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#1 Magnus OverRein

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 09:32 AM

Would you buy the 1D Mark IV just for it's video capabilitys?
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:05 AM

Maybe, if I primarily needed to shoot in very low-light situations. As shown & discussed here:
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=41901

But only if using a relatively low-resolution "HD" video camera wasn't a problem. I haven't seen res chart tests shot with a Canon 1DM4 yet, but I suspect its res performance will be similar to the Canon 5DM2 & 7D and Panasonic GH1; e.g.: quite poor for a "HD" video camera: Only about 600-700 lines or so, and the Canons also produce unusually bad moire/alias artifacts. See:
http://www.dvxuser.c...ad.php?t=187503

For typical web video use, and for limited broadcast TV and projected work -- and only when a low-res (for HD) look is appropriate and acceptable -- these video-capable DSLRs can be great tools, especially given their relative low cost. When used with fast lenses, these cams can produce a clean shallow DOF look without the bulk and cost of traditional HD video cams & DOF adapters.

Because of their lower-than-average resolution capability compared to most HD cameras, DSLRs aren't appropriate for most productions. But for some projects they can be a perfect fit.

YMMV.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:19 AM

Maybe, if I primarily needed to shoot in very low-light situations. As shown & discussed here:
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=41901

But only if using a relatively low-resolution "HD" video camera wasn't a problem. I haven't seen res chart tests shot with a Canon 1DM4 yet, but I suspect its res performance will be similar to the Canon 5DM2 & 7D and Panasonic GH1; e.g.: quite poor for a "HD" video camera: Only about 600-700 lines or so, and the Canons also produce unusually bad moire/alias artifacts. See:
http://www.dvxuser.c...ad.php?t=187503

For typical web video use, and for limited broadcast TV and projected work -- and only when a low-res (for HD) look is appropriate and acceptable -- these video-capable DSLRs can be great tools, especially given their relative low cost. When used with fast lenses, these cams can produce a clean shallow DOF look without the bulk and cost of traditional HD video cams & DOF adapters.

Because of their lower-than-average resolution capability compared to most HD cameras, DSLRs aren't appropriate for most productions. But for some projects they can be a perfect fit.

YMMV.



Alright, thanks for the answer. I don't really know that much about resolutions. I thought 1080p resolution was 1080p resolution, but apparently not. I saw the Nocturne video, shot on the 1D Mark IV, and was quite impressed by it, so I thought maybe it could be a good substitute for HD cams in the same pricerange.
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