Shooting Mirrorless Video

Special guest post by Mark Toal

I haven’t written much about shooting video with mirrorless cameras since I see myself mostly as a still photographer. I have to admit that I still feel more comfortable shooting stills but video is creeping more and more into my photography.

As I travel for Panasonic, training and giving talks on the benefits of small mirrorless cameras one of the features that I like to point out is how easy it is use them to shoot video. The full time live view and ability to push one button to shoot video gives mirrorless cameras a huge advantage over many digital SLR’s.

When I first heard about what is being called “Hybrid Photography” I realized that I didn’t have to give up shooting stills to add video to my photography. Hybrid Photography is combining stills and video together to better tell a story. I find that frequently the still photos are all I need and sometimes you need to see the movement or hear the person pictures actually speak.

Another thing that makes Hybrid Photography possible if the ease of sharing these stories on YouTube or Vimeo. I’m going to go into further details about shooting video in future blogs. Here are a couple of Hybrid video samples to give you an idea where we are going with this.

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this  Mark.selfieblog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at He can be contacted at

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