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The New Era of DSLR Cinematography

canon 5D cinema

I have found a very interesting article in Digital Studio magazines talking about the revolution that HDSLR cameras are making. I have always wanted to talk about this, HDSLR cameras are made for photography and not for filmmaking but due to the technical advancements today we made it possible to pull video out of the sensor at a high rate of up to 30fps at HD resolution and benefit from the large full frame sensor on such cameras to achieve an amazing shallow depth of field that look much similar to high-end cameras. The only downside is the highly compressed movie file that it creates, which highly limits the craft of a cinematographer in post production . And forget about projecting it on a big screen, all the artifacts of compression will be visible due to the way the sensor records the images. I got invited for a Canon screening in the US last April where I have seen a short montage of productions shot on the 5D MKII, I was shocked how bad the footage looked in the big screen and wondered how Canon were demoing it. I have to admit though these cameras are opening new doors for creativity and will be more accessible to young and independent filmmakers. Although many information you find on the internet is misleading about HDSLR’s and cannot be compared to digital cinema cameras such as the Red which records at 4K and other similar digital cinema cameras. HDSLRS are great if you are not going for the big screen, broadcasting only in SD and not HD, or internet delivery. I personally like to work with a video file that has a lot of data that can be changed in post-production rather than limit me to what I have shot, no-matter where I am delivering the footage. Again this will be an ongoing debate in this new Era of digital HDSLR Cinematography.

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  • I was thinking of getting myself a canon 7D, I know it’s not the best DSLR camera, and it’s video footage is not like what you get on digital cinema camera, but its the best camera at it’s price, i’m just a student, so do you recommend it or is there something else that os better for an average consumer? I was also thinking about the 60D, but I think i’m going with the 7D

    mohammed

    November 6, 2010

  • I would go with the 7D, make sure you upgrade it for the latest firmware and you are good to go. You should also have some prime lenses with F1.4 ,28mm, 50mm ,100mm something in that range.

    NMS

    November 6, 2010

  • I got a Canon 60D and the video is outstanding. Its cheaper than the 7D and newer with an articulating screen which I found to be very useful as you can hold the camera in different ways and shoot at difficult angles. Check it out..

    Anas

    November 7, 2010

  • yes the 60d is cheaper than the 7d and it has the exact same quality, but you can change more options on the 7d in manual mode which makes it more professional, and to some people it’s too professional.

    mohammed

    November 7, 2010

  • Hi there,

    I agree with most of what you said … but you can’t deny the huge revolution that these cameras brought to the industry and media :)

    There is very fair comparison between the newest DSLRs cameras as well as between them and film cameras, plus the performance of DSLRs on the big screen and color grading + chroma key stuff.
    Check out these THREE episodes: http://www.zacuto.com/shootout

    Regards,

    Abdulrahman

    November 8, 2010

  • I am not denying the huge revolution of of these SLR’s. I am just explaining the difference that most people get miss leaded by .

    NMS

    November 8, 2010

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