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Old 23rd May 2011
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Digital Camera + HD Video

As you know, I really want an E-5 but am considering a major compromise. An E 620 or E 30 for proper photos + one of these hybrids?
Can anyone recommend ( or sell to me ) such a thingy?
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

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As you know, I really want an E-5 but am considering a major compromise. An E 620 or E 30 for proper photos + one of these hybrids?
Can anyone recommend ( or sell to me ) such a thingy?
Thanks
Graham
Image quality is pretty much identical with the same lens on the E-620 and E-30. The E-30 has more focus points and has faster shot-shot shooting, a faster top shutter speed, plus the digital level, and is more balanced with bigger lenses. But the E-620 is very good in its own right and can boast a unique feature of its own - illuminated controls for use in low light or at night

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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

Do any of those mentioned capture HD video?

I think not but could be mistaken.

In fact do any of the E-System cameras shoot video??

Or do you want two cameras?
I'd grab Kenz's E620 for 350 posted if I were you, then go looking for a hybrid for movies.

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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

I am still negotiating with Kenz re E620.
I would still like to know about the camera/HD video hybrids. Has anyone any experience of them, not necessarily Oly.
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Do any of those mentioned capture HD video?

I think not but could be mistaken.

In fact do any of the E-System cameras shoot video??

Or do you want two cameras?
I'd grab Kenz's E620 for 350 posted if I were you, then go looking for a hybrid for movies.

Only the E-5.

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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

Not the Rolls Royce but a Mini. not even a DSLR, just a good camera with HD movie function. Help please?
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

You might be interested in the XZ-1? Not that I am selling one though...
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

Depending on the lenses you have, have you considered a more radical "sideways" step to the Panasonic GH-2, giving you what you need in one body?

full auto compatability with the Olympus 14-42mm and 40-150mm and 70-300mm (from trying them out in the shop).

I use these lenses on a hackable GH-1 which would be even cheaper in a body if you can find one.

Apparently other Olympus lenses like the 14-54 Mk 2 work well on these bodies too.

Might be worth a trip to http://fourthirds-user.com to explore this option or perhaps other members with hands on experience can give their thoughts?

NB - one drawback would be the lack of IS if this is important to you (I can generally work around this for stills).

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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

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Depending on the lenses you have, have you considered a more radical "sideways" step to the Panasonic GH-2, giving you what you need in one body?

full auto compatability with the Olympus 14-42mm and 40-150mm and 70-300mm (from trying them out in the shop).

I use these lenses on a hackable GH-1 which would be even cheaper in a body if you can find one.

Apparently other Olympus lenses like the 14-54 Mk 2 work well on these bodies too.

Might be worth a trip to http://fourthirds-user.com to explore this option or perhaps other members with hands on experience can give their thoughts?

NB - one drawback would be the lack of IS if this is important to you (I can generally work around this for stills).

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Thanks Sid,
Some great info there.
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

Graham,

just thought I'd clarify a couple of points.

The GH-2 seems a a much better specced camera; I only mention the GH-1 as it's cheaper if cost is a factor and I've got it in my hands and find it fine for the casual family use to which I put it's video capabilities.

The Olympus 4/3rd's lenses would obviously need a micro 4/3rd's adaptor to fit on the GH-1/GH-2.

Hackable GH-1 - read the article here :- http://luminous-landscape.com/review...GH1-hack.shtml

Panasonic did an update to the firmware on the GH-1 on later bodies (version 1.34 isn't hackable); they aren't all hackable - if you wanted to go this route you'd need to make sure you got the correct firmware version.

There are three excellent reviews covering various aspects of the GH-2 on the Luminous Landscape website if you want to read further.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...rst_look.shtml
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...evisited.shtml
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...revealed.shtml

Finally, the newly announced Panasonic G3 will also do full HD video, so might be worth a look (if you can find one in the shops) http://www.parkcameras.com/19569/Pan...nly-Black.html
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

I am a total novice.
Can you send me your Email address to continue this topic?. Mine is grahamgrobinson@aol.com

Thanks again
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

Graham,
happy to discuss via PM but not email. Have PM'd you to get the ball rolling.

Also i've just realised the forum area we're posting this in!! You'll probably get a larger response to your questions if you post this in the micro 4/rds or Lounge sections.

StephenL for instance is a GH-2 owner.

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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

if you don't need full 1080p hd the field opens up considerably, a lot of cameras shoot 720p hd video. my Panasonic LX3 shoots quite good 720p video
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if you don't need full 1080p hd the field opens up considerably, a lot of cameras shoot 720p hd video. my Panasonic LX3 shoots quite good 720p video
Thanks for that. Will my existing Zuiko DSLR lenses work OK with the LX3?
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Re: Digital Camera + HD Video

no, the lx3 is not an interchangeable lens camera but all of the micro 4/3rds cameras that shoot video, oly e-p2, e-pl1 and panasonic gf1, gf2, etc all will accept your existing 4/3rds lenses with an adaptor.
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