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Buying a new video camera - need help!

Hi,

currently using Gopro silver 4. I need to upgrade, image quality is lacking for todays standarts and I would like the ability to zoom and to choose aperture. I film travel and product videos.

What I need:
-1080p/60fps or 4k/60fps
- high bitrate (about 100 mbps)
- image stabilization
- optical zoom
- aperture settings

I really liked Sony AX100, but it shoots only 4k25fps.

I looked into cameras and 4k cameras are lacking 60fps. FullHD cameras lack higher bitrates (max is 50 mbps, but average is 20-40 mbps, which is awful).

It is really irritating when you can buy cheap smartphones that can shoot in 4k/60fps/100mbps.

Is there any video camera that will suit my needs? Or maybe DSLR? I don't need 4k resolution, but I need high bitrate for fullHD.

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I thought I read the AX100 can deliver 1080p.

"1080p in the AX100 is delivered in XAVC-S and AVCHD formats."

As to DSLR, that's what many use now. Too many to list here but I own the Canon t6i and a t3i. Works nicely.

Post was last edited on September 8, 2018 7:47 AM PDT

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Yes it can deliver 1080p

but why buy expensive 4k camera when you don't use 4k?

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Because there may be no other models that can do this.

Sometimes you will have a client that demands a certain feature and add "also it can't have this." In such cases they may find they are now unicorn hunting and not accepting there are only so many models out there.

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Big three

Check the other two Canon and Panasonic. The Panasonic HC-VX1 or 1F may do what you need with 24, 25 and 50 fps shooting formats (UK, 60 in USA)

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Low bitrate and high price

They both have 28 mbps bitrate for 1080p/50fps. Even my gopro silver 4 has 45 mpbs.

4k (72mbps) without 50fps...

I just don't see the point investing in 4k camera, when you don't shoot in 4k.

Sony Cameras have the same problem.

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My research found

a few camcorders which meet your requirements. The amount of data needing to be processed = large buffer + fast processor.

Sony PXW-Z280
Sony PXW-Z190 (not yet available; the PXW-Z150 does not meet your requirements. I have one - and am saving up for a Z190)
Panasonic AG-UX180
Panasonic AG-DVX200 (I am assuming this after scanning through the manual - there is no table that I noticed as there is in the manual for the UX180)
Canon EOS C700
JVC cams did not meet your technical requirements.

I expect the (low) lighting performance of the above to be better than "cheap cell phones".

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