6 Months With My Canon T2i dSLR

Canon T2i on the Soccer Field with 55mm-200mm zoom lens

It’s been a while now since I bought my digital SLR camera that also takes hi-definition video. I got it right before we went on a family vacation to Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. I wrote a blog post about 938 photos I took on that vacation.

Since that time I have taken over 7,000 pictures with this camera. Do I like it? You bet I do. It’s a great camera that I’m still learning about. I’ve learned that you don’t want to use your dSLR to shoot fast-action video on the soccer field. You can read that blog post here.

Here’s one key point that has now changed with some dSLR cameras:
There’s now autofocus on some dSLR’s when shooting with the newest cameras. Why is that important?

When you use a dedicated video camera, it has constant autofocus. Digital SLRs do not. That means you always have to re-press the shutter to refocus the camera. My camera does not have continuous autofocus. That’s ok since the videos I shoot with my dSLR do not require me to continually refocus my shots. You’ll see some of those recent videos shortly that I took while on vacation; I’m editing them now.

If you’re in the market for a dSLR that shoots video, make sure to ask whether it has continual autofocus. If it does, be prepared to pay a premium. Why? It’s a dSLR and only the high-end dSLR cameras have that new feature right now.

Does that mean that I don’t use my regular video camera to shoot video? No. In fact, I use my regular hi-definition video camera often. However, when I go on vacation and I intend to take a lot of photos, my dSLR does double duty as a hi-def, hi-quality video camera and also an 18 megapixel digital camera.

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