July 11, 2011

For a Good 'Regular' Video Camera, Check out the Canon XA10, XF100, or XF105

Not everyone needs or wants filmic shallow depth-of-field images (which can make filming in unpredictable situations harder to manage). If you're shooting a doc or any manner of non-fiction material, small sensor cameras still have their place. I got my hands on a Canon XA10 at NAB and found it to be excellent, offering good low-light performance and a lot of customizable functions (not to mention XLR audio inputs, which are rare on a camera of such diminutive proportions). Its bigger brothers, the XF100 and XF105, offer higher bitrate recording on CF cards and more features to boot. Worth a look. Here's a video review from Philip Bloom:

[via Philip Bloom]

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i never understood the switch to rolling shutters on these "regular" ENG-style cameras. whip pans, smash zooms, camera flashes... these things happen frequently in "non-fiction" video.

July 12, 2011 at 1:39PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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dv

The two XF cameras in particular would be an excellent addition to my kit. I've been doing some live performance event recording with my 7D/Zoom H4N combo & I Must admit it is something of a bear. Phillips B-Roll at the beginning of the piece is very nice. He has quite the eye.

July 12, 2011 at 3:08PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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I have been eyeing these cameras (particularly the XF100) for some time now. That 4:2:2 MPEG-2 codec is pretty badass in a $3k camera. And if you don't need the codec, the $2000 XA-10 has practically the same hardware.

July 12, 2011 at 10:43PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

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swester