Are you looking for a good camera with HD Video capabilities with a budget under $3,000? Me too!
I needed a camera for work projects and a digital camera that I could use to take some great family video/photos on the side when it’s not set up in my office for talking head videos. So, while shopping around for a camera I kept in mind that I needed to satisfy my work needs first and the personal stuff would just be a bonus.
Here is what I recommend buying;
- Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD and 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
- Glide Gear Camera Video Stabilizer Tripod Track Dslr Slider-23-Inch
- Slik Pro 700DX Super Titanium Alloy Tripod Legs – 615900
- Manfrotto 501HDV Video Head – Replaces 501
Canon 7D – Perfect for HD Video
After discussing my needs with a few boutique creative shops and a few friends that work on TV and Movies, I was told that the best bang-for-the-buck is going to be the Canon 7D SLR digital camera. Check out the look of the camera. It is very traditional looking with some modern ergonomic features like the extended handle where the trigger finger can rest while firing off 18 Megapixel photos. The Canon 7D also has awesome movie making characteristics. It captures full HD movies at 1920×1080 at up to 30 frames for second. It’s an insane video camera and takes absolutely gorgeous videos.
Great Video Without Profesional Lighting
Sure, you can turn on your camera and start shooting video but whoever is in the video will most likely have dark shadows across them and appear as if being shot in a dark cigar bar from the prohibition days (I’m picturing brown panel walls, nicotine stains etc). The combat that, you could spend $1000 in profesional grade lighting for a home project or you can buy a great Canon L Series lens that has a very low aperture. The one I recommend is the 1.2. This camera lens will allow you to shoot video as well as still shots that will look great in low lighting and create a great depth-of-feel like the real movies.
Movement Makes Your Video 100% More Appealing
The last thing I recommend when shooting your own small business videos to promote on your website and Youtube is taking dolly shots. Dolly shots add movement to a video that may otherwise not have any movement at all. For example, when I shoot my talking head video, I will sitting at my desk and will not be moving around too much. Shooting a dolly shot allows the camera to move while you stay still. This creates movement in the background of the shot and helps keep the viewer interested.
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