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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.
Male 1: I think Rob, one of the things to look at, and this isn't talking about changing platforms, but why would you upgrade? You know, chances are, if you are a Canon shooter, you've already invested in glass. Male 2: True. Male 1: You're going to stay a Canon shooter. But if you're a Nikon shooter, what's going to pull you out from maybe an earlier camera? Well, one of the things that I know, is that this particular camera is a very nice, solid upgrade. So, if you're coming from something as old as a D300, this is a no brainer. But, if I was on a D7000 like I am, I still am on the fence.
I think it's really worth upgrading. I love the performance. But I think part of that is not just the video performance, but the overall full frame sensor and the stills performance. Male 2: Yeah, clearly, Rich. I mean, this camera, when you look at it on paper compared to, say, a competing model like the 6D, in, not every way, but in many ways, this camera outperforms the 6D. But I say outperforms mainly on the stills. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Side of things. Male 1: A, a lot more autofocus points. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: A lot more control when shooting stills. Male 2: Some of the big benefits to me here are obviously the full frame sensor.
And on, on the Nikon, we actually have a little bit higher megapixel count than say, the 6D, we have about 24 megapixels. Male 1: But here's the good news, Nikon gives you the ability, if you are using those crop-type lenses, FX vs DX. That it can go back and switch modes. Male 2: And just use a portion of the sensor, right. Male 1: Yeah, so unlike making those lenses unusable, that the sort of approach that Canon tends to take It's like, oh, that's fine. We'll just part of the sensor. Male 2: Yeah, that's true. Other benefits, I think, you know, for still shooting as well, is the auto-focus system. We have 39 points versus 11 on the 6D.
Now, with that said, having used both cameras, the 39 focus auto-focus points are still kind of grouped right in the center, center of the frame. Male 1: 39 in about the same area that those 11 are. Male 2: Right, so, for all practical purposes, I haven't had a lot of trouble with the autofocus points on the 60. But if you're a technical nerd, like I am, and want to know that you have the best, obviously 39 versus 11 equals better. Male 1: Well, one of the things I do like about this camera, though, is I do a lot of time lapse shooting, which a lot of you people in DSLR video are also going to be into.
I think the Nikon, hands down, is the winner. You have built in timer controls, the intervalometer's built in. You don't have to go outside. If you want to do HDR time lapse, it has bracketing and you could set those up to two stops apart in each way. So I think for a person who does video but also wants time lapse and still shooting, personally, I think the D600 is a better buy than the 6D but let's talk purely about video. Male 2: Video. So, yeah. So there's some really nice video things on here. One of the big benefits that I think here with the Nikon D600 is over here on the left-hand side, we actually have a headphone jack.
What a novel idea. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: A way to actually monitor your audio directly from the camera. Male 1: Well, I I know every audio I've ever put into the camera is exactly recorded how I Male 2: No! Male 1: Expect it to be. Male 2: This, this is just something, in my opinion, the Nikon's gotten right. That Canon, for whatever reason, still hasn't, hasn't gotten on board with. I think that, moving forward, we're going to see almost all cameras that are video enabled have headphone jacks. Big benefit. Male 1: And I do think the audio controls, which we'll take a look at when we jump into the menu, really good controls, 20 point levels, auto levels. Really good control over the gain.
I like that. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: Another thing that stands out for me is recording. This has two card slots. Male 2: Which is nice, you know, a lot of people have been talking about the two card slots and when you're shooting stills, there's great ways of combining this. You could shoot RAW to one card, you could shoot JPEG to another, but with video, think about one to use it is as overflow, right? Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Is that you can record to one card. That card gets full, you're overflowing to the next card. So we talked about, in previous episodes, getting around recording length limitations and swapping cards and all that kind of stuff.
Having the dual slots is a nice thing to have. Male 1: And I think one thing to realize is that, it's sometimes difficult to know how much capacity you have left. Because when you're in the middle of recording. Male 2: Mm-hm. Male 1: You're seeing how much time is left in that clip. Well, you might come out of that clip going, okay I, I bailed out with plenty left, and then realize that you don't have enough for the next shot. Then you're. Male 2: Right. Male 1: Fumbling in your pocket, where is my next card. The fact that it could roll over or if you're doing short enough shooting, it will actually mirror to the second card. Male 2: Which is Male 1: Or even better, I will generally say, oh, put my stills on one card and video on the other.
Male 2: Yeah. And another great feature that I like about this camera, that it's not perfect as of yet, but I think that Nikon will get it pretty much perfect with some firmware updates, is the HDMI out. The HDMI out on this camera is actually a clean HDMI out. Male 1: And unlike Canon, which is kind of like, oh, well, you need to buy this higher model camera, that's the C300, they're like, oh you want clean HDMI? Okay, we'll give it to you. Male 2: Yeah, now the issue, perhaps with the cameras that we've been using or sort of the firmware right now, is there is a little issue where it's a clean HDMI out, except we're getting blanking around the imagine, meaning that there's black or dead space around the frame, so it's not going.
To perfectly full frame, and I know that Male 1: It's not a lot. It's a couple of pixels. Male 2: It's a couple pixels but it's still there for you know, an uber geek like myself I notice it, but I'm sure it's something that will be alleviated in the future and this is nice because you know put in a external recorder like an AJKeyPro or something like that. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: And plug it in, you're recording directly to that recorder, different file formats available which is definitely something that's nice. Male 1: And the last thing I'd say on the positive front is that they really did a nice job on the buttons. Its super easy. You flip a switch. You can absolutely tell you are in video mode.
Right up here, next to the normal trigger for firing off stills, is a record button for video, so its not like flip this switch, push this button back here. They're like oh let's make it logical. There's a mode that says video mode or still mode on a very visible, clearly labeled switch and then a record button right where you would expect it to be. So it's super easy to trigger. So I think overall, a very solid camera, lots of things to look at, and really a great upgrade for Nikon. Now when we come back, we're going to take a look at some of the negatives, or the things that aren't quite yet perfect, and we'll take a detailed walk through, through the menus, so you can see exactly what the camera can do.
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