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As wonderful as the world of DSLR is and can be, as many options (often highly expensive) as there are and with all the hoopla about them, and 3D production, it is easy to see why people who aren’t already oriented that way would be confused.
It is my perception and experience that photography is about photos and video production is about … well, you know. And in my experience, though I will get slammed for a variety of rationales regarding this, DSLR work still requires a LOT of extra planning, knowledge and experience, and is mostly better suited for shooting where you have the option to do sets, takes and controlled production work.
I seriously believe that the run-and-gun operations of event production work such as weddings and other celebrations of life, even extended performance videos of dance recitals, drama clubs, school events, youth sports, etc. usually one-hour, often two, in duration are better suited to a camcorder that will provide extended recording abilities without the overall hassle of trying to be overly creative. IF, however, the object is to be involved in controlled, creative cinematic endeavors, then DSLR might be the path to salvation.
On the other hand I prefer two separate units for their specified purposes. I prefer the Nikon D90 or above, for the photography work I do in conjunction with my weddings and often my funeral productions, and while I continue to shoot in SD using my Canon XL1 and GL2 units (I have a few, capable of multicam work) I am not at all under the illusion that I can continue much longer with SD only capabilities. I WILL be moving into HD, probably by the last quarter of 2011, or first quarter 2012.
At this time my camcorder of choice remains the Panasonic HMC-150, although a variety of CMOS-based units, and other Panasonic, Sony models remain in enough contention (not to mention some newer Canon models … canon lenses are to die for) that the jury is still out until I drop the hammer, pull the trigger, spend the money 😉
After a good bit of research, clip comparison and listening to a number of my close associates in the business who have gone with the HMC-150s, they remain happy, and remain dedicated to using them. Mark (or is it Marc) VonLanken, is well-known in professional video production circles and sometime ago did a full series on the HMC-150 comparing it to some of the (THEN) popular alternatives, or even a more expensive Sony model. A Google search of his name or the Panasonic HMC0150 should bring up links for that, though somewhat dated, still pertinent information.
There are many newer and more current models from Canon, Sony and Panasonic, and some much cheaper based on CMOS, as opposed to the 3-chip CCD used on the 150, that have outstanding capabilities. I would avoid consideration of anything with a chip smaller than 1/3″ (1/4″ for example) if I were wanting/planning to pursue a multi-faceted video production operation and business. Again, there are justifications for any and all prices, sizes and capabilities, but the better quality (read, more expensive) units would better lean toward extended professional production work IMHO.