Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Would you shoot video on a DSLR ?

‘It just sounds weird to shoot videos with DSLR camera, don’t you think?’
the possibilities of shooting video through a DSLR are interesting. It would not be limited to shooting through a tiny 3x optical zoom than most point and shoots come with - you could fit any lens you like. Wide angle, macro, fisheye, super telephoto zoom…. While the quality will be undoubtably lower than a purpose built HD video camera -The ability to record High Def with a range of lenses and improved low light range is absolutely ground breaking.Let’s face it, it’s not going to replace any of our video cameras. It’s just handy when you need it in a pinch!

Some of the advantages of the DSLR video format are:

Full Frame 35mm Sensors create a shallower Depth of Field
High quality and relatively inexpensive lenses
Integral “film look”
Some of the disadvantages are:

Limited record times
Poor audio capability
Limited video controls
Lens zoom and focus not designed for motion pictures, only stills

While still very much in their infancy, I expect that DSLR’s will make great strides in the near future in terms of video capabilities, and will be viable digital cinema cameras after a few versions.

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