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What kind of camera should I use? This question is asked all the time when getting ready to film. Many people want an easy answer but it’s not as simple as that. Every project has a different answer and there never is just one answer. The best way to answer this question is by looking at your circumstances such as budget, environment and genre.
This is probably the most obvious thing to consider. If you have a huge budget and have the opportunity to shoot on a Red Epic Dragon (or whatever high end camera you want) you should probably take it. If you have a low budget you should probably consider a DSLR and some nicer lenses.
This is one that many people overlook. When going into a shoot you should always consider the environment. If you are shooting in dangerous on the go environments you might consider a more durable camera. Other things you might want to consider are size, weight and technical specifics.
Genre is so important when it comes to picking out a camera. If you are shooting a horror film you might need to find a camera that is good in dim lighting. Or when shooting an action film you might need a more on the go camera.
The point of all this is not to tell you a camera to use but to present some situations and examples of what others have done. There is no specific formula to finding the right camera but the more knowledge you have about the matter the better educated decision you can make.
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