Using a point and shoot camera as a video camera

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Recently I brought a good quality point and shoot camera which has the same
    sized body as a dSLR camera (Sony HX200V).
    There are the pros and cons compared to my video camera (Sony CX700)

    I have a 30x zoom
    I can take photos (with a range of setting) as will as videos.
    I have manual zoom as well as power zoom
    I have manual focus (rotating the camera lens)
    The stabilizer is better (at lease it is for the HX200v)
    Bigger LCD screen.
    In auto setting the camera will choose from a range of settings
    automatically such as switching to macro if I have an object very close to
    the lens.
    I have some scene settings to choose as soft snap, night scene, beach,
    snow, high sensitivity, landscape.

    I have trouble in finding the start/stop video button (so have to keep my
    finger close to it.
    No 5.1 sound but I can record in stereo.
    Some options missing such as using a pattern for exposure adjustment and
    using a colur outline for focusing.
    Can't rotate the screen so I can see it when the camera is pointing at me.
    Not as good a balance for holding as the video camera was, but the weight
    or the camera helps.
    Single speed zoom.
    Heavier weight than my video camera.
    Limited to recording to SDHC cards.
    No infra red
    No low lux setting (but have no tried to record in low light yet).
    In the video camera mode I can't take snap shots while recording video, but
    the lcd screen is set to 16:9 viewing.
    In the still image mode set for 4:3 ratio photo when ever I press the video
    button to record a video the screen changed to 16:9 so I can't frame the
    photo before I start recording but I can still take snap shots while
    recording video. There is a setting to take 16:9 photos but the max
    resolution is 13 mp and not the highest of 18 mp.

    On playback of the video taken with my still photo camera set to take
    videos at video rate of AVCHD 17 megs 1920 x 1080 the results were good and
    I couldn't see any problems. I used a 40 inch lcd TV to view the results.

    What camera I use for video will depend on what the subject is that I want
    to record.
    In this case it was kite flying day so the 30x zoom came in useful for
    zooming in close to the kites in the sky and the stabilizer helped keep the
    kites in the cameras view. There was very little movement for the kites in
    the sky, however tracking a moving object at 30x such as a plane in the sky
    does have problems in keeping the object centered in the cameras viewfinder
    when holding the camera to my eye. I suspect I may have the same problem
    when using the lcd screen.

    On a bright sunny day at a place such as the bench the eye view finder was
    used all the time as there is too much bright light for the lcd screen. I
    could increase the brightness of the screen but detail can be washed out
    and it reduces the length of my battery.
    Setting the camera to the beach setting while recording video helped to
    deepen the blue colour of the sky which can get a bit washed out. It also
    helped in not reducing the exposure for the bright sky so the kites did not
    seem too dark against the sky.

    Comments are welcome.
    Brian, Jan 30, 2013
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    HerHusband Guest

    It's not as high-end as your HX200V, but I have a Panasonic DMC-TS3 point and
    shoot camera that I sometimes use for video.

    Whenever possible, I still prefer to use my Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorder. It
    has better zoom, does better in low light, and generally better picture
    quality overall. Also, the flip out screen helps me stabilize it better when
    filming. It is made for video, and just works better for that task.

    That said, there are many times the TS3 digicam is more convenient. Since it
    is waterproof, it is my obvious choice anytime I'm filming underwater, out in
    the rain, or in conditions it is likely to get wet (such as down by the water
    at the beach). I also use it when I need something that can take a little
    more abuse, such as filming while jet skiing or zip lining. When we rode the
    jet ski's last year, the TS3 was soaked by water spray and smacked against
    the jet ski multiple times when hitting waves. It survived with no problems.
    My TM700 camcorder would never work in those situations.

    The less expensive TS3 is also my choice when there's a chance I might drop
    the camera and lose it (such as riding the jet ski). It would be easier to
    replace the TS3 than my TM700 camcorder.

    There are also times I don't feel like lugging my TM700 and the associated
    monopod and accessories I usually take with me. I can stick the TS3 in my
    coat pocket and go. It's handy for less critical situations.

    I wouldn't replace my TM700 with the TS3, but for many situations I still go
    with the TS3 for video. It's nice to have both...

    Anthony Watson
    Mountain Software
    HerHusband, Jan 30, 2013
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks for your comments.

    If there is an important subject/event I want to record I take my pocket
    sized camera (Sony WX7) in addition to my video camera. The small camera
    which can record HQ video is useful as a backup if my video camera has a
    fault at the time I'm using it.
    Brian, Jan 31, 2013
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