John Koch: Tripods, special mounts, matte boxes, lenses with extensions, external mics, head phones, dedicated recorders for uncompressed HDMI feeds, large monitors, control options that would fill 70 non-existent Wiki entries. Oh, and helicopters! At $500 / hour for custom shots? We're talking $100k-plus before one can get rolling. The camera body is chicken feed in the gross equation.
When one sees the fabulous amounts of gear used with FF DSLRs to shoot video, the amalgam resembles an old-fashioned Panavision or TV camera, or maybe an antique X-ray machine. To contemplate the bulk and expense cures me, suddently, of GAS: gear aquisition syndrome. Or should the treatment be called TUMS: too utterly much stuff.
Chung himself uses something practical, like an HX9V, when shooting casual video. A little camera won't cause crowds to gather or authorities to pester you for permits, bribes, or casting selections.
What joy to be a pauper with a mere P&S!
Great post and spot on!
raywes: Nothing has come along in a while to compete with the Sony HX100v, but this changes everything. Along with the Panasonic FZ150, these two cameras will bed the new leaders I predict. And I thought I had my mind made up about purchasing the FZ150 already.
Amazing how many are harping about "no hot shoe" when there has been MANY posts pointing out that it does indeed have one.