Hi John – at the $500 price

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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:

 

http://vimeo.com/57346685

 

 

Special Effects (please watch at 720p):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp_pmgCsmco

 

 

Well lit interior (paired with Panasonic LX7 point and shoot): 

 

http://vimeo.com/71450843

 

 

Low light interior (please watch at 1080p):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sBTFnzDJuc

 

 

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!

 

Bill

Hybrid Camera Revolution

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