Question by matt: What kind of video camera should i get for short films??
I am a beginner and wanna start filming short films except i need a video camera. I dont really know much terminology and need some serious help. I want a camera in which you can film on and then upload it all on your computer and make it on a dvd or something. I have a windows XP so i would need something compatible with that. I only have around $ 200-$ 500 to spend on the camera so i need something cheap yet it is a good camera (good sound, video, lighting, etc.) So can anyone help me with what camera i should get?
Answer by Nick
A miniDV camera is your best bet. They are cheaper than DVD or hard drive camcorders, but have the best video quality. Without knowing more information, I can’t give you a specific model, but here are some things to consider. Look for one that has high optical zoom, 20-25x is good. Don’t worry about digital zoom. As far as brand, I have had great experience with Canon, but most any brand should fine. To capture the video to your computer, you will need a firewire cable and a firewire port on your computer. Many camcorders do not come with a firewire cable, so you may have to buy one. If you don’t have a firewire port, you can buy an adapter card that will fit into a PCI slot on your motherboard.
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