October 27, 2015 at 4:21PM, Edited October 27, 4:22PM

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GH4 vs XC10. What do you think?

Here are my thoughts on the current video camera landscape and those two cameras in particular: http://www.desktop-documentaries.com/best-documentary-video-camera-2500....

What do you think is the best video camera in the $2500 region?

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October 28, 2015 at 9:36AM, Edited October 28, 9:36AM

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Matt James Smith
Founder, Lintelfilm Video Production
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My feelings on the Canon XC10 can be found in the following message thread...

http://goo.gl/77b9Lm

To sum up, I am not a fan of the Canon XC10 which I think it over priced and under-delivers compared other cameras in it's price range. ( I would rather have a Sony RX10 Mk2, a Sony X70 ENG camera, a Canon C100 Mk1, or a GH4 and few lenses instead of the Canon XC10 camera )

October 28, 2015 at 2:52PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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to cut to the chase the xc10 would have been a great camera if they had done two things: larger sensor and fixed aperture. yes that would have driven up the price but those two flaws is why i sold my camcorder in favor of a dslr. no one is using cameras with those flaws anymore because you can buy a camera with out those flaws sometimes for a lot cheaper

October 29, 2015 at 12:30PM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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For a documentary camera in that price range, I think people should look at the gh4, a7s, or a used C100.

October 29, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Alexandra
Videographer / Documentary Filmmaker
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Used C100 for sure.

October 30, 2015 at 12:19PM

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Kenneth Merrill
Director
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I was going back-and-forth between between the GH4 and the XC10. I ended up going with the XC10, but returned it a week later.

I really wanted a camera that was built for video, had great ergonomics, could shoot slow motion, and had 422 color without needing an external recorder... The XC10 seemed to tick all these boxes. But working with it was something different. There is a single internal ND filter, and it's not strong enough for shooting outdoors. The headphone jack is IN the hand grip. The lens is a bit of a problem. I thought I'd be OK with a parfocal but varying aperture lens, but the more I used it the more frustrated I became.

In the end I returned it and spent the extra money to get the C100 Mk2. I feel bad for Canon, because if they had improved the lens, added an EVF with a decent eye cup, and fixed a few small design issues, then they'd have an exciting product.

October 30, 2015 at 12:48PM

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