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Poll - Will video capability be an important consideration when buying your next camera?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Yup... if it's got video, I ain't buyin' it.
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  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Since you have resurrected this thread I’ll add a further comment.
    Last July I bought a Nikon D4, which has video capability. A necessary addition is live view and that is an absolute pain because the button is easily pressed by clothing when carrying the camera on a strap. As a result I spent a fair part of its first outing switching back to the viewfinder, having only one battery at the time the effect on battery life was also unwelcome.

    When we got home I fashioned a cover for the live view button from a piece of film case and attached it with double sided tape. The video button has been reassigned as ISO. Given the ease with which live view can be inadvertently activated the button really needs either a lock or the ability to reassign/deactivate it via the menu.

    More recently I discovered that the Nikon 1J5 has rather good (4K) video capability, I leant it to a friend who is very keen on video and he was impressed with it, though not with the sound.

    So in answer to the question “does video capability detract from the stills functionality” my response has to be yes it does.
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  3. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    To expand on my original reply: a camera having video won't stop me buying it. Sometimes it's useful.
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  4. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    No - I never use digital cameras for video.
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  5. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member


    Once upon a time 'home movies' were expensive to make using film.
    Buying the film, processing the film, owning a projector and screen...
    So fortunately for viewers, however painful they were to watch, they were usually very short.
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  6. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Nope :)

  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It is nearly three years since this was asked and I still have not the remotest interest in moving pictures.
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  8. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    No I use a video camera for video
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  9. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    No. My biggest concern currently is the increasing difficulty that I have in holding the camera steady. I am using the tripod more and more, but it can be very limiting. I am wondering how effective is a stabilised body and if I buy another camera that will be my biggest single consideration.
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  10. Erickson

    Erickson New Member

    All depends from your wishes, if you want to make videos, than a video camera is your choose, if you like to make photos then a photo camera is your choose. I as an amateur would buy something middle, to have ok quality on both photo and video.
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  11. John Fantastic

    John Fantastic Well-Known Member

    I can live without video. :)
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