Tue 07-Aug-12 07:09 AM | edited Tue 07-Aug-12 07:52 AM by Mark Wells
This is an open ended question and I would appreciate feedback. It is something I hadn't previously considered as a priority, but I have an opportunity to do video work in combination with events, portraits, landscape etc. In order to fund such a camera, I would need to sell some existing equipment.
A Nikon 1 V1 is also a not bad addition if you want to try more of a continuous AF camcorder like capability. Because of the V1's on sensor PDAF capability, continuous autofocus is uniquely feasible to this body. One day I expect all Nikon DSLRs will have this latter capability, but right now only the V1 has on-sensor PDAF.
Thank you Stevek. I went to the link you provided and was convinced about the D88 being the best option.
I'm not really sure whether I want to go down the video path as it is something I'v never done before. Also I'm wondering if my computer is up to it and whether I would need new software. I couldn't affort those additional costs. Any further input would be welcome from members.
Quite frankly, using a DSLR for video, at least for the reason MOST still shooters want to use video, is a BAD idea. These cameras are simply NOT set up to be ad-hoc video cameras. They are terrible at it.
If you just want some quickie video of the kids or something similar, but a video camera for a few hundred bucks. It'll save you a lot of time and headache. If you want to learn to make films, DSLRs are the most cost effective way to get into that, but be forewarned that movie making budgets are an order of magnitude larger than doing similar still shoots.
As for the computer requirements, you will be asking your computer to read/convert 24/25/30 2MP images per second. Any modern computer (as in the past couple of years) is up to the task with proper software. Avatar was edited on dual core PCs from 2007.
Thanks, Perrone, for your thoughts, much appreciated.
Just to explain my situation a little, I have done a series of photos (free) for a charitable organisation which is developing a state-of-the-art website. They are using my photos exclusively, take mostly with my D3.
As part of the website, they engaged a video photographer to come up with a clip, The result was totally sub-standard. Hence my original question in this thread. I am agonising over whether I should try to do something I'v never attempted.