If you've had any doubt about the excellent video capabilities of high-end digital cameras, such as the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR model, you'll want to watch the season finale of the TV show "House," tonight on FOX.
Tonight's House episode, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, was completely shot using the 5D Mark II and 8 GB memory cards. The director of photography for House, Gale Tattersall, wanted to give the episode a unique look with limited depth of field, which the 5D Mark II provided. In addition, the 22 MB image sensor with the 5D Mark II is much larger than image sensors found with digital camcorders, providing the resolution required to replace the film cameras normally used to shoot House.
Tattersall says the 5D Mark II hasn't officially replaced the film cameras used on the House set, but the Canon DSLRs could be used again in future episodes, depending on the type of look desired for an episode.
The 5D Mark II was used to shoot the opening sequences of "Saturday Night Live," at the start of this television season.