Now that I’ve finally resolved the issue with my 16GB SD memory card, it’s time to start playing some more with the Canon T1i DSLR. Just for kicks, I did a very impromptu video in my home office. I didn’t even plan to publish it but the unexpected finish ensured that it will live forever. When you get to the very end of the 1-minute, 35-second video, I think you’ll understand. Tyler’s expression is priceless. ;)
I took this video in what I’d call marginal lighting conditions — in my home office with no artificial lighting at all. Using my 50mm F/1.8 prime lens, I was able to get by. I’ve already learned that the optimal videos will be done with a tripod and that I shouldn’t rely on the auto-focus function. That function does work for video, but the camera bounces in and out of focus during shooting as it determines the optimal focus. However, it’s easy to use the manual focus ring when needed. Again, for relatively fixed focus videos like our gadget reviews, this should be a non-issue.
One other quick note on the actual video file. We normally compress our HD videos down so that the files aren’t too big. As a result, there’s some quality degradation, although it’s likely not that noticeable. The source file for this 1:35 video at 720p and 30 frames per second is 330 MB in size. I decided to upload the actual source file for this example. The WordPress player likely optimizes and compresses the source, but for our purposes, this is likely the best quality we can provide.
So far, I’m pretty impressed with the video capability of the T1i. Even using the WordPress player at full screen offers a decent picture. One downside I see is that the T1i will stop recording once the source file hits 4GB. I don’t think I’d ever take one recording for that long as I like to break up my scenes, but it could be an issue for some of you. Anyway, enjoy the sample vid. I’m off to do some long overdue “spring cleaning” in the home office while simultaneously installing Windows Home Server.