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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: So, Rich, in the last movie we talk about some of the great new features on the Canon 6D. However, like any camera there is no perfect device or perfect camera. A couple of things on this camera that are just worth your consideration, not necessarily cons but things to sort of be aware of right. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie: And the two most noticeable things for me especially when we are talking about shooting video is that Canon actually decided unlike a lot of the newer cameras that are coming out from, even Canons and Nikons. They decided not to put an actual headphone jack on the camera body itself.
Now you can still monitor audio, but you can't actually listen to that audio, you can visually see it and stuff. But that's a big con me because I know a lot of people especially in run-and-gun situations want be able to just plug in set of headphones and be able to record and hear the audio that they have going to the camera. Rich: And that's a real shame. I mean the comparable cameras from Nikon have that the ability to adjust with 20 points of control for audio record. Canon in my opinion, particularly with this camera does need to catch up, and I had a chance to talk with Canon a little bit about this last NAB, and I said why do I have all these features and I don't have them on the DSLR? Well, that's why there is a C300 and the C530 and C100.
Robbie: Right. Rich: This camera is not for you. Well, they've kind of soften that stance a little bit, because they finally for example announced with the 5D Mark III that they are going to put clean HDMI on it. Now at the time of this recording that hadn't shipped yet, but it's the same thing they could do clean HDMI out on this. Robbie: There's a headphone jack on the Mark III as well. Rich: Yeah, this one doesn't have clean output, that hopefully it will. The fact that they left the headphone jack out, it was like they were saying, oh, you really want to do video? You still need to at least buy the 5D Mark III, the only reason I can come up with that they left it off was to save, I don't know 79 cents in the cost of production.
Robbie: Well, I think it was that, but I also think you know a little bit with this particular camera it's the one of the latest DSLR full-frame cameras on the market. So, you know adding a little board or little jack does add a couple of grams or 510 grams to the weight of the camera. Now the other thing, Rich, there are a couple of other things to consider about this camera that I think are important. As a pro level camera, you would think that it's completely rugged and the construction is completely weather proof, that kind of stuff. Well one of the things Canon did on this camera is that the top section here is not actually sort of that magnesium alloy that you find on other cameras.
It's actually plastic, and this for a technical reason with the GPS and Wi-Fi built in. Rich: They couldn't get the sensors out. Robbie: Yeah, those antennas didn't communicate very well through this. So it's not quite as rugged. Rich: So, don't purposely drop your camera on the ground, not that you would do that anyways, but yet it feels good, it's a very sturdy camera, it's got the steel body. But yeah this top cap absolutely, they couldn't get those devices to work, which is why in other cameras you start bolting those as attachments on the top and on the side. Now I'm going to say SD Cards love them or hate them, they are becoming the new standard.
Getting a compact flash card is getting increasingly hard. So, you may need to get new cards to shoot with. There are steel cards out there from companies like Hoodman if you want the stability, otherwise invest in a good card wallet, and make sure you upgrade your cards. The SDHC class 10 are enough, but you might have some older SD cards or see cheaper ones that don't work. But the other area you're probably going to have to upgrade if you are coming from a 7D is the glass, right Rob? Robbie: And this was my second thing about this camera is that you know if you're shooting on a crop frame camera like a Digital Rebel, a 7D, you might have invested in EFS Lenses and those are cropped lenses that work only on cropped image sensors, and you'll be unable to use them on a full-frame sensor.
Now you might also have regular full-frame lenses, L series lenses, or anything that's not EFS those will work of course. So, you might have to consider, now that sounds like a con but there is also a benefit of course to the full-frame sensor in your lenses. Guess what. 50 mm is 50 mm, unlike a cropped image sensor where you are having to do so this crop-multiplication math, you put a lens on the camera, the lens in the focal length that the lens has is as advertised. Rich: Very good, I think this gives you a good idea of the strengths and potential weaknesses of the camera.
In our last movie when we come back we're going to take a look at the menu system and walk you through some of the major controls that this camera offers.
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