Do you take lots of pictures and upload them to your computer? Do you want to easily email a group of images to friends and family? When it’s time to locate a specific picture quickly, can you? Want to make an ordinary image extraordinary? Take a look at Picasa!
For several years, point & shoot still cameras have been offering the capability of recorded video, however they fell short of matching the quality obtained from a standard camcorder. More recently, things have changed with Nikon introducing a Digital SLR camera with HD (720p) video. The Nikon D90 was the first of its kind to enter the HD DSLR market. Soon after, Canon introduced its higher resolution Canon 5D Mark II (1080p) camera.
Since this time, both Nikon and Canon, have made improved to this technology and have added this feature to other cameras in their lineup of semi-pro and professional cameras. The ability to create stunning photographic/video presentations is a great selling feature for these cameras.
Advantages over Camcorders
Shallow Depth of Field: directs the viewer’s attention to what you want them to see.
Interchangeable Lenses: heightens creativity with the use of macro, wide angled, fisheye and a multitude of other lenses.
Larger Image Sensors: provide for high image quality in low light situations.
Digital SLR cameras with video, are worth the investment, but by no means are they a replacement for your camcorder. In my opinion, camcorders still have the upper hand when it comes to shooting video. Purchase a Digital SLR with video for the brilliant photographs it produces, but love it for the artistic videos it can generate.
D90 and 5D Mark II Sample videos