DSLRS

How can I bypass the recording limit on my camera?

Cinema FV5

Episode 1406

Lou from Arizona

Lou is a comedian and he's having issues with recording video using his DSLR. It stops after about a half hour. Leo says that is a restriction of the European Union, but here in the US, there's several firmware updates and hacks to disable it. The best is the Magic Lantern for Canon. If he does a Google search for Panasonic GH4 hacks, he should be able to figure it out.

How can I get better audio in my videos?

Beachtek adapter

Episode 1213

Robert from Pasadena, CA

Robert is an aspiring filmmaker and he uses a DSLR to make his films. He's planning to upgrade to a better platform, but wants to know how he can improve his audio. Leo suggests Beachtek. They make devices that will allow him to run real XLR microphones into his camera's minijack and take advantage of better preamps as well. That's the best place to start.

What DSLR should I buy for video?

Episode 1166

Cody from Mission Viejo, CA

Cody wants to get into digital photography and video, and wants a camera for around $500. Leo says that his mobile phone can shoot 1080p video now. A DSLR with a kit lens is going to be pricey, although Leo says that for that price, the Nikon D3300 may be his best bet. With a Nikon kit lens, he'd at least have a nice basic 18-55mm lens. A good starter lens. If he buys it at B&H, he can also get a memory card included. Leo also recommends spending time at DPReview.com and read the reviews.

Can I use my DSLR camera as a webcam?

Logitech C920

Episode 1152

Bob from San Jose, CA

Bob wants to use his Canon Rebel T3i as a webcam. Leo says he would need HDMI passthru. He'll need a miniHDMI to HDMI cable, then he can connect it to his TV. But if his computer doesn't have HDMI, then he'll also need a video adapter. But for all of the effort required, he should probably just get a good HD Webcam. Leo likes the Logitech C920. It'll connect via USB and will work great.

Should I wait for the Sony A7 Mark II?

Sony a7

Episode 1138

Arnie from Atlanta, GA

Arnie saw that Leo likes the Sony A7 camera. He's got an NEX 7 and wants to upgrade to full frame. Leo says that the NEX is a great camera, but once he goes full frame, he'll never go back.

Arnie was just about to buy the a7s, but is wondering if he should get the A7 Mark II instead. It's got 5 axis image stabilization and that's a sweet feature. Sony just announced this new camera, and Leo doesn't know when it will be available. At the moment, it's just ad copy, there's no actual product to review.

What DSLR should I buy?

Nikon D3300

Episode 1136

Brian from Winterhaven, FL

Brian's wife wants a DSLR for Christmas. Leo says that sensor size drives what camera he'll really want to get. The bigger the sensor, the more expensive it will be. And it will tend to be bigger and heavier. Leo has a Canon 5D Mk. II that he rarely uses because it's so heavy. That's why he likes mirrorless and micro four thirds cameras. They are every bit as good, but they don't have a prism or mirror. They are lighter and simpler.