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“What camera should I get?”

Izzy on the ground with camera.

Izzy on the ground with camera.

“What camera should I get?”

This is one of the most common questions people ask me, and unfortunately it’s nearly impossible for me to answer because there are so many variables that go into the decision-making process.

Instead of making any recommendations for specific cameras, I’ll share some general things to consider when you’re trying to decide what camera you should get for shooting video.

The categories of cameras I’ll discuss here are:

  • Consumer-level camcorders
  • Prosumer/professional camcorders
  • DSLR cameras (which usually shoot both video and still photos)
  • Point-and-shoot (pocket cameras for both video and still photos)
  • Smartphone cameras
  • Point-of-view (POV) – action cameras, such as GoPro

There are plenty more categories of video cameras out there, of course, but these are the main ones I’ll discuss here.

Personally, I like to start comparing by asking some questions. Here are some good questions to consider as you’re weighing the options:

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Moving a Camera

You can get some amazing shots by moving the camera when you’re shooting video.

That is… as long as it’s intentional. Accidental movement (shaky hands) tends not to look so awesome.

You have plenty of different options for moving the camera, and more are getting invented all the time.

This video briefly introduces several different ways to move a camera.

I hope you find it helpful!

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6 Reasons I Quit Using My iPhone for Video

iPhone in the Sand

I don’t use my iPhone for casual video. In fact I almost never use it to shoot video of any kind anymore.

This is a recent change for me (as of a few months ago), and I’ll explain why in a moment.

This is a contrarian position, I realize. It seems that most people are fine with using their iPhone to shoot casual video (such as for video blogging, which is the most common style of casual video I currently shoot). In fact, for several years I’ve even recommended the iPhone as a great video shooting option.

But I’ve changed my mind. It doesn’t make sense for me anymore, and I think it likely doesn’t make sense for a lot of people.

Here are 6 reasons I don’t use my iPhone for video anymore:

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What Video Camera Should You Buy?

I usually don’t make recommendations for specific video cameras, but this time I thought I’d make an exception.

It’s definitely the most common question I get:

What camera should I buy?

Why do I rarely answer it?

  • I get the question so often, I don’t have time to answer it over and over and over.
  • I don’t stay up-to-date on all the latest camera releases, so the only cameras I know intimately are the ones I own.
  • I need a detailed understanding of how you’ll be using a camera before I can recommend one.

Most of the time if I make a recommendation at all, it’s general things to look for — instead of a specific camera.

Well, the other day I received a question similar to this:

Can you recommend a specific camera and microphone for me? I have a budget of about $2,000, and I’ll be using the camera to shoot various interviews with people at a conference I’ll be attending.

That was a good start. I knew the budget and I knew the general purpose of the camera, but I still had a few more questions. I wrote back and asked them: Continue reading What Video Camera Should You Buy?