Canon EOS 5D Mark II

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 May, 2009, 12:00am

Full-length movies are usually shot with multi-million dollar budgets on very expensive camera equipment - but that is all about to change.

For his film Searching for Sonny, indie filmmaker Andrew Disney elected to shoot with an off-the-shelf digital SLR - the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. In addition to its 21-megapixel image resolution, the 5D Mark II comes with a new Canon CMOS sensor that offers ISO sensitivity of up to 25,600 for ultra-low light shots, and a new Digic 4 processor for high-speed image capture.

All this allows the 5D Mark II to shoot uninterrupted, full 1920 x 1080 high-definition video at 30 frames per second - no doubt a handy feature for Searching for Sonny, the first full-length feature movie shot with a digital SLR camera.

You can watch trailers of the film at http//, Disney's blog. The quality of the trailers shows that the 5D Mark II is more than capable of the job. Disney also explains the challenges of using a digital SLR, such as getting around all the auto settings in the camera - i.e. focus and exposure. He also explains how he solved the problems.

Obviously, the 5D Mark II will also take good still photos as well. This is a professional grade DSLR and is priced as such: HK$20,800 for the camera body without lenses. But for budding filmmakers, this might be the most affordable method of getting the high quality of professional movie cameras.

Pros: ultra-high sensitivity, capable of shooting feature films

Cons: read Disney's blog for issues he had while shooting Search for Sonny