I'd love some help from some boffins. I'm a keen photographer but new to video.
Is it possible to get a half-decent thin depth of field with a low to mid-range camcorder? My budget is slim (about $800) and I'm hoping to record interviews in front of camera, the sort of thing that would suit a thin DOF.
The Panasonic SD700 looks smashing (from what I've seen online), but it's top end of my budget. If I get something cheaper but with manual aperture / shutter / focus controls, do you think it might do the job?
Or is it basically a case of "you get what you pay for" and "you can't get a decent thin DOF without a decent lens"? Any model suggestions by any chance...?