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DSLR vs. HD Camcorder?

 
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May 09, 2014 23:28 |  #1

I am in the midst of choosing a new camera. Right now I am trying to choose between a really nice Camcorder, and a really nice DSLR. Currently I record videos for YouTube on my not-so-hd camcorder, which is a JVC GZ-HM200BU.

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May 09, 2014 23:37 |  #2

I moved this to "Digitial Video" since that seems t be the focus of your decision.

The Video experts hopefully will come in soon.

I'm, a still photographer, and enjoy the video options on my DSLR, but as I understand it, the choice of a DSLR over camcorder for video leaves you missing out on plenty on the video side, while at the same time offers some interesting upgrades in image quality.

I know a number of pro videographers that prefer Canon 5DII and 5DIII for a lot of the shooting they do to use the lenses and get the amazing image quality without spending nearly as much on comparable video equipment.

They use the DSLR with very controlled set ups and shot scripts as a Cinematographer would. They aren't using it for action.

On the flipside, using a camcorder simplifies a lot.


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May 11, 2014 04:51 |  #3

The simple question is this: What do you actually want to do?

If ALL you want to do is record video, then get a dedicated camcorder.
If you want to record video, and also take photographs, then get a DSLR.

Also, you haven't mentioned your budget. Knowing that may make it easier for us to offer advice!


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May 28, 2014 01:39 |  #4

IMO DSLR all the way ;)




  
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May 28, 2014 09:07 |  #5

oldspice wrote in post #16935131 (external link)
IMO DSLR all the way ;)

Why?

"I record videos for YouTube" doesn't provide enough information. Are these product videos of the "unboxing the ________" sort, cat videos, skateboarding, surfing, etc? Often a DSLR requires turning it into a frankencamera to be sufficiently outfitted to accomplish the mission, whereas a 1/3" chip HD camera might have been a better tool.




  
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May 28, 2014 09:14 |  #6

For general home-movie type recording, I think DSLR cameras suck. The DOF is always a struggle, the AF (or lack of on many DSLR) is distracting. Often the resulting files are very large to work with. I have a 60D and an EOSM, and I use my ELPH 330HS and iphone for most videos.


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May 28, 2014 16:26 |  #7

A DSLR will require more work than a camcorder which has better AF and longer recording times. Yes you can get more shallow DOF with a DSLR for a more pleasing image but don't move too much or you'll get out of focus. A P&S will usually do a very good job of AF and ease of use, and as long as you provide enough light, the IQ will be excellent.


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May 28, 2014 18:03 |  #8

Everything depends on what You really wanna do. "Youtube videos" doesn't explain much. For simple things I would go for camcoder, for more artistic things I would go definitely in HDDSLR. If You go in DSLR, then the APS-C should be good enough, as even the Hollywood movies are done in Super-35 which is similar to APS-C format.


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May 28, 2014 18:11 |  #9

I have found that if the camera is not intended to be moved and focus isnt changed often (action) then a DSLR is the way to go. More lens options, etc. Buuuuut, if its anything that involves moving the camera or changing focus a lot then a camcorder is the way to go.


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May 28, 2014 22:47 |  #10

When you wanna change focus, you have to (!) buy follow focus and good 1080p, at least 7" LCD screen. It's do-able, but needs some practice.


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May 29, 2014 09:46 |  #11

oldspice wrote in post #16935131 (external link)
IMO DSLR all the way ;)

Meh. iPhone will do the job.

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May 29, 2014 14:18 |  #12

peeaanuut wrote in post #16936798 (external link)
I have found that if the camera is not intended to be moved and focus isnt changed often (action) then a DSLR is the way to go. More lens options, etc. Buuuuut, if its anything that involves moving the camera or changing focus a lot then a camcorder is the way to go.

Yeah, that's how I feel too.


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May 31, 2014 10:29 |  #13

A camcorder is more pratical for doing video as a matter of ergonomics, direct controls, etc. while a camera with accessories could be used to make video.
Actually I think the the most interesting solutions are constituted by the mirrorless m43 cameras from Panasonic and the Blackmagic camcorders.
Since on video is more problematic manage the dof.




  
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May 31, 2014 12:36 |  #14

I have both… Each offer benefits listed above. Depends on the computer and NLE you are going to be using. Consumer grade pre processed and ready to go video out of the camera = camcorder. If you want to go all indie and and work with NLE and do post production… a DSLR would please you. If you are leaning to a DSLR and not really interested in photos look at http://www.blackmagicd​esign.com …ckmagicpocketci​nemacamera (external link)

You can mount auto focus lenses and get the creative capabilities, but in a easier and better form than dslr. The reason being is LANC control which will help with smooth zooms and clean racking of focus. 10 bit video... You will notice in post! Would be great for shooting weddings…


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Jun 02, 2014 03:18 |  #15

DSLRs are great for getting cinematic shots when you have time.
Traditional camcorders/ENG/EFP cams are great for getting good shots and audio when you don't have a lot of time.

Using a DSLR as a video camera is much more like shooting classic film. You record sound separately, you need camera support, you'll focus manually, you can choose your lens. Using a video camera gives you features like peaking, zebras, focus assist, exposure aids, timecode, motorized zoom, autofocus, image stabilization, etc.

Of course, there are some cameras and lenses that walk the line between the two, at least in how they function or how the final image looks. If you have a budget point in mind, we can give you some starting points to do some research.


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