choosing right camrecorder ?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by 333.thirty.333, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. I am thinking of shooting some film for a site ...

    I dont need anything to fancy but i was curious for a first time user
    what you would recommend i.e megapixels etc ?

    333.thirty.333, Oct 28, 2006
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  2. 333.thirty.333

    Steve King Guest

    For film I would suggest a motion picture camera. Choose 35mm, 16mm, or
    Super 8mm according to your needs and budget. Or are you talking about film
    as in "still photographs"?

    If you are actually talking about shooting video, then you will need a video
    camera. You can choose Digital 8 or MiniDv. Digital 8 cameras tend to be
    cheaper than Dv cameras.

    Megapixels are often used to describe digital still photo cameras.

    What are your needs, really?

    Steve King
    Steve King, Oct 28, 2006
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  3. Depends on your budget. I would suggest an Arri SR2 and do a 1k-scan.
    Of course, the more money, you can go for bigger camera's, and do a higher
    resolution filmscan.
    Martin Heffels, Oct 28, 2006
  4. 333.thirty.333

    marks542004 Guest


    since your subject is choosing a camcorder , ignore the stuff about
    film cameras.

    All video cameras are effectively the same resoultion, but a more
    expensive camera should have a better lens and potentially give a
    slightly sharper image.

    A digital video will be slightly easier to transfer to a computer for
    editing, but a cheaper svhs, hi8 etc will still work. If you are doing
    small frame sizes like 320 x 240 for the web a basic svhs camera should

    Allow an extra $100 or so for the capture card and software.

    try for more info
    marks542004, Oct 29, 2006
  5. 333.thirty.333

    PTravel Guest

    This is somewhat misleading. The digital video standard for NTSC is 720
    pixels by 480 pixels, and all standard definition digital video cameras will
    be in this format. However, "resolution" also refers to the resolving
    ability of the camera and format. VHS has a maximum resolution of around
    240 lines. Hi8 can reach 450 lines or so. DV-25, i.e. miniDV and Digitial
    8, is capable of up to 525 lines of resolution. However, cheap miniDV and
    D8 cameras test as low as around VHS resolution, i.e. 250 to 325 lines.
    Only the better miniDV cameras will exceed 500 lines. The difference
    between a bottom-run consumer miniDV camcorder and a high-level consumer or
    prosumer machine is far more than a "slightly sharper image." The
    difference is quite dramatic.

    As for what the OP needs, it's impossible to tell from his post.
    PTravel, Oct 29, 2006
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    yarock Guest

    It sounds like he just wants to do some clips for a web site.He can
    probably get away with an under $1000 mini dv cam.I think that Canon
    and Sony both have something around $1100 that shoots hdv also.
    Bruce yarock
    yarock, Oct 29, 2006
  7. 333.thirty.333

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, said:
    If all he wants is simple clips for a web site, he could do that with almost
    any cheap digital still camera. Most have a "movie" mode that does something
    ilke 320x240 at 15 fps. It looks decent enough, and can be edited with
    Windows Movie Maker.
    Larry in AZ, Oct 29, 2006
  8. HI,

    i meant film as in video ..

    I am interested in exploring still photos for some concept art but the
    trouble is I am really looking for an easy / fast means to take photos
    that are detailed or of good quality..
    without having to spend years learning or the money..

    Zoomed in video or photos i.e. where you can see things like pores in
    flowers etc interest me because they are not usually visible..

    As far as video goes I was looking for something of high enough quality
    that would allow me to efit it around without comprimising the quality
    too much..

    333.thirty.333, Oct 29, 2006
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