How easy is it to op­er­ate?

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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.

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