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Initial post: Jun 24, 2012, 12:37:29 AM PDT
R. Stevenson says:
I am new to DSLR and I'm looking at buying one. I will be using it as a private investigator for surveillance. The still shots won't be a problem. However, I am curious as to how well they work with in regards to using them for video taping? Are there limitations with using a DSLR for video taping purposes? Do I just need to make sure I have enough memory cards to store my footage. How long can you video tape with a DSLR. In particular, I'm looking at Canon T3i and Nikon D7000. Are newer better models coming out that I should wait for considering what my needs are for a DSLR? Thank You In advance for your response and advice.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012, 4:44:06 AM PDT
Tom Martin says:
You might consider the new T4i as it can auto focus well during video.

Canon does have a lead over Nikon when it comes to video in dSLRs.

Mirrorless cameras also do video well, but, a compact camera with a big long lens, doesn't make a lot of sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012, 10:33:16 AM PDT
®ichard says:
The biggest limitation is how long you can record and no image stabilizer. I use the D7000 and the longest time is 20 mins. Nikon will continuous autofocus while filming (I think the sony dslr A33 AF is a little better, but that is like 7-10mins max) where t3i won't. Other then that to get good video you need to add more expensive gears to the camera like a microphone (dslr mic will pick up af noise, if not then annoying background noise and hiss) and a body image stabilizer (or tripod when not moving). You can't just use a dslr without some kind of image stabilizer and expect camcorder result.
is the best free tethering software for the D7000. (I don't use it, since I don't need it, but I have download and tried it, and can say it works) It will control your shutter speed, aperture, time lapse, etc. Just check out the site. I seen a lot of iphone apps for controlling dslr, but I don't own any iPhone or ipad. D7000 like any othe rdslr will do liveview out the tv via hdmi cable, maybe there is way to record off this.

Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black) is a dslr aps-c sensor that is under $2000, nothing else is in this price range period. Any other camcorders under 2k are Point and shoot camera sensor or a little bigger, but nothing close to the aps-c.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012, 8:37:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012, 8:55:55 AM PDT
Brian says:
Full frame DSLRs are what you may want to look at as they have better low light level performance than any other video or DSLR on the market (provided you use a good full frame lens), which may be important for your line of work.
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