Hi Phillip. I would like your advice opinion on a camcorder for doing weddings. I am a 68 year old man Living in the Rep of Ireland and I
have being doing weddings now and again as a hobby. I am retired and
in remission from cancer and i have a Sony PMW 350 Camcorder with a
Canon J22x lens (SD Lens) but i am beginning to find it too heavy and
awkward and i would like to get something light and small with good
low light facilities for indoor shooting with xlr connections.
I don’t want to invest a lot of money for one. Maybe less than 5k. I also edit
video with Adobe Premiere 2015 and windows 7 and a Matrox Mxo2 Mini
Box. I dont really want to upgrade to windows 10 as i can view footage
on tv with the matrox box and i dont think it would be possible with
windows 10 as the box is not compatible with windows 10. I have a
radio Microphone that that i stand in front of the speaker in the
church and have a reciever on the back of the camcorder that connects
into the xlr. Is it possible to get something that would record the
sound and not be out of sync with the video.
Sorry for all the questions but would greatly appreciate your advice,
help. I have seen some videographers with a small stills looking
camera recording (e.g Sony or Canon) and wonder how they record sound?
HDW : I know how you feel I am convinced my Sony PMW 350 was the cause of my nerve pain down my right arm about 10 years ago. Anyone got good advice for this chap especially a good small camcorder that’s good in low light would be appreciated.
The biggest problem is no one has kept up with low light performance since the Sony EX3, if you are looking for a smaller camcorder with excellent focusing and XLR plus HD filming look no further than the new Sony FX6.
At 890g body only this would not only give you great HD pictures but all the professional sound connectors you have been used to. With a 1″ sensor low light will be a thing of the past and you also get a servo zoom. I am hoping someone will be able to comment if the MPEG 4 files are compatible with your older computer setup.
Another camera one of my readership recommends is the Panasonic AG-CX350 for light weight, a 20x servo zoom lens plus XLR inputs.
The only problems with “stills” cameras are lack of servo zoom and cumbersome heavy lenses and the sound tends to recorded via 3.5mm jack input though some cameras can use dedicated XLR units like the Panasonic S5.