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Which video camera should you buy?

Choosing the best camera for your film/commercial/personal video project is tough - and we're here to help you decide.
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Last updated 8/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Choose the correct camera for your video project
Feel confident you know enough about video camera options to choose the best one for your needs
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  • You don't need to know much other than you know you need to shoot some video

Deciding which camera to pick for your project is hard especially if you've never purchased a camera before!

There are so many hundreds (if not thousands) of cameras to choose from. How can one person possibly know all that you need to know to pick one? That's why I'm here!

I'm going to share with you all of the knowledge you'll need to make these decisions because you need to be an informed consumer. Some instructors will just tell you to use camera x for everything, but that's just not appropriate. In many cases, camera x isn't the right choice, you should be using camera y. But if you don't know WHY camera x isn't right for you, then you won't be getting the professional look you're after. After taking the Camera Conundrum, you'll know why you're choosing the camera you need.

Why waste all of your time looking for 'free' resources on the 'net when you don't know the right questions to ask in the first place? Let me share my 6+ years of experience running the best DSLR video site on the planet and knowledge gained from interviewing over 50 industry experts and over 200 podcasts in this 3+ hour all video lecture course!

Inside, we'll cover:

  • Some basic camera knowledge and terminology - things like how aperture, and shutter speed impact the look and feel of your image
  • A little history of why DSLRs became popular for creating video
  • How the size of the sensor on your camera changes your video look
  • What kinds of cameras you have to pick from in today's market
  • Whether you should be shooting in 4k (and even what 4k means)
Why go thru all this?
  1. you want to save money by buying the right camera for your needs.
  2. knowledge is power and owning the right camera will save you time and energy
  3. you'll save time surfing thru hundreds of youtube videos that supposedly help you pick a camera when they only give you 5 minutes worth of info - which isn't enough for any beginner to understand WHY the camera is "right" for them.


"This course is an absolutely 'must see'" Wendy Predestin - Original Print Films

"I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone considering a camera purchase for their next project." Nicholas Chase -- Nicholas Chase is a broadcast media, broadcast TV production and post-production systems design engineer and integration consultant

"Fantastic! I really never 100% understood about sensor sizes and the difference it makes to your shots - but I do now! Brilliant!" Mark Ramet - CEO Small Business Video

“It was fantastic! Incredibly thorough!" Richard Botto CEO Stage 32

"highly informative, interesting, and humorous approach" William Holoday

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who are just starting to get themselves in front of a camera to promote themselves or their product or business
  • You don't even have to know what you're going to say or promote yet, but you need to know HOW you're going to shoot it
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 03:26:38
A welcome and let's get started!
1 Lecture 04:49

Welcome to the Camera Conundrum - a brief introduction to me and what we're going to cover

Preview 04:49
History - The basic knowledge will give you power to choose later
3 Lectures 40:02

History can be boring, But I intend to make it pretty interesting for you. There were a lot of great ways to make a video before today, and I know that it will help you make a camera choice if you know more about cameras in general and where they came from.

Plus, make sure to pay attention to the sensor section, Because the sensor makes a big difference in what your film will look like.

Preview 15:18

History can be boring, But I intend to make it pretty interesting for you. There were a lot of great ways to make a video before today, and I know that it will help you make a camera choice if you know more about cameras in general and where they came from.

Plus, make sure to pay attention to the sensor section, Because the sensor makes a big difference in what your film will look like.

the "problems" of using a DSLR to shoot video

More on the DSLR as well as using a smartphone
Camera Sensors Impacts Video "Look"
4 Lectures 44:22

Of course, the sensor is what sees what your camera sees thru the lens - and understanding a bit of how they work and what their size does to impact your results will help you pick the proper camera.

This is part 1 - I needed to break this into smaller parts

Why are sensors important and their impact on your video

Sensor sizes, field of view and depth of field

Resolutions, getting HD off a huge sensor, and ISO

Ramifications of sensor size
Current cameras and technology - the foundation of your choice
2 Lectures 31:31

Advantages of different camera types
What's in the Future?
2 Lectures 25:32
DSLRs, Small Cameras, RAW Video

This is an important segment - should you be shooting in 4k? Is the market ready?

4k? Should you be shooting 4k? Where's the market going?
Choosing the right camera!
4 Lectures 01:00:22
Criteria, Buy or Rent, and Lenses

Frame Rates and General Recommendations

"Solo" projects

Medium and Big projects and Final thoughts
About the Instructor
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Master of the universe

Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn't much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn't taking money away from feeding his family.

He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job" — Arn is the owner of macrumors. He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.

September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at planet5D was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn't be happier!

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