A dear friend of mine decided to buy a reflex to shoot videos in a big project between the university, a group of directors and photographers. He's gonna use it in sets with metrical refers and proper light positions, on a tripod or a steadycam, everything in controlled conditions.
His budget is about 1200€, and he has to buy lens also.
I'm a nikon user, and i don't have a camera that shoots videos, and rarely used some models for holyday videos or so.
So i went to see on some reviews and advices found in italy's nikon forum. A lot of people sudgested me the 4/3 Panasonic gh2 modified, because the gh3 is out of budget. i also looked to sony alpha77 and it seems to be only a little bit less good as the panasonic. About nikon, he only found a pair of models of d300s with those money, and it's only 720p. otherwise the D7100 seems to be as good as the alpha77, but i think it's too much expensive (even if he has three nikkor from '70s).
The specs i've seen are a bit strange to me, because i do not really know anything about video and 4/3 systems. the problem is that i hardly believe that a 4/3 model has better quality than most of the DX DSLRs, even better, according to reviews, than some Fullframes as the old 5DmII.
I hope some people here can help me understand how is possible that a 4/3 camera has better video quality than an advanced DSLR.
And also, of course, i'm looking for advices about video quality in general, mostly about canon cameras that seem to be the most quality for money around.