Digital cameras came as a major technological breakthrough at the beginning of this century. They allowed us to stop worrying about the number of photos we could take, whether the film was still ok or if sun got on it and ruined our vacation memories. Previously, we had to use film cameras on vacation and in professional studios. Another breakthrough came about when advances in the field allowed us to record videos. Digital cameras quickly replaced the large and bulky video cameras that were widely popular during the 90’s yet another breakthrough was close by. This came when we were able to record HD videos. It was at this moment that amateur photographers could become a professional film-maker.
HD video means that the scenes captured are of excellent quality and they can be used in semi-professional or even in professional movies. This allowed many people to enter the indie movie business without investing thousands of dollars in expensive cameras that could prove difficult to use. Which is why there has been a steep increase in the amount of independent movies nowadays.
The main advantages of these cameras are that you can enjoy two hobbies at once. You can take your time and shoot some amazing photos of incredible landscapes and you can also film some amazing sceneries. Having the ability to both photograph and record made these cameras wildly popular among regular consumers.
Unsurprisingly prices vary from one model to the next. There is the professional DSLR that can cost up to two thousand dollars with all the professional lenses and accessories or there can be the compact digital camera that is around two hundred dollars or even less. This ease of access and range of affordable prices appealed to the everyday consumer and manufactures understood this.
Disadvantages are seen in the technical specifications. Although they are compact and easy to transport, digital cameras at times lack some of accessories that can really make a good movie. The sound captured by these cameras is of very poor quality, especially if you are filming outside. Specialists have noted that these cameras are better for making indoor movies and interviews or that the person speaking should be very close to the camera – you can see how this may be a difficulty if you want to record scenes for your next indie film. Another technical issue that arises is the storage; a thousand pictures often takes up less space than fifteen minutes of filming, so many indie producers that use DSLRs have to take their laptops with them to empty the expensive storage disks frequently. Another problem that is easy to solve once you gain experience has to do with editing. Some cameras store the videos on different domains and for a rookie producer this can be quite confusing and overwhelming.
Overall, digital cameras have had an impact on our lives and the way we capture our most treasured moments. HD filming is helping us capture quality scenes and maybe even help others become successful film-makers.