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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Robbie Carman: All right, Rich, let's begin our discussion about the 6D with some of the most notable features that this camera has, and to me, the most noticeable feature is that it's a full- frame camera at a relatively affordable price. I was just looking online. You can get the body only for actually a little less than $2,000 now. Rich Harrington: Yeah, this is a great thing. There's about a $1400 price difference between this and the 5D Mark III, which may have contributed to your decision to sell your 5D Mark III. Robbie: You know, it was one of those things. I had a 5D Mark III for a long time, and I felt like the coolest guy in town, walking around with my big fancy Mark III, and then I sort of realized that I'm not going out and shooting weddings and events.
I don't make my living by shooting photos and one of things I was really paying for, for that 5D Mark III was its advanced photo capabilities, specifically, the autofocus system and things of that nature. So to me, the 6D represents awesome compromise. I didn't want to go back to a 7D, because I really wanted to go to a full-frame sensor, nor did I need all the super higher-end photo capabilities that the 5D Mark III had. So, when I found that the 6D was coming out, jumped on the opportunity.
Rich: Yeah, the big difference here is things like the 5D Mark III has a slightly faster shutter speed from a 4000 to 8000. In a video world, absolutely useless. We're shooting at a sixtieth, so that sort of shutter speed is not going to be used. The still performance on this camera is in line with the 5D Mark II. It's almost like they took the 5D Mark II. Sensor-wise, it's very similar, great performance. One of the things that I actually like, though, is that this camera has a very sensitive sensor. I found myself bumping the ISO up well above 1600 when shooting at night and I got great footage with very little noise.
So I was very surprised at how well it performed in low-light shooting. Robbie: Yeah, and that's right, Rich. The full-frame sensor I've been pretty amazed with both for stills as well as video. Couple mega-pixels less than the 5D Mark III, but those couple less mega-pixels in my opinion actually help you with noise reproduction, because those photos sites can be a little bigger on the actual sensor itself, gathering more light at less noise, and I've been very impressed especially with video, going up to ISOs of 1600, 2000, maybe even as high as 3200, that are still actually usable whereas, say in a crop camera, guess what, you go to 3200, it's just noise central.
Rich: Yeah, and this is good stuff. I really do like that performance. It's not a big difference in still size, 22 versus 20. Now stepping aside for a moment, there are a couple of things built into this camera that are useful if you're going to be using it for location scouting tool. You actually have the ability to do GPS on the camera so you can geo-tag. Now movies often don't support that metadata, so what you are going to want to do is make sure that you shoot a still but this will tag it with GPS data and unlike other cameras that's actually built into the body.
You don't have to add on a third-party sensor. There's also built-in Wi-Fi. Again when shooting video, you have to disable that feature, but you can use this if you just want to look through the lens, you could actually trigger it to your iOS device, Android Apps are in the works of my understanding, and you can look through the camera and see things. So if you're setting up multiple cameras for coverage, you just want to look at them, get an idea of what it's going to look like. I'm on the location, standing in front of the camera, tweaking the lights, I could take out my device and look through a virtual viewfinder and see what the camera sees, which is really kind of cool.
So in this particular camera just a single SD Card, now that's one of several small limitations that you are can't be mindful of. When come back, we're going to tell you some things that might annoy you with this camera and might affect your decision whether or not you want to rent it or purchase it.
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