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The Pros and Cons of using DSLR cameras

Thanks to our guest blogger this week from phinkproductions.com – nice stuff Emily!

DSLRs are starting to become more and more popular with amateurs and professionals alike. Take a look at some topics of concern to see the pros and cons. Then you can decide for yourself what works perfectly for your personal needs!

  • Cost and Affordability
    This is always everyone’s first question and concern – DSLRs have become increasingly affordable in spite of their demand. More bang for your buck. Substantially less than a dedicated video camera with similar capabilities would be, but the factor of accessories and lens need to be tacked on to the cost, as those prices range in all directions.
  • Sensors
    DSLR cameras have a much larger sensor than that of a dedicated video camera. Most have a full frame sensor, rather than a cropped one. This provides for a very shallow depth of field creating a much more cinematic look to the video footage. This also allows for the possibility to shoot in low light situations.
  • Size
    DSLRs are compact and lightweight making them pleasingly portable. Because DSLRs offer both photography and videography this allows you to bring less equipment and gear, reducing both tried muscles and time. Compared to a P&S camera size doesn’t seem as attractive but very attractive when compared to a dedicated video camera. Whatever its size and girth “the best camera in the world is worthless if you don’t have it with you”.
  • Accessories
    An incredibly wide range of accessories can be bought for DSLRs to make life easier and more enhanced. There are microphones, rigs, lens, and weights that can be used. Microphones are wonderful because of the pathetic audio and recording qualities housed in DSLRs. Some models only record in mono, which isn’t half the quality as recording in stereo is. They can capture a greater distance of sound which much more balance. It’s very important to also make sure that the accessories you purchase are compatible with your camera as there are different makes and models for each brand.
  • Lenses
    Lenses stand out from the crowd in a DSLRs favour. The amount of different interchangeable lenses you can purchase or rent is enormous. From ultra wide to super telephoto or you can get fancy and creative with combinations of macro, fish eye or tilt shift lenses. Different gears to make lens shift, zoom, and focus cleaner, smoother, and quieter are also offered. There are so many more combinations that can be used and creative looks that can be discovered and played with by using different DSLR lenses.
  • Accessibility
    Many DSLRs are consider “professional” cameras, which by all means most would agree with, even though they been becoming more and more available and sought after by a younger crowd who are “picking up photography”. Because they are considered professional many venues, concert halls, events won’t allow you to bring in such a camera.
  • Quality
    The image quality is astounding and unmatched. There is more exposure, focal length, and focus control than your average P&S as well as it is able to keep up with even the most expensive video cameras. High ISOs for the most part adapt easily to a lower light, leaving you with a lower noise count at higher ISO. A significant complaint is the viewfinder. While it is easy to compose shots through, with video there is no access to the viewfinder, you have to use the LDC screen, which in certain situations could be a hassle.
  • Video
    Because DSLRs are such a handy camera being compact and easy to hold they can end up in some shaky video footage if not careful. A stabilization solution will be needed; be it a tripod, stabilizer or steady cam. Another annoying titbit that could come about is the fact that many DSLRs yield a loud click that, when different controls are being pressed, they can be heard during recordings. But the most inconvenient of all is the timing. DSLRs have a very short video clip limit only being able to shoot roughly 15 minutes at a time before the camera starts to heat up.

Be it you go for a DSLR, a P&S, or a dedicated video camera. Be it you go for Nikon or Cannon, it will all be based on your preference, loyalties, usage and price range. Hopefully this helps you in that quest for the perfect camera for you.

Phink – www.phinkproductions.com
Emily Tate – www.linkedin.com/pub/emily-tate/2b/996/b09/

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