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Hybrid Cameras

I was going to post this last week – as the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed – but I didn’t have time to write it up. Turns out that that was quite convenient, because today this happened:

Hybrid SLRs have been around for a while now, ever since the D90 came on the scene in August ’08 (the Canon 5D mk II followed not so long after that). It’s interesting to note that it seems that Nikon are finally catching up on the video front. Until last month, when the D3100 was announced, the Canon 7D was probably the best hybrid you could find, at least for video features. I’m hoping that the successor to the D700 will have the video features of the just-announced D7000 along with the sensor of either the D3s or the D3x. I’m also hoping it’ll be announced next year, since I’m looking to go full-frame with my next upgrade.

Until I started reading Chase Jarvis‘s blog I wasn’t really much of a fan of video in SLRs. As time passes, though, I’m starting to realise just how much creative freedom comes with the ability to shoot hi-definition video with an SLR camera. The videos that people like Chase Jarvis and Vincent LaForet produce are beautiful, and I’m starting to want to at least try my hand at moving into that space along with improving my photography as I go.

As someone said the other day, it doesn’t matter whether you shoot Nikon or Canon: being a photographer right now is very, very exciting.