My thinking on cameras has changed recently.

Published on July 4, 2010

The more I use my Canon 5D Mark II, the more I'm impressed with the image it produces. I like it much better than the image from my Sony PMW-EX1, which is a much more expensive camera.

So here's my new thinking:

* If you need to capture LONG video clips, like at weddings, conferences, and things like that, then I think you should definitely look at standard video cameras. The Digital SLR with it's 12 minute video clips won't really work for this.

But...

* If you're shooting narrative pieces like short films, music videos, commercials, and feature films, then I can't help but recommend a Digital SLR. The picture quality (shallow depth of field, great dynamic range, etc.) is stellar.

Because I shoot both types of footage, I'm keeping both cameras, but I have to say that the Canon 5D Mark II is my preferred video capture device now. By itself, it's okay, but when you add on a few accessories, it becomes incredible.

I'll cover more on this soon, and I think I've got a tutorial coming along these lines... ;-)


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