The Canon 5D Mk II is shipping this week. This camera is a game-changer. A full-frame digital SLR (21.1 megapixel) that records 1080p HD video direct to flash card (as .mov files – no rendering required) at up to 6400 ISO. What does that mean:
- an on-location photographer can also get HD video while on the scene
- a $2600 digital SLR body includes an HD video camera for short sequences (10-20 seconds)
- serious photographers with an existing collection of large, fast quality glass lenses can now use them for 1080p HD video
I am not expecting perfection from this first release Canon 5D MkII (remember the Canon 1d mk III focus problems), but I do fully expect this to change the game completely. If you are a photographer and a web enrepreneur, how can you not see the opportunities this technology (and the improved technology that will likely follow it promptly) provides?