Videomaker – Learn video production and editing, camera reviews › Forums › Cameras and Camcorders › Professional Camcorders › DSLR vs Camcorder › Hey there luisrz87, DSLR or
Hey there luisrz87, DSLR or Camcorder you ask? I use a t5i and a Canon G30, which is basically a XA20 without the XLR audio inputs. They both shoot beautiful video, but my personal preference is the dedicated camcorder….it’s just simpler and easier to use especially when you are in a hurry. The XA20 can be pre-programed with dedicated buttons to give you instant access to functions you’ll need a lot, such as white balance, audio controls, image stabilizer etc. It takes longer to make similar adjustments on the t5i because you have to scroll through various menus to find them. The biggest advantage I see is on the audio side. The XA20 will allow you to input two different audio sources that are adjustable and can be monitored (something that can’t be done on the t5i). And, unless you are using a fast cine lens on your t5i, you won’t get the 20X f1.8 that that camcorder comes with. As for exposure…unless you are shooting on automatic, it’s much easier to manipulate iris, shutter speed and gain with the XA20…a simple toggle switch and rotating wheel allows you to quickly switch between all three and the wheel lets you smoothly open and/or close the iris for easy and seamless exposure compensation…try doing that with the ‘click’ wheel on the t5i. Don’t get me wrong, the t5i shoots great video and I still use it when I’m shooting interviews where I want shallow DOF and have time to properly set things up. In the end, I guess it’s all personal preference.