Hi folks, I just researched the Canon A1200, one of the only inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras that has 24p video recording. The A1200 does not have as many features as more expensive point-and-shoots, but it does have great reviews and is capable of recording at 24 frames per second and then playing it back frame by frame forward or in reverse and in slow motion. The file format is Quicktime (MP4). Videos recorded with this camera can be imported into Dragon Frame.
Here's a sample video someone took with the A1200:
There is a firmware mod for this, which allows the camera to shoot in RAW and have full manual control as well as timelapse script support and HDR-stitching capabilities.
Pretty neat, and more than capable of what I was look at it for (didn't even know about the software mod until today).
Here is a direct link to a tutorial on updating the firmware:
Interesting Ill have to add this camera to my list of cameras Iam thinking of getting.
Just so it's clear, this camera is not intended for creating stop motion. In the context I was introducing it, it would be used to shoot reference footage you would study to help you figure out your animation's timing or to shoot live-action elements that would later be composited with stop motion. It does have time lapse capabilities, so it is possible to use in that way, but you would have no way to interface it with a framegrabber, so you couldn't see what you just shot until you removed the card and put it in a computer's card reader or used an Eye-Fi. As you may know, most point and shoot cameras and even camcorders only offer 30 frames per second as the video option. 24 FPS is the speed that film runs at, and most people animate at 24, making this particular camera intriguing, as that feature is so rare at this price point. To experienced animators the timing difference between 30 and 24 is not that big of a deal, but the spacing between movements is slightly different and if you are just starting out it is important to be able to study video at the same speed you are animating because it helps you improve your timing as well as being able to see how things move in the real world. It also allows you to rotoscope and match-move elements because the speed of reference and the rate of play in the framegrabber would be the same.
Ahh gotcha thanks for the heads up. Still though at that price point its kinda hard not to resist
Thank you for the very informative post.
24 seems to be slowly getting to be a consumer standard. Makes me really happy to see, after all those years of video that just didn't look or move like film, even when deinterlaced. Nowadays, the film look is pretty obtainable. It's like the days of 16mm home movie cameras all over again. And HD webcams are like Super 8.
I love that film! Never knew you used a Powershot for that. Did you use a timelapse feature on the camera, or did you just shoot that many still pictures and then offload them to the computer where you could stitch them into a Quicktime file later?
Yeah, Canon is my favorite too, with Panasonic taking a close second. I'd have gotten a Lumix by now if it had a live USB connection. DSLR-like bridge cameras with no moving parts are COOL!