2016 is slowly but surely coming to an end and, despite opinions that the DSLR or Mirrorless camera market is dying due to the introduction of more affordable, large-sensor, dedicated video cameras, the market is blooming with new shiny alternatives. Just look at the FUJIFILM X-T2, the Olympus E-M1 MII and the upcoming Panasonic GH5. The manufacturers behind all of those cameras like to emphasise the video capabilities they’ve built into their new creations, making it clear that it was not just an afterthoughts or accidental move, but rather an important add-on to their good to excellent photo equipment.
Personally, I love these type of cameras. They allow me to travel compact, avoid unnecessary customs declarations and delays, they attract less attention, are modestly priced for the most part, and can be very versatile when adding additional equipment. We can talk bits, bytes, codecs and resolutions all day long, but at the end of the day the video quality coming out of these small devices was simply unheard of until a few years ago, especially for the price. They also can and will suit most of the indie video productions many of us are doing. That said, there is generally that “hit and miss” aspect to most of these releases, both past and new, as they lack at times some essential features.
Making the Dream DSLR or Mirrorless Camera Come True
Here at cinema5D we participate in constant meetings with distinguished manufacturers, and we do our best to communicate and deliver an accurate picture of what we think is needed in order to make that “dream DSLR or Mirrorless camera”. This time, we’ve decided to approach our audience and ask the help of the community in order to define and fine tune what are those “essential features” we are looking for. Because we all work differently and have different approaches to filming, the answers are bound to be diverse, so in order not to keep the discussion concise, we decided to make a small list of features that we think might increase the functionality of cameras such as these. We ask you folks to kindly vote for those that will help you in your work as creative operators.
Rest assured, we will be submitting the results of this poll directly to the manufacturers, including a link to this article so that your voices can be heard. Let’s see if we can help make the “dream DSLR or Mirrorless Camera” a reality!