I own a Canon 550D and often use it for shooting various videos. I use my DSLR 80% of the time for photo taking, and the other 20% for shooting video. DSRL’s have become famous for allowing you to shoot great video. Some of the crisp images you get are fantastic.
I rarely use video features on my camera. I don’t really know much about video shooting to be honest, I do know a lot about photography however. My friend who does filming for weddings and big events earns good money from it though, and always carries an external mic.
That is true, Marcel. The mics on DSRL’s generally aren’t great for getting real crisp clean sound. You can buy boom mics that clip onto the top of DSLR’s but I think it’s best to get something like a Tascam recorded and to record the audio completely separately then sync it when video editing.
I’ve never really used any of the video features on my DSLR enough. I much prefer taking photo’s. I’ll sometimes pull my camera out and shoot something when I’m with my friends to capture the moment, but nothing artistic.
To be quite honest, if I want to shoot video I’ll use a camcorder. When I’m out on my photographing trips, this is usually the only time I have a camera one me, I’m always searching for the perfect shoot not the perfect video to upload to YouTube.