Just looking for some advice on a small camera setup for shooting action. What I would like:
• Small camera that I can put in a coat pocket or very small camera bag
• The best image quality I can get for the small form factor
• Very speedy autofocus and frame rate
• Good video quality with continuous autofocus
• Ideally a viewfinder
My objective is to have something on me that is better than my smartphone so I can take good video and action shots of my daughter. We are expecting and I know how hard it is to get out the door with just one toddler + all the required gear. If I have my DSLR gear and no diaper bag the wife is not happy
. I’d love to be able to shoot animals/birds/etc., but I would probably need an ILC and another lens which = cost and my wife will kill me.
Here is what I have/tried:
Canon S100 – not bad, but too slow and I don’t care for the shooting experience (no view finder, small, but not great for holding). Also video is pretty poor and I wouldn’t mind better IQ. But it is nice and small...
EOS M – I did update the firmware but I still considered it to be too slow to lock focus and it hunted too much in video. It really hurt selling this as I did enjoy it and it was a huge bang for the buck, but I sold a bunch of stuff to get the 70d and this made the list. I’ve been wanting Canon to come out with something like the Sony a6000 in the EOS-M line but it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen.
Canon 70d – technically my wife’s, but I probably use it more than she does. I should probably figure out some sort of external mic for it as the lens is too noisy and the sound quality is bad. Basically I’d like something smaller than this with the same features.
Canon 6d – my favorite camera ever and what I shoot most often with. The problem is no continuous autofocus in video and obviously the autofocus system and frame rate does not lend itself to action/wildlife shots. I love the IQ and low-light performance, though, and I am really used to it, except the stupid zoom which is different than the other cameras I've had (7D, 5D Mark II, and now 70D).
I’ve been thinking about the new Sony RX100 III or RX10 but they are really pricy for me. I typically buy used or refurbished to cut cost as this is just a hobby. I also loved the idea of the EOS M so I could use my existing lenses, but it just didn’t work out for me.
So any other recommendations? Do you think Canon will be introducing something to compete with Sony’s offerings? I can certainly wait as I have cameras I can shoot with – really in the surveying the marketplace/research phase right now (and I'll need the time and persistence to convince my wife that this is something we absolutely need and I don't know how we can continue without it.)
Thanks for reading this long post!