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October 1, 2014 at 2:51 AM #82526KostasPlatisParticipant
Hello! I would like to ask whats best for sports filming. DSLR or Camcorder?? Thanks in advance!
October 2, 2014 at 6:36 AM #211137brunerwwMember
Hi KostasPlatis – for shooting sports video, you probably want fast video autofocus, slow motion capability, a power zoom and decent control over your depth of field.
You can get those features on a number of cameras starting at about $1000, but none of them are DSLRs. Here are a few examples:
Less than $900 Panasonic FZ1000 – this camera has a relatively large sensor (1 inch) for depth of field control, 1080/120fps slow motion, a power zoom and fast video autofocus
Here is what this camera can do on the football field at 120fps:
$1698 Panasonic GH4 plus Panasonic 45-175mm power zoom for less than $400 – this combination will give you a fairly large sensor (4/3 inches), 1080/96fps slow motion, a power zoom and fast video autofocus
Here is what this camera can do on the football field at 96fps:
Large sensor camcorder:
$6555 (on sale) Sony NEX-FS700 with 18-200 power zoom lens – cinema sized Super 35mm sensor, slow motion up to 1080/240fps, a power zoom and fast autofocus.
Here is what this camera can do on the football field:
Hope this is helpful!
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October 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM #211140LowellParticipant
Watch out– fast-moving objects are susceptible to the rolling shutter distortion which will happen to any camera with a CMOS image sensor.
October 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM #211204Laguna HikerMember
Echoing Lowell Niles, I'd recommend a camcorder with a good CCD sensor. The distortion that results from the rolling shutter found in CMOS cameras (most DSLRs) make them less suitable for sports photography.
October 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM #211209paulearsParticipant
and the ability to zoom in while maintaining focus is essential – as is a size and balance that allows use on a tripod without droop. My sports work also involves all the usual audio inputs too. Rolling shutter, oddly, I've not found a serious issue with what I do. Controls that allow you to turn a knob for speed are also much more easy to use than menu up and downs for everything – one knob for shutter, one knob for ND filters, that kind of thing – very handy for me.
September 2, 2015 at 9:11 AM #212725
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