Most of the top videographers here in Hawaii are using DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D, which also have huge sensors and interchangeable lenses . They produce a beautiful and classy picture, but with one major setback: their recording time is limited to about 20 minutes (depending on the ambient temperature). Since DSLRs are cameras first, and camcorders second, it changes everything about how your wedding is filmed and edited-and ultimately the quality of your video.
If you haven't noticed in your research for a wedding videographer, most of these companies only offer a "short form" edit to their bride and grooms. This means a 20-40 minute final product for 8 hours of filming! Of course, the short form has become a popular editing style, but it shouldn't be used to cover gaps in time as they wait for their cameras to cool between shots. It should be a style that the bride and groom choses, not what they're forced into because of the equipment used. Conversely, everyone else is using broadcast camcorders with fixed lenses and broad depth of field. These cameras are great for the evening news, but dry and boring for a wedding. I hope you would expect a video that is picturesque, not dry and void of vibrant color!
Personally, I wouldn't want to worry if my videographer's camera is going overheat and miss a special moment. To me, it's too risky and prevents shooting longer and continuous segments. Hence, the short and truncated editing style has become more prevalent since the popularity of the DLSR.
Don't get me wrong, the look of the Canaon 5d is unmatched! But don't let that distract you from the bigger picture! There are more viable alternatives than using the wrong tool for the job.
Thankfully, Sony saw the opportunity to fill the gap by building a camcorder with a large sensor and interchangeable lens. In case you don't know, camcorders don't have a record limit beyond the life of the battery (unless your plugged in) and the memory card (which now can hold up to 8 hours of HD video). We saw this as the perfect opportunity shoot in DSLR quality, with no time limits, and lenses that create beautiful close-up shots of the bride and groom, and just as well from across a large banquet hall with the switch of a lens. This makes us one of the most versatile wedding videographers on the islands, able to shoot in any setting, at any length, without making unnecessary sacrifices to the final edit- which is what really matters in the end.