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F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005Sat 14-Jul-12 02:41 PM
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"Which mirrorless camera for good video?"


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Like many others I'm tired of lugging a heavy DSLR, in my case a D300s, around for travel or vacation photos. In addition, I want a compact that does very good video for a non-camcorder. I've been comparing the Nikon 1 cameras (mostly the J1, due to to lower cost), and the Panasonics, mainly the G-3 and GF-3. The Panasonics of course have larger sensors both in size and pixels, but I'm sure 10mp is plenty of resolution. Does anyone have experience with both, or can help me decide one over ther other. Unfortunately in our small town, the stores seem to only have the Nikons. I'm heading for Columbus on Monday, so may check Best Buy and Cord Camera while there.

Mike

  

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PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011Sat 14-Jul-12 03:34 PM
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Sat 14-Jul-12 03:34 PM by PerroneFord

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My experience is with mostly filmmaking. And I consider both DSLRs and point and shoots to be pretty poor for video for different reasons. That said, please be mindful that HD video is less than 2 MP (1920x1080. The megapixel counts on today's video capable cameras is a total non factor.

Larger sensors are usually a help, particularly in lower light scenarios. However, just like stills, the glass is a primary factor in how good the video will be. I know nothing of the glass the Panasonic's use. Their video cameras use Leica lenses. The lenses on the Nikon are more known to people and the quality can be quite high.

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glennaa11 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Aug 2004Sun 15-Jul-12 02:04 AM
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I don't have any experience with the Panasonics. But I was pleasantly surprised by the V1 for video. It takes a little getting used to the controls. But the weight is good using the kit lenses, not too heavy but not too light makes it relatively easy to hold steady. The autofocus works quite nicely. And I like the gimmick super slomo too.

Just ordered an FT-1 so I am interested to see how well it does with some of my other Nikkors.

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F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005Tue 17-Jul-12 12:10 AM
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I got to check out the V1 today and like it a lot. Amazingly solid for such a small camera, and the best electronic viewfinder I've seen. The J1 is nice too for $250 less, but if I got one of these I would spend the extra for the V1. It will be interested to see what the V2 will offer when the time comes. More megapixels? I get the feeling Nikon kept the number of pixels fairly conservative to give room for more pixels in later updates. But for what the camera is, 10mp is probably all that's needed.

Mike

  

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glennaa11 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Aug 2004Tue 17-Jul-12 06:33 PM
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since it's called the Nikon 1 system I doubt the next camera will be the "V2".

I think the reason it is "only" 10MP is in order to control noise better. Given the small sensor size that allows for bigger photosites.

Not sure what they will do with the next version. Maybe add a popup flash somehow?

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F2AS Registered since 23rd Nov 2005Wed 18-Jul-12 11:42 PM
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Even though it's the Nikon 1 system, my prediction on model numbers is that it will be v1, v2, etc. But I guess we'll have to wait and see on that. I'm anxious to see if they come up with a 3rd version eventually, with more manual controls.

Mike

  

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