Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to Michigan One Fly)
Generally the DSLRs have much larger sensors, which allows the camera operator far greater control over the depth of field, which often, especially outdoors, is simply not possible with camcorders. There are other cameras now that combine the camcorder's ergonomics with the DSLRs large sensor.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 9:55 AM (in response to Michigan One Fly)
… 'better' …
(usually, I don't like to participate in any 'quality' debate)
The Canon 5D mkII was the famous 'cinematographers' choice, due to its full-size sensor. Tom allready explained, why this is 'better'.- Not made for 'hours' of recording, many of these device were killed by their own heat.-
Most videoDSLR meanwhile (and micro43s) have sensors of (smaller) APS-C size … for example Canons other famous DSLR, 550, 600, 650, 700 (rebel tx). You get designated video devices with APS-C too....
You've heard of the 'million pixel lie'? In theory, a sensor with 'just' 1920x1080 pixel is BETTER, than any 20, 30, 40 MioPixel DSLR - due to scaling, moire, Bayer filter, etc.
Panas GH2 got famous, due to Vitaly's hack - which modified bit-rate, intra-frame encoding, etc etc etc. Most of his features are now incl. in the GH3 ... but is it as handy as a camcorder?
switching glasses is 'better' - if you want to and can afford these masterpieces, e.g. ≤ f1.2 ... therefore, those expensive DSLR can not compete with any 300$ Sony Camcorder stabilizer ...
finally: aside all tech-lingo - it's all about photography! A 5.000$ CanonEOS1x doesn't do 'better' pictures in a low light living room, in the hands of drunken GrandPa It's about light, light, light. Many/most DSLR videographer in my neighborhood don't even know what a ND-filter is. Aside owning/using one .........
It's not the camera, it's the camera-man who does 'better' pictures.
Spend 3h with this Emmy-awarded documentary:
don't miss part II
in ptII, aside Arri Alexa, Red Epic, or Kodak (film), one contestant is an iPhone!
But plus 80 people crew, a 1Mio$ studio, a DoP with years of experience.-
Light and the one using it.
//sorry for venting!//