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I would still like some more feedback on this issue because I am debating between a d5100 or a 400 dollar panasonic or sony camcorder..
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I would still like some more feedback on this issue because I am debating between a d5100 or a 400 dollar panasonic or sony camcorder..
the issue is how important is quality and full control over all settings? and how do you feel about manual focus? if you want full control than you should go DSLR otherwise if you are unsure what you are doing and dont require complete control over all settings than a camcorder is just fine
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I would still like some more feedback on this issue because I am debating between a d5100 or a 400 dollar panasonic or sony camcorder..
If you want full control, more artistic leeway, many many different lenses to choose from, and don't mind "setting up" your shots, go with a DSLR.

If you want to "run and gun" and don't mind losing the depth of field capabilities or interchangeable lenses of a DSLR then go for that.

It really all depends on what you're looking to do with the camera.
I have both and continue to use both for separate occasions. If I'm just doing a home video and I don't want to spend time setting up the shot or worrying about manual focus, I grab my camcorder.
If I want to get more artistic with my shots or am in a situation where I need a more versatile lens, I'll grab my DSLR.
Both produce great video, though I can easily tell the difference due to the DoF and how I handle each device stylistically.
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i agree that a camcorder is easier to use. BUT you are way off on assuming that a dslr can not beat a prosumer in quality. they have compared DSLRs to 35mm film stock and DSLRs keep up when projected on the silver screen. you are behind. just informing you not saying you are wrong. i do not work with many prosumer cameras i mainly use professional video cameras and mostly work with the Sony XDcam which runs about $40k and has another $50k+ in glass off the front and my DSLR even keeps up with that although it does not blow a pro video camera away when it comes to resolution nor IQ but the DSLR can almost capture the level of detail seen in film when examine the picture details and the tones as well as detail seen from crops of the video. also the low light performance blows film out of the water once you go above higher ASA of about 800. my 7D can shoot at ISO 800 with no noise you shoot about 800 in 35mm film and you are going to start getting some grain

I do agree with you. DSLRs are much better for making short films or films in general than dedicated units.


Heck, an entire episode of House was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, granted it's $3000, but it just goes to show the power of these. The producer said that these DSLR cameras were the future of filmmakers and I agree.


DSLRs give you the "film look." Just go look at the numerous videos on Vimeo as proof.
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Note: The reason DSLRs look better is because they have something called "shallow depth-of-field." Ask any of the hobbyist/pro photographers about SDOF for more info.

Not only that but you get more control...

With a shotgun mic, steadycam, and one of these DSLRs that shoot HD video(Cheapest is the Nikon D5000), and you have a serious setup.
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You want a video camera. Take it from someone who has done a run through and had several video cameras. I"m sitting on a 60D for photo and video and an HMC150 for video. Since we a re talking more consume level, it depends on your focus.

If you plan on shooting video buy a camcorder. You have a better run and gun solution, won't need to worry about auto focus when you zoom, audio and won't need to worry about different sorts of lenses (you'll want primes to film). If you plan on shooting photos primarily and don't mind mediocre video quality on the side (that is without investing in the proper lenses), zooming capabilities while filming and the time to set up the shots by all means go for an HDSLR.

My suggestion is still if you intend on shooting video get a video camera and a DSLR for photos. Take care
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DSLRs are like HD Camcorders these days, wiith 1080p recording and such. There are many movies, or music videos shot just with DSLRs, it really just depends on what kind of camcorder, or DSLR you are going for?. and whats ur budget, whats the kind of movies you will be making.
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DSLRs are like HD Camcorders these days, wiith 1080p recording and such. There are many movies, or music videos shot just with DSLRs, it really just depends on what kind of camcorder, or DSLR you are going for?. and whats ur budget, whats the kind of movies you will be making.

Not entirely, if that is the angle you're going for then you could say that point and shoot cameras are the same as prosumer video cameras because they both shoot 1080p. I agree that they are becoming more frequently used, but as far as ease of use or run and gun a consumer video camera is the way to go. There is just much more involved in setting up an HDSLR to shoot proper video. Like I said I own a prosumer video camera and an HDSLR, I can weigh the benefits of both for you.
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Not entirely, if that is the angle you're going for then you could say that point and shoot cameras are the same as prosumer video cameras because they both shoot 1080p. I agree that they are becoming more frequently used, but as far as ease of use or run and gun a consumer video camera is the way to go. There is just much more involved in setting up an HDSLR to shoot proper video. Like I said I own a prosumer video camera and an HDSLR, I can weigh the benefits of both for you.

This. If you have the money, having both a camcorder and DSLR is convenient, but you'd be better off with a camcorder just for video. DSLRs tend to overheat also after minutes of shooting, which is a problem if you're shooting during the summer.
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Not entirely, if that is the angle you're going for then you could say that point and shoot cameras are the same as prosumer video cameras because they both shoot 1080p. I agree that they are becoming more frequently used, but as far as ease of use or run and gun a consumer video camera is the way to go. There is just much more involved in setting up an HDSLR to shoot proper video. Like I said I own a prosumer video camera and an HDSLR, I can weigh the benefits of both for you.

Please tell me the benefits of both. I'm not well aware of this stuff since i don't own one .
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