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Old March 23 2012, 03:18 PM   #190
The Trekster
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Re: Fan Filmmaker's Primer

It depends on what alternatives you're looking at. But yeah, DSLR is not a bad way to go.

Just make sure whatever camera you do buy that it is HD, shoots 24p (25p with PAL) or 30p and allows manual control of your focus and exposure. Interchangeable lenses are great, but not necessary for a beginner.

The other thing to think about if you're going with a DSLR (and I think this may have been mentioned already in this thread) is how will you record your audio? DSLRs are a lot like film cameras in that they are useless for sound. You will need to record audio separately. However you can find prosumer camcorders with XLR input and manual gain control which would simplify your audio set-up (though not something you'll want to do forever.)
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