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Okay, I think its called DSLR, not really sure, not a photography geek really. I mean, a digital camera that can make brilliant HD quality (720p/1080p) videos and take high definition (professional) quality photos.. and then with a cable (probably USB) you can transfer the videos/photos you've made to the computer. Anyway, I think you already know what Im talking about.. So the question is which company is known as the best at making this professional (and not only) stuff? In movies I see Nikon a lot, but maybe its just a gimmick.. so you tell me smile.gif
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Ha! This'll be fun.

Neither are better. Personally I own a Cannon DSLR but Nikon is excellent too.
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whats better nvidia or ati?
whats better ford, chevy or chrysler?
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whats better nvidia or ati?
whats better ford, chevy or chrysler?

to easy, nvidia and chevy biggrin.gif

I shoot with a Nikon d5100. My Friend has a Canon t3i and I like that camera also.
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well i think apple is better than windows because you can eat an apple... you cant eat a window. teaching.gif

comparing nikon and canon is like comparing oranges grown in Florida versus ones grown in California. also there are other companies other than nikon and canon that you are ignoring that also make professional quality equipment wink.gif
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If you go by professional utilization, I can name movies that featured footage from Canon DSLRs (see Act of Valor, Crank, amongst others). Don't know of any films using Nikon DSLR video footage, but that's a horrible metric. The fact is, both systems are high quality and there really isn't a 'better' system overall (though each does some things better than the other).
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They're both excellent manufacturers. Either is a fine choice.

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The differences now-a-days is so minute that you just need to hold one in your hand. Which one feels more comfortable. Check out the menu systems and decide which you like better. Both will take great HD Video and pictures. I use a Canon T2i but thats only because at the time I was shopping Nikon hadn't released it's competing version. If both were out I would have checked the menus and the ergonomics and decided. Once you choose a camera brand is can become expensive to change because you develope a collection of lenses that will only work for that manufacturer. Look into the T2i. It is still avaiable for purchase and the only difference between the T3i and T2i is the swivle/flipable lcd screen on the back. But hold it in your hands first. :-)

Edit: There was a House episode that was shot with the T2i I believe. You couldn't even tell the difference.
Edit2: Sony makes a great camera as well but the bodies are smaller so if you have big hands like mine it won't feel comfortable.
Edited by Exidous - 4/19/12 at 1:49pm
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If you go by professional utilization, I can name movies that featured footage from Canon DSLRs (see Act of Valor, Crank, amongst others). Don't know of any films using Nikon DSLR video footage, but that's a horrible metric. The fact is, both systems are high quality and there really isn't a 'better' system overall (though each does some things better than the other).

i think they meant you see more nikons in the movies like actors holding nikons as in product placement.
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The differences now-a-days is so minute that you just need to hold one in your hand. Which one feels more comfortable. Check out the menu systems and decide which you like better. Both will take great HD Video and pictures. I use a Canon T2i but thats only because at the time I was shopping Nikon hadn't released it's competing version. If both were out I would have checked the menus and the ergonomics and decided. Once you choose a camera brand is can become expensive to change because you develope a collection of lenses that will only work for that manufacturer.
Edit: There was a House episode that was shot with the T2i I believe. You couldn't even tell the difference.
Edit2: Sony makes a great camera as well but the bodies are smaller so if you have big hands like mine it won't feel comfortable.

one episode of house was shot partially with a T2i but they mainly stuck with the 5D2 because it offers the FF sensor. you cant really tell the difference between the 5D2 and T2i when watching TV because honestly TVs dont show all the detail. but you can definitely tell the difference when they switched from film to DSLR shooting. both companies now offer the ability to monitor and control audio in camera without a preamp although i have not seen any evidence of whether or not they have left out AGC which is not an issue anymore if you have manual control over audio levels




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also on a side note if we are just looking at video nikon kinda wins now sorta just because of the uncompressed HDMI out on the D800. to get that feature from a canon DSLR you will have to buy the 1D-C which is $10k+ and not out yet. as far as image quality the differences are not big enough to honestly argue about anymore. but like 1 year ago canon easily had the better DSLRs for video
Edited by Conspiracy - 4/19/12 at 1:54pm
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Thank you for the fast replies. I think I'll be good either way. Just thought I'd ask which one has the 'master' reputation or whatever smile.gif They are both well known thats for sure.


One thing - I just saw that "1080p HD video recording at 24p, 25p and 30p with drop frame timing"; what does "drop frame timing" exactly mean? in simple English please (not a pro)
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