Nyrius Review and Demo
via email – Rod, I was on YouTube and found a couple of your videos, while my search for the best dSLR for HD recording. I enjoyed both very much as I am a new Dad and want to capture as much of my kids on video as I can. Your shorts have made me realize that the T2i is the right choice for me but if I could ask, how do you keep the camera so study while panning or sweeping? I was thinking about getting a monopod but any suggestions would be very much appreciated. -Doug
ANSWER: Thanks so much for email and your comments, I really appreciate it! Congrats on becoming a new Dad, it’s a wonderful time that should be captured on video. Like you, I did a lot of research on camera’s before I finally decided on the Canon EOS T2i, also known as the 550D in Europe. For the price it is way to good to pass up. I wanted a system that gave me HD quality footage, but could also get the “film look” with a deep depth of field. This could not happen with a standard video camera, due to the inability to change lenses. The T2i was a perfect decision for me, a platform that can take stunning still images, but more importantly awesome video. Of course, like everything, there are cons, but I knew what they were before I made the leap, and was ok with it.
I consider myself new to videomaking and DSLR, but I will do my best to answer your questions…
For my panning shots I make sure to use a tripod with a “fluid head”, this is the key to getting those smooth shots. For my tripod I use a Velbon DV7000, It’s a great alternative to the higher priced ones at around $70, and has a fluid head and designed for video. Unfortunetly, looks like it is discontinued at B&H, but if you do some searching you may find it online. I used it a lot in my “Alamo” video. It fit nicely under our baby stroller and I can quickly take it out, deploy legs and start filming. I have never used a monopod, and I know there are folks that swear by them. I like the tripod, cause I can also use it as a monopod by only using one of the legs of the tripod, or use all three for hands free shooting.
Thanks again for your question and comments. Let me know if I can further help!
If you have further questions on this subject, please leave a comment below.
**UPDATE – Added pics of my tripod during recent timelapse shoot.