When I am solo shooting a project with critical sound I would tend to use my FS100 or Sony EX1 – to me getting those XLR jacks and synched files make a huge improvement to the pleasure of shooting. Mainly I use me 5dmk2 as a B-Roll camera when shooting video projects. I think DLSRs really sing for Broll and fast become a pain as an A-camera.
But there are times when a DSLR will be the appropriate tool for your project – partiulcarly if you need to travel light.
Maybe you are doing a project that is mainly stills or pretty video with just a couple of interviews.
Many people try an build up their DSLR rig to put the sound equipment onboard, personally Im not really a fan of this methodology.
I keep my sound seperate when shooting DSLR
To make this work I have a critical component, a mini boom for my shotgun mic, that attaches, or instantly releases, from my HIR Handlebars
I keep my sound recorder in a bag on my body and just have the mic lead going to the camera rig.
Well if I am shooting stills or pretty footage I may be able to completely abandon the sound elements of the rig
If I can rope my director, a PR or even a kid into booming for me I can hand the sound element off to them
If I am doing an interview at a desk I can often hide the mic and sound bag near the interview meaning that I can freely shoot from a long way away or move around while shooting with no need for wireless system.
My Canon 5d on a small HIR rig with sound in a shoulder bag (the bag cost £20 at PC world – I cut holes in it to allow cables to go in and out while the top is closed)