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Movie mode - technical discussions Still imaging is complicated enough but for most of us video and movie making is a whole new world to get to grips with - here is the place to request help and advice and to post it too.

View Poll Results: Do you want video on the mft cameras
YES 38 71.70%
NO 15 28.30%
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Video on MFT

Very simple:

Do you want Video on a mft camera
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Re: Video on MFT

I've voted, but I need to say most definitely, definitely, I do not want video on a stills camera. I hope there's no ambiguity here in what I've said. My English can be imprecise at times
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Re: Video on MFT

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I've voted, but I need to say most definitely, definitely, I do not want video on a stills camera. I hope there's no ambiguity here in what I've said. My English can be imprecise at times
I would agree, on the grounds that the coding required to include video induces bloatware. If you understand what I'm saying!
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Re: Video on MFT

The bloatware in the code to support video is significantly lighter than the extra weight and space that a dedicated video camera takes up in the camera bag.

Also the video in the still camera is useful when you come across behavourial activity in the wild
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Re: Video on MFT

I never use the video features on cameras.

If we must have a video button, can we re-purpose it for something useful, like DoF preview please?

Yes you can on Pens, No you can't on the GX7.

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Re: Video on MFT

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The bloatware in the code to support video is significantly lighter than the extra weight and space that a dedicated video camera takes up in the camera bag.
Not if you haven't the remotest desire to take videos - ever!
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Re: Video on MFT

I'm firmly in the No Video camp, but I recognize that a lot of photographers do want it. To omit this feature from a camera would be very unwise from a commercial point of view as it would doubtless result in significantly fewer sales. Therefore I am voting Yes.
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I'm firmly in the No Video camp, but I recognize that a lot of photographers do want it. To omit this feature from a camera would be very unwise from a commercial point of view as it would doubtless result in significantly fewer sales. Therefore I am voting Yes.
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Re: Video on MFT

People seem to overlook the obvious advantage to video on an SLR/mirrorless camera...the option to change lenses. If I had to carry around a seperate camcorder due to having no video option on my camera, I'd be restricted to the capabilities of the built in lens (unless I spend a fortune on a pro system). With my E-M1, if I want to film birds, I can bung my Bigma on it. If I want shallow DOF I stick my 45mm 1.8 on it. I can put my 35mm 1.7 toy lens on it and take advantage of the quirky image effect without having to add them in post processing. Or I can put any number of legacy lenses on and each one will look completely different to the next.

This flexibility combined with having it all built into the camera I generally have by my side every day, plus the excellent IBIS capabilities on Olympus makes the feature very important to me.

I can see the argument for having a dedicated 'photographers camera' with all the manual dials that you can dream of...but for me, the general range should definitely include video nowadays...It's not like it's going to save much in weight or size by not being there...so if you don't want it...don't use it. Don't suggest taking it away though because some of us like it!

I'm kinda sick that the EM-5 II is going to have all the video features that SHOULD be in the 'flagship' E-M1...being restricted to video standards that don't suit the technology in Europe is a pretty big oversight in my book and is the reason I don't do as much with the video function as I'd really like to. As I understand, it's more than capable of supporting the same range of video standards as the E-M5 II so every time a firmware update is announced that doesn't include an upgraded video function, I get increasingly frustrated!
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Re: Video on MFT

Video is a useful tool at times. With everyone and their dog having video in their cameras, Oly would be stupid not to have it. I voted a most definite yes even though I don't use it that much on my E-M1 and E-PL3.
It is more convenient having it built in than me having to carry my separate pocket Kodak HD camcorder or my GoPro although the latter is a bit more specialist.
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Re: Video on MFT

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I'm firmly in the No Video camp, but I recognize that a lot of photographers do want it. To omit this feature from a camera would be very unwise from a commercial point of view as it would doubtless result in significantly fewer sales. Therefore I am voting Yes.

Have to agree, so it is a yes.

Seems alot of film makers with little or no budget are now using DLSR's as a cheaper alternative to making short films,

a nice example here
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Re: Video on MFT

I don't really see the point of this poll (really sorry Graham! ).

Virtually all new still cameras include a video mode and the vast majority of customers expect one there even if they don't intend to use it.

Let's say you don't use JPEGs and prefer RAW instead? Should there be special version of the camera that is RAW only? The addition of video adds virtually nothing to the build cost as most of the electronics for video are already there for live view and other functions.

Let's be hypothetical and suggest that a camera company (any company!) produced a version of a camera without video - it would probably have to be more expensive to justify its commercial viability, or maybe the other cameras in the brand line up would have to be more expensive in order to subsidise it.

Let's be realistic guys!

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Re: Video on MFT

I agree with you re the commercial aspect. But I answered the question from a personal point of view, not a commercial one. And personally I am concerned that including video functions in the firmware/software of a camera has the potential to introduce errors which may affect the stills side of things. Just my personal opinion - I don't expect others to agree.
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Re: Video on MFT

Love the video option, even more so on the 4K video cameras available each screen produces an 8 MB image good enough for printing to a high standard too.



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I'm firmly in the No Video camp, but I recognize that a lot of photographers do want it. To omit this feature from a camera would be very unwise from a commercial point of view as it would doubtless result in significantly fewer sales. Therefore I am voting Yes.
If having video, therefore selling more and keeping the unit price down, then it's worth having.

I wonder if there will ever come a day when you download a firmware with the features that you want
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