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- July 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM #79631AnonymousInactive
I purchased a Panasonic AG-AC 90 a few weeks ago. I purchased it because I was going to get into pro video and was sick and tired of recording with my DSLR. I have a friend that has a lacrosse league that I am doing video work for, so I decided I needed longer recording times, XLR audio, and a stellar autofocus system. The AC-90 has these and does it well, but the image quality is not comparable to my DSLR. (Nikon d5200) I feel like for about 2,000 dollars I should be getting more, and feel like I should return it and go for something like a Panasonic GH4. I really don't find myself using things like long recording times and autofocus enough to justify the 2,000 dollar purchase. I make YouTube videos and do alot of snippets of video that I want to be cinematic, so I feel like going the DSLR/mirrorless route is the way to go for that. But am I crazy?
- July 7, 2014 at 5:09 PM #210753brunerwwMember
Hi Jeremy – you're not crazy. There are a lot of us who agree with you. You'll get a lot of pushback from the small-sensor traditional camcorder crowd, but the large sensor "look" is what audiences are used to from narrative television and motion pictures.
I use Nikon lenses on my GH4 and they look great. If you really need camcorder-like features, it has autofocus (with system lenses), power zoom (again, with Panasonic PZ lenses) unlimited clip length and XLR inputs with the YAGH.
If I were you, I would go ahead and trade the AG90 for a GH4 and a couple of power zoom lenses – and rent a YAGH when you need one.
The GH4 can do just about anything the AG90 can do – but there's no way an AG90 could ever produce images that look like this:
- February 28, 2015 at 10:43 PM #211806cpro48609Member
I'm new to videography but could you answer a question? In that video things are usually 'moving' slowly, must be a pro video trick. Like at :31 seconds in (How it slowly pans side to side). Is that usually done in post production with software or is that done while recording? Thanks in advance!
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