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Which DSLR is right for me?

Jabbit 11,030 1,379 January 3, 2016 at 06:01 PM
I used to have a D40 up until 2 months ago, took great pictures but low MP count and no videos. Recently bought a refurbed Canon T5 and I like it. Bought the kit with 18-55 and 55-250. Takes great photos. However, I'm kinda annoyed with the video recording limit stopping at 4GB or 30 mins, whichever comes first. 1080p videos only go about 10 mins before hitting the limit. Also don't like that it doesn't autofocus during videos, that is a bigger deal than I thought it would be.

Should I flip this DSLR after only 2 months and upgrade? If so, to what? Is there something better that would fill my video recording desires? GoPro or something else?

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The entry DSLR do video but are not really designed to be a video platform. Even on the higher end ones like my 7D Mark ii you have some limits (Sensor heat & File size) and autofocus depending on your light, lense, etc. I just bought an external mic for mine to do some better table top reviews, since onboard sound is bad.

If you want to do a lot of video but want something that's more simple, you're probably best with a device where video is it's primary objective.
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Also don't like that it doesn't autofocus during videos
You may want to try a camera from a store that takes returns.
autofocus could be a problem.
I have two cameras, one with autofocus and second without.
autofocus takes a second or two to adjust and during that time it;s blurry -> since autofocus hunts for a focus.
on top of that, when you move your hand or tilt camera a bit it changes focus again.
i had to disable autofocus.

if you are recording a lot of vidoes, should you go with camcorder?

also looks like you have nice body : Canon T5 with18 MP sensor but you have cheap lens.
my friend has really good lens ($2,000 - $3,000) vs my 18-250 ($350) lens and I can see the difference.
you need to try good lens before switching body.

DSLR is all about lens not MP.
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Might want to take a look at Micro 4/3 options as well, they tend to do better with video than DSLRs. Something like the Panasonic G7 for instance.

There are some large sensor fixed lens cameras on the market too, like the Canon G5 X, which could be a good option.
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I used to have a D40 up until 2 months ago, took great pictures but low MP count and no videos. Recently bought a refurbed Canon T5 and I like it. Bought the kit with 18-55 and 55-250. Takes great photos. However, I'm kinda annoyed with the video recording limit stopping at 4GB or 30 mins, whichever comes first. 1080p videos only go about 10 mins before hitting the limit. Also don't like that it doesn't autofocus during videos, that is a bigger deal than I thought it would be.

Should I flip this DSLR after only 2 months and upgrade? If so, to what? Is there something better that would fill my video recording desires? GoPro or something else?

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What kind of videos are you shooting? A dedicated video platform (like a GoPro or camcorder) may be a better solution than a DSLR, unless you need specific functions of the SLR.
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You may want to try a camera from a store that takes returns.
autofocus could be a problem.
I have two cameras, one with autofocus and second without.
autofocus takes a second or two to adjust and during that time it;s blurry -> since autofocus hunts for a focus.
on top of that, when you move your hand or tilt camera a bit it changes focus again.
i had to disable autofocus.

if you are recording a lot of vidoes, should you go with camcorder?

also looks like you have nice body : Canon T5 with18 MP sensor but you have cheap lens.
my friend has really good lens ($2,000 - $3,000) vs my 18-250 ($350) lens and I can see the difference.
you need to try good lens before switching body.

DSLR is all about lens not MP.
Lens will matter some in the amount of light it lets in and its type of autofocus motor, but not fix the inharent shortcomings of DSLRs shooting video.
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It comes down to what are you trying to record. If you like photography and like videos, one camera will not rule them all.

I own a 5dii and 5diii just for photography. I have recorded a few videos but they were short (to avoid the 30min/4gb problem). With a 50 f/1.4 I manually focused at 1080 - 30fps and the subject was in a fixed position, ie speech at a podium or interview at desk. You need an external mic. Looked good but this is not a good solution for a kids birthday party or where subjects are moving. You could use Magic Lantern to circumvent the 30 min/4gb recording issue.

I picked up a GoPro 4 silver for action videos - primarily for snowboarding and secondary for vacations (the rear lcd is a godsend for me). One headache I've learned is video editing is a pain in the @$$ and is more tedious than culling and editing photos (Even though I have 2.7k and 4k capability, depending on final edit - I will shoot at 720 at 30/60/120 fps (smoother transitions when slowing down footage). I have to invest in a handheld gimbal soon since shaky footage is unusable. I have a Xiaomi Yi too which was about $80, which is a poor man's GoPro. It does the job as well, with slower startup times, no lcd and a good complement to my GoPro. I haven't recorded videos with the 5d's ever since.

If videos are going to be your thing and you can only have one device, I would look into a GoPro Hero 4 silver with a gimbal (feiyu, steadygim, etc) and remote or even the DJI osmo.
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Lots of good opinions here, thanks for the replies. I'll have to take a serious look at some unedited GoPro footage on YouTube to see if that would meet my needs. I'd love to have a camera like a GoPro that I could just throw in my pocket and take pictures/videos wherever I am. But I would also like to set it up on a tri-pod and take 90+ minute videos of public speaking events, so I'm wondering how well it does in that role.
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Lots of good opinions here, thanks for the replies. I'll have to take a serious look at some unedited GoPro footage on YouTube to see if that would meet my needs. I'd love to have a camera like a GoPro that I could just throw in my pocket and take pictures/videos wherever I am. But I would also like to set it up on a tri-pod and take 90+ minute videos of public speaking events, so I'm wondering how well it does in that role.
It might be tough to do that situation as most of the GoPro tend to have wide angle lenses and you probably don't want that. Audio tends to be a limiting factor in situations like that too. If your doing a lot of that a dedicated video camera would be the "Best" way.
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If you like your T5 for taking photos, keep it.

But you have a problem using a very large, 18 megapixel sensor for a 2 megapixel task. It will overheat, causing hotspots and sparkles in the video.

If you want a pocket size video camera, get a GoPro, but you know that it's not a professional camera. They're designed to be work on motorcycle and snowboarder helmets. For the 90 minute speaker, you need a dedicated video camera and a tripod. They are very compact and affordable.
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It might be tough to do that situation as most of the GoPro tend to have wide angle lenses and you probably don't want that. Audio tends to be a limiting factor in situations like that too. If your doing a lot of that a dedicated video camera would be the "Best" way.
The higher-end GoPros have a "normal" FOV setting but I'd probably get a better idea after viewing some demo videos, which I haven't done yet.
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If you like your T5 for taking photos, keep it.

But you have a problem using a very large, 18 megapixel sensor for a 2 megapixel task. It will overheat, causing hotspots and sparkles in the video.

If you want a pocket size video camera, get a GoPro, but you know that it's not a professional camera. They're designed to be work on motorcycle and snowboarder helmets. For the 90 minute speaker, you need a dedicated video camera and a tripod. They are very compact and affordable.
What would be your suggestion for dedicated video camera? And when you say "compact and affordable", are you referring to the tripod or the camera?
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What would be your suggestion for dedicated video camera? And when you say "compact and affordable", are you referring to the tripod or the camera?
Canon, Sony, Panasonic all make good digital camcorders for $250 - $500 that can almost fit in your pocket. You'll probably want an external mic, so make sure it has an input for that. Tripods are pretty cheap, and you can get one for $50 or less.
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Canon, Sony, Panasonic all make good digital camcorders for $250 - $500 that can almost fit in your pocket. You'll probably want an external mic, so make sure it has an input for that. Tripods are pretty cheap, and you can get one for $50 or less.
Can you give me a few examples? Amazon links or something?
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Can you give me a few examples? Amazon links or something?
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http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Record...B00R5LH9HO

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA...B00AWZFHG0

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I think the Nikon mirrorless makes a decent camcorder. Especially the deals with the waterproof case. Great camera for beaches and water.
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