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Old Dec 17, 2009, 1:47 AM   #1
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I want to buy the camera is primarily used for shooting video, that is, even if the film is very much the kind of thing, to maximum focal length, the film is also very clear that out, but do not single-lens reflex, and what kind of camera should I buy it ? ? ?
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 6:34 AM   #2
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If your primary use is to shoot video, get a camcorder. It will do a better job shooting video than a P&S or dSLR will. And some camcorders can capture stills of reasonably good quality.
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I agree with TCav 100%-

A camcorder is specifically designed for video. It can beat any video capture made with a digital still camera. However, you must be very selective in choosing a high quality camcorder.

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That used to be the case, but it's really not so clear-cut anymore.

It's still probably good advice in general, but for specialist needs the large-format sensors of cameras like the Panasonic GH1, Canon 7D, Canon 5DMkII, etc can produce effects that video cameras cannot.

Specifically if you want the kind of depth-of-field control that is usually only associated with 35mm cinema then the large sensor cameras are capable of producing amazing effects.

For example:

http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/control...articleID=2326

That video could not previously be produced using any equipment that cost less than $50,000 - now available for under $10,000 with a 5DMk2 and the appropriate lenses and steadycam rig and sound recording equipment.

Add a Mac with Final Cut Pro and a good script and it's possible to produce cinema-quality material. That doesn't mean many people will do it because it's hard to do, but the budget requirements just came down a LOT.
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Ok, but most videos recorded by dSLRs are limited in length because the image sensor heats up, and lenses that are good for video aren't very good for shooting stills, and vice versa. (Since the resolution of video is a lot less than for stills, you can get away with using lenses of lower quality.)
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As someone who does shoot quite a bit of video with a dSLR I would say that things are generally easier with a designated video camera until you want creative shots. dSLRs using CMOS sensors also suffer with rolling shutter when panning which isn't ideal. If I was shooting primarily video and wanted to be able to get shallow depth of field, have manual control where desired and still have good AF when shooting video the only choice is the Panasonic GH1. If this would easily take Canon lenses I would have one by now.
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