Andy – I’m going to offer


Andy – I’m going to offer slightly different advice. If you want a career in filmmaking, it would be useful start out with a camera with a large sensor for control of depth of field – and I also recommend interchangeable lenses – so you can make artistic choices about focal length and explore the ‘character’ of different types of lenses.

I am not a fan of traditional DSLRs for some of the reasons outlined above – but my mirrorless Panasonic GH2, a DSLM or “mirrorless” camera in the “DSLR form factor” has unlimited video clip length, an external mic jack, power zooms (if you want them), autofocus – and extraordinary video resolution – in a $1190 camera (used price at Amazon).

Here is what can be done with a handheld GH2 with the right lens – no shoulder rigs or contraptions:

If you must have the camcorder form factor, I still recommend interchangeable lenses. You can get a used Sony NEX-VG10 with 18-20mm zoom for $1000 at Amazon:

Here is what can be done with the VG10:

(Warning: NSFW)

The Vixias are fine cameras, but the “cinematic” control of depth of field that film audiences are accustomed to can only be produced with larger sensors as found in micro 4/3 (GH2), APS-C (VG10), or (much more expensive) Super 35 or full frame sensor cameras.

Hope this is helpful,


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