First, I just posted the following on another forum here, but in case you haven't already seen it, I would be GRATEFUL for your answers to any of the following:
I've seen enough posts to know that specifics can help to get the right answer, so I'll quickly lay out the specifics of my situation. I would be grateful for any help you can provide!
I'm trying to find out what camera I should buy. I'd like to get the least expensive thing I can find that truly does what is needed, if that makes sense.
-I am looking to create instructional videos having to do with playing piano, that will be sold online (streaming and/or downloads) AND in physical form, such as DVD.
-I want it to look as professional as possible, so I would like to be able to shoot in 1080p/60. (At least I think I do: thoughts?) I realize that not everything is produced in such high-quality, but I also know that more and more people are getting closer and closer to HD, so it seems prudent to aim high in quality if possible. At the very least, though, I don't want something that would be of such low quality that it would give the viewer a bad impression of the content of the video.
-Everything will be shot indoors. Most shots will be either "waist-up" shots of me speaking, or close-up shots of my hands (mixed with screen shots done on my computer). I've seen some scary reviews of some cameras that say they perform poorly in low-light situations. I don't have any need to shoot in "low" light per se, but it will not be outdoors. I'm not really sure whether my situation qualifies as "low-light," so I don't know whether these reviews should concern me or not.
-I think a wide-angle lens would be good for what I'm doing, but it may not be crucial. (I'm not trying to be secretive, just trying not to clutter this with extraneous details). I can elaborate if needed.
-I have separate audio equipment, so the quality of the camera's microphone isn't a big issue. A mic input jack would obviously be helpful, but I could record a separate track into my computer and sync the audio afterwards, if need be.
-It would be IDEAL to find something in the $300-$500 range, but I have no idea whether this is feasible.
Second, as I am looking to produce educational videos, I wanted to ask on this forum, specifically: what are some other things to be concerned about? What are some potential pitfalls, or what has your experience taught you? Any thoughts?
Thanks so much!