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.