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(HD) In A Nutshell


For the D-SLR shooter, there are many factors in shooting HD video

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solutionsThe still camera and HD video camcorder worlds slowly are starting to converge. The biggest news in the still-photography industry has been the arrival of HD shooting for D-SLR cameras. Last year, Nikon released the D90—a D-SLR that offers a 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the ability to record cinematic-quality movie files at up to 720p HD. Very recently, Nikon has released the D5000, which can capture 720p video but also offers a new Vari-angle color LCD monitor to capture shots or clips from hard-to-position angles. Soon after the release of the D90, Canon introduced its long-awaited EOS 5D Mark II, which offers a 21.1-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and the ability to capture full HD 1080p resolution. Canon also recently introduced 1080p video capture for cameras in both its popular Rebel line—the EOS Rebel T1i—and in its consumer PowerShot line—the PowerShot SX1 IS. Not wanting to be left out in the cold, Panasonic introduced the Lumix DMC-GH1 at PMA. The GH1 is the latest camera in Panasonic’s Lumix G Micro System and the first Four Thirds System camera to shoot 1080p video.

For many, the concept of shooting motion pictures with a D-SLR was surprising at first, but in retrospect, it makes perfect sense. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of shooting video with a D-SLR is using interchangeable lenses, especially fast-aperture primes. (Video camcorders that offer interchangeable lenses, such as the Sony EX3 or the Canon XL H1, retail between $9,000 and $10,000.) Another big advantage in using a D-SLR to shoot video is the camera’s larger sensor. Sensors on video camcorders are typically 1⁄4 to 1/3 inches for CCDs or CMOS sensors compared to larger APS-C or 35mm full-frame-sized sensors that, among other benefits, give a shooter more dynamic range and color tones and far less low-light noise.

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