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    I’m thinking of getting a DSLR to use for shooting timelapse projects as well as high quality stills. I currently am using the Panasonic HMC 150. I’d like to purchase one that has a similar video look to the HMC 150. Any ideas?

  • #198494


    Hmm…I don’t think any DSLR will look like the HMC150 simply because of the shallow DoF. But if I were to give you a suggestion, I’ve shot some nice video at work with a Canon 7D.

  • #198495


    The 7D does seem to be quite the popular model. After lookingat the “Lens help!” thread I am now also looking at the new line of camcorders like the AG-AF100. Although I still want a good quality camera/DSLR for stills.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll be looking into that model

  • #198496


    My personal opinion would be to get a still camera to shoot still photos and a video camera to shoot video. The HDSLRs suffer from aliasing. They just aren’t video cameras – they’re still cameras that can shoot video. Their image sensors aren’t optimized for video. And if you’re in a hot environment, I know from experience that the 7D can overheat, which is annoying.

    The AF100 looks like a nice video camera, but I’ve never played with it. Sony’s FS100(i think) seems nice too. But I haven’t played with that either…

  • #198497



    You don’t need a video capable DSLR to take timelapse video. In fact, I’ve found doing TML videos with a still camera is far superior to ones done with a video camera. Whatever model DSLR you get, a prosumer or better grade camera body and lenses with good glass and larger apertures (3.5 or better) will be of considerable assistance in getting good imagery.

    Many of the prosumer/pro models have built-in Intervalometers, but I find having an inexpensive external one comes in handy for other reasons. I agree with Rob and will add that unless you really need the capability to shoot video with a still rig, to pass on it and get a dedicated video camera. Unless you have a background in photography, the learning curve and accessories needed to take advantage of DSLR video is steep and expensive.

    Here’s a link to one of my posts that deal with shooting TML’s with a digital still camera.


  • #198498


    Thanks for the link. Very informative. Would a Nikon D3100 or D5100 work fine for producing my timelapse projects then, as long as I have the remote intervalometer?

  • #198499



    Yes, those models should work just fine. Check around for compatible IVM’s and check the manufacturer’s spec’s on those cameras to see if they have built-in IVM capability. As for an IVM, in my personal opinion if you pay more than $75 you paid too much. No matter what camera you get, remember that the lens(ses) you use with it will make or break the imagery you get.

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