How easy is it to operate?
We’re big fans of Canon’s menu set-up and the EOS-1D C operates exactly like its popular high-end DSLRs such as the 5D. GoPros are famously solid, reliable and easy to use, and the HERO3+ is no different, but the lack of a screen for monitoring is a pain when not using it as a POV action camera.
The HX-A500E has a small monitor on the recorder, which is especially useful because, due to its form factor, we found ourselves uncertain at times if the camera was rotated correctly. The GH4 has a real trump card in the form of its electronic viewfinder (EVF) which, unusually, can be used while recording video. Though the controls can be a little fiddly on both it and the FZ1000, the fold-out screen is very good.
However, the winner is the Sony FDR-AX100E. Everything is exactly where you’d expect it to be. The flipout screen has a lovely crisp display and autofocus is excellent. Image stabilisation works well and, like the two Lumix cameras, the inexpensive SDXC memory cards are a blessing on your wallet.
Post production was carried out in trusty Adobe Premiere.