Vixia R800 vs PowerShot SX60

Tomcat45

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Hello, I've been comparing two very different cameras - the Canon Vixia R800 camcorder and the Canon PowerShot SX60.
I'm a first time buyer and want to do outdoor vlogging and short YouTube videos, not at all interested in pictures. Would the video quality on the SX60 be much better than the R800, or would they be about the same.
I do like the zooming ability they both have.
Thanks
 

kenrivers

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The thing to remember is that even the best equipment doesn't make for great video. The person behind the camera is the most critical factor in making great content. The equipment is just a means to that end. Find what you like and learn it well. What some fail to do is to take the time to learn the equipment. With enough practice you will know what it can and can't do and what you need to look for in your next camcorder or camera. Since you are just starting to learn about videography I suggest you not get the most expensive equipment, which you have wisely chosen not to do, and learn as much as possible and then go for something that better suits your needs.
 

kenrivers

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Will you be recording anything longer than 29 minutes 59 seconds? I ask because that is the longest time you can record continuously with the Canon SX60. According to the specs the SX60 records 1920 x 1080i (i=interlaced) where as the R800 records 1920 x 1080p (p=progressive).
Personally, I would go with the R800 if I were interested in video only.
There are trade-offs either way you go. If you can find samples of video shot with both that may help you make a decision.



 

Tomcat45

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Thanks kenriverss for taking the time to answer. I don't know that I would record past 30 minutes ... but it's a nice feature. The R800 looks portable, easy to carry, and simple... again nice features. I just get lost sometimes with YouTuber's recommending higher priced cameras for higher quality videos. Like you said - there are trade offs either way.
Thanks again.
 

kenrivers

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The thing to remember is that even the best equipment doesn't make for great video. The person behind the camera is the most critical factor in making great content. The equipment is just a means to that end. Find what you like and learn it well. What some fail to do is to take the time to learn the equipment. With enough practice you will know what it can and can't do and what you need to look for in your next camcorder or camera. Since you are just starting to learn about videography I suggest you not get the most expensive equipment, which you have wisely chosen not to do, and learn as much as possible and then go for something that better suits your needs.
 

Tomcat45

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kenrivers: I just purchased the Vixia R800... it's charging right now:)
The journey to find a camera is over .. the journey to master a camera has begun. Thanks once again.
 
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