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August 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM #69752John NewbyMember
My video needs are home video and I prefer something that can handle low light such as inside the home at night without going immediately for additional lighting. (My old Sony *mm had really good low light abilities. i also like to go with a wider angle. (I have had to buy screw-in wide angle conversion lenses previously. Last some type of recording to media like SD cards.
Or should I be looking at an "inexpensive" DSLR instead?
August 23, 2013 at 2:48 AM #208522brunerwwMember
Hi John – at the $500 price point, your best option is the $520 Panasonic DMC-FZ200 bridge camera. With its 1080/60p and 720/120p slow motion, amazing 24x constant f2.8 lens and external mic input jack, you can get results like these:
Natural light documentary:
Special Effects (please watch at 720p):
Well lit interior (paired with Panasonic LX7 point and shoot):
Low light interior (please watch at 1080p):
This really is a unique camera. At your price point, no entry-level DSLR will give you its 24x constant f2.8 lens, no camcorder will give you 720/120p slow motion and no other bridge camera will give you an external mic jack (that said, the FZ200's mic jack is a non-standard 2.5mm, and you'll need a $4 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter for it to work with standard microphones).
Hope this is helpful!
August 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM #208524John NewbyMember
Hi Bill! many thanks for your suggestion, I am watching the videos and this does look good! I think it hits all of what I need. Super!
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