Question by senzuri: Is the Canon HV30 fine for a first-time filmmaker?
I’m a wanna-be filmmaker (I’m not sure I can even call myself a “beginner” just yet). I’ve been looking at the Canon HV30 camcorder, which can shoot footage in 24p, and I like what I see.
Obviously, once I become more advanced and professional, I’d want a far more sophisticated video camera or just move on to film.
But, for now, would you consider the HV30 sufficient for a beginning independent filmmaker?
Answer by mpcsecondtime
Any camcorder is fine for a beginner or novice filmmaker – especially those with HDV or miniDV recording media.
Your choice of the The Canon HV30 is a Great Choice. This camera has all the basic functions of the professional models on a much simpler scale. More importantly, this camera has only the features you need to concentrate on and learn first (such as focus, color, exposure, frame rate, and depth of field) before you move on to more advanced theory and techniques.
The automatic settings are better than normal. If you want to turn all the other features to automatic so you can concentrate on a single feature, you can do that too. It will allow you to practice your techniques and build you understanding of handling everything else relates to the camera such as scene, editing, and other considerations like film math (all the ratios, formulas, and conversions of frame rates, amounts of light, and resolutions).
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