Question by oibenoi: what camera would you recommend for an aspiring filmmaker?
I dont know HD, DV what would be best to start that is less than 6000 dollars?
I am actually looking for something in the 1-2 thousand range if possible. Just something to start off with that will last a few years until I actually need something more expensive and professional.
Answer by lg1223
Under $ 6,000 your choices are not limited at all. I would recommend going HD, at that price range it’ll be hard to find something that isn’t HD.
I’ll recommend what I have, which is perfect for amateur filmmaking. It’s a semi-professional camera, meaning it’s relatively small and compact yet has all the features you would expect from a professional camera. It’s a Sony line of amazing products.
I have the HVR-A1U, which fits my needs perfectly. It films on MiniDV tapes for best quality, comes with support for balanced audio through XLR, has manual exposure, focus and zoom settings (zoom and focus can even be controlled through a ring around the lens instead of the rocker)…basically, it has all the great features an aspiring filmmaker would need.
Depending on your budget, you can also consider the HDR-FX1, another good camera in the line. This one features a 3-CMOS sensor design for even better quality.
So that’s my opinion. Sony really are the best for bringing amateurs and small-budget professionals the best tools.
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