DSLR vs. camcorder
Which should you use when shooting video?
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When you want to shoot high-quality video, you have a choice to make. This chart will help you decide if a professional camcorder or a DSLR camera will suit your needs.
|Sensor size||X||DSLR sensors are much larger than camcorder sensors.|
|Low-light imaging||X||The larger DSLR sensor can gather more light, and pays major dividends in low-light situations.|
|Image stabilization||X||Camcorders are more likely to have special IS modes for different shooting situations.|
|Manual controls||X||Camcorder controls are designed for videomaking, which is a secondary concern on a DSLR.|
|Video Connections||X||Pro camcorders use durable, high-speed connections that can stand up to a busy schedule.|
|Audio Connections||X||A pro camcorder with XLR ports provides the best possible audio connection.|
|Recording formats||X||Pro video cameras employ uncompressed video codecs that are sharper and easier to edit.|
|Lenses||X||DSLRs offer a wide range of interchangeable lenses at a low price point. Only very high end camcorders offer removable lenses.|
|Creative options||X||X||Camcorders react better to fast-moving action. DSLRs offer more artistic depth of field.|
Both platforms offer different benefits, so your final decision will come down to personal preference. If you absolutely need professional-quality sound to go with your video, you'll want to look into a professional camcorder with XLR ports. A DSLR can give you some really nice quality video effects in a smaller package, with easy access to interchangeable lenses. You'll want to assess which features will be most important to you on a daily basis, and move in that direction.