When it comes to film making, your hardware is the most essential part of a solid production. A proper camera that can provide quality resolution means the difference between transporting the audience to a completely different time, era, mood, or location and a lackluster, cheesy production. When purchasing a camera several factors must be kept in mind.
First and foremost a budget must be established before your purchase. If you require a video camera with a large lens, one that performs best under low light conditions, you may need to spend about 1200. In order to achieve maximum audio quality a camera’s microphone is simply not sufficient. The cheapest video cameras with a mic-in jack cost about 500. This more or less an average starting point in terms of price for a movie-making video camera.
Another feature that should also be taken into consideration would be the method of storage. If you are looking to achieve the best quality video a MiniDV camera should be your primary focus. Other cameras that use DVD, hard drive, or flash memory tend to compress the video quality.
Overall, these are just some of the features you should look out for when buying a camera. But remember, the most important feature of a camera is the person using it!