How to Buy a High Definition Video Camera

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Buying a high definition video camera requires deciding whether to buy a $2,000 consumer camera or a $10,000 prosumer camera. Compare consumer and prosumer high definition cameras with information from a professional videographer in this free video on photography.

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Hi, my name is James Flint. I'm a videographer, and I'm here to talk to you today about how to buy a high definition video camera. When you're getting ready to buy a high definition video camera, you need to figure out whether you're going to fall into the consumer spectrum or the prosumer spectrum. A consumer camera is going to be anything, you know, for less than two thousand dollars. These have a lot of the automatic features built into 'em. They still have some very advanced features, but they're going to be probably best for someone who hasn't used a video camera that much before, you know. If you're looking to get, you know, Dad a video camera for his birthday or Christmas, you probably want to go with a consumer camera. That way you're not spending as much money, and you're not getting him more camera than he needs. The prosumer cameras run anywhere between two and ten thousand dollars, and these have more advanced features, and they give the videographer more control over what they're shooting. You can shoot professional films, commercials, and things of that nature with a prosumer camera. But, you know, it's not going to be as cheap as a consumer camera. So the first thing you need to do is determine what category you fall under, consumer or prosumer. And then, you know, you need to start, you know, your shopping. You know, if a deal looks too good to be true on a prosumer camera, it probably is. If you find out that this camera's five thousand everywhere you look, and then one random place has it for two thousand dollars, you know, be wary of that. You know, your options for consumer cameras, you know, locally, you can go to a store like Best Buy or Circuit City. Even Wal-Mart now has some HD cameras. And if you want to get into prosumer cameras, you either want to look on, you know, like a Best Buy website. They'll have some prosumer cameras that they don't carry in their store, but then you may also want to look at a camera distributor like the B&H catalog. If you know a specific model you want, you can just do a Internet search for that camera model and see who all sells it and what prices and packages they have it for. So again, this is how you will go about buying a high definition video camera.


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