Guide to Video Options

With the advent of DSLRs there are three different options to choose when deciding to shoot video:  Traditional integrated camcorders, DSLRs, and Cinema-style cameras.  Each has it’s appropriate use. 

  • Integrated camcorders are by far the easiest of the three options to use as everything comes in one package - body, lens, audio.  The downside is that these cameras have very small sensors which means they don’t provide good depth of field (so the image is very flat as it in lacks perspective) and they perform poorly in low light.  If you want quick and simple, this is the way to go, but if you’re looking for an artistic look you need to look elsewhere.  
  • DSLR cameras offer interchangable lenses and large sensors, which means that you’ve got a lot more options as far as the “look” you’re going for - shallow depth of field and outstanding low light performance are all possible with a DSLR.  The downside is that they’re more complex than the a camcorder but don’t offer all the features of a cinema camera.  Plus, they can’t record more than 30 minutes of video continuously.  Still, there’s a lot of applications where these are the right tool for the job.  
  • Cinema-style cameras combine the best of an integrated camcorder with the best of a DSLR, so you get a large sensor and interchangable lenses with the integration and ergonomics of a camcorder.  All this, of course, comes at a price which is the downside - they tend to be more expensive.  
    • One note - we’ve put together a DSLR Pro Cinema Kit that accessorizes a DSLR and gives it all the features of a Cinema style camera.  

 To help you get an idea of what you want to use we’ve created this guide that shows all the different options we offer for shooting video in various configurations:

*NOTE: Our prices have recently been updated, please refer to the inventory pages to check the current prices.

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You may also view this chart online where you can sort by the various columns

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