Yes and no. The BBC, for


Yes and no. The BBC, for instance, if you do news, want an on the shoulder camera from a very short list of acceptables. The look is important, but the other aspects are common batteries, common format for ingest into their systems, standard audio facilities, slot in radio mic receivers. All the acceptable cameras have virtually identical controls and operation style. They have common connectors for the lens controls – they have B4 mounts so operators can easily swap the lenses or hire them in pretty well anywhere. They pop out of the case, have a battery slapped on and up and running in seconds. They can have their output connected straight to a sat van, or OB unit, most can have CCUs attached, and they fit easily into the broadcast world. Turn up with one at a studio and the pictures match. B4 lenses mean decent depth of field – they usually have range extenders too. even things like base plates mean I can remove and attach my cameras to other peoples equipment. You can perch one on a very tall set of head and legs so it’s perhaps 7 ft above ground, and you can see the viewfinder – you can’t do that on a DSLR – unless you add on extra kit. These cameras are designed to do exactly what they do. Can’t say that about DSLRs, and the large format cameras are more suited to Cinema style product. Nothing related to image quality – just practical stuff!

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