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I need a new video cam - any suggestions?
I'm doing more videography of late, what with YouTube vids and virtual performances. I have a rather nice Sony video cam - except it now shoots dark, grainy, out of focus video. I don't know if it deteriorated, or was always that way, but it sucks.
I recorded a virtual performance yesterday, and as I haven't been too thrilled with the Sony of late, I set both the Sony up, as well as a Polaroid "action cam" that I have. Thank Goddess I did, the results were about what I expected. The Sony's video was horrid, the action cam's was pretty darn good - and had slightly better sound to boot!
Of course, neither was optimal; the action cam - being what it is - gave me a nice fish eye effect, which I was able to partially mitigate in post production. OTOH, the Sony really isn't wide enough for the videography I seem to be doing these days, I practically had to put it in the business next door to be able to get a large enough field of view! It didn't help that I was slightly over 8 feet tall with that candelabra balanced on my head - what if I'd been in heels? Although I managed to get the Sony back far enough, its video was so horrid, that I went with the action cam's.
Therefore - I need a new video camera. It needs to have a fairly wide angle lens, no fisheye and preferably with minimal rectilinear distortion. Telephoto is of little concern - I need W-I-D-E! Good low light capability is always a plus. Image stabilization isn't such a requirement, as I mainly shoot from a tripod anyway, but it wouldn't hurt. I would prefer one with both a viewfinder as well as a screen - but if push comes to shove, I'd take the viewfinder over the screen "by a nose". Physical size isn't a concern, good audio is. Yesterday's video had music playing as well as my playing finger cymbals. Finger cymbals can be problematic to mic - although both cameras did well yesterday, the action cam slightly better. What often happens is either you can't hear the cymbals, or they overload the mic and you can hear the music!
There's 50 million of them out there, any recommendations?
Oh, and good closeup focusing would be great too - doesn't have to be "super macro", but a foot or so would be wonderful - I've made a few gun vids as well!
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