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10-24-2009 07:26 PM  8 years agoPost 1
coolice

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Hey All,

As per the titl,e I'm on the look out for a decent high defination video camera, but it has to have a decent, fast reacting auto focus. Reason being as well as taking video of my child when they are born, I would also like to use it for shooting my flying videos and one of the main problems is auto focus.

As most of you will probably already have experienced while trying to video an RC model heli dancing all over the sky, some cameras really struggle to keep the model in focus.
Ok, the professional level cameras are the way to go most likely but I am sure there are some slightly cheaper and smaller hand held units that can turn in good results.

Any ideas or even experiences with a particular video camera? Also any videos of what you have shot with X camera to view as an example.

Thanks.
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Ian Contessa
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10-25-2009 12:59 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Leif

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The best bet is to avoid auto-focus entirely.

The best way to video models in flight is to put the camera in manual focus mode (if you are lucky enough to have such a feature), zoom in as far as you are planning to zoom and set the focus there. Then when you zoom out it is still in good focus and you get to shoot the whole video without the camera going out of focus.

Same goes for auto iris/shutter. Best to avoid when you're chasing something around.

Leif

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10-25-2009 01:03 PM  8 years agoPost 3
coolice

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Hi Leif,

Ah thats different, thanks for the tip matey.
My father is into his video'ing and so we have tried chasing models around with avergae results, I'll have to get him to try this trick now.

Thanks.
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