There are people who can’t resist the newest or the most advanced gadget in any respect. People have bought Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Cinema Camera, or the Blackmagic Compact Camera, or the latest Canon or Nikon DSLR, or Red Scarlet, or whatever is new, 4K, RAW format, with a 4:4:4 colorspace. To these people, money is never an object, as long as it’s the newest, best, and (usually) most expensive.
As you may have guessed by now, I’m not one of these people.
My previous top-level camera for video was a Kodak Z990, which was obsolete when I bought it, which was able to shoot 1920 X 1080 pixels progressive video (commonly known as 1080P) at 30 frames per second. Since 30 fps (actually 29.97 fps, but we won’t go into that just now) is the de facto standard for American television, this was not a problem; in fact most all of my other cameras, digital or analog, shoot at this rate.
Since everyone is all hot and bothered for the “cinematic look”, cameras have been offering 1080P video at 24 frames per second (actually 23.97; again, we won’t go into that just now). If you can’t do 24fps, it’s not a “professional” camera.
Since I have never been an early adopter of new technology – it took me five years or so to go from MS-DOS 3.3 to MS-DOS 6.0 – I had been biding my time, looking at the markets, and waiting for a deal that would work for us. Well, we found one – a Nikon D3100 DSLR with a 15-85mm zoom lens in the kit. It shoots 1080P at 24fps, and can be used for what I want to do quite nicely.
My problem now? Getting used to doing what I want to do with it. This may not be as easy as it sounds.
When I get better at doing what I want, I’ll post some results, with comments, here. Stay tuned!
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