- spend less than $1500,
- Have 10x to 15x including the "extended tele in video mode", stabilized, auto focus zoom,
- Have a viewfinder that works when shooting video,
- Stay under 3 lbs, and small enough to carry around neck on vacations,
- Shoot crystal clear HD in bright sun with no blocking, and see every feather, every hair?
My current camera is a Panasonic ZS3 (10x, 720p) and the best bird video I have done is
I read the whole "Secrets of Digital Bird Photography" word for word, and understand if I was going for stills, I would want a large sensor, raw format, micro-adjust phase focus, and a prime 400mm f/"fast as remaining money in checking account.", BUT I want that quality in my HD video.
I first considered the new Panasonic FZ200. The f/2.8 25-600mm eq. with raw capability is intriguing, but the video footage seems soft, not $600 better than my ZS3.
Then I started considering the new Panasonic G5
- with the kit 14-42m (extended manual zoom for video 28-655mm eq) at $800 and add the 45-200mm f/4-5.6 at $250
- or perhaps the kit 14-42mm and add the 100-300mm f/4-5.6 at $500 (extended manual zoom for video from 200mm-3000mm?)
- or body only $699 and add the 14-140mm f/4-5.8 (extended manual zoom for video from 28-1344mm) at $620
- or the kit 14-42 at $800 and try to find a compatible non-panny image stabilized, fast 200 prime around $500
I also considered the new Canon T4i and the Canon 60D, but they seem "more for stills" to me. Am I missing something?
(Why isn't there a "raw" 1080p mirrorless camera with a 1080p view finder that could be sharpened in post on my iMac? I would like to be able to pause my 1080p video at every frame and see a sharp image.)
Sometimes I think I should just get a hoodman loupe for my little ZS3, because the quality I want in video mode is only available at $5K and up.
Ideas for me?