Video Shooting

Testing DSLRs to Shoot Video

A lot continues to be stated concerning the benefits and outstanding display quality of utilizing among the new large image nick DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic yet others that people made the decision to perform a test. It’s unquestionable the large image chips these cameras incorporate have elevated the caliber of the look created to an amount which was ony achievable with a lot more costly camcorders previously. So with this thought individuals are appearing in the media and purchasing what exactly are basically still cameras with videos features (DSLRs). However frequently other factors are overlooked. For instance, there are lots of comments concerning the wonderful look that the limited depth of field the big image sensors can offer. Depth of field may be the area before and in the rear of the topic you’re concentrating on that’s in focus.

If perhaps the topic is within focus, this small depth of field provides a look much like what film continues to be supplying forever. Depth of field is affected by the telephoto setting from the lens as well as the aperture set along with the size the look sensing nick. The bigger the nick, the greater telephoto and also the more open the aperture, the less depth of field and also the more areas in-front and behind a focused subject is going to be blurred/out-of-focus. This can actually look great but could it be simple for the normal run and gun type shooting that people as videographers do mostly. The reply is it depends.

To supply some experience and documentation on making use of a DSLR to shoot an average event video production in Vegas where we’ve our studio, we did an evaluation shoot having a Canon DSLR, a Panasonic GH1 DSLR and to supply a baseline for shooting video, Panasonic HMC 150 Camcorders


Beautiful display quality when things are perfect but challenging use for run and gun shooting. In low light the depth of field is really limited with any type of a telephoto shot and wide aperture that you could concentrate on a nose along with a brow has run out of focus. Since the Canon includes a mirror you cannot make use of the eyecup viewfinder when shooting video you should utilize the Vast screen. In vibrant light the Vast screen is useless and for those who need studying glasses you have to hold it at arms length making holding it steady very hard. It does not permit you to autofocus on the moving target and since it is hard to see within the LCD viewfinder, difficult to retain in focus. These are the reasons you have to buy costly support systems and LCD viewfinder accessories to obtain extra simplicity of use. Color balancing was cumbersome. Main point here, tough to use for not static well lit shots. Audio also requires extra equipment like a dvr that you could plug exterior mics into. If you’re accustomed to getting smooth zooms inside your shots, a DSLR needs a little bit of practice or extra optional equipment because there’s no servo control. The 12 minute limit included in Canon DSLRs is not a problem to all of us however for lengthy form continuous recording, it’s a issue. Canon lenses are costly and individuals having a large zoom range are extremely slow and enormous. If you would like better faster lenses it will get VERY costly. It is advisable to rent lenses for those who have a large job that requires them since you could easilly spend $10-$20K on lenses alone. We’d make use of this later on for static or moving on a single plane eco-friendly screen and product video.


The image quality was excellent. This had lots of advantages within the Canons. Since the sensor continues to be large, much bigger than 1/3 inch camcorder chips but smaller sized compared to Canons, it’s excellent display quality having a more functional depth of field range which makes it more functional for moving subjects. Since it does not possess a mirror, you should use the eyecup viewfinder while shooting video. It has a diopter adjustment so for those who need studying glasses it’s perfect even though upon your brow provides more stability. Additionally, it comes with an autofocus which though sometimes does some hunting, is functional together having the ability to edit focus by pressing the shutter 1/2 way plus the opportunity to also focus by hand. There’s virtually no time limit on the amount of time you are able to record a clip. You’re only restricted to how big the SDHC stick as well as your battery. I would suggest there are several batteries. The 14-140 lense we used was sufficient but very slow (3.5 to five.6 maximum aperture according to wide position/telephoto setting). I’d express it does not rival the greater Canon lenses however the actual shot video clip guality compared was better due to the simplicity and the opportunity to get effective well focused video. Audio once again requires separate equipment because although the onboard mic is decent, it cannot rival a go gun or wireless setup. What’s great is it provides you with charge of audio levels easily. Altering color balance was really quite simple with one button, an immediate selection of presets and the opportunity to by hand white-colored balance. Due to our knowledge about this camera we bought the most recent version GH2 which we’re still learning the characteristics of.

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