Recently I have been researching video cameras because I am in desperate need of a new, more professional one and I have been finding it really challenging to choose one. There are several things that must be considered when thinking about video cameras and to be quite honest I had absolutely no clue where to start, I found it really overwhelming. I would like a video camera to appear so that I can start having a play around and get started on filming, nonetheless I am aware that it is important that I do not rush buying one. I need to find a camera that is well suited to myself and my capabilities, because having a camera that I do not understand would be a nightmare. Choosing a camera is incredibly tough and overwhelming because you have to try and think long term, about the features that you may grow into as you improve your abilities, along with the sort of film-making you will be using it for.
I felt that it was important that I researched ways to make this process simpler, so when I actually go shopping for a video camera I know exactly what key features to look out for. I stumbled across this video blog, How To Choose A Video Camera and it was uploaded by a video production company. It covers five important aspects that really need to be considered when going to buy a video camera.
To begin with, the blog explains that it is a essential to consider how much manual control you will need, this means the ability to effect the exposure or the brightness of the image, the focus and the depth of field. It tends to be the more manual control the camera has the more expensive this will be, so this is important to think about in regards to your budget. However, if you can afford it and are comfortable and confident in manual control then usually the best results are are achieved this way. Another feature that is important when looking at cameras, is the audio capability. The sound is so vital for moving image so it is important check whether there is a decent microphone built in. Because if not then you will need to buy a separate one to pick up the audio, if this is the case then you will need to double check if there is a microphone jack to plug in an external microphone.
As well as this, the majority of cameras you will be looking at will be tapeless unless you are looking specifically for one which will require tape instead. However, generally speaking HD cameras will record onto memory cards. Which is very beneficial for a number of reasons, firstly less risk of the tape breaking and as a result losing footage. Secondly it also means that there is less noise when recording and finally, memory cards are reusable, therefore will work out as being cheaper in the long run.
When looking at cameras today most will have to ability to produce high definition motion pictures, therefore it is important to take into consideration these terms, HD 720 and HD 1080. These numbers are a measurement of the pixels that make up the vertical height of your video. This is important in the quality of the picture, the more pixels a camera has, more information there is and therefore the footage will be of higher definition.
It is important to also consider how much manual control you will need, therefore effecting the exposure or the brightness of the image, the focus and the depth of field. If you feel comfortable and confident, usually the best results tend to be achieved through manual control.Usually the more you spend on a camera the more manual control can be achieved.