Question by addy: If i want to do video recording for making short films, shud i buy a camera with video option or a camcorder?
I have background in tv production and have graduated a year back..want to experiment in making short videos..i need something which is give good quality output as i need to show my work and also something affordable as I dant invest huge amt in buying a camera or camcorder
Answer by Mr. Knowitall
I have a Canon S2 IS, a still camera that does videos. I bought it for stills, of course, and I never thought I’d make videos with it but it works amazingly well. With a 1 gig card I can record for about an hour. It has a 12x zoom, and you can use the zoom while you’re shooting. And it records sound in stereo! And I find that often when I’m out taking pictures there are things that look better on a 1 or 2 minute video.
But if I was primarily interested in making videos, I’d buy a video camera. For one thing, it would be nice to have one with a mic. jack, so you could use a mic. closer to the subject. DV or mini-DV would be easier to download and edit, and probably have better resolution. Imagine Stabilization would be a nice thing (actually my Canon has that). For any kind of serious work at all you’d want a nice heavy tripod too.
I am amazed at how cheap these things are today. I’m not really an expert so I can’t say for sure, but I think you can buy a pretty good digital video camera a cheap or cheaper than pretty good still camera.
I’ve played around with the idea of making a short edited video with my Canon. I think the biggest problem is that it would have to have narration or a sound track assembled separately. The mics on the camera are good enough, but to get someone’s voice they would have to be right up close.
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