Digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras have been well-known for long time about using the lenses which are interchangeable and the photos of high quality among the community of enthusiast photographers. Now, the high definition offering in recording movies has been added to the specification list of digital SLRs. Actually, some filmmakers have referred to digital SLR cameras as devices for making TV episodes as well as music video clips – a proof to the video-making abilities of these cameras.
But is this type of camera going to substitute a camcorder? Currently, if you are interested in a digital SLR camera, the following things about the video capability should be considered:
Movie Recording Abilities of an HD Digital SLR
You can record HD videos at the resolution of 1920 x 1080 or1280 x 720 using SLR cameras and the videos are often in the H.264 file format. With several interchangeable lens models manufactured by Panasonic (those are not digital SLRs in terms of the technical aspect, but pretty similar in the operation way), AVCHD format is available for HD movies. You can also easily find these two formats in high definition camcorders, and software programs for editing videos can recognize both formats.
The Great Points of an HD Digital SLR:
A digital SLR with the HD video recording capabilities often has the following pros:
* You only have to carry one less device.
* The model enables you to adjust how videos look when you change the lenses.
* The image sensors are of large sizes, so the quality of videos are good, even when there is a lack of light.
The Weaknesses of an HD Digital SLR:
When you shoot videos using an HD Digital SLR, there are some certain drawbacks as follows:
* Awkward ergonomics: you have to use two hands to keep the camera steady as it is pretty heavy while it just requires one hand to hold a camcorder.
* Shortened shooting times: several HD digital SLRs shall cap the duration of your movies, driving you to shoot in clips rather than in one long sequence.
* A smaller number of controls: While there are many available options for adjusting your images look, the number of controls over adjusting videos is not so many (for example in regard of the aperture, the contrast or exposure, etc.).
* Bad audio quality: There are almost no sophisticated integrated microphones with digital SLRs as you can often find with camcorders.
* No available internal memory: With digital SLRs, the data is recorded directly to a memory card, while there is often built-in storage in a lot of camcorders which is very useful beside a memory card when the recording during is longer
Is an HD digital SLR going to substitute a Camcorder?
This is not sure. Actually, I must acknowledge this. As you know, the main purpose of digital SLR cameras is for shooting photos, not recording videos. Although the quality of videos recorded with a digital SLR is very pretty nice, considering many other significant aspects such as the design, shooting times, the quality of audios, the results with camcorders still outperforms.