Having video capabilities on your DSLR is great. However, if you have ever tried to shoot video with just a basic DSLR you will know that it is not that easy. DSLR’s were designed to take still pictures so the ergonomics and manual controls are not positioned right for shooting video. Add to that the problem of keeping a DSLR steady and all you might end up with is really high quality shaky video. To overcome these problems companies like Zacuto, Red Rock and others have designed DSLR video rigs that turn your DSLR into a video shooting monster with rails, follow focus, external screens, mics, and stabilization rigs. All all of this stuff is not cheap! So if you think you can go out and buy a cheap video capable DSLR to shoot the next block buster feature film, think again. Well maybe things aren’t that bad, check this out… (more…)
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Nikon have announced a new camera that is going to be a serious contender in the DSLR video market. The camera is called the D7000, it has 16.2 MP DX format sensor, high ISO (100-6400) extendable up to 25600, 100% viewfinder, twin SD slots and tones more features. The D7000′s video capabilities also impress. Its D-Movie mode allows for full HD (1920×1080) recording, it has a dedicated record button, auto focus, and a jack for an external mic. (more…)
The new iPhone 4 is an impressive piece of hardware. First I was going to buy one. Then I decided not to. Then I was, then I heard about reception problems and fragility issues. And finally I saw this video and decided that not only do I want one but I now need one! (more…)
Hi all, I shot some video a while back with our new Canon Legria HFS10 Camcorders and have not had a chance to do anything with it until now. I brushed up on my Final Cut skills and did a quick edit of the footage I got.
Check out Vincent Laforet’s blog post about the new Canon 1D MKIV. The Canon 1D MARK IV has up to 12,800 ISO for video and 102,400 for still. This Camera can practically shoot in the dark…..
Check out Vincent’s Nocturne video and full blog post at: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2009/10/19/lights-out-camera-action/
Nikon’s top of the range pro D3 camera body has just had an upgrade. The D3S has a number of new features such as a new sensor with even more high quality low light capabilities. Probably the most interesting thing about Nikon’s newest pro body is the fact that it now supports 720p video. Bit disappointing that they didn’t go all the way to 1080p. Although using a DSLR as a video camera is not as simple and as using a camcorder, if you can get it right, the results are amazing. As I have written before, we are fast approaching a time when all DSLR’s will support video. This will be a challenging time for videographers and photographers alike as each skill set blends into one.
Some of Nikon’s promo sample videos taken with the D3S have already hit the web, take a look: