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Amazing Video Capable DSLR,
This review is from: Canon Digital SLR Camera EOS 5D Mark II + EF24-105 Kit (Electronics)
Okay i have had this camera for about 2 months and love it. My review is mainly going to be focused on video as this is my prime use.
If you want hollywood style videos with that wow feel to it this it. There are some things which you need to watch out for these include focusing, audio recording.
1. Focusing: due to its large sensor you have depth of field which is good if you like this way of filming and bad if you don't, what I mean by bad is that if you have focused on your subject/person and they or you start to move it get out of focus and you need to focus manually, this is especially a problem if you want to record children. Although the camera has auto focus it is painfully slow and is done via pushing the AF button which searches far too long.
2. The on board microphone is monaural although recoding are output stereo, not a big of a problem you say but it picks up the IS (image stabilization) continually making a whirl sound throughout you recording also the added fact that when you start focusing it picks up your hand movements and the lens turning. This can be fixed by a number of options including this item here RODE VIDEOMIC SHORT SHOTGUN MICROPHONE or a more professional setup of juicedlink and xlr mics which I want go into for this review.
Videos recorded are of a proper full hd definition of 1920x1080(p) both recording/outputting at an impressive bitrates of 35 mps on average which gives the ultimate quality. With the latest canon firmware release you can now record both in 30fps or 25fps. You obviously also have the option of full manual control across the spectrum to do whatever you please with you recordings.
Night time recording is a dream and with only street light available, i have a few people say that they can't see that good with the naked eye it's just that amazing. You get super clear noiseless videos without any extra lightning.
Transferring files to my imac is a breeze with the supplied usb cable or a firewire card reader Lexar FireWire 800 Professional CompactFlash Reader and come up as .mov files which open with ease with either quicktime or vlc. For movie editing you could use several different programs including imovie or final cut but you exported movie will not be in its full hd glory and will be somewhat downscaled to a slightly lower resolution, this could change in the near future with some sort of update i presume.
Connected to a full hd plasma you recordings will shine and give the true cinema experience of you feeling as if your there at that moment in time its super sharp and super crisp.
The actual camera build is excellent and a complete joy to hold it feels amazing and you know that the best materials have been used in making the camera. Obviously expected at these price.
The menu system is a simple and straightforward and has a lot of options for tweaking a screen for your personal settings.
At the end of the day this i DSLR camera for photos and make no mistakes that with these kind of sensor and lens you can get that nice and creamy bokeh you want and the detail in pictures I have taken are just out of this world. If you're a pixel peeper, blowing the picture up to its maximum size still has a crisp and noiseless image to look at so if you're into printing these at large sizes they will be perfect.
If you have the money get one it's the perfect DSLR/HDSLR Camera/Camcorder you will not be disappointed.
A good case to go with this will be this Lowepro Flipside 300 Photo Backpack - Black with excellent quality and size.