After going through several still cameras, I think I may need a dedicated camcorder for great video.

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After going through several still cameras, I think I may need a dedicated camcorder for great video.

I've gone through several still cameras looking for something that will not only give me the best stills quality but also great video. I'm starting to realise that maybe I need to accept that any camera optimised for stills is always going to be compromised for video in some ways, and maybe I need to invest in a dedicated camcorder.

I currently have an NEX-6, which is actually great for video in most ways but for aliasing/moire artifacts. I'm only doing casual family videos so I'm not looking for any pro gear, but all the same it's nice to be able to shoot video that pleasing to the eye.

Of course with an NEX-6 I have very good low light performance and wide angle (24mm equivalent with the 16-50mm PZ lens), so I am concerned that a lot of the consumer camcorders start at much longer focal lengths and their low light performance won't be anything like the NEX has given me.

I know very little about the consumer camcorder market, but from what I have read the Canon HF-M52 seems to be the best low light performer, but it starts at 43mm (35mm equivalent), which seems a bit tight for me indoors.

The Panasonic HC-V700 looks a good option as from what I can see it starts at 28mm (35mm equivalent). I don't know if the low light performance is going to be as good as the Canon M52.

Of course there's always the wide angle adapter for the M52, but that adds to cost and bulk.

Are there any other options I should consider - both in terms of a dedicated camcorder or good stills/video camera?

The obvious answer for the best stills/video camera would be the Panasonic GH3, but it is very expensive and I've been micro four thirds before and had shutter shock problems, which is why I left the system.

Thanks for any advice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Sony Alpha NEX-6
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