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    Industry Tips: Pro Camcorder vs DSLR

    Posted by Specs Intern on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

     If you are looking to break into the media industry you may have one question on your mind, “should I use a Pro Camcorder or a DSLR?” Well, Both options have definite advantages over the other but it mostly just comes down to what production you are working on. Let's take a look at what some of those differences are.

    One difference everyone seems to focus on is the sensor size. Pro Camcorders tend to stay on the smaller scale of sensor size thus giving you a wider depth of field, while DSLR cameras will use larger sensors, giving the footage an iconic cinematic feel.


    However, these differences in sensor size rarely affect the pixel quality of the footage. You can find more details on sensor size on New Atlas’ Camera sensor size: Why does it matter and exactly how big are they?


    The biggest difference between Pro Camcorder and DSLR’s would be the situations in which you would be using them. This is because of ergonomics, filters, cost, and max record time. For instance, Pro Camcorders are perfect for shooting sporting events. With a built in ND filter for bright sunlight and 2 hours of recording time, it’s difficult for a DSLR to keep up. Plus if you forgot your tripod at home a camcorder is much easier to hold for extended periods of time.


    On the other hand DSLR cameras are great if you’re an indie filmmaker on a budget. With the added bonus of a lower price tag, DSLR cameras can achieve great cinematic video and also give you a wide variety of lenses to choose from. If you want to know more about DSLR’s and which one might best fit you check out HitFilm’s video “Best cameras for filmmaking 2016

    Both these styles of cameras have unique advantages in which they can be utilized, so before you make a purchase take a look at the events you will be filming. Whether you shoot live events, indie films, or commercial productions there will be a camera that best suits your needs.

    Topics: dslr, Digital Media, industry tips, Camcorder

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