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Hello! I would like to ask whats best for sports filming. DSLR or Camcorder?? Thanks in advance!
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!
Hybrid Camera Revolution
Watch out– fast-moving objects are susceptible to the rolling shutter distortion which will happen to any camera with a CMOS image sensor.
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.
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.