The history of purists

Started Sep 11, 2008 | Discussions thread
DavidMaven Senior Member • Posts: 2,975
Most people can't make a good still image...

The trend towards video in still cameras doesn't bother me; I have no intention of using it so I don't care if it's there or not.

I've said it in other forums/threads, but most amateur photographers can't make a decently composed still image. IMHO, well-composed, shot, and edited video requires a skill set and imagination that is an order of magnitude greater than that for still images.

Most amateurs who want or need video are no better off with video in a pro-level still camera than they are in a low-end P&S that has video. They should save themselves some money and get something low-end.

I can see the threads in the Pro Forum now: Long-time pros complaining that newbie wedding shooters are charging only $100 for coverage of an entire wedding and reception with both still AND video output on a single DVD (no post processing!).

Jamie H. wrote:
And an address book, and a stopwatch, and an email client, and you
get the point. That doesnt mean I use those features a whole lot or
that I dont still own an MP3 player or a point and shoot camera. Try
and stuff too many features into a single device and it just becomes
unwieldy. Video cameras demand a whole different set of tools and
adjustments than still cameras do. I predict that due to limits in
ergonomics and human-computer interaction, the usefulness of video in
a still image camera will be very limited. That doesnt mean some
companies wont try to produce a 'swiss army knife' device of digital

I think the naysayers at this point are the people primarily spooked
by the idea that their hobby and trade is going to fall by the
wayside when high res video gets into high gear. I can understand
that fear, but I believe it is largely unfounded for a number of

Photovalve wrote:

A response to those who think that video mode in a DSLR is potent of
the end of civilisation. With tongue in cheek

35 mm - you'll never get a decent picture on that (c. 1930)
Bayonet lenses - if you need to work that fast you're not concentrating
Zoom lenses - no fast apertures and you should use your feet anyway!
TTL Metering - can't do incident with that
Auto Modes - for beginners only
Programme Modes - for people who can't be bothered to learn photography
Autofocus - a gimmick and now I need new lenses!
Digital - it will never outresolve film (even I thought that!)
Video in a DSLR - not in a serious camera surely!

All of these things represent progress and after a while become
standard. Personally I hope it does have a video mode, because if I
get one I will definitely use it, as it will allow me to be creative
in a different way.

Also, more features means broader appeal which means mroe sales which
means cheaper cameras. That benefits everyone.

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