camcorders, too, but the depth of field and accompanying bokeh, not to mention size of a DSLR, are big pluses. I'd prefer not to have to use a separate sound recorder, though.
I generally shoot in 1080p 30fps, but often render in 720p for web and social marketing. So, as a final consideration, if I can get slow motion from the new camera in 1080 (720 would be better than none at all), that would be the icing on the cake.
So ... any thoughts?