Lately, I’ve been thinking about buying a DSLR camera in order to shoot video on a flash-memory camera. I recently borrowed a Canon T2i, which is generally well respected as a prosumer camera, and gave it a spin.
My main issues with the T2i camera is how it fails to significantly improve upon what I can do with my little Canon S95 camera.
For example, the T2i records video at 1920×1080 which looks great and all, but the S95 can do 1280×720 and that’s probably HD enough for my needs. My home computer could barely play the T2i-recorded video without stuttering.
The T2i offers many manual controls, which I used to love, but my eyesight has gotten so bad that I’m better off with an automatic control for focus than I am trusting my own peepers. The T2i and the S95 have virtually the same auto-focus algorithm so this is a tie and the manual controls are superfluous.
The T2i, oddly, does not let you use the eyepiece when shooting video. You HAVE to use the LCD panel, which is a problem in direct sunlight. You can barely see what you’re shooting. The S95 doesn’t even have an eyepiece, true, but its LCD seems to be easier to see in direct sunlight.
The S95 is lacking in the telephoto lens category, since it’s zoom is pretty pitiful and its lens cannot be changed. Score one for the T2i.
But of course, what the S95 lacks in zoom/manual controls it makes up for in portability. And if I need to do extended long-lens shooting, I can go back to my miniDV camcorder.
And so I’ve decided to apply the $1k I’d have spent on a DSLR on a “boutique” high-performance computer! MainGear here I come!