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Which camera to choose for filming?

Hey guys,

which camera you recommend to choose for documentary filming?

I'm not willing to buy camcorder, rather would like to get a photo-camera with HD-video capture capability.

Right now I have in mind Canon 1100D, Canon S100 and Sony DSC-HX20.

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In reply to: Which camera to choose for filming?

I guess it is not filming any more, since we don't use film.

Most digital cameras do an OK job with video, but not as good as a Camcorder.

The biggest shortcoming is audio.
The digital cameras use a very inexpensive microphone and a very basic audio circuits.
The audio circuit is mainly just automatic gain control.
Very loud sounds will distort badly.

So you will want to look for a digital camera that can accept an external microphone. (there are not many)
You can start by checking which of the cameras you prefer, have an external microphone socket.


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In reply to: Which camera to choose for filming?

also you might want to keep in mind many celphones are restricted to shooting SHORT clips of 1090p video ( 10 minutes or so!) - after 4 gigs the file becomes too large for the filesystem...

might not be a problem unless you are recording long events for your documentary (concerts, etc) - but I thought i'd mention it

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