Camcorders can't compete with GH1, here's why.

Started Mar 4, 2009 | Discussions thread
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LizaWitz Regular Member • Posts: 461
Camcorders can't compete with GH1, here's why.

So many people think that the video on the GH1 is useless and that if you want good video, you need a camcorder. These people haven't done their research, and kinda are missing the point of the GH1 (which is all about video, if you don't need video, get a G1).

The serious amature video world (Eg: not professionals working for hollywood who rent million dollar cameras) is pretty excited at the potential and reality of DSLR cinema.

Camcorders have 1/3" sensors. This means deep depth of field. Great when you're a tourist and you can't focus, but terrible for movie making. This camera has a 4/3 sensor.

Camcorders have cheap non-interchangeable lenses. What you get is what you get. The sensors are so small that you tend to get long zoom distances. But its not great glass. This camera has a great lens that gives 10x zoom, but also HD glass-- which is even harder for it since the sensor being bigger the glass has to be bigger.

Camcorders shoot full auto all the time and pretty much only. The pump up the colors and they make video that may be great looking out of hte camera, has far less dynamic range and far less controllability than a filmmaker wants. This camera lets you set color and exposure modes manually, and thus you can get all the dynamic range the much larger sensor will give you.

Camcorders grab video from a sensor that is, at best, 1920x1080 resolution. This camera has a 4000x3000 resolution sensor. That means to get a 1920x1080 HD frame, the sensor data is downsampled 4 times. This means much better low light performance and much better image quality for your video.

Really, Camcorders can't compete because they are meant for tourists and taking pictures of babies.

IF you are a filmmaker or serious videographer, this camera is a huge improvement, has no competition on the market right now for less than $5000, and in some ways at any price.

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