Choose which camera for video?

Times when manufacturers proudly stated: “Serious video camera does not shoot!” – Are long gone. Now rollers removes virtually anything that has a photosensitive matrix. A SLR camera system and confidently compete with amateur or even professional camcorders. Several years ago, the question, “What camera do you recommend for video?” Caused a sarcastic smile, but now we will try to answer it in detail.



One of the pioneers of the genre on the video camera. That professional clips created with EOS 5D Mark II, at one time forced to reckon with the video camera photographic equipment. This is not surprising: Canon has long made ​​a name for himself in the recording of moving and still images. Canon EOS_5D_Mark_II

Now feature Full HD-video even in well implemented budget SLR producer. Interface with quick access to the settings easy to select the resolution and frame rate; AF tracking, of course, behind the speed of the focus cameras, but allows moderately dynamic scenes. It remains to add the lens quickly and quietly – and the way to creating a quality video.


From the outset, another master of photographic technique lagged behind on uncharacteristically field. Modern SLR company already “trained” to record high-definition video quality, but the ergonomics, function and dynamics of this process to this day is poor. In other words, the desire and ability SLR Nikon (and better with a tripod), you can shoot good video, but the result is mainly credited photographer. Nikon_d90.d90_left-580-100

But necessary for smooth and silent AF have only some of the new (and very expensive) motorized lenses – with other better direct the focus manually. Several balances situation is the fact that the development of system cameras Nikon, due to its sequential specialization, creates a very compact devices with a small matrix (2.7 crop) without claiming to be imaginative and play with depth of field, but very nimble, with fast autofocus and wide features high-speed shooting both photo and video.


Another “Japanese”, is also not new to the video. He does not have such a huge variety of SLR cameras and system, but there is a line of high-quality and well-suited for video optics, as well as the flagship, it is recommended for this purpose. Lumix DMC-GH3 confidently aiming at “professionals”, despite the crop factor matrix is ​​equal to two. panasonic-camera

Ergonomic housing and controls, atypical for this class of shell protection against dust / moisture, the ability to compress video in AVCHD 2.0 AVCHD Progressive and MPEG4-AVC (H.264) and MOV to MP4. In short, the camera is really good for movies. That can only evaluate it only those who will not scare the price tag. Good video can record retrokamera compact Lumix DMC-GM1 and several other models in the line, but their mission – not dynamic scenes, thoughtful and creative experiments.


System Camera “South Korean” increasingly merge with the Galaxy devices with all the associated process pros and cons. Samsung_camera_640x360

If you like to shoot video on a smartphone, and then only for the quality – fast, simple and intuitive touch interface, combined with the APS-C sensor and a decent optics offers. Ultra high-quality videos and fine adjustment settings do not promise, but the files conveniently edit, publish online and share them with other devices without a computer.


Even Alpha SLRs are more suitable for operation in LiveView and video than for traditional photography, thanks to a fixed translucent mirror and electronic viewfinder with a separate matrix. With regard to system cameras NEX, some of them are very compact and quite inexpensive models with the function of HD-video, and even full-frame device. Sony_cybershot_DSC-H200

The big plus of almost all camera is very fast focusing in movie mode and developed “artificial intelligence”. Bayonet E gradually becomes the main producer, so the choice of compact and noiseless large lenses. However, the low-end models are serious problems with the ergonomics: the camera awkward to hold in their hands, and the interface discourages manually configure anything.


If we talk about Fujifilm, Olympus and Pentax, their cameras also learned how to record high definition video with acceptable focus speed and accuracy, but still remain just cameras. For product manufacturers should contact if you are interested in video only rarely used as an auxiliary function. Or assumed solely creative shooting without claims to the speed and convenience.

Inset. Lenses for video

Photographers know that focus, induced by an object while zooming “out” and the need to re-direct focus. For shooting video is, of course, unacceptable: a zoom lens in this case should be parfocal, that is to maintain focus on the focal length.

Unfortunately, manufacturers rarely specify the property in the characteristics of the models, but if you plan to shoot video – it is necessary to know. Lenses adapted for video capture, have a greater move the zoom ring, as well as constant speed zoom in / out. Otherwise, when you try to “pressurize” the object will be a jerk.

Given that the focus when shooting video, as a rule, is carried out manually, fashion to film cameras played into the hands of manual optics manufacturers such as Samyang. Yes, and about native CMH produces excellent “Helios” and “Zenitar”, do not forget.

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