Question by Ronnie: Have a camera for the newbie filmmaker?
Recently I’ve decided I wanted to try my way at filmmaking. I’ve wanted to for awhile but never got the inspiration. I realized that this was because I had nowhere to take my ideas. So I need a camera.
I’m honestly not sure what to look for or buy and I was hoping that I could get some suggestions to figure it out. I would like the price to be under 500 dollars.
If you guys could help, that’d be great.
Answer by .
Hmm, it depends whether you would like to go for a full on, HD, techincal camcorder, or just a simple, basic, beginner camcorder to start off with. The thing is, you could end up spending a lot of money on an expensive, techincal camcorder, and then decide to quit film making. Whereas if you bought just a simple beginner’s camcorder, you could still quit filmmaking and have not wasted that much money.
If your looking for a good quality camcorder, then you want to go for a Hi-Def one. These are the best quality and record outstanding footage. Canon are the best make of Camera’s so I deeply recommend purchasing one of them. As for the type of Canon Camcorder, I would say you should get Canon a FS200. It has outstanding footage, excellent sound quality and is great when you zoom in. It is around $ 300 and to me, it is well worth the money. Although, you can buy any Canon camcorder and probably be satisfied. I have never purchased a camcorder from Canon, but I am hopefully going to soon. There was another camcorder from Canon I had in mind to recommend for you, but it was well over your budget.
However, if you are going to get a basic camcorder to begin with, I think you should buy a Vivitar DVR 545. It isn’t very good quality, but it is good enough for a basic camcorder to start off your filmmaking with.
Personally, I think you should just go straight in there and buy the Canon FS200.
Also have a look at Test footage of the Canon FS200 on Youtube. It shows the quality of the footage.
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