Traditional Video Cameras vs DSLR Cameras

When a camera is being advertised, the quality of the lens is hardly ever mentioned.

Why not?

For my money, that is and always has been the most important part of any camera.

A lens that works with a DSLR system allows for a higher quality picture than that of the average camera.

It also allows for a high quality video.

Recording a video on a DSLR camera

Traditional non-digital SLR cameras could only be used for still photography.

This was because of how the SLR – SLR standing for single-lens reflex – mechanism worked in relation to the printing of an image on a chemical strip of film.

With the advent of the digital capture system – and more importantly the SD card – this is no longer the case.

The SLR system has now become a DSLR system. The D is for digital.

As the new process allows for a continual stream of images – or data – to be captured once they have been through the DSLR lens, a video can be made on a camera that’s original design was for still imagery.

Benefits of using a DSLR camera for video

Its important to recognise that these kind of cameras were not initially created for video.

Can they have any benefits over traditional video cameras?

More than you may think:

> They are lighter and less bulky.

> They have superior lenses.

> They have a greater variety of lenses.

> The lenses are changeable.

Though a lot of video cameras have the option of having their lens adapted, very few allow for the total replacement of the main lens.

And the last benefit:

> Digital storage on internal memory and SD card’s is of a higher quality than DV tape.

Some would say that this is debatable

Though not many.

Though DV tape has the ability to capture digital video – at both a normal or HD standard – it easily degrades.

Excessive use can lead to irreparable damage to the quality of both the visuals and audio.

Tapes are also bulky and limited in the amount of footage the can capture.

Though hard drives and SD cards have their own individual limits regarding the amount of data they can process, they can usually hold a lot more than a 90 minute tape.

And then there’s the camera itself

Like I said earlier, its really all about the lens.

A good quality video camera with a good quality lens is far more expensive than an average DSLR camera.

Yet the quality of the DSLR camera is about the same, if not better.

This is due to many reasons, but mainly the actual design of the DSLR camera.

The shape that we all know, that being a rectangular block with a cylindrical lens put on the front, has existed for more than 50 years.

This look has always been associated with still photography.

And it still is.

When it comes to price, sill photography has always been cheaper than video production.

Consumers still want this to be the case, despite the DSLR camera evolving into a device that can capture moving images as well.

What’s better? A traditional video camera or a DSLR camera?

For quality of image, the DSLR camera wins.

Its also cheaper than a traditional video camera.

And it is, of course, far more manoeuvrable and accessible.

With modern technology being encompassed into a classic well known design, DSLR camera’s are quickly becoming the preferred device for video capture.

At Studio Rossiter, we use DSLR for all our productions. See some examples of our corporate video camera work here in the marketing video gallery. We also now offer camera operator hire

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