Shooting Video with DSLRs

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As the video indicates, shooting video with DSLRs is on the rise. In fact, "the House (great show, btw) season finale was shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II."

I'm very much an amateur as these things are concerned, but I was thinking about this with respect to Karen's thoughts on choosing a digital camcorder. Specifically, I've wondered how suitable it would be to use a DSLR to both record video and capture stills for ethnographic work.

With my limited knowledge, this seems very attractive to me, especially after getting a 50mm lens has changed my life, but the video does point to some very important caveats.

DSLR Video.jpg

Via Digital Photography School.


I think they're a good option for many. SLRs-in-Video aren't as user friendly as your average handycam, so they're definitely for more advanced users.

The microphones on most SLRs are pitiful -- even worse than the built-in ones on handycams -- so you'll definitely want to go with a good outboard sound option, such as using a field recorder and boom mike.


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