is a fancy way of describing a new breed of digital SLR cameras that are capable of shooting both stills and stunning HD video. They are
currently making big waves among both professional still photgrahpers and
videographers. So what can they do that can't be done with a video
camera? These cameras have an image sensor that is fairly large,
measuring almost one inch in width.
The larger the
imaging area, the easier it is to achieve a narrow depth-of-field.
In other words, you can be much more selective about what part of
the image is in focus and what part is blurred. Most of the
smaller video cameras come with a 1/4 inch image sensor.
With those cameras, narrow depth-of-field is very difficult to achieve
except at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Additionally, the larger image sensor
allows for far greater light sensitivity. HD generally needs
a lot more light then standard definition video. The larger sensor gathers more light and lets you get away with
far less supplemental lighting, making it possible to achieve a much
more natural look. And lastly, these "fusion" cameras
allow for a full array of lenses. Only the more expensive video cameras
support multiple lens choices and those lenses tend to be quite
expensive, many thousands of dollars. Let me emphasize that these
cameras produce a stunning image that is hard to tell apart from a 35 mm
motion picture camera?
SEE FOR YOURSELF
Don't just take our word
for it. STILLMOTION out of Toronto is one of the companies that is
leading the way with these new "fusion" cameras. Take a look at their
SO WHAT'S THE DOWNSIDE?
These are NOT video
cameras but rather still cameras that also shoot video. The viewfinder is
frustrating for many shooting situations. It is an awkward shape for
long continuous shooting, you can only shoot about 12 continuous minutes
and the audio is not fully professional You have no way of monitoring
the sound through the camera and there are no XLR inputs. But many serious videographers
are willing to put up with the these cameras shortcomings in order to
reap their fantastic images.
STEP INTO THE FUTURE, ONE INTO THE PAST
The modern video
camera has many auto features which a lot of camcorder users have come
to rely on. These new fusion cameras require manual focusing in the
video mode and an understanding of f-stops, shutter-speed, and focal
length, just like the manual cameras our grandfathers used in the
fifties or the large Panavision cameras that professional
cinematographers still use today. That's where Camera Command comes in.
Let the DVD help you understand these basic photographic principles and
take full advantage of these marvelous new cameras.