We have discussed many options to consider when shopping for cameras for action video. So today I will begin a summary of the most important things mto keep in mind when browsing for yours.
Most digital cameras you buy today offer some movie capture options, and many have some form of HD mode. The quality of a digital camera will not match that of the best camcorders, and movie specific controls will not be as plentiful either. Although great for clips, you may find that your digital camera is not the best choice for serious videography. So a camcorder may still be your best choice.
I know that I have mentioned this many times before, but it applies in every case when making a purchase of photography equipment. First, consider how you expect to use this camera the most. Are you willing to give up movie specific controls in exchange for owning and using one camera for all your photography needs? Is the quality of your movies more important than price and convenience? Is the larger sensor available in a good video capable SLR more important to you?
A big sensor in a good video capable SLR allows Hollywood-style focus effects and excellent image quality, even in low light. The versatility offered by the huge range of lenses, opens up a new world of creative possibilities. But it should be capable of a frame rate close to the minimum 25 fps required for smooth action video.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!