May 23, 2015 at 8:20PM, Edited May 23, 8:28PM
I've got a wonderfully terrible dilemma and was hoping for some advice. I'm gearing up to direct my first feature, have my screenplay, my crew and actors, but I'm having issue with choosing my camera equipment. I want to purchase the camera and lens' but can't make a solid decision. I've been doing my homework and was considering the Panasonic gh4k, but I don't believe that it is necessary to record in 4k, and I would also be taking on other budgetary factors such as additional hard-drives, and a 4k recorder (if I'm reading correctly). Then I started looking at MiniDV camcorders such as the Canon XL1s (28 Days Later) and the Sony HDR-FX1 (Paranormal Activity) and found that these types of cameras have a track history in Hollywood. Would it be feasible/logical to go MiniDV 1080p (or higher)? Wouldn't low light situations work better on MiniDV and be less work in post? While I'm worried about quality, I'm actually more interested in achieving a 'film' look, without committing to 35mm (I would love to but our budget doesn't permit). I understand a lot of this is based on many factors, the lighting, art direction, framing, the personnel a director surrounds himself with, post production, etc, etc...but I'm solid in this department. With that said I'm not trying to follow a current camera trend. I'm trying to do what is right by the movie. With that said my budget for the camera (and camera only) is $2,000. I can go $3,200 if the lens is fixed, but I prefer the ability to swap lenses. 'Auto-focus only' cameras are off the shelf as they are camera killers. My ears are open to all constructive camera advise though. I look forward to your recommendations, including your favorite DSLR's. Thank you.