The HDSLR: The Future of Documentary and Video Journalism? - by Ted Roach and Larry Engel
Since 2008, a new wave of cameras has swept across the filmmaking scene. The HD-DSLR or HDSLR (depending on who you talk to – High Definition or Hybrid Digital Single Lens Reflex) has increasingly found its place alongside the traditional 35mm cinematography of the motion picture film industry. Just in the last year, the Canon 5D captured key action sequences of Iron Man 2, and a feature shot entirely with the Canon 7D won the juried “Best Film” prize at SxSW (South by Southwest Film Festival). Over on the smaller screen, quite a few dramatic television programs have turned to these cameras as well. In particular, the critically acclaimed and widely popular House on Fox has used the Canon 5D exclusively on some of its episodes. While the debate continues about how best to use the HDSLR in these high profile markets, there’s no denying that these compact, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive cameras have a lot to offer filmmakers of all kinds and in many genres.