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Canon Rebel T3i for Automotive Blog?

by RiseAgainst94 / January 4, 2013 12:25 PM PST

My brother plans on creating his own automotive video blogs and was wondering if the Canon Rebel T3i would be sufficient. His price range is anywhere under $600 and would primarily use the T3i for when he shows off the cars features from the outside (not live action). He would, naturally, use the T3i with a microphone for added audio quality and would upload the videos for viewing on Youtube.

If you all could suggest any video cameras that would provide higher quality video at around the same price range that would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if anyone has any suggestions on live action camera around $300 that he could use to mount to the car (currently looking at the GoPro Hero 2 or 3 silver) that would also help immensely.

I apologize if a similar topic has already been posted, this is my first forum post.
Thanks everyone.

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Digital Camera Vs. Camcorder
by RiseAgainst94 / January 4, 2013 12:31 PM PST

I'm also curious as to whether or not it would be better to buy $500-600 dedicated camcorder as opposed to the T3i or any other Digital Camera?

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re: Digital Camera Vs. Camcorder
by MarkatNite / January 5, 2013 8:14 AM PST

Yes, you're almost always better off shooting video with a dedicated video camera. In this particular case, I would probably recommend something from either the Canon VIXIA or Sony Handycam lines. And keep in mind that I say this as someone who's been shooting video on hybrid photo/video cameras since the GH1 came out (and who currently shoots video on a GH2 and T4i).


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Small world. I own the T3i.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 12:36 PM PST

It makes nice videos so why not try it? I have not tried another mic since I have a nice audio recorder that I can splice in the audio in post production.

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by PistonCupChampion / January 4, 2013 2:47 PM PST
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Bad Link
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 10:23 PM PST
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The link you posted is not available

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re: Bad Link
by MarkatNite / January 5, 2013 8:19 AM PST
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Looks like something went wonky with the forum's auto-link function. (Specifically, it dropped the colon after http.) If you select/copy the text and then paste it into the location/URL area of the browser, it works.


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What about these?
by RiseAgainst94 / January 7, 2013 11:29 PM PST

How would you compare the quality of the Canon Rebel T3i with the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Sony SLT A57, Panasonic DMC-GH2, or Nikon D5100 with an emphasis on video.

Would it be smart to wait for the release of the recently announced Nikon D5200?

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re: What about these?
by MarkatNite / January 8, 2013 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: What about these?

Same answer: as PCC suggested above, with an emphasis on video, of any hybrid photo/video camera, the best value is the GH2.

But as I said above, your smartest move would be a dedicated video camera - Mark

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Question Answered.
by RiseAgainst94 / January 8, 2013 7:23 AM PST
In reply to: re: What about these?

Thank you very much.

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