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i'll consider Sony, Canon, whatever...

I need a better DSLR (video recording wise) since the D3100 doesn't have mic input, so the audio comes out like crap, and in filming, that's a no-no.

Oh, and i heard Sony has the new tech nowadays in their DSLRs? and oh yes, i forgot, it has to be under $900 dollars.
     
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your best option would be the 550d, since at 900$ full-frame is out of question.
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550d? what can it do? what brand?

what about this sony one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830179443

or this one
550d
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120447


Gah... the sony one looks cool, but the nikon one for $50 more has more zoom... But i want the newer tech in the Sony one... GAH!!!
Edited by ChronoBodi - 3/11/12 at 4:34pm
     
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Or the cheaper option would be a Zoom H1 recorder for $100
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choices, choices... Any other brand with better options or just the Canon/Sony ones?
     
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You could always just upgrade to the D5100 and get the mic input. What lenses do you already have?

If you're looking to jump ship from Nikon, then I'd recommend either the Canon T2i/550D or one of the cameras out of Sony's NEX line or their SLT's.
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i just looked at the Sony SLTs, the no manual control of aperture/ISO during movie mode is a deal breaker for me... So it's the T3I with 18-55mm at $799 or T2i with 18-135mm for $850.

what's the difference?
     
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I recently upgraded from that identical camera. I'm also a professional photographer and free-lance cinematographer. For my personal use I have owned both the 550d and Nikon D5100, Nikon has far superior optics and image processing power compared to any equivalent Canon or Sony. The video from the Nikon D5100 is great, especially with a nice 35mm lens and a polarized filter. The D5100 also has full manual modes to control ISO, f-stop, and all other parameters. It's a really great camera, and is a solid product. The external mic connector is really nice and integrates with video seamlessly, unlike the issues with video and audio lining up that I had with my Canon 550d.
Always go Nikon, nothing else can beat their quality.
-chmodlabs
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I recently upgraded from that identical camera. I'm also a professional photographer and free-lance cinematographer. For my personal use I have owned both the 550d and Nikon D5100, Nikon has far superior optics and image processing power compared to any equivalent Canon or Sony. The video from the Nikon D5100 is great, especially with a nice 35mm lens and a polarized filter. The D5100 also has full manual modes to control ISO, f-stop, and all other parameters. It's a really great camera, and is a solid product. The external mic connector is really nice and integrates with video seamlessly, unlike the issues with video and audio lining up that I had with my Canon 550d.
Always go Nikon, nothing else can beat their quality.
-chmodlabs

i agree with nikon having better optics but the rest im not so sure about. im pretty sure canon has the video market covered especially the DSLR video market. nikon have great gear but not that great for video. i have not yet used the newest nikon cameras but canon blows everything else out of the water. honestly the D300s is a terrible camera that some thought was going to be nikons way to combat the 7D in video. i will give you that the noise from nikons at higher ISO look much more natural in video but the actual quality of video from a canon body with good glass looks a lot better when really analyzed closer than a youtube comparison. i am not a nikon basher but i dont suggest it for professional video. mess around shooting for fun video its fine. last i checked the d5100 does not support use of an external display which as a cinematographer you kinda need to be able to do a better job because a flip screen just doesnt do it when you need it to be perfect.

considering you are a professional photographer and free-lance cinematographer you would probably have at least experience something other than nikon, like i said not saying nikon is not good. but anyone that hold nikon at the highest standard has probably not tested other DSLRs or video cameras.

considering that the original poster did not mention they were producing professional quality video they dont need to be told that nikon is the best with no real support to that claim other than that it has full manual modes which every other camera pretty much also has. with a canon you audio and video will match unless you record externally. you definitely did something wrong if your 550D audio didnt sync.

honestly though. i do suggest probably sticking with nikon since you are already familiar with their system unless you want to go with a different company. but i suggest doing addition research and testing the cameras out in stores rather than just going nikon because "its the best and nothing beats it"

your post is total BS. i would like to see what your reasoning is behind your statement.

im not going to even start on the fact that i doubt you are a cinematographer, i think the term would be semi-pro or amateur videographer in your case. cinematographer is reserved for people who work with film, celluloid, not video. and they dont refer to themselves as cinematographers but as directors of photography or a DP
Edited by Conspiracy - 3/11/12 at 8:16pm
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I recently upgraded from that identical camera. I'm also a professional photographer and free-lance cinematographer. For my personal use I have owned both the 550d and Nikon D5100, Nikon has far superior optics and image processing power compared to any equivalent Canon or Sony. The video from the Nikon D5100 is great, especially with a nice 35mm lens and a polarized filter. The D5100 also has full manual modes to control ISO, f-stop, and all other parameters. It's a really great camera, and is a solid product. The external mic connector is really nice and integrates with video seamlessly, unlike the issues with video and audio lining up that I had with my Canon 550d.
Always go Nikon, nothing else can beat their quality.
-chmodlabs

If Nikon was that much better, no one would buy Canon or other brands of cameras. In reality, the major differences between a D5100 and T2i/T3i are going to come down to ergonomics and the photographer using each camera, not some "far superior optics" of the Nikon. That is BS if I've ever heard it. Both companies make some great glass and some not so great glass.
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