Handycams to DSLRs

Up until this point we have been using handycams to film all of our short films. Handycams technically have everything you need, but it’s the bare minimum. In class, we came up with a list of what we were looking for in a camera and the handicam does tick a lot of the boxes.

Ideal camera:

  • shoot in low light
  • good quality picture – colour contrast, saturation, whitebalance
  • ISO settings
  • adaptable lenses
  • can record good audio, or the ability to attach an external microphone
  • portable
  • FPS – 25 frames per second
  • battery life
  • low price

DSLRs are the next step up. They have more options and settings,you can get the right exposure using aperture, ISO and shutter speed, you have changeable lenses: wide, macro, fish eye, long etc. Basically, with a DSLR, you are more in control, and the eventual outcome of your film can depend on your ability to understand the technical side as well as the creative side.

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