Speedster159 wrote in post #17491516
Not sure if this is the best place to ask this or not, but I'd give it a try. I don't know any videography forums.
I was originally planning on getting a 7D, 24-105, 70-200 F4 IS, and a couple of other lenses for video and photo but then I thought I might want an actual video camera.
I was thinking about the Panasonic AG-AC90 ( or variants ) and get some DSLR for my B-Rolls and photos. ( probably a 7D with only a 24-105 )
What do you guys think of the Panasonic AG-AC90? And should I consider another?
It depends on what you want to shoot, just like with photography different types of video cameras work better than others for different scenarios.
As a very broad over generalizing statement if you need to shoot run and gun/off the shoulder type videos then you will probably want a dedicated video camera. They have slightly more video friendly ergonomics, and generally have better audio input options built into the cameras. They also have a smaller sensor which helps keep more in focus so that holding focus with a moving subject or while the camera is moving wont be quite as difficult.
I personally use a couple of DSLR's for video. I like the look a lot more than what you get from most EFP cameras, and they work for my stills work as well so I don't have to buy into a completely different system. The major downsides here are that since they are geared more toward stills photography than videography, they are not usually set up ergonomically the way most people want a video camera to be set up, and that you will need to use an external audio recorder for almost everything. After shooting for a little while you will get used to these things and they really are non issues.
As for the Panasonic, I don't have much to add. I have used an older model of the same camera and it operated just fine.
I know this comment has been a bit rambling, but hopefully there was some useful info in there somewhere.