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Best digital still for video

by jman4567 / February 7, 2013 9:36 PM PST

I am looking for a Digital still camera that takes good video. This will be for work and I am looking to stay in the $400-$500 price range. Any suggestions or directions to other threads on the same topic would be appreciated. Thanks for your input in advance!

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by PistonCupChampion / February 7, 2013 10:28 PM PST

It would help to know what you intend to shoot, and under what conditions. Do you require 1080p? Is sound important? Low light? Long zoom? Why a still camera instead of a camcorder?

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Re: Work
by jman4567 / February 10, 2013 9:34 PM PST
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I work for a road construction company, and we go shoot a video of the road prior to working on it. After the video is taken we watch it on a 50" screen in our office as a review. The camera is mounted to the inside of the windshield, so the sound quality is not really a concern. The camera I currently use for this is a FujiFilm S 700. We also take some pictures, so that is why I would like a still with good video capability. Unless it would be better to get a camcorder and be able to take screen grabs of what I need to? It seems like there are just too many options out there, and I am not sure where to start. Any suggestions or direction would be great!

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Panasonic LX7
by PistonCupChampion / February 11, 2013 2:04 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Work

It may be more camera than you actually need, but the advantages of the LX7 are that it has a slightly larger sensor and also a wider aperture lens. These help with dynamic range and the ability to capture higher quality stills and video in a wider range of conditions. It doesn't have a lot of zoom; I don't know if that is important to you or not. If you need a bit more zoom than I might suggest the Nikon P7700.

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Best Digital still for video
by patrickwilson86 / February 11, 2013 5:57 PM PST

Dont just read on them, go into a store and handle them, see which one fits you, see which one has controls that make the most sense to you....consider the lens line up..consider what type of photography you want to do....everyone has their opinions on the best camera(s)...but YOU will be the one using whatever it is you wind up with.

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