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    Should I go from T3i to Sony FDR AX 100 or Sony AX33 to make a short film?
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    I'm planning a short film and need some advice on choosing a camera. There's no budget to hire someone, so I will be handling the camera myself. I have experience with a T3i, which I own.

    However, it seems like a T3i's output will reduce the quality of the final product. For one, it does not auto focus during live video mode. I may be able to show the film in a movie theater, by hiring it for a few hours. So, this may require converting it into DCP and I'm not sure the T3i is up to it, either.

    So, which camera should I opt for. I was looking at Sony FDR AX 33, or Sony AX100. I can afford something in that range but would like something which is not going to be totally obsolete in a short span of time. I would prefer something I can make a micro-budget feature with, later, without having to again worry about upgrading. I have a few lenses to go with the T3i and some other gear. So If I opted for a full frame Canon DSLR like 5D Mii/iii or 6D, maybe I can use those but I keep reading about strobing, rolling shutter and other troubles and managing sound, editing, follow focus, editing, post-production, just about everything seems more convenient with camcorders.

    Also is there anything very important the higher end camcorders have that the lower end ones don't? I was thinking, maybe if it's only about having a high range of zoom or more FPS then I can hire another camera in the future if the new camcorder I buy isn't upto it. So, maybe I can go for a camcorder than costs $1K to $2K now. Is this a sensible move?

    By the way I considered renting but since I will need to hire someone to handle the camera or alternatively take it on rent for a few days to get used to it, it doesn't seem to be feasible. I anticipate at least 10-15 days of shooting.

    Thanks.


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    Look into RX10II at $1,200.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DLD View Post
    Look into RX10II at $1,200.
    Some reviews claim that it has rolling shutter troubles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Theron Cooper View Post
    Some reviews claim that it has rolling shutter troubles.
    Almost every camera in the world has rolling shutter troubles besides a handful. The RX10II and RX100IV are both excellent choices to look into...they have A LOT to offer. (Although the IV doesn't have a mic input which is most likely a problem.)

    You can still make films with your T3i.

    Check this out for some inspiration (T2i): http://www.eoshd.com/2014/05/kendy-t...year-old-dslr/


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    Almost every camera in the world has rolling shutter troubles besides a handful. The RX10II and RX100IV are both excellent choices to look into...they have A LOT to offer. (Although the IV doesn't have a mic input which is most likely a problem.)

    You can still make films with your T3i.

    Check this out for some inspiration (T2i): http://www.eoshd.com/2014/05/kendy-t...year-old-dslr/
    I get it that rolling shutter is quite common. I'm not keen on using the T3i because it will take a lot of time and effort to make this film and if I can't show it in a regular cinema to a select audience it will be a waste. The T3i's footage is not very post-production friendly I have read. It will also look lousy on the big screen given its low bit rate. So I'm considering buying a new camera. I will look into both the cameras you have suggested.
    Last edited by Thomas Theron Cooper; 09-23-2015 at 10:47 PM.


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