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    This forum is for the discussion of the latest round of Digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses that include the ability to shoot high-definition video.

    For example footage, check these links:

    And here are some recommended models to look at:


    EOS 5D Mark II
    Canon's first big broadside into the DSLR cinematography market. 21 megapixels and all those Canon lenses make for amazing stills as well as video. One sore spot: no 24p.

    EOS 7D
    Canon ups the ante by finally delivering a true 24p mode, though the sensor shrinks a little to a still very respectable 18 megapixels.


    Nikon's first DSLR with a decent video mode. Has 24p but unfortunately tops out at 720p, with some fairly pronounced CMOS skew as well.

    Nikon takes one of their most popular DSLR's and adds video. At 12.3 megapixels, Canon holds the resolution advantage.


    12.1 megapixels and 1080/24p using AVCHD compression and the 4/3 lens system. This camera merits a serious look for DSLR cinematography.

    As with their point and shoot digital cameras with video modes, the GF1 tops out at 720p. It makes up for this by being much more compact than the Nikon or Canon cams through the use of the micro 4/3 interchangeable lens system.

    That's some of the playing field as of today. As it relates to Final Cut Pro, some of these cameras are easier to work with in post than others, but none of them are quite as simple and straightforward as a dedicated camcorder. It's stills first, video second. But you get a lot of amazing imagery with those lenses.... Let the discussions begin.

    Last edited by NoahKadner; 09-16-2009, 11:17 AM.
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