September 9, 2014 at 3:36PM


Why do you shoot video on DSLR/mirrorless camera?

What are the advantages over a video camera?


I own, and therefore, typically shoot with a Sony a7s. Here's why:

1) Price. In general, it's a cheaper buy-in to go this route. Now, the FS100 just had a price drop that brings it very close to the same price, and of course the BMPCC is significantly less expensive, so this isn't always true.

2) Stills. I don't shoot stills for a living, but for a camera purchase, it's nice also having a camera I can shoot great still with for personal purposes or the occasional professional need.

3) Size. Portability is pretty important to me.

September 9, 2014 at 8:47PM

David S.

Very simple: PRICE!

To get a camera which can give comparable or better image quality than the best DSLRs/Mirrorless (i.e. an A7s or GH4) you need to look at say a Sony FS700 and up. For a guy who is just starting out professionally such as myself or for a hobbyist, that can be a very big cash investment vs the cost of a DSLR/Mirrorless camera. (and some of the lower end ones can be truly amazing for their price, for instance the hacked Panasonic GH1 which can be found for under US$200 on eBay: )

The only ones which could compete in price is the cameras from Blackmagic Design, such as the BMPCC or BMCC MFT. But they've got the odd drawback themselves such that a person could prefer a DSLR/Mirrorless camera instead for many shooting situations (but even so, I've got a BMPCC as well).

Even when the day comes that I can afford a high end camera such as say perhaps the Sony F5 which is not a DSLR/Mirrorless, I can see how I would still keep on using DSLR/Mirrorless camera for some kinds of shots which need the smaller size or simply for casual personal shooting.

September 10, 2014 at 3:00AM

David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer

- Price : You get a lot of bang for the buck.

- Compactness : You can carry 2 or 3 cameras with lenses in one case.

- Image quality : Larger sensor cameras produce a higher quality look compared to ENG style cameras.

- Smaller Crew : It`s quite possible to go out and shoot something as a one-man-army with a couple of mirrorless cameras, where it would be a much bigger hassle to do the same thing with a couple of prosumer ENG cameras.

- Faster Return on Your Investment : Because the overall cost is much lower, you can pay off your gear much faster than higher end gear that could take 5+ years to pay off.

September 23, 2014 at 6:48PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Cameras become obsolete very quickly, but good lenses much more slowly. Many DSLRs/CSCs can, with adaptors, use all sorts of lenses such as old Russian film lenses. Although you lose all automation, such lenses can produce remarkable images. There are examples on YouTube of people doing it sucessfully. The CSCs are especially good at this as they have no mirror to get in the way.

March 12, 2015 at 3:11PM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

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