With so many digital video cameras available to rent, it might seem nearly impossible to choose just one.
Follow these tips to help you determine which digital video camera is right for you.
- Determine Your End Goal
Consider what your goal is, and the type of videos that you wish to produce. For instance, if you’re a newbie and are looking for something to capture a family vacation, you might be fine with a lower-end model.
However, if you’re thinking of getting serious about video production, and might even want to pursue this as a career, then this will change the type of camera you end up renting. Understand the type of videos that you want to make, and this will help steer you in the right direction.
- Consider the Equipment You already Have
The type of digital video camera that you select will depend on the type of equipment you’ve already got at your disposal, such as a computer or big screen TV. Make sure that the camera you decide on is compatible with your present equipment. Check things such as cable connections, video formats, and so forth.
- Your Budget
How much you can afford to spend renting a digital video camera will obviously play a major role in the one you choose. Not only do you need the camera, but you’ll also need a few other components too, such as memory cards, record tapes, and even extra batteries. Get a grasp of what you can afford so you can match your current budget with your video requirements.
- Do Your Homework
Conducting a little research beforehand is always a good idea. Go online and do some caparison shopping, or check out a few shops to see what is out there for you. Make sure to pay attention to all the features that are most useful for you, and read up on customer reviews for specific brands and models.
- Check Out the Camera in Person
Go to a shop and get your hands on a digital video camera that you are thinking of renting, and see how it actually looks in person and how it functions. You’ll want to have a clear idea of its grip, weight and balance. You’ll also want to check out the main controls to ensure that they are easy to access and that they respond quickly.
- Consider the Accessories Needed
The camera itself is one thing, but what about all the accessories that go along with it? Think about things like the following:
- Carrying cases
- Smart cards
- Hard drives
- Video tape Cassettes
Don’t forget about warranties and service, which should also be scoped out.
- Consider the Technical Specs
When it comes to charge coupled devices (CCDs), the larger and more abundant, the better. Cameras with three CCDs, for instance, are considered professional grade, while a single 1/8 chip camera is considered low quality. HD (high definition) 1080p (for progressive) is currently the standard.
Zoom lenses are convenient and highly useful, but if you rent a camera with a 300 x digital zoom, you’ll probably be disappointed because it’s too big and can distort the image. Lenses with optical zooms and numbers such as 18x or 22x are good enough.
You’ll need a lot of space to store and save digital HD video, whether it be in the camera or on a computer. A typical smart card for 32 GB digital video cameras might only be able to record a few minutes of the highest quality video. Dozens of gigabytes are needed to store tons of HD video, so even the largest hard drives can fill up really quickly.