Types of Video Cameras. Pros and Cons.
There are many types of cameras that can deliver hi-res video today. Some are definitely more suitable than others for corporate video production. Although a lower quality camera will definitely negatively impact the quality of final footage, even a great camera can't guarantee awesome footage. A camera is just a tool in the hands of a videographer. And he or she will have the biggest impact on the final footage for your video project.
Camcorders - Camcorders were the original video recorders, and have been replaced by other options in both the consumer and prosumer fields during the analog to digital revolution. But high-end Digital Camcorders are still in use, especially in the broadcast field. In general, camcorders are heavier and less suitable for run-and-gun shooting, but also have extended feature set specifically for video and audio capture.
DSLR Video Cameras - DSLR are small and light (especially important when using motion-stabilizing gimbals), and come with a variety of interchangeable lenses for high versatility and creativity. While most modern DSLRs have video capabilities, some are specifically designed for Pro Video, and rise above the rest when it comes to specific features that videographers want. Here at On Point Video we extensively use the Panasonic Lumix cameras, both the GH4 and GH5S, for their cinematic capabilities.
Digital Cine Cameras - Digital Cinema Camera’s today allow for a broad range of cinematic style production capability with inter-changeable lenses. Larger sensors also deliver a shallow depth of field control and recording capabilities that exceed standard “video” specifications. The "choice" for independent film-makers.
iPhone and Other - Many high-end smartphones can shoot 4K or better high-res video, but lack the features to control both video and audio needed for professional videography. And there are many other options, including small action cameras and drones that can extend the creative range for the videographer.
Key Features To Look For
Let's assume that a DSLR fits your basic requirements for versatility and performance. If you're looking to capture high-quality, high-resolution video, then you need to match the camera with other high-quality accessories:
- Cinema Lenses, with a range of focal lengths, with fast or low f-stop lenses for low light shooting
- Image stabilization gear like 3D Servo-driven gimbals for smooth pans, tilts, and other camera motion
- External microphones, such as Lavalier mics for high-quality interview audio
- External image capture devices like the Atomos Ninja monitor/ recorders.