Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/06/14

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Subject: [Leica] videos and still frames
From: hlritter at (Howard Ritter)
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 17:40:13 -0400
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Although my knowledge is not encyclopedic and others may exist, the  
only two digital SLRs that I know about that are capable of recording  
video are the Nikon D90 (which I own) and the Canon 5D MkII (which I'd  
like to own). Prices are under $1K and $3K, respectively, for the  
bodies. The video from the D90 frankly sucks, even in comparison to  
video from my Canon G9 or Panasonic Lumix LX1 P&S digicams, and this  
is both distressing and incomprehensible to me. All the reports I've  
seen on the quality of the 5D II's video (full-spec HD) are glowing,  
as are the clips I've seen (cf. Canon's website and Vincent LaForet's  
as well)?thus my plan to switch to Canon unless Nikon steps up real  
soon now. The Panasonic G1H is also getting good reviews, although  
it's not literally an SLR.

What camera does your friend's father use now that he wants to upgrade  
from, and what aspect of its performance does he want to be "nicer"?  
If it's the D90, he can certainly do better in terms of video. If it's  
the 5D II, he can't. Are you sure he's using an SLR?


On Jun 14, 2009, at 4:34 PM, Elizabeth Reid wrote:

> The father of a friend of mine is a doctor who is currently using a  
> basic digital SLR to record details from surgeries to teach how they  
> are done. However, he is using it for both still images and short  
> videos, depending on what the specific moment requires. He asked me  
> about what sorts of cameras are good for this sort of thing, because  
> he is thinking of getting something that is nicer, but doesn't know  
> what to get. Do any of you have any advice I can pass on?
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