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I guess I am not going to be hip anymore as it seems every hip YouTube creator is using a DSLR. But screw being hip, I want to have fun making videos! After spending two years using both a Canon 80D dslr and Panasonic camcorder, I have decided to use only a Camcorder for future exploring videos. I think this was @braindead0's original suggestion a while back when we were talking cameras, but I was set on using a DSLR. After using both the DSLR and the Camcorder, the camcorder is just so much easier for so many reasons. Of course it's not good in low light, but I use high powered lights when exploring. Here are a few of the reasons I have decided to start using a camcorder full time: First, it's so much more convenient. The camcorder is compact and ready to use at any time. I was looking at the Sony RX100 and comparable canon G7 cameras, but they all lack external audio, so I am going with something I can plug in great audio. In addition, the Canon preamps are pure garbage, but not surprising when you consider the DSLR is made for photos, not videos. I think audio is one of the most important aspects of video creation. Nobody will watch to a video with awful audio. So what makes the camcorder so convenient? First, you cannot compete with the built in image stabilization of a camcorder. No messing around with gimbals, stabilizers, etc. Just turn it on and hit the record button. I can't tell you how many shots I have missed fiddling around with the DSLR and gimbal. Second, it's super compact and all you gotta do it turn it on to start recording. There are some things I do like about the DSLR, and the main thing is the wide angle lens. It makes getting an establishing shot much easier, and you can see more of the area when exploring. I will also miss the low light performance of the larger image sensor, but like I said, I always pack a ton of light for those low light situations. Changeable lens's is something I thought I would need, but to be honest, I never change my lens on my Canon. I have been using both a DSLR and Camcorder in my videos, and nobody seems to even notice ... so I am spending so much time getting my DSLR set up and missing shots when I could have just been using a camcorder the entire time. I hope some day they will produce an affordable full frame video camcorder for those low light situations, but until then, I am going to be sticking to my new Panasonic. Anyone else out there still use a camcorder?
I shoot with a Canon Rebel t2i, how about you?
I bought some new camera gear to make better videos. So this week I purchased: 80D - Great auto focus, and I already have a lot of glass for the Canon, so I figured I would stay with Canon. I also LOVE the touch screen. Rode Video Pro Mic with Dead Cat: Should greatly improve my audio quality. Canon 10 to 18 MM Lens: Should give me a much wider shot, so less need to pan so much. A couple stabilizers to make steady video. Anyone here have experience with any of this gear?