How do I choose a camera?

Dangerous ground...especially if you don't know enough to know what you should be looking for. This blog posting is for those who want to stretch their knowledge and move beyond simple P&S (point and shoot) folks who just use their cameras to take family photos or video or LAMIGABEC! (Look at me - I've got … Continue reading How do I choose a camera?

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Whither to aim…

1. Point and shoot cameras. Flip type cameras with no zoom or a very short distance zoom (or worse yet, optical zoom) and no microphone input. 2. Consumer level camcorders with one smallish chip, a decent zoom and no microphone input. 3. Prosumer/low end professional level camcorders with three chips and either XLR or mini-jack mike inputs. 4. DSLRs.

...high?  Low?  In between?

Like I used to tell my students, you gotta know your target audience before you even think about creating a visual story.  Well, the same thing applies to writing a book.  In this case, The Basics of Videojournalism.

Our original demographic was high schools...then we realized there was a wider potential audience, so we have adapted to that.  And we've also finally settled on some of the finer points about our audience, including what level of gear they need.

Roughly we've broken gear into four basic groups.