Digital cameras forum: DSLR or Dedicated Video Cam? (please read circumstances)

by: airfork May 31, 2013 11:55 PM PDT

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by airfork - 5/31/13 11:55 PM

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So I see many, many different articles and posts pertaining to this question, though just about every single one of them was answered according to a few variables of the question poster. I have a very, very unique situation in which I won't have the luxury of a "do-over".

I'd first like to point out that I'm not experienced at all. I'm a salty 32 y/o paratrooper veteran who has spent my life in either the army, the hospital as a disabled vet or the academia environment, trying to set a positive role model to my children. The only familiarity I have with photo/video, was from a film-making lab that I took back in college.

Unfortunately, I received some pretty bad news not too long ago; I'm sick and dying. I'm sure that I at least have a few years to go and this whole dying thing wouldn't be so bad if it just solely affected me. However, it won't just affect me, as I have a small little boy to whom I have been both mother and father to. We are attached at the hip and have easily become best friends. From the moment he came out of his mother's womb, I fed him, clothed him, rocked him to sleep and bathed him. I was literally both his mom and his dad. The only parent that this sweet and affectionate blonde-haired and blue-eyed little boy has ever known, will soon be gone. I'm going to try to shield my precious little son from as much hurt and emotional turmoil as possible. I don't want my passing to negatively affect his life.

So, I was to document my life through photos and video. I first had noticed that the only photos of me, were taken when I was in the army, dirty and deployed with weapons in my hand -and of course, that steely eye'd look that war eventually gives to anyone. It's hardly the photos that I want my son to remember me by.

However, my big plan was to document my life from beginning to end through video. Maybe give a bunch of interviews, where it would be like I'm talking to my son.I can tell him who I am and where I came from in ways that he can better understand as he gets old. In addition to telling him who I am, maybe I can give him advice that any normal dad would be able to give, for a whole range of different potential issues. I was also thinking about maybe reading a few children's books, so his children and my grandchildren may still get some benefit out of me yet, even after I'm long gone. I just think that this is the best way to break up our attachment when it comes time for me to pass.

However, I'm completely dumbfounded as to whether I should go with something like a DSLR (60d or Rebel T5i) or a dedicated video camera. I was leaning more towards the dedicated video camera, but they seem to be more expensive comparatively speaking (where I simply do not have the budge to get a good quality one) and being able to take good snapshots might come in handy. So I guess that there are trade offs for both and this is kind of where I'm stumped. I'm working on a limited budget and need to get this right. What would you guys recommend for a situation like this? DSLR or dedicated video camera? Also, I'm a pretty fast learner, especially with such a big motivation to get this done. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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