There is a vast range of cameras available and one needs to do basic research to find out which camera is best suited for their needs. Especially when you are planning to invest in a camera for filmmaking, you need to keep certain basic aspects in mind. Let us go through the list of things that you need to keep in mind when you are choosing a camera:
1. Usability: One needs to see how comfortable is the camera to hold and if the controls are easy to use. One also needs to see what are the different settings available and if you have to use a menu for the same or would the buttons do the work for you. In addition to this, you also need to check that the touchscreen works well and if the camera has the facility to fit light or microphone whenever required.
2. Manual Controls: When you are using a camera, settings such as exposure and sound levels need to be managed, especially for video recordings. Check if these are all manual or automatic. While in initial stages it won’t make much of a difference, but it is always important to know what you can and can’t do with your camera.
3. Lenses: One of the most important thing to check for is the lens of the camera. Does it allow you to zoom out and zoom in easily, and if yes, then to what extent? You also need to look out for the zoom range, and if it isn’t sufficient enough then check if alternative telephoto adaptors or wide-angle adaptors available.
4. Sound: All cameras have a built-in microphone, but it all comes down to how well it can capture the sound in it. Also, check if a headphone socket is available so that you can listen to the sounds while you are filming. Certain cameras also provide the feature to plug in separate microphones.
5. Recording format: You will be using a video editing software for composing and editing all shots for your short film, so you need to ensure that the format in which the film is recorded in the camera is compatible with the format what can be handled by your software. If it is not, then all your efforts will go to waste.
These are just certain things to look out for when you are selecting a camera for filmmaking. It is not necessary that you need to invest a lot of money in purchasing a camera, you can simply rent it out for the duration of the project and save up on a lot of investment in the initial stages. Or if you already own a basic camera, then you can rent out the additional equipment you need to kickstart with filmmaking. You can easily get in touch with our team experts at Cine Dreams or browse through our website for camera rentals Chennai or even to get this equipment on rent in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kerala, Goa, rann of kutch, Jaipur and other parts of India. Don’t let the costs of purchasing a camera stop you from taking the first step in filmmaking.