Rated 5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5
by Smoothbassman Excellent Camera
I was very excited to get this camcorder. It came just in time for a shoot and I spent the evening learning all of its features and getting things setup for the event in the next few days.
After selecting my quick menu options and hooking up a wireless lapel microphone to the unit I went out to do some shooting and I'm glad I figured out this issue before the main event.
On the on-board mixer, it blends both channels 1 and 2 together when you have it selected as CH1-CH2 and have 2 inputs connected to the device. The instructions state that if you only want channel 1 then select that option, but in reality what is does is give you 2 mono channels (Left - Right). That's exactly what I would need for the event that weekend as I was going to pull down a mix from the house mixer separately from the shotgun microphone using my H4N and blend them in post, but now I can record it straight to the camera on channel 2. The manual needs to be more clear about that. If you unplug channel 2 you indeed get channel 1 sound on both the Left and Right inputs on the track.
As far as video quality goes, this camera ROCKS! White Balance is good after using the spot option, Saturation is true to life, and after turning Automatic Gain Control Off the brightness and color profile of the video looks really nice.
You will need a solid editing machine to playback 1080p @ 60 fps, So make sure your computer is up to the task before purchasing this camera.
So after using it for a few weeks I'm solidly sold on this camera. Its a great go-between professional and consumer camera options. The picture is crisp when the gain stays low, a little grain starts to show itself when its boosted. It's compact and everything feels very solid on the unit. Love the on-board audio mixer, now I can leave my H4N at home.
October 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by USMALE Powerful and simply the best.
As far as electronics go, this is one of the new seven wonders of the world. What an amazing video camera. It is so easy to use and the quality is second to none. The developers did their homework and got this right.
August 29, 2013