Tuesday, February 02, 2010

New still cameras that do video

Fuji HS10
The upcoming Fuji HS10/HS11 camera is a fixed lens, 30x zoom, but it has a very SLR-like feature; you turn a ring on the lens to zoom. With a 35mm equivalent 24-720mm zoom lens, HD 1080 support and a price of $500...hmmm.

There's also mention of a "Super High Speed Movie mode" for slow-motion video at up to 1000fps. But at what frame size and how noisy will it be? Other cameras that I've seen capturing at such high frame rates produce tiny frames with lots of noise, making those high frame rates virtually useless. But if it did 720p at 60fps or a bit higher, that might be useful. [The specs only mention 1080p and 640x480 and 320x240, so I'm guessing the High Speed movie modes work in those lower resolutions only.]

New Canon Rebel says a new Rebel will be announced next week. Selectable FPS (though no details on what exactly) though no articulating LCD screen.

And I disagree and agree with their comment about the need for an articulating LCD screen. I think for video it's very useful, and while most people aren't buying a DSLR to primarily shoot video, I think most people will actually use it now and again to do so.

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