Liveview

As you're probably aware, we shoot a lot of videos here at WDC, of new launches, trade shows, product reviews and techniques, and till now they've all been shot on a video camera and edited on my MacBook Pro. This month was a landmark for us however, in that we elected to shoot our video preview of the new Canon EOS 500D (see it on our website, under 'Video') using the movie mode of the Canon EOS 5D Mk II.

It was a revelation. The combination of functionality, versatility and portability, combined with the quality and low light abilities produced by that full-frame sensor mean that this camera will have a far greater impact on the video market than the stills one. But then I should have known that. Dan Chung, the top photojournalist and subject of our pro interview this month, has been experimenting with video on this camera for some time and is sharing some very impressive results on Vimeo (www.vimeo. com/user331735). Not everyone is enamoured with the idea of videos on DSLRs, and some traditionalists

ABOVE: This is a frame-grab from our EOS 500D preview video, which we shot using the movie mode of the Canon EOS 5D Mk II. For a video frame the quality is remarkable. Oh, and by the way, this is a crop from the full widescreen image!

are downright hostile, but I predict that by this time next year pretty much all new DSLRs will have this feature, just as most new DSLRs now have LiveView. In my view this is great news for the consumer, but not quite so good for camcorder salesmen.

DAN'S CRYSTAL BALL

Speaking of Dan Chung, I'm reminded of the day, back in 1997, when I spent a day shadowing him for a feature, when he was at Reuters and I was at Amateur Photographer magazine. He was using an early digital SLR, at a time when consumer digicams were like bricks, had only just cracked the one-megapixel barrier and cost about a grand. He predicted that within 10 years everyone would be using digital cameras and film would be virtually dead. How I laughed at the idea. Maybe in 20 or 30 years I retorted, as I stroked the rolls of Velvia in my pocket. But it's Dan who's had the last laugh!

Nigel AUmtuii on Google's Street View

Nigel AUmtuii on Google's Street View

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