[This article was first published in the October, 2010, issue of
Larry’s Monthly Final Cut Studio Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.]
There are two questions I get asked constantly:
* What is the best camera?
* What is the best hardware?
This article has a discussion on how to pick the best hardware, but for a moment, I want to talk about getting the best camera.
First, and this is the most important thing to keep in mind, there is NO best camera. There is only the camera that best meets your requirements. To spend time searching for the “best camera” is an exercise in driving yourself nuts.
If you had all the money in the world, you could not find a single camera that provides every conceivable function, format, or feature that exists in the market. It doesn’t exist – even if you wanted it to. It never will.
Which means that searching for the best camera is an exercise in determining what’s important to you and the trade-offs you are willing to accept to get those features most important to you.
While this list is by no means inclusive, here are some questions that can help you make sure you make the right decision. (This list is only partly tongue-in-cheek…)
I’m sure there are other practical questions that you can suggest as well. But all too often we get hung up in picking the right technology when we really need to take a step back and consider that we are also running a business.
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