How DSLR Cameras are Changing Journalism

DSLR Journalism

Nick Friend

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Journalism’s main concern is getting information to the public as fast as possible.  Recently, many digital product companies have been manufacturing digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that not only take stunning pictures, but now offer the ability to take high definition (HD) video.

Companies like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and many other digital optical manufacturers have seized the moment with regards to HD in their DSLR products.

In fact, many journalists have chosen the DSLR range of cameras for their reporting because of the portability and the versatility.

“It’s more portable than a full on video camera,” according to Andrew Page, a Fayetteville, TN, senior, “And it gives roughly the same quality of video.”

Video DSLR cameras are not without their faults, though.  Since these sort of cameras have dual capabilities between video and still photography, journalists have a slightly more involved job at hand.

Philip Luckey, a freelance professional video editor, thinks that they have their place, but it’s important to know where that place is.

“Having to do double duty can start to encroach on what you’re doing,” Luckey said.

Though DSLR cameras are highly capable, their technology is still relatively new and as a result have some setbacks.

“If I went to Wal-Mart and bought a $300 camcorder and a 60 min. DV tape,” said Luckey, “I could film for an hour. With the DSLR’s you put in an 8 gigabyte card and you can only record for 15 minutes.”

There’s no telling what the future of DSLR cameras holds.