Buying first prosumer camera.....advice needed!
Posted 02 June 2007 - 02:08 PM
At the moment, I have two diverse interests - the Rocky Mountains and motor sports (well, I live close to Indianapolis!). I would like a camera that can capture the beauty of mountain scenery in the Fall and be versatile enough to cover live, fast-paced, sporting events that require minimal set-up times for shots.
I have narrowed my camera selection down to four cameras. I think I would prefer the "film-look" in most cases and also wish to have as much "wide angle" capability as possible for mountain shots and racing track shots. I would like to stay within a $3000 - $3500 budget. I can go higher, but I need to justify to myself the extra expense....
The four cameras I have identified are the following:
1) Panasonic AG-DVX100B - Overall, my first choice after some research. The two things that bug me about this camera is no 16:9 capability and cannot change out lenses. When I think of shooting mountains, I think of wide angle shots and wide screen to capture their full glory. NO PANNING! Is my thinking flawed?
2) Canon XL2 - True 16:9 format, interchangeable lenses (although the lenses are pricey!). Doesn't look as user-friendly as DVX100.
3) Canon XH G1, Panasonic HVX200 - Better picture quality than the previous two, although a lot more expensive.
One last consideration is how well these cameras perform in low light. Will their performance drop significantly for sunsets/sunrises and night racing shots?
For the subjects I want to shoot, are there other things to consider? Advice would be much appreciated...
Posted 02 June 2007 - 02:15 PM
If you want to get all of a mountain in a shot, you can always move further back, so don't worry too much so about how "wide" the lens is (also, the wider the angle of the lens the more lens distortion you'll get on vertical lines.)
Don't forget to factor in all the other costs: editing system, good tripod, monitor (is preferable) cases, audio etc. But I think overall you'll be a-ok with any of those cameras. Stay away from the HD/V unless you need it. The DVX and XL2, for SD cameras can produce amazing images.
my two cents.
Posted 02 June 2007 - 03:20 PM
Posted 03 June 2007 - 11:58 AM
Great point about the 35mm format lenses, Patrick. Yes, the bears have become more visible in recent years. Can't wait to film them.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 03:09 PM
Posted 07 June 2007 - 11:44 PM