Question by laviethomas: Is the canon HV30 camera good enough to make a professional documentary?
I am going into the peace corps and am going to make a documentary of the business advising I will be doing. I am curious if I will be able to get this professionally produced using this camera.
Answer by Little Dog
If the lighting is good and you know what you you are going, perhaps.
An experienced videographer can capture compelling video with pretty much any camcorder. They know to use the equipment well within its limits. They know what makes good framing and they understand the elements needed by the editor to tell the story they want to tell.
Someone with no experience can have the most expensive camcorder made, but the content and technical aspects will not be interesting.
The Canon HV30 is a great consumer-grade DV/HDV camcorder – with small lenses and imaging chips for poor low-light performance. If it captures video only under good lighting conditions and is ALWAYS used with some sort of stabilizing device (and never handheld), it will be fine. Tripos, shoulder mount, table, rock… whatever… If the content is interesting, then the editor will have something to work with.
Since HDV and miniDV tape is commonly used by the professionals, there should not be much of an issue for a pro to edit the video.
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