The Essential Guide to Choosing the Perfect Camera

We live in an amazing time for video producers of all sorts and sizes.

A short while ago, quality video production was possible for the few with very deep pockets. Today, affordable options abound, with a plethora of camera choices, as well as lighting and audio equipment, editing soft­ware and hardware, and training opportunities. With a relatively small investment, experienced producers today can create quality content that was previously only possible in a few select areas.

While the abundance of options and opportunities are wonderful, they can also sit atop a dou­ble-edged sword, as they bring with them a great deal of complexity to some very basic questions, one of the most basic being, "Which camera should I buy?"

Videomaker wants to make sure that you make the best possible choice when investing in your next camera, so we've put together a free report with everything that you need to know to make an informed decision. We asked an experienced video producer and trainer to compile this helpful guide so that you can sift through all the information and learn what you really need to know about purchasing your new camera.

Read Choosing the Right Camera to ensure you consider all the factors.

This essential checklist covers all the important details in three critical areas that will help you choose the best possible camera for your needs.

The Type of Video You Make:

  • Home Movies
  • Events
  • Sports
  • Weddings
  • Real Estate Videos
  • Documentaries
  • Short Narratives and Films

Your Camera's Special Considerations:

  • Sensor Type and Size
  • Auto vs. Manual Controls
  • Assists
  • Optical vs. Digital Zoom
  • Lighting & Low Light Capabilities
  • Lenses
  • Mounting Options

Your Budget:

  • Home Movies
  • Less than $2,000 (Consumer)
  • More than $1,500 (Prosumer/Pro)
  • $500 to $1,500 (DSLR)
  • Cinema Cameras

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