DSLR Camera Guides for Beginners
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Camera Guides for Beginners: Understanding Video Capture

Written by: Gregory Miller
Over the past few decades, camera technology has evolved by leaps and bounds from taking simple photographs to shooting high definition videos and capturing epic cinematic shots. Today, most photographers and videographers use digital single lens reflex cameras, which are commonly known as DSLRs. If you are new to the art of capturing footage, this guide will help you understand the pros and cons of using DSLRs and how these cameras work to shoot video.

Shooting Videos with DSLRs

While some digital cameras were only able to offer 720p and 1080p video capture, many DSLRs can shoot cinematic 4K UHD video with phenomenal quality. Whether you are shooting portraiture, action sports or family events, DSLRs offer an extended list of zoom lenses that you can attach to meet your needs. Even though digital cameras can capture pristine photos and videos, here are a few more things you should know.


A key fact a videographer should know is how much footage your memory card can hold. DSLR cameras utilize high-speed memory cards during the video capturing process. The most popular choices are Secure Digital High Capacity cards known as SDHCs, and Secure Digital eXtended Capacity cards known as SDXC. Memory cards play one of the most important roles in capture video because the successful storage of video requires a card capable of keeping up with faster data transfer, which can range from a stand megabyte speed to much faster speeds depending on price. While both SDHC and SDXC cards look alike, they are not the same. While SDHC cards are widely supported in almost all DSLRs that have a SD card slot, SDXC cards require a special SDXC slot for compatibility that was introduced in 2011. You need to ensure that your camera is SDXC compatible. SDXC cards offer faster read/write times than SDHC cards, and are available in storage capacities higher than 32GB, making them ideal for video recording.

Shooting style

As a photographer or videographer, you may be accustomed to a certain shooting style when focusing on and capturing your subjects, but some DSRLs are not specifically designed for video capture. read more...

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