Three Large-Chip Camcorders Compared by Philip Bloom: The Panasonic AF100, Sony F3, and Sony FS100

Philip Bloom, Kessler University, and have conducted a shootout between the Panasonic AF100, Sony F3, and Sony FS100 (with a Canon 5D Mark II thrown in for good measure). As Philip states on his site, this is not meant to be a scientific test, as is the Single-Chip Camera Evaluation being released later this year, but the tests are a good watch for anyone considering these camcorders:

These tests are always handy to get a feel for a camera's capabilities and the relative price-performance ratio of each -- at least in a typical "video" setting, as opposed to a more narrative-friendly filmic environment -- but we're to the point now where any of these post-DSLR camcorders are perfectly adequate for feature filmmaking at the indie/guerilla level. All of them are more sensitive than most 35mm film stocks as it is, and none of the differences between the AF100, F3, and FS100 are going to make or break a production like shoddy acting or an underwritten script would. Just my $0.02...

There are also some ProRes LT samples available. For more details, check out Philip's full post.

Link: Large chip camcorder comparison: AF100 vs F3 vs FS100

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Thank you very much for the comparison!
I got one short off-topic Q: what mic did you use for sound recording of your talk? Sounds very clear.

May 9, 2011 at 10:48PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


@Peter: You may want to ask Philip on his website or on the vimeo page he posted the videos on. I

May 10, 2011 at 6:38AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Peter - you can see the mic pinned to the neck of his teeshirt.

July 14, 2011 at 10:07PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM