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Old May 23, 2010, 7:35 PM   #1
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Default Looking for the best low light 1080p video from a digital camera

Hello, I just found this forum.

I am looking for the best performance for low light 1080p video from a digital camera. The smaller the better, but if going to a dslr really makes the video quality jump then it is worth the bigger size to me.

It will be going in a housing and used for underwater video. Do they publish LUX ratings on the video side of digital cams like they do on video cams?

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Old May 23, 2010, 7:37 PM   #2
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DSLR canon T2i would be a great dslr for 1080 HD, match that with a fast prime and you will have a heck of a good low light set up. The T2i is not to big like a 7D or 5D.
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what does prime mean?

How would the 500d shoot in low light for video?

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The 500D shots 1080 HD at 20fps, and 720p at 30fps. It does a good job with HD, but if HD is going to be important the 550D is better design for HD, the 550D does a nicer job then any of the cameras mention, and the sony's do not do HD.

Prime means a fix focus lens, no zoom. They are brighter then the zooms, so they make better low light lenses.
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Thanks for the fast advice.

Are there any other great performers at a slightly lower price point?
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For 1080p no, as all the other brands only have 720.

The pentax k-x does a nice job at 720 and shoot very well in low light like the canon's. It was award TIPA's top entry dslr.
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So now the real deciding factor.

Is the video quality of a T2i better than that from a sony pc-105 mini dv (non HD) camcorder?

How will the 1080p from the T2i compare the 1080p from a dedicated video system?

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How will the 1080p from the T2i compare the 1080p from a dedicated video system?
IMO you'll be in for a BIG surprise
... Especially if your plan is to be shooting video underwater with small LUX:

-> How are you going to handle the focusing with a dSLR (especially with fast prime with narrow DOF) under water?
FYI - http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-ii/video.htm

May be what you need is a WA with very large DOF (and lots of light):
http://www.chapmanleonard.com/

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The are film the final season of House with a canon 5D MKII, so they are very good at 1080. And compare to you current non HD, it is a huge difference. Even 720 it is a mark improvement.
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If your intention is to shoot video, then a dedicated camcorder is the only way to go imho. If your intention is to shoot pictures but you would occasionally like to shoot video, then a camera with video capabilities is fine. Even the GH1, which is renowned for its fantastic video, doesn't really suit the purpose of full-time video use. If we're talking high-end consumer level, then Sony's top models have been rated #1 for low-light for the last 2 years running. However, out of the 3 big dogs (Canon and Panasonic being the other 2) in the high-end consumer market, Sony has ranked last for at least 2 years in a row in color accuracy and manual control.

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The are film the final season of House with a canon 5D MKII, so they are very good at 1080.
Final episode of the season - not the entire season.
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