How to choose a camera for filmmaking



The advent of modern digital technology has ushered in the ease of use of photography both still and video. Most of the modern cameras can deliver high-quality video footage. If you need that extra something to make your film special, you must choose a special camera.

Use the cellphone

Let us start with the basic video shooting app; most of us have in our hands – the cellphone. The cellphone camera has wonderful video capturing ability. While it may not have as much clarity as the video shot with a professional camera, it does the work. Many top brands offer image stabilization for the 4k video shoot. The only drawback is that the audio coverage may not have a high quality. You can use a separate audio microphone to get the sound recording.

Among the high-end cameras, you have DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, and cinema cameras. The pick of the DSLR cameras for filmmaking is Canon EOS 70D ($899) from Canon and Sony Alpha a7S ($2,199) from Sony. The Canon is usable on-the-go and best with the 18-135mmSTM lens (bundle deal costs $1,199). The APS-C sensor gives it a crop factor of 1.6X. The touchscreen LCD is a flip-out type and you can get focus by touching the screen.

Pick the full-frame DSLR camera

The Sony a7S is fantastic in low-light and great for cinematic photography. You can crank the ISO up without adding noise to the picture. You can see in the dark with this terrific full-frame camera. So, if you do a lot of shooting in low light, in dark alleys or cinema theaters then this is the right choice for you. It has a lightweight form factor and you can use a high-quality Zeiss lens and use the focus peaking to get extra clear photographs. You also have the X-AVC codec outputting at 50 Mbps.

Most people have forgotten the use of a Camcorder for capturing their videos. Camcorders are a simple point and shoot devices without any extra frills and camera settings to bother about. They are available in a wide price range so it forms a viable option for those who seek a cheap but effective way to take video footage. You have the Digital Camera Vlog Camera Full HD 1080p at $99.99 and the WELIKERA Camera Camcorder for $69.99. The high-end camcorders include Panasonic HC-V180K Full HD Camcorder for $197.99 and the Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording for $848.

Good cheap cameras

If you want a camera that takes good videos under $1,000 then check out Canon EOS T6i with an EF lens mount. You can use many lenses with this. It costs $750 and comes with a pivoting touchscreen. It gives you Wi-Fi connectivity so you may transfer all the photos to your phone in an instant without any external cord. But, this camera has a bulky body and the battery does not last that long on a single charge.

The best cinema camera is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera costing $997. It is very light in weight and has live HDMI feed with audio. The shortcoming is the short battery life and the low image stabilization.

Top 5 DSLR Cameras for Indian Wedding Photography

Using the native skills is not enough for a wedding photo shoot. You need to have the experience to capture those magical moments when there is intimate action. Also, you need a great camera and a good selection of lenses. This will help you get all that you need to preserve the moments for posterity. That said, here is a look at the best DSLR cameras on the market now.

Nikon D5

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The first among the Nikon cameras to use the autofocus, the Nikon D5 has 153 autofocus points. Of these, 99 are cross-type sensors. It is best in the class in shooting speed and handles like a dream. It is ideal for capturing those spectacular moments when you need to come into focus fast or miss all. And, don’t worry if you do not have enough light. The Nikon D5 will get pictures of the couple, no matter which corner they are in. It is well suited for wedding photos with a long-range lens 650-1300 mm super-telephoto zoom lens. It has a price of $10,567 and the lens comes for $437.

Canon EOS 1DX II

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A wonderful camera with innovative features, the Canon EOS 1DX II has a 20.2 MP full-frame sensor. It has AE/AF tracking modes that give you continuous shooting speeds up to 14 fps. You can shoot movies at 60p/50p. The shutter durability is 400,000 cycles. It has 6+ image processors. All this adds up to the unbelievable wedding picture caught at extraordinary moments by the Canon EOS 1DX II. You get ISO setting of 409,600 for unbelievable clarity in your pictures. The price is $7470.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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One of the best wedding pictures ever is the long shot taken of the couple with a bouquet effect. For this, you need a good camera and a long-range lens. A good prime lens is the Canon EF 135mm F/2L USM Prime Lens for Canon SLR Camera costing $1100 with the closest focusing distance of 3 feet. The camera cost $5000 and is worth it. The sensor is full frame dual pixel CMOS 30.4 MP size. It comes with Wi-Fi and GPS so you will not have any trouble uploading the pictures to the internet. It has DIGIC 6+ Image Processor.

Nikon D810

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The successor to the D800 and the D800E models, the Nikon D810 has all the good features of the two previous cameras. The sensor is 36.3 MP full frame type. It has an expanded ISO range 64 -12,800. The processor is EXPEED 4 and it has 12-bits RAW file support. Shutter durability is 200,000 cycles. The speed is 1/8000 at 30 seconds exposure. This is great for wedding photography because the high shutter speed will match the ISO setting for low light. The price is $3291.

Nikon D500

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This is a 21 MP crop sensor DSLR camera. It can shoot at 10 fps. The autofocus system has 153 points where you can select 55. You have quite an array of autofocus modes that make it a great camera for group or individual photography. Choose from Single, Dynamic, 3D tracking, Auto-area, and Group-area options and you see what you have. The price for this camera is $319.

Get to the wedding hall before and check the lighting. Also, set up your own light stands in some of the strategic spots.

Top 5 Best Cameras for Personal Use

The choice of camera depends on the skills of the photographer. The beginner will not benefit by getting a high-end camera because he does not have enough composition skills. The skillful photographer will not benefit by using a mediocre camera. This makes the choice of the camera a personal one. But, here we give the best cameras for all photographers.

Best features Nikon D5600 (Rs 47,809)

Image result for Nikon D5600As the price shows, this is one of the high-end cameras with an APS-C CMOS 24.2 megapixel sensor and a 3.2-inch articulated touchscreen having 1,040,000 dots. The video continuous shooting speed at 1080p is 5 fps. It has excellent image reproduction but like many other cameras, it is slow in the Live View mode. The 30-point AF system is the best there is in this segment.

Best beginner camera Canon EOS Rebel T6 (Rs 25,636)

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This camera has a sensor size of 18 megapixels of the APS-C CMOS type. The greatest video resolution is 1080p and the continuous shooting speed is 3 fps. The positive thing is the low price and the good image quality. The shortcoming is that the Live View focusing is slow and there is no touchscreen. You have a good set of features though not everything that the high-end models have. It has Wi-Fi and NFC built-in helping you to move your pictures to your smartphone with ease.

Best low-cost beginner camera D3300 (Rs 29,957)

Image result for D3300The sensor is 24.2 megapixels APS-C CMOS and offers video shooting in 1080p at 5 fps. It has a “Guide mode” that is helpful for the beginners to learn how to make adjustments to his DSLR camera. It has great image quality but it does not provide connectivity (no Wi-Fi or NFC). So, you must use the Nikon Plug-in adapter to download and transfer the photos. This camera is not easy to get as the next in line model D3400 is fast capturing the market.

Best low-light photography camera Canon EOS 200D (Rs 53,957)

This camera has a great burst rate and allows quick focusing when one uses the Live View mode. One can take a varied selection of photographs from portrait to landscape to wedding photos. The APS-C sensor is 24.2 megapixels and the Autofocus is Dual Pixel CMOS. You can get clear and sharp photos with this camera. The Canon EOS 200D with 18-55mm or 55-250mm lenses is a great travel companion. The 25600 ISO setting allows one to take low-light photos with great clarity.

Best beginner video camera  Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (Rs 66,880)

One of the best cameras with powerful controls to help you compose beautiful photos, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has a 16.1-megapixel sensor. The sensor is Micro Four Thirds that is smaller than the standard DSLR making the camera compact and lightweight. You can shoot 4k video and get great pictures due to the 5-axis stabilization system. The continuous shooting speed is 8.6 fps. It has a tilt-angle display LCD screen. The image quality is good though the size of the sensor is half that of the standard DSLR camera.

Though we show many of the cameras as fit for beginners, it works well with the experts too. It will last until you decide to upgrade again to the next level.