March 10, 2011 Leave a comment
SxSW is upon us this week and the digerati masses are converging upon Austin TX for the ultimate tweet-up of the year. The scurry of flights, 4sq check-ins, Facebook updates, letting the social and not-so-social cronies and the rest of world know – that we’re all converging.
There’s so much to consume, panels, networking events, screenings, announcements & launches, cocktail hours & parties – a perfect melting pot of content generation potential not only in the written form but also digital assets like video and still-imagery.
So I struggle this year, owning a number of Nikon DSLR bodies, along with pro-lenses, I am well-equipped to capture and syndicate high quality images in support of content for SxSW. Problem? I have absolutely no urge to lug around my D700 + battery grip + reporter flash bracket + SB800 flash, matted to a 24-70 or 70-200 f/2.8 lens, not for 4-days straight. I conceded and brought the 24-70 rig to CES this year, and while it captured great images, form factor was tiring and with an army of others trying to do the same – maneuverability was just not there.
So I decided to pick up this, Nikon P7000:
It’s a large form-factor point & shoot camera, with all the versatility and control without the worry and bulk of one of my full-sized DSLR’s. Controls are intuitive, similar to my other Nikon’s, there’s a hot-shoe for my SB600 (lighter than my SB800), shoots HD video, and produces some great pictures. It also records onto SDHC, easy access to images via the SD card slot on my Macbook Pro, no need for an additional CF card reader.
I opted to go this route, than a micro-4/3 Samsung NX100 or Sony NEX-5; why? Because I realized, if I went with the micro-4/3 I would get a lens adapter and put one of my Nikon lenses on there. At that point, I might as use my large form-factor camera, so it didn’t make any sense.
Hoping this will enable me to still capture great content, without the bulk and weight of a full-sized camera – we’ll see how it goes this week!