The HDMI is completely clean if you press the display button a couple of times but is 1080i 50i (on EU model, 60i on US model) until you hit record, then it goes to 1080p 24p but with a record symbol and a timer. (From Phil Bloom’s blog)
Definitely a step in the right direction, but I don’t know why these camera companies will not listen to what most of us want. (But Panasonic at least seems to be trying.)
There are pros and cons to all of these DSLRs. They all have capabilities to produce incredible picture quality.
If clip length is a primary concern, you definitely should be looking at a GH1 or GH2. It is a non-issue. I have been shooting documentary footage for a year and some interviews are around an hour in length. I haven’t hit a max clip length yet.
The GH2 is ideal but if you’re on a T2i budget you might consider the GH1 (find a used hackable version if you can, as the newer ones prevent the bitrate hack from being used). I didn’t like taking stills with my GH1 and the 14-140mm kit lens but I absolutely love taking stills with the 20mm f/1.7 lens.
to answer your question, YES, the overheating problem is limited to the internal card. if you use software like Adobe’s OnLocation, you can record directly to a hard drive. I do this for live events. the camera is on a tripod. I put a table with a laptop next to the tripod and connect via firewire. I click the record button in the software on the screen. the hard drive has a much larger capacity than my SD card. I can shoot an entire event. We do a TV talk show and concerts that way. it would work for any live event where you have your cameras on a tripod
I am assuming that you are referring to a regular standard definition camcorder that has a Firewire connection. No DSLR that I know of has Firewire. I used On Location that way for years, and have even monitored the composite output of my HD cameras, both camcorders and DSLR’s, via On Location.
John D. Frey
25 Year owner/operator of two California-based production studios.
Digital West Video Productions of San Luis Obispo and Inland Images of Lake Elsinore
first, I mentioned that I do NOT own a DSLR. there is no reason in hell to use a standard def cam. since I don’t own a DSLR, I do not know what type of connectors they use. but, two of the people I shoot live events with use DSLRs and OnLocation. I never asked them how they connect their computers. I use firewire