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

Started Mar 4, 2009 | Discussions thread
plevyadophy Veteran Member • Posts: 4,258
Re: Camcorders can't compete with GH1, here's why.

LizaWitz wrote:

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.

I am glad you made that point about the video on the GH1 as I was getting fed up of the cheapo types wanting a Rolls Royce for the price of a Toyota family saloon.

The Canon 5D MkII is often praised for it's video ability and many photographers are almost having orgasms over the thing; it just so happens that I have a magazine beside me in which a staff photographer for a national newspaper is praising the feature profusely saying how it changes things in photography bla bla bla. Well, the Canon 5D MkII video is Mickey Mouse rubbish compared to what the GH1 will be capable of. Therefore the price at which the GH1 is coming in at is fair - not the price I would like it to be at for sure - but fair all the same (it's like having a very capable vid cam c.£$€650 and a very capable camera c.£$€650, except it's rather conveniently rolled into one machine). The only machine on the horizon that will come close, and will probably surpass it's abilities is the recently announced hybrid camera from RED which costs several thousands more.

My only criticism of the spec sheet so far is that they should have provided dual memory slots so that you could set the camera to record video to one card and stills to the other, given that the video capabilities are quite good and will no doubt eat up memory card space if used extensively (dual SD Card slots shouldn't make the camera any bigger).


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