February 17, 2015 at 9:32PM
First video camera: AF100 vs. FDR AX-1 vs. ?
I have spent the past few years shooting stills on a Nikon D90 and Canon 5D Mark II and am looking to graduate to a proper video camera in order to shoot a few short projects I have in mind. I need advice on a proper entry-level professional video camera. Ideally, the camera + kit would not surpass 4-4.5K however I'm looking for something that I can age into. There's no question that I'll endure a learning curve at first, but looking more for longevity as I'm a quick learner.
Numerous online sources indicate that Panasonic is coming out with a 4k version of the AF100/100A at NAB in April which leads me to believe that used/refurbished versions of the AF100 may drop even further in price when this happens. I know this camera is already hitting 4+ years in age but it seems like a good deal for the money given that you can snag one for about 2K refurbished (already have some lenses I can use with a converter). Thoughts?
The FDR AX-1 is mostly something I fancy b/c of all of this talk of 4k. To be honest, I think narrative is more important than pixels...however I'm worried the AF100 will soon become redundant. Online forums have been calling it "old" since 2013.
Anyhow, a bit of a ramble. But any other suggestions or thoughts surrounding cameras in the 2-4k range would be much appreciated.
Finally, any thoughts on video cameras with removable vs. fixed lenses?