Where DSLR video excels, particularly on full frame models, is that it is simply the cheapest way to get very shallow depth of field. If you need that, you need that. Their weakness is the AF is either non-existent or pretty poor. You will have to do all the work there. Great for set pieces, not great if you have to turn up somewhere random and just get on with it.
The Sony SLT models present an interesting hybrid, giving you a relatively big sensor with full time AF. The Panasonic models also provide AF at a slightly smaller sensor size again.
The minor problems is that if you want ultimate stills performance, I think the choice has to be between Canon and Nikon. That's not to say the others aren't good, but their ecosystems don't come close. But if you also want video AF, you have to go Sony or Panasonic. For the best of both worlds, I'd therefore suggest you get two systems optimised for their strengths.
Thanks for the reply, it is particularly helpful in addressing my need for a mid range D-SLR/SLT. I just checked the review for SLT A77, the full-time AF(besides better AE bracketing, 12fps etc.) does seem to be complimenting well with the rest gear i might put together. I'll watch some videos/stills from the A77 to see if it caters to my configuration. Thanks!
As has been said Canon and Nikon offer the most for photography, plenty of weather sealed bodies, f2.8 and F4 lenses and large aperture primes, but in Video Canon and Sony may offer more.
Sony could be an interesting way to go due to the whole nex system and interchangeable lenses and the Sony Nex video camera with interchangeable lenses. But maybe not mature enough to build a whole kit around.
For video work a dedicated video cam does offer some nice advantages, wouldn`t want to rely on a DSLR to capture moving action and they are not good at capturing sound. My wife studies multi media and she has been using the 7D for video work, there is plenty of discussion about sound issues when using DSLR`s. Have a google on 5D and 7D sound problems and fixes. Maybe the new 5DIII fixes this.
Have you also thought about some sturdy cases like Pelican cases and Laptops for in the field?
Thanks Max, as you said, the sound factor is just as important, i intend to build my kit around all these factors and so, although accessories prove to be of a great assistance, at the end of the day one doesn't want to be struggling so much with them either. So i guess it will be more practical to think in an inclusive way here. I might get the vid-cam.
As for the Pelican cases and laptops, oh yes, they are most essential, and by introducing the subject here, you have done me a great good as i'd like to get advice on these. Thanks!
With the disclaimer that, being relatively new, I haven't seen much of either the 1D X or 5D Mark III, and speaking strictly with regard to their video capabilities (as requested), I have yet to see anything that would convince me that the 1D X is worth the additional cost. Personally, I think those funds could be put to better use, whether it's buying more/better lenses, or Glidecam/Stedicam rigs, or lights, or mics/mixers, or Macs and FCP licenses, or heck, you could even literally get two more 60Ds or GH2s!
My 2¢- Mark
Hey Mark, most of what we know about this new breed(1D X, D4, D800, 5DIII), as of this hour is actually, more of speculation(some previews and partial reviews) than real time application, results and performance stories. Only, some are better informed or shall we say more technically aware than the rest. Me being the later, i have only to gain
Ofcourse, the more time we give it, the better we'll know.
As for the rest, as i have mentioned, its all on the list. I'll have to see each and every aspect of a complete setup, only since i have never worked with such a gear(though i have kept myself a bit informed), thus i am looking for advice from people such as yourself who have more info and experience than me, to try and avert any avoidable happenings, and in the process refine my choices.
As of today, after the inputs that i have received, my choice of brand, somewhat as before remains inclined towards canon for majority of the gear. Canon, if i am not very wrong, has way more choices in their Lenses and are more known/popular amongst even pros when the inclusion of video captures becomes imperative. Moreover, they stand quite shoulder-to-shoulder with nikon and other brands of this range/segment of equipment, in terms of technical brilliance and built quality.
Having said that, I am still quite open minded and optimistic about going for another brand around which i can assemble my kit, if I get the value for money spent, creative freedom and delightful gear usage experience
This is also the point where i'd request you to give me your valuable inputs on building a 'complete lens kit'.
As pointed out by both Maestro and Max, laptop and carry-cases(such as pelican) are crucial and remains the field i haven't explored much. It would be great for me to get a heads-up before i go on looking for that on www. as for the laptops, i have worked on windows OS, so any suggestions there wrt brands/models? (or is it suggested that i go for the big switch (from windows to mac )
Also, as has been suggested so far in this thread, i am thinking of adding a dedicated video camera in my kit, I'll also need some inputs on dedicated and optimized systems which if possible, could go along with the rest of my gear. I am beginning to look towards Sony, Panasonic & canon, any suggestions here would help me immensely.
Thanks again you guys, for granting interest to my queries. It is actually helping me a great deal in deciding upon this investment.
My Most Humble Regards to all of you