For example, my conference photography often gets noticed (eg),
and I’m normally shooting that on a DSLR on the long end of a telephoto
zoom, with the ISO pushed as high as it will go. You can’t do that on a compact.
For them, the new breed of DSLRs with built-in video recording look
like great tools, if you’re prepared to put in the time and effort to
learn them. I had the chance to play with both the 500D, 5D and
7D, all of which can shoot HD video, and they’re seriously interesting
pieces of kit. The paradigm of using the video recording is nothing
like using a traditional camcorder, and challenging to get your head around, but I’m really looking forward to
experimenting with the 500D’s video capabilities in the near future
(because, no matter how great my lust for them is, there’s no way I can
justify spending the moolah on the higher spec models right now). The prospect of tight focus in video, using great Canon glass is really appealing…
The good folks from CanonCameraBuzz said they’ll be sticking the results of our experimentation online at some point, and I’m really looking forwards to seeing how they turn out.
(All photos from my iPhone, not swish Canon kit.)