Many of the latest cameras provide functionality for both stills and video capture. And some, such as the new Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder, attempt to create one tool that works for many jobs.
But when you really pour over the specs and design, all cameras are better at one thing, regardless of their versatility. The XC10 is a perfect example. It is a camcorder first and a still capture device secondly.
Another example is the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. When I first met with Olympus about this camera, the emphasis was on its video capabilities. But in my view, they were shoring up that capacity, not making a video camera. The E-M5 Mark II excels at still photography. But now, thanks to its improvements, it is better at video.
The Panasonic DMC-GH4 comes close to being equally adept at both video and stills. But since my focus is on photography, I can go with a smaller camera, such as the OM-D E-M10, that's better suited to my need for traveling as light as possible.
I bring this up because it's easy to get confused when considering new purchases. The temptation is to have a camera that does everything. We're lucky to have such options, but in the end, think about your individual strengths, and purchase a tool that matches them.
My strength is nimble photography. I like to be out in the world shooting stills. So I have to make sure I have a device that's perfectly suited for travel. That's why I love micro four thirds.
Shooting video, indoor portrait photography, and product work are secondary tasks. Yes, I have tools to help me accomplish those jobs, but they tend to be older and aren't updated as often. My new cameras are those that feed my strengths.
You've probably already thought about all of this. But if not recently, it's a good exercise to consider what type of artist you truly are now, then make sure you have the right tools to feed your creativity.
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