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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:55 pm 
Hey all, i'm in need of your help!

I currently own a Canon EOS 450D with 17-85mm lens. I'm an amateur photographer who probably likes the look of having an SLR more than I need one. That said I do love it and we've got a baby on the way so the need to take great snaps is ever increasing. I'm now looking to upgrade my camera to something with in built video (not for the big day but to capture everything after) and i'm interested in your recommendations.

I could upgrade to the latest EOS with video but my only reservation is the lack of auto focus in video. Am I right this would mean i'd be stuck with tripod only videos? I really want to have a flexible video option to ensure I can keep it handheld.

Alternately should I be heading into a point & shoot/compact option? With so much choice currently on the market I'd love your thoughts on the best option for me... lets keep price out of it for now.

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:44 am 
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Nope, just because you don't have full-time AF, it doesn't force you to use a tripod all the time but that's not to say recording video with a capable DSLR is desperately easy.

Perhaps the Sony SLT series (like a DSLR but with a translucent, fixed mirror) or one of the Micro Four-Thirds/Compact System Cameras would be worth looking at if you want something more straightforward for recording video?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:22 am 

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I've yet to come across a hybrid photo/video camera that does video as well as a dedicated video camera. This is especially true for shooting handheld because of the different form factors. So I really think you'd be much better off keeping your 450D for stills and adding a camcorder.

However, since you also said to keep price out of it for now, I'd note that, although Sony's NEX VG20 is primarily a video camera, it can also capture 16MP RAW stills.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:19 pm 
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another vote for the video camcorder. Using Canon HF Legria range as an example, you get a lot of capability for for $200-$400. Amazing really.
The zooming, focusing and ability to capture sound is in them is very good, better than DSLR or P&S.

Having said that, we don`t use ours that much these days.
They are great for capturing the kids as they grow up.
We used to have it ready to go, sitting in the kitchen and whenever the kids did something funny you could video it. Now that they are 4 and 6 it doesn`t happen us much.

We almost always have our little Powershot with us, and it does the video quite well. It basically lives in my wife`s handbag.

With phones and just about everything doing video these days, it comes down to the quality you are aiming for and how much you have got to spend and how much time you are likely to spend processing the video.

If I look back on it now, if the video capabilities of the P&S had been around earlier I may not have bought a video cam, but no regrets the candid video clips from our kids are priceless. How do you put value on that?

But I am unlikely to buy a video cam again, its not were my passion lies and the HF 200 does a great job for us.

Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

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