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PostPosted: December 22nd, 2010, 4:46 pm 
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I would like a video camera. I wonder if I upgrading from a D70s to D3100 with video,would work? I'd rather not carry two devices but wonder if this would end up being too much of a compromise. I'm a casual photographer but like quality. My D70s works well for still pics. For the $ would a stand alone video camera be better? Pros and cons?
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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2010, 7:36 am 
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Hi Hugh,
I had the same thoughts , one body to do both video and stills. I have a D90. It does great HD video with a catch. Once you are in LV or live video mode you cannot change the zoom/focus. You have to exit, refocus/zoom and start video mode again.

So, not sure if the 3100 has that issue or not.

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PostPosted: December 24th, 2010, 2:46 pm 
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I've been using my Canon 60D for all my videos. I ended up going with for the same reasons you mentioned...one device to handle both.

My thoughts....it's not a video camera and it has it's limitations. I have messed around with it though and moved around after it's been focused and it seemed to handle the job just fine.

It, like the Nikon is versatile and will accept any of the DSLR lenses available for that body which can be a big plus.

If I we going to be doing a lot of video work I would recommend a stand alone Video camera.....so much easier to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Nikon 3100 for video?
PostPosted: December 26th, 2010, 8:46 am 
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The Panasonic GH2 (due to be released in a few weeks, it may already be out) is supposed to be a very excellent video camera. And it's also about 15% smaller than the Nikon 3100.

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/panasonicdmcgh2/

Here's a sample video from the camera:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAmBpttlrn4

By all means, don't buy something that you can't adjust focus while shooting (who would design such a thing). Definitely a compromise approach from the early days of video SLRs. The GH2 also has great sound capacity, with jack for external mic, and also video mirroring ability (which is important for in studio use). The camera is suppose to break new ground in these things, and the sensor and processor are ALL new. Give it a look above.


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2011, 11:16 am 
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Wow that was shot with a GH2? Very impressive.
Pricing does present a issue for me as to switch to Panasonic with a 14-140 lens is $1500, body only is $947.
Vs the D3100 with a similar lens is $1200 $CA and I have nikon 10-20 W/A lens lens.

Will have to go and see these bad boys!

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 Post subject: Re: Nikon 3100 for video?
PostPosted: April 4th, 2011, 4:40 pm 
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finally checked out the D3100.
Hmm same issue with it as when I bought my D70S vs the D50.
I had forgotten this.
The hand grip is too small. I don't consider my hand to be large but the 3100 just feels small.
Of course being the good guy and consumer :doh: I am, I tried out the D7000. Perfect fit and my old Sigma zoom 18-200mm lens still works with it.
Serious negotiation coming up.......

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