Are you planning to purchase a new DSLR camera? Do you know what exactly you are looking for? There are plenty of DSLR models and brands to choose from and it can be confusing if you’re not an expert in DSLRs. With this, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is “What is my purpose in buying a DSLR?” Are you going to shoot still images or are you planning to record videos as well?
Well, most photographers nowadays are looking for a DSLR that can also be used in recording videos. Professional photographers are trying to be more versatile and offer also videography services to their clients. The demand for a camera for video is growing and camera manufacturers are aware of this so they are improving their technology and coming up with better models to offer.
When choosing a camera for video, there are many factors that you should consider. Among these are the audio capability, weight, length of recording, camera sensor size and ISO range. There are also special features being added in popular DSLR brands that are finding out before making a final decision.
DLSR cameras have built-in microphones like camcorders but the mic is usually not enough to record very clear audio. Hence, it is a good idea to purchase an external recorder that can help you produce a perfect recording. This is particularly important when recording interviews or special memories in weddings like the couple’s exchange of vows.
Know what external recorder can work best with the DSLR you want to buy.
Weight and Portability
There are many DSLRs now that are lighter and handy than camcorders. These DSLRs come in different styles and sizes. There are models with wonderful grips making is easier and more comfortable for a user to hold even in long hours. Check the physical features of each model and consider the one that is comfortable in your hands.
The size of a DSLR’s sensor matter a lot when taking still images as well as recording footages. The bigger the sensor, the wider field of view hence a bigger area can be seen in the camera. DSLRs are basically divided in 3 categories: Full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds. Full-frame DSLR cameras have larger sensors so they have bigger field of view and can give you sharper images. The downside is that, it is quite expensive. You will have to check your budget and decide if you are willing to pay more for this type.
To get more ideas on sensor size, you can check out the website of Martin Bell Photography to view pictures taken in full-frame.
Length of Recording
DSLR cameras cannot record more than 30 minutes in one take. But then, there are software that can help you combine together short video clips so they will be seen in one video.
The ISO range in cameras differs and cheaper cameras usually have limited ISO range compared to more expensive ones. If you plan to shoot videos professionally, then you will need to consider investing in full-frame DSLRs that are expected to be more expensive. This event photographer can attest on how important ISO range is.
There are HD capable DSLR that are weather resistant and offer 4K resolution. It is best to really read reviews and know the features that different DSLR cameras for video can offer.