Video, I don't get it

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tjuster1
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Video, I don't get it
Apr 21, 2013

Can anyone explain the demand for super high-quality video capabilities in an m43 camera? I truly don't get it.

I suspect I'm like most photographers: I display most of my images on a computer screen, but make a few large prints from time to time. It's for those large prints that I need a good camera system, and so things like resolution, DR, and noise at high-ISO matter to me. If I never printed, or rarely printed larger than 4x6, I'd be just as well served with a cheap P&S or even a camera phone.

I also shoot video, but much less often. It is almost always to record memories, and is always shown on a computer screen or maybe a television. Some videos are seen a handful of times; most only once.

I understand and accept that others shoot much more video than I do, and are much more serious about it than I am. But what I don't understand is: what kind of videos are they making that require such high quality? What is the video equivalent of "a few large prints"? It seems to me that if one were truly serious about video--with the goal of publishing videos that be seen by a mass audience--then a dedicated video camera would make much more sense than a 'hybrid' camera.

In other words, I understand why stills photographers want the best IQ they can get, because they typically produce some prints for which that IQ matters. But I suspect that almost none of the videos produced by m43 users require such high quality--so why are some m43 users so eager to have and pay for those features?

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