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Andrew Somers
Re: Suggestion for a complete DSLR camera package?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 5:44:30 am

I highly suggest Nikon. I wrote a few detailed posts just a week or two ago here:

Regarding the Nikon D7000 (by far the best video-capable dSLR in the under $3000 class, and at $1300, you won;t find a more capable camera):

And regarding a few useful lens choices for the D7000:

If you have more to spend, the Nikon D4 is the best video camera below the Red Scarlet or Epic.

The D4 has superior dynamic range and high ISO performance compared to any camera (still or video) under $10,000. The D4 Body is $6000.

At a more modest $3000, the D800 utterly destroys the Canon 5D and 7D in terms of performance for both video and stills:

See this comparative review at DXOmark, comparing the Nikon D800 vs the Canon 5D Mark II:

Now, as to the Sony FS100 - there is a lot to be said for a dedicated camcorder instead of a dSLR. For $5000 for the body, it looks to be a solid camera - though the D4 exceeds it in terms of ISO and dynamic range.

Both the D4 and the FS100 have full res HDMI outputs (so you don't have to use the built in compression). But both are also 8 bit in terms of video.

Now there is talk that the FS100 will have an upgrade to 10 bit - and THAT would really swing in favor of the FS100. A true 10 bit camera for $5000 ? That would be a real winner.

On the other hand, THIS GUY seems to hate it:

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