Kudos for being realistic


Kudos for being realistic about your laptop. I wouldn’t throw HD at it either.

As for cameras- let me say there is no all purpose, perfect for everyone and everything camera. Think hard about what you intend to do with your camera when considering the right one for you. And will it serve your needs three years from now? Five years from now? Who is your audience? Who are your clients?

If you already had a T2i I wouldn’t recommend dumping it for the T3i. But since this is your first camera I would whole heartedly demand you beg, borrow, or beg harder to get the extra cash for a T3i over the T2i.

It does have less than full HD with an SD/VGA setting at 640 x 480 (30p (29.97) and 25p fps.) So your laptop ought to manage for now. Plus it has all the HD juice you need for later.

THE MOST IMPORTANT reason I recommend the T3i is the variangle screen (or as I call it – the flippy outyscreen on the back.) I use that ALL THE TIME. Well, not ALL the time, but I use it at some point during every shoot I’ve done with it either still or video. And it has manual audio controls (even if they are a little user unfriendly.)

So should you get the T3i or the DVX100?

This is my two cents -Iwouldn’t pay a dime fora mini-DV camera right now because you’re not going to make a dime with it. I sold my entire XL1 kit for $600 and was happy to get it. I’m sure the Pannyis an excellent DV camera but it’s still a DV camera. Clients want HD – not SD. (Is the DVX100b reallytwo grand??? You can buy a T3iAND a basic productionkit or newlaptopfor that.)

The T3i is a camera you can one day make money with. It’s not an event camera – it’s a production camera. (Although I do use mine as a second camera for weddings.) HDSLRs are just not ergonomically suited for events without an unreasonable amount of modification. But if you want to shoot commercials, short films, etc. – the T3i will do it.

Oh, and it’s a pretty darn good still camera to boot!

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