Digital camera for videos
I'm looking for a new digicam and I'm going to use it mostly for videos. At least 1080p at 30 fps and high-speed at 240 fps. I've posted links to the specs and demonstration videos of all cameras (remember to switch to the highest resolution on Youtube).
These are the cameras I've found that seem interesting (in order of pricing):
Casio ZR100 - 1080p at 30 fps, 1000 (!) fps in high-speed (but at a very low resolution)
Canon Powershot SX230 HS (2650) - 240 fps high-speed, 1080p at 24 fps.
Panasonic DMC-TZ20 - 1080p at 30fps, 220 fps high-speed.
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V - Much higher resolution (1440x1080 30 fps, and 1080p 60 fps) but no high-speed.
The Sony Cybershot is about as expensive as I'm willing to go. I don't care much for the prices however, as long as I get as much quality as possible below the price range of the Cybershot. But I'd really like high-speed because I'm planning on doing music videos and stuff so slow-motion is a very useful feature for me. The Nikon S9100 is also an option, but I've heard it's supposed to be bad.
So, the reason why I'm asking this here is because I know the specs aren't everything. The amount of megapixels doesn't always mean that much in practice. So, which one of these really has the best quality lens etc? Which is the best brand in general? Any other cameras I should take into consideration?
Thanks a lot in advance!
Before i had my Canon 60D i had Lumix Cameras, my last one being the FZ-18 which i used for photos and video. It truley was a brill little camera. My mother has the TZ-20 which is extremely good for Videos. I haven't looked at any of the other cameras. but the TZ-20 is a really good choice
Have you looked at the Panasonic DMC-FX550.It attracted a 91% vote in the May WDC mag. "Great image quality at lower ISO's and a cracking wide angle lens" is what they said, so it sounds good to me.
Also the Panasonic DMC-TZ18 sounds ok with a zoom of 24-384mm, and full HD movie recording and ISO up to 6400. All the best in your quest, Mike.
It seems Panasonic has a lot of very good ones.
But even though the FZ100 is way more expensive, there isn't much difference:
Canon SX230 HS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vydKHh5AuU
Panasonic Lumix FZ100: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcwDIRC0E6I (skip to about half)
Despite the darkness, both provide a pretty clear image without much grain at all. But what use is that huge lens of the FZ100? Is it just for wide-angle photography, or does it improve the videos as well? I checked out the FX550 but it doesn't support high-speed.
Unfortunately, the TZ20 isn't very good in low-lit areas, it provides an ugly white grain:
Last edited by Mjolnir; 31-05-11 at 02:38 PM.
Depends if you intend to use the zoom. The Fuji has a manual zoom ring which may appear a little 'jumpy' when using it during capture. The Panasonic has a powered zoom so you can use the zoom rocker in a more stable hand-held position for smoother zooms during capture...
Originally Posted by Mjolnir
Another option would be the Sony HX100V.
However neither of your latter choices option 240fps slow motion capture. That's a rarer thing and, at a consumer level, is never possible at HD resolutions.
Originally Posted by Mike Lowe
You're right, I think I'm skipping the whole high speed deal, because it's never in a very good resolution when doing so. This Sony HX100V is incredible, so I think I'm going for that one now. I've asked a bunch of owners at YouTube to make some dark room tests. The HX100V also shoots at 1080p 60fps (compared to 30 fps), so you can make some decent slow motion with it I suppose.
Originally Posted by Mike Lowe