Best Camera For Student Film Major

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
June 19, 2012 3:27pm CST
My daughter needs a good camera both for still photography and movie/film making. She's a digital video/film major and has a limited budget. Any advice which camera to buy and where can we find good deals? Thanks in advance.
2 responses
@petersum (4526)
• United States
19 Jun 12
I think you have a problem! I was looking for a professional movie making digital camera. First thing, there is so much snob appeal attached to certain cameras. And almost everyone agrees that you just can't take fast action shots with any of them! Who do you believe? I just got confused. Is a four thousand dollar camera really no better than a 200 dollar one? It is obviously a very difficult subject to research. I can only suggest waiting until the last moment and seeing what the other students have bought.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
19 Jun 12
Good advice, my friend. I think most of the students, except the one with rich parents, are in the same predicament. Although, my daughter says that the movie "An Act of Valor" was shot with the same camera the school has. And that's about $1800. I'm sure those movie makers had more than one though. But you're right, we've shot videos with our Droids and work with it in Movie Making software. Gotta use some creativity sometimes. Oh well, the search for a good and cheap camera continues. Thanks.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Jun 12
Right now there are several new DSLR cameras coming onto the market. This means that there are older models (new upgrades occur about every 6 months sometimes major upgrades and other time minor ones) that are left on the market and dealers want to sell them and many times they will discount them. The other way to get a very good camera at a reduced price is to look at refurbished cameras. Have your daughter talk to several different professors and see what they would suggest for a camera and what features to get in the camera. She should also decide on a camera brand and stick with it. She will have to buy lens and accessories for the camera and that will get expensive. The major camera brands design the lens and accessories so that they will fit future models as you upgrade.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
19 Jun 12
Thanks bobmnu. I'm forwarding this advice to my daughter. I've often wondered if refurbished cameras, or computers, are reliable. It's definitely something to look into.