When I began researching the different uses for DSLR cameras and video cameras, I found many websites and forums with "DSL vs. Video" subjects. There is quite a bit of discussion out there on the internet about what camera is better and for what.

DSLR cameras are essentially just digital cameras that are used for taking photos. DSRL stands for digital single-lens reflex, by the way. Anyway, the debate out there is that DSLR cameras produce higher quality images due to their larger sensors. DSLR cameras have larger sensors that allow in much more light than the smaller sensors in even high-quality camcorders. In addition, DSLRs have a more shallow depth-of-field which can make the background blurrier and more intense than a video camera that will show it all. The DSLR's large sensors and depth-of-field can make even the most mundane occurrences look artsy or cinematic. That fact can translate into recording video on the DSLR as well. Filming your friend making a microwaveable pizza could look deep and brooding with a DSLR. However, there are some downsides. DSLRs are harder to focus, so if you're filming something that has a lot of movement or requires lots of zooming, you may find yourself with a lot of blurry footage. And also, DSLRs don't record audio very well, as they contain very small microphones. To get around that issue, you could always record sound separately!

Now, let's talk about video cameras. Video cameras, such as camcorders and GoPros are good for filming more long term pieces. DSLRs sometimes start to run a little hot when recording something for more than ten minutes. Oh, and DSLRs may only allow you to have a certain, small amount of video footage on the camera. Video cameras also allow you to zoom in order to focus, keeping everything on point. Video cameras are also more stable. They are designed to be held and moved while recording. Of course, items can be purchased to make a DSLR more stable as well, but if that isn't in your budget, you are more apt for shaky video footage. Basically, the bottom line is that if you're going to film a wedding or other extended events, you will want to use a video camera.

In the end, it really just comes down to what your need is. Of course, for taking stills, you can't beat a DSLR. And for filming something short and sweet, a DSLR can capture some pretty good video as well. For more extended video shooting and an overall easier experience in filming, naturally, a video camera is the way to go.

And of course, we have it all here at Norfolk Community Television and would love to teach you how to create your own masterpieces to show on our channels!

AuthorAndrew Barker