Handheld HD Camcorders – Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Professional)

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Electronics expert Jody Vining explains the different types of handheld HD camcorders on the market today, including the Canon 5D Mark II

    Jody Vining: Hi! I am Jody Vining from www.

    tigerdirect.

    com. We're taking a look at some of the hottest HD video cameras that are available on the market today. If you're ready to step up to full pro level shooting in terms of the image quality, you have to check this out. It's the Canon 5D Mark II. This is a DSLR that is currently being used in full Hollywood productions. Chances are that you've actually watched shows on TV that have been shot on this camera right here.

    Now it comes with an incredible lens, a 24 millimeter to a 105 millimeter zoom lens. That's just the one it comes in the kit though. Because this is a Canon EOS camera, it'll work with any of the Canon EOS lenses that you can find on the market today. There are tons of the lenses out there. It shoots in full 1920 x 1080p. Well, the image quality is something that is absolutely astounding.

    One of the other great things about this particular camera is you can actually shoot practically in the dark. Lowlight situations become not a problem. Now, when you're shooting stills with this, it's going to shoot 21 megapixel photos at upto 3.

    9 shots a second. So in addition to being very impressive on the video front, it's also an extraordinary still photo camera that's going to take stills like you've never seen before.

    Now let's take a look at some of the features on the back here. You can take a look at this display. It's got an absolutely gorgeous display, a joystick for actually being able to move around and set up all of your settings. Right now, it's in video mode. This actually has a nine-point autofocus system onboard, which means it's going to very quickly focus on anything that you need to focus on.

    You've got a manual wheel located right back here for navigating all of your menu systems, and easy buttons for getting to all of the most used features on the camera. As well, you've get an LCD display right here on the top that gives you instant access to information like shutter speed, aperture, and your exposure compensation, and a very easy reach to your index finger is a wheel for making even more modifications to your settings right here without having to back away from the camera.

    Now it does use CompactFlash for storage, which is a little bit different than other cameras that are out there. Most cameras are going to use SD cards. This does use CompactFlash, so bear that in mind, if you're taking a look at this camera. As well, it does have outputs located right over here for your AV-out, and HDMI as well. So you're able to show your still photos and that full HD video on your big screen TV. Located right next to that, is where you're going to find your microphone input, as well, as a spot for hooking up to your Flash, and a remote input located right there. So you've had a lot of pro features on this camera, because it is in fact a pro camera.

    Now there are a couple of shortcomings when using this camera for video shooting, especially, if you're shooting in sort of a pro-level, it does not have XLR audio inputs. So, you are going to be limited to only the eighth-inch mono input or of course, you can records your audio separately if you so please. Other than that, the quality you're going to find on this camera is absolutely unsurpassed. It looks really, really good. Especially, for the price for literally say one-third or one-fourth what you'd spend for a really expensive pro-level video camera. You can get a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and get just about the same results.