Modern Digital Cameras
Most digital cameras you buy today offer movie capture, and many have some form of HD mode. The quality will not match the best camcorders, and movie specific controls will not be plentiful either. Although great for clips, these may not be enough for the serious videographer.
Video Capable SLRs
While relatively new, video capable SLRs are already making the scene with amateur videographers and serious movie makers, alike. A big sensor is the main reason for this, which allows Hollywood-style focus effects and excellent image quality, even in low light. There is also the versatility offered by the huge range of lenses (from fisheyes to extreme telephotos), opening up a new world of creative possibilities.
Keep in mind that smooth action video needs to be shot at 25 or 30 frames per second. Current DSLR cameras simply can’t flip the mirror up and down that fast. To work around this issue, the newest generation of cameras either keep their mirrors up and capture video in a live-stream from the sensor, or eliminate the mirror entirely.
We’ll take a look at camcorders in the next segment and delve into the advantages and disadvantages of each in future segments. Until next time, Happy Shuttering!