How to choose a camera for filmmaking

Digital technology is changing and improving at a rapid pace, so choosing a camera for filmmaking can be a big challenge. Beyond budget and brand, there are a few key elements to consider when you are making your decision.

The content and purpose of your filmmaking project is the first thing you should consider when you are trying to decide which camera to use, rent, or buy. If you need to produce high-level content that is suitable for use in professional settings such as broadcast, your choice of camera will differ greatly than that of someone who is making videos as a hobby. Professional-level projects will require an adequately professional-level camera, while hobbyists can get away with relatively inexpensive entry-level cameras. The same basic consideration also applies to video editing software.

You should also consider the nature of your project and how you want to portray the content on video. For example, if you need to create an immersive experience that requires wide panoramic shots, you should consider a camera with a wide angle lens. If you'll be shooting fast action, such as in sporting events, you need to consider factors such as motion blur in video and choose a camera that can handle extremely fast exposures.

There are other things you should be sure not to overlook as well, such as whether you will need an external microphone input, a headphone jack, or a tripod mount. Again, this will largely depend on how you plan to use the camera. If you will be doing documentaries with extensive interviews, an external microphone and a tripod may be essential to your work.

In addition to the video footage you yourself record, you may also need to add stock video footage to round out and enrich your project. The Shutterstock video page has a catalog with millions of royalty-free HD and 4K videos for you to choose from.

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