This should be a simple question with a simple answer but with all of the options, there are too many choices. Raw or compressed. Film or digital. Dslr or Camcorder. But the truth is that if your just starting off the best camera you can use is one you already own. Wether that's an old dv camera or your iphone. But let's assume that you want to upgrade and that ur not a millionaire, so cost matters. This post will go out of date so I will try to update it every once and awhile. Now one to the choices.
First I'll start with the different types of cameras comparing the types rather than model numbers and such, but in later posts I will work on getting Model v. Model camera ideas. My hope is to make you a better Camera buyer.
Film vs digital
Personally I have never used film so I am a bit one sided but I'm present all of the advantages and disadvantages of each that I know of. If you have anything you liked to add, just post a comment and I'll add it to the list. Although I am comparing these two, they are reallly two different animals and depend on the style of film or movie you are trying the make.
I grew up on digital as a 90s baby, I played with minidv cameras, Cheap camcorders like the Flip VIdeo and currently I own a t3i and a canon consumer camcorder. So I love digital but it has flaws. As does film.
It's always good to start with the pros so first off digital is easy to work with, less syncing unless you use dual audio with a dslr. you can just take files straight from the SD card onto your computer. Film requires conversion. Color correction is easier. It can be cheaper, based on what you use. Easy for web, weddings, and events.
Lower dynamic range (for the most part)
Smaller sensor cameras have horrible noise
Grain looks better than noise on digital
I don't think there's any reason for me to shoot a film on film as digital will only get better. I don't care for it. It can look great but so can a $100 camcorder.
-Smoother grain instead of noise video cameras have
-Hard to use
-requires lots of knowledge I don't have
-almost always cost more $$
-Only really for use on films, not practical for web, broadcasting, events or weddings.
-Results can't be played back instantly requiring dailies.
Eventhough Film is losing some traction in the film industry,however thanks to Kodak's recent emergion from bankrupcy, Film will be around for awhile now and will always be a choice for filmmakers who want to certian style or look that it brings.
So Personally I'd choose to go with a Digital Camera, even on a large budget shoot. But if you have the money and the knowledge to shoot with film go ahead, but I think for me Digital is more resonable. Although one day, I may shoot with film. At least to see what's it like to get a real opinion in this debate.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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