Andy Portch uses a Panasonic GH2 to shoot professional footage for Sky News
More and more people are using the film-mode on their DSLR cameras to shoot professional footage. The quality of this footage has improved greatly recently, and with shoulder rigs available it is possible to shoot steady, good looking footage.
If you've ever encountered situations where your 15kg camcorder is just too big, you may have considered using a digital photocamera alongside your main professional film camera. Andy Portch, a Sky News camera man has been using a Panasonic GH2 alongside his professional Panasonic AF101 camcorder for over a year.
DSLR camera's these days are able to record in high quality AVCHD format, and combined with lenses that can be swapped very easily, they become a good alternative for their bigger professional brothers. Digital photocameras combine excellent picture quality with the convenience of a smaller form factor.
"Having previously experimented with using a Canon 5D Mark II, he settled on the GH2 because of its smaller form factor and the fact that lenses could be swapped between it and his video camera, along with shooting in the same AVCHD format.
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