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Option 1 - I love video long time! I like to kill 2 birds with one shot! 2120.00%
Option 2 - I just like to shoot stills! Video cameras are for video! 8480.00%
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02-20-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Would you buy a DSLR with or without video options?

Lets say you have 2 DSLR options. Both are exactly $500 bodies & from the same manufacturer.

Option 1 has video capabilities. There are less buttons & other photo options have to be given up to accommodate video options like 4k & stuff at the $500 price point, but you do get external connections for video stuff.

Option 2 has no video capabilities. It's strictly for stills, but you get a slightly higher megapixel sensor, faster shutter speed, more buttons, more external controls, & dials to avoid having to jump into menus. Same $500 price point.

What would you pick?

This is just hypothetical. Just wondering what most photographers would be looking for.

02-20-2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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I would rather have one without video. I shoot only stills.
02-20-2015, 02:38 PM   #3
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What is video?

Seriously, this topic has been brought up before. Here's just one example:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/58820-video-dslr-3.html
02-20-2015, 02:55 PM - 1 Like   #4
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I feel that the survey is biased.

The survey should have a third option:
Option 3 - I use occasionally video. Like this, I can kill 2 birds with one shot!

I buy a dSLR to take still shots, But I like the convenience of HD video, because I do not want to carry a camera and a video camera all the time.

My 5 cents.


02-20-2015, 03:01 PM   #5
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I didn't vote. But I do have an opinion. I shoot stills. I have two cameras that are still and video capable. One Pentax and one Canon. In both cases I've used each respective camera's video feature ....once. Only to ensure that it works.

However, I do prefer to have a camera that has both still and video capability, in case we get grandchildren one of these days.

Other than that, it's still pix all the way...baby !
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To those 'stills only shooters'
Video IS stills. 24/30/50 or 60 of them per second and saved in a .mov container with an audio track

There's no cost saving for a manufacturer to leave out video capture now days.
It would not mean that stills capture would be better.
It would not increase their sales to offer such a camera, the opposite would be the case.

With respect, this is just a silly question.
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Its nice to have video on the camera. My dslr only does stills. Cameras don't just take pictures anymore...
02-20-2015, 03:09 PM   #8
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For me, I shoto stills for video, where you tend to hold the subject much longer I prefer a lighter purpose made video camera or a bridge camera. After all, video simply does not need the resolution of a DSlR

02-20-2015, 03:11 PM   #9
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$500 for 4k video dslr!? If by less buttons you mean like a K-50 vs. a K-3, then i'd totally go for the video dslr. I'm about 60-40 Pictures-Video. And if i'm getting a great video DSLR at that price point, and since they are both from the same brand... I would possibly purchase both?
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I carry my Optio90 WR for video, it has all the capability I need. It's in my pocket all the time, so always handy. Thinking I need an actual video camera, I have one... hasn't been out of my drawer for 6 years and never used once in that time. I wonder if the battery is still any good.
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"Cameras don't just take pictures anymore..."

You are correct. They also make phone calls and play Candy Crush.
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I don't mind that my K-5iis has video capability, but I've had it for nearly a year and have yet to even try a video. Of all the features and capabilities that a camera may or may not have, video is right at the top of the "I don't care" list.
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For my current needs, my iPhone is my video camera.
I only take video with my DSLR when I hit the wrong button by accident
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I've used the video on my SLR twice. Neither time was terribly important. If it stopped working tomorrow, I probably wouldn't notice for a year or so.
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I've used video on a the K3 a couple of times. It's underwhelming. If I want casual video, I'll use my Lumia. If I want good video, I'll to use something else.

Would I like to see killer video on my DSLR? Sure. But I'd not pay extra for video until it is.
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