Equip Advice: Canon HFS10, Rebel T1i & Nikon D5000

By Gary Hudson
July 14, 2009

My current camera is a Panasonic AG-DVC20P (3CCD / 10 Optical zoom); I’m being tempted into the HD world … to have at least one camera that’ll shoot in HD to start incorporating HD into my work. 


I’m seeing / reading some good things about the new Canon VIXIA HFS10 HD Dual Flash Memory with 32 GB Internal Memory and 10x Optical Zoom video camera that takes HD stills.

 

 

In the past I’ve not been a huge fan of multi-function devices because the quality of one of the functions probably suffers. However, technology keeps improving and electronic device convergence is a trend that’s here to stay.  

 

Also based on feedback about Canon cameras / lenses in general … and Fred Light’s and now others’ HD footage I’ve seen online shot from the 5D Mark II, it seems the 5D Mark II phenomenally excels at both photography and video. (referring to Christian’s Canon 5D Mark II thread)

 

For now the 5D Mark II is a bit pricey; also any device must be basic / user-friendly enough for others in my household to use the traditional auto-program capabilities, etc.  … nothing too dramatically heavy either. 

 

Two devices that have caught my eye:


Would any WMAT members care to comment on their understanding, opinions, or experience with any of the above 3 linked dual function (video + stills) video / digital cameras? Are there other choices I should consider in the $900-$1200 price range that on the photography side hopefully includes the 55-200mm telephoto lens?

 

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Gary
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