The Camera

My organisation has a Panasonic HC-V700 for event video. The video end product consists entirely of a single person standing at a lectern and is published on YouTube. I usually set up the camera by mounting it on a tripod, manually focussing on the subject, connecting the audio, turning on record at the start of the event, and stopping the record at the end of the event.

I would like to replace this with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i which was purchased by the event organiser for stills, along with EFS 55-250 mm lens.


Audio is supplied via line feed. I use a mixer and headphones to check the levels before feeding the audio to the camera.


The venue is indoors, and lighting is usually poor. The camera is usually located at the back of the room, and is in a fixed position, and no zooming is required.

The Questions

  1. Will this replacement camera deliver a better result?

  2. What configuration does it need to do the job?

1 Answer 1


Firstly, that camera has a 29 minute 59 second recording limit. If your speaker goes for longer than this it may not be suitable. Apparently this is due to some countries charging higher import duties for video cameras, but if it records less than 30 minutes it's not classed as a video camera. Yeah, I know.

The DSLR will probably cope better with low light due to its larger sensor, and it will give you a shallower depth of field, meaning that you can get a blurry background and sharp foreground, which has a more cinematic feel. Of course if you want the background to be sharp this may not be such a good thing, and it also means you will also have to be more careful about focus.

If you're filming from a long distance you might want to see which camera has the better zoom. At least with the t51 you can buy a longer lens.

Audio on that camera should be fine, you might want to make sure the level is set to manual, otherwise it will turn the volume up everytime the speaker pauses.

As for settings, that depends on how you want to shoot. You could set it to full auto and let it drive, or you could go full manual so that you're in control, or you could use something in between. The aperture and ISO etc. will depend on the light levels in the room, and how much depth of field you want.

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    You can get around the 30 mins limit by using the Magic Lantern custom firmware. Ore use a HDMI DVR, which might be better / more reliable than recording to SD cards anyway. Feb 24, 2017 at 13:22
  • @stib Thanks, I appreciated your answer. I think on reflection we would continue to use the existing video camera.
    – Penanghill
    Feb 27, 2017 at 0:19

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