This article is par for the course over at MacWorld. Articles by certain "editors" are decent with a good overall analysis of the information. Usually though, the product coverage articles are nothing more than a reprint of the companies press release with no effort made to fill in the blanks (like pricing, or answers to obvious questions).
Yeah - I saw that "article" this morning - it's not an article at all, but simply a series of links to previous reviews of all those DSLRs. No useful comparisons.
Impossible to make that recommendation without knowing what I'm using it for. I'll be using it for my video podcasts with an external mic and for taking photos. For that, its a perfect fit.Don't buy a DSLR for the video. They all do it now, but it is not a video camera. You will be disappointed.
You are using it to take pictures? and you said you wanted video, so you want to make a video? So I think I know why you are using it for.Impossible to make that recommendation without knowing what I'm using it for. I'll be using it for my video podcasts with an external mic and for taking photos. For that, its a perfect fit.
From the results I've seen with these already, I can't imagine how I'd be disappointed as I've been blown away by the image quality and depth of field you can get with these guys.
What have they become?
Last season an entire episode of House was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II and it looked fantastic.DSLRs are becoming more and more widely used for video — including in the entertainment industry. SNL used Canon for their titles, as well as digital shorts; Kevin Smith recently mentioned that they used one (not sure of the make) for a portion of Red State, if I recall correctly.
I am in total agreement with you. I watched the videos created with my Nikon D300S and was amazed. But these guys have huge budgets and thats what they do. But you have to be behind the camera to use the focus. That may have recently changed on the newest versions but my Nikon D300S and someone I know Canon 7D don't have auto focus for video and they are recent versions. But I would check on the one you choose Mr. Mayor and it may be a factor in your choice. If the Mayor is going to be shooting these himself autofocus on video is a must. Thats all I am saying, just a watch out.Last season an entire episode of House was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II and it looked fantastic.
To Joker Eh... Video on DLRs is not all created equal and it also depends on the skills of the operator and how you shoot video as to whether or not one will be disappointed.
Sorry, but I think anyone who is buying a camera for the shallow DoF knows what shallow DoF means. That's why they are buying it. And if they don't want a shallow DoF, then they will change the aperture or use a different lens.Seriously. If you're going for that nice shallow DOF stuff you have to use a large aperture and if you do you get a very very small target of focus. Depending on how extreme you go it might be an inch or two so if you lean forward or backward while talking == out of focus.
The Canon 60D has manual audio control. And I'm sure this is coming to other models (both Nikon and Canon) in the future, and possible to older models via firmware update.Also things to consider for this, make sure the camera has controllable audio levels and is not an auto-level setup (like all the Canon's are to date).
The 60D allows you to zoom into any section of your video and check focus. Its screen is also huge and has a lot of pixels. I have used the Canon 50mm f/1.8 with my 60D. I have not used the zoom feature to check focus, and I haven't had any focus issues using just the LCD - even when shooting at 1.8.One of the HUGE disadvantages of shooting on the DSLR is the difficulty to preview full-sized and in real-time to make sure your focus is crisp.
Sorry, but I think anyone who is buying a camera for the shallow DoF knows what shallow DoF means. That's why they are buying it.
I'm not sure they are "just as valid" ... they have their uses but they have some serious issues that camcorders (or any CCD type video capture device) doesn't. I really depends on your usage. CMOS video cameras, at this point, have some serious moire issues, rolling shutter problem and other issues related to the way they capture (like no proper downsampling of pixels, etc).Yes, for the typical video camera user, a dSLR is not the right fit. Full-time autofocus is important for most consumers taking video of their vacations and such. But for people who are serious about video, dSLRs offer so much and they are just as valid a choice as a dedicated video camera at this point.