Who Needs a Video Camera?

As manufacturers improve the control and quality of video recording in digital cameras -- including D-SLRs, advanced or transitional digicams and even the smallest of point-and-shoots -- will consumer camcorders become a thing of the past? Many cameras are now capable of producing video at resolutions and frame rates, and with compression quality, that rivals that of broadcast television.

This little video was captured using a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 at 1080i/60i. I "edited" the video using iMovie on a MacBook, adding Apple's camera shake removal. When exporting, I made an NTSC 480i widescreen "print" with a medium level of compression to keep the file size reasonable. Of course, YouTube has compressed it further while transcoding it for playback on their site.

Of course, this video will never replace a full-fledged video camera for professional or broadcast use, but filmmakers are embracing mid-level D-SLRs like Canon's 7D and 5D mkII for serious movie making. Even the Canon EOS Rebel T3i can produce truly professional-grade results in the right hands.

So, what do you think? Will dedicated consumer camcorders be replaced with these high-quality hybrid technologies?