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I am looking for a more consumer level camera for skiing filming. I do racing and wanted to use video for my training. I was looking at the Canon M41 which looks pretty good although I am not thrilled with the 10X lens. Any thoughts or suggestions of alternatives?

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I am looking for a more consumer level camera for skiing filming. I do racing and wanted to use video for my training. I was looking at the Canon M41 which looks pretty good although I am not thrilled with the 10X lens. Any thoughts or suggestions of alternatives?



I really like having a dual-purpose camera.  I use a Canon T2i, which is a digital SLR, but also takes incredible HD video.  In fact, I think a digital SLR takes better HD video than most video-specific cameras, simply because of the better lens used in a DSLR.  With a camera like the T2i, you can take both incredible video and great still shots.  I combine that with a ContourGPS helmet cam, and you can get all the footage you can handle from a day on the slopes. 

 

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Thanks, I'll look a bit more at SLRs. In my search I have moved off the Canon M41 and the current best contender for a video camera is the Panasonic TM 90. With your Canon T2i, how is the image stabilization? I am also guessing that serious magnification requires long lenses which I know from my film SLRs, can get seriously expensive.

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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

Thanks, I'll look a bit more at SLRs. In my search I have moved off the Canon M41 and the current best contender for a video camera is the Panasonic TM 90. With your Canon T2i, how is the image stabilization? I am also guessing that serious magnification requires long lenses which I know from my film SLRs, can get seriously expensive.



Image stabilization on the T2i is actually really good, and on-par with most high-end video cameras.  As for the lenses, that is part of the reason why I love the DSLR option.  Many video-specific cameras give you mega-zoom capability, but the high level of zoom is acheived digitally, not optically.  With the DSLR lenses, you are always acheiving optical zoom, and not degrading the image quality in any way.  My T2i came standard with an 18-55mm lens, which gives you a reasonable amount of zoom, but you can get a 250mm lens with Optical Image Stabilization for about $250-300, and it's worth every penny. 

 

As an FYI, many of the companies that produce ski movies use DSLR's for their production.  One for the Road by TGR was filmed partially with a Canon DSLR. 

 

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I have a canon hv40 and its a really nice size and good quality for around $600.  Only downside is it shoots on to tapes but that is much better then to a hard drive for cold weather.

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I agree with Clax about DSLRs,   I was impressed with the Nikon Coolpix 120 after seeing this posting over at a snowboard forum:  http://www.snowboardingforum.com/photography-video-other-media/45003-first-edit.html    If that camera is that crisp with such crappy light, it has to be wonderful with some Sun.  (I am a Canon person, with four of them, but this seems to make damn nice video for a little over $200)

 

And avoid giving money to the flytrap that is Brooklyn. I don't know if it's the Russian mob or religious fanatics, but there are some soulless vultures that will lure you into getting a 'great deal' on a high end camera and you end up with bleeding hemroids.  When the Canon 7D came out, I almost saved about $600 on one.  Luckily, I did not. 

 

Jim

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The panasonic hs900 with a polarized uv filter should do you great! especially at 60fps

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