Video DSLRs Vs Camcorders for Professional video production

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Video DSLRs Vs Camcorders for Professional video production

With the everyday advancement in the video shooting and production, many people are stuck in between choosing a video DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) and a camcorder.

In brief, we shall look at the difference between each of them.

DSLR have now become increasingly video capability the first were Nikon D90andCANON 5DMKII, which were both introduced in 2008. The first quarter of 2009 has now seen the canon rebelat1I(500D), Panasonic GH1, and Pentax k7 introduced. To represent all DSLRs, we shall use the example of Canon`s EOS 5D Mark 3. For one thing, DSLRs give a superior shallow depth of low-light sensitivity and field (shallow depth of field SDF means that a selected field of view is visible from the camera while the background and the foreground are out of the field of view) for recording videos. This is attained through a combination of a large image sensor and a lens with a wide aperture.

The trouble with SDF is that one has to keep the focus on an image, and it can get complicated especially if the image is moving. The most recent generation of DSLR accepts an external audio signal through a 3.5mm stereo mic input. On DSLR`s and compact system cameras (CSC) the sensor is bigger. They are also known for taking HD Quality videos but only if you use the right tripod and exercise a lot of practice. They are most preferably used in events like wedding and events that require stills. On of the biggest advantage of using a DSLR is the range of interchangeable lenses. DSLR is simply a tool and just like any other tool it depends on how you operate it.

Camcorders, on the other hand, are better at handling continuously moving objects together with changing from light to dark to light again. With it, one can simply frame object and keep it in the frame while still shooting something that is a big challenge when it comes to taking videos with a DSLR camera. It`s harder to minimize camera shake with a camcorder.

Camcorders offer grips shoulder pads and image stabilization to help compensate for handheld video movement. Other features found on the camcorder include an electronic viewfinder for clear viewing bin bright sunlight, the ability to monitor audios, it offers a live HDMI or component video output, a power zoom mechanism for smooth optical zoom operation, the ability to set audio levels manually. It also contains a built-in neutral density filter, an articulated LCD screen for different camera positions and a zebra patterns and peaking to help in exposure and manual focus pulls i.e. manually changing focus during a shot).

A camcorder has three sensors (3 MOS or 3 CCD) that store the footage on your memory or memory. It is most preferably used for sporting events due to their nature of taking fast moving objects and also for shooting movies. They can take a moving object going at a speed of 60mph. Sound quality is a major issue for both the DSLR and the camcorder. One can consider going for the wide ranges of microphones in the market.A producer camcorder`s image is associated with the home video, corporate video and low ended television producer due to its sensor and `video look`.

It basically comes to what you need more videos or stills. I carry a video capable point and shoot to primarily shoot stills with but if the video is needed can switch back and forth. DSLR with video is better because it produces more stills. However if you need a video, a dedicated camcorder will be more advisable. So for this article, I would recommend a video camcorder for the best video production. As they say, use the right tool for the right job. But be on the lookout, camcorders are generally expensive compared to DSLR cameras. So if you want a good video producing the camera, you should invest in it.