September 4, 2009

The pains of being a DSLR filmmaker

The new Canon 7d is coming out with the 5d Mark II's most-requested missing feature: 24p. It seems Canon learned from their mistakes and have corrected it with a new video chipset capable of 24p and 30p at 1080, and 50p and 60p at 720. This is great for DSLR filmmakers looking for an APS-C (crop, although it is roughly the size of the sensor on the RED ONE as well as 35mm motion picture film) camera at a cheaper price point than the 5dII. Video quality should be similar to its more expensive brother, although low-light performance will be inferior. Now the question becomes, will Canon ever add 24p to the 5d? Is it even technically possible without new hardware? Why sell a camera for $1700 that is superior in so many ways to its $2700 big brother (and why not follow traditional naming schemes, where larger model numbers are better)?

In the meantime, please excuse the frustration voiced by many 5d Mark II owners -- especially those who just bought one, like myself, and, apparently, Der Führer. If you're tired of Downfall mashups, given how many there have been, you may want to skip this one (done by Philip Bloom).

On the other hand, the good thing about being a DSLR filmmaker: you can just sell the old camera and get a new one, as they retain their value well based not on their video capabilities but... oh, right shooting stills.

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Ooh good to know! Thanks!

September 26, 2009 at 3:33AM, Edited September 4, 10:22AM