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Kodak Zi8: cheap camera, good lighting, equals good results - DSLR FILM NOOB

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Published on Aug 8, 2012

http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/ The number one question I get from people is "What camera should I buy?". The answer isn't as easy as saying you should by (insert camera name here). There are a lot of factors to consider before you spend your hard earned money on a camera.

The two major factors depend on what you are planning to film, and how much money you have to spend. If you have $10,000 to spend there are countless options, but if you only have a few hundred dollars to spend, you aren't necessarily doomed to horrible video quality.

I'm using the Kodak Zi8 in this video to demonstrate the fact that with proper lighting, even a sub $100 camera can give you pretty decent results. Most of the sensors included on newer pocket cameras have an ISO rating, for example the Kodak Zi8's rating is 50-800 ISO. If you can provide enough light for the camera to shoot somewhere in the middle of that range, you can often yield very good results.

A decent lighting kit like the CFL lights used in this video can be purchased for between $100 and $300. That lighting investment can turn a low end camera into something that performs quit well. The Kodak Zi8 used in this video is an extreme example of this concept but it does a good job of illustrating the point. Proper lighting can make most cameras on the market usable.

If you watch this video at 1080p, you can see some of the minor failings of the cheap sensor in my hair and in my striped shirt. But overall the footage looks great considering the price of the camera being used. If you don't have much money to spend, consider a used point and shoot camera like the Canon HF100 and a solid low budget lighting kit. With that setup your youtube videos will look as good as people shooting with poor lighting and a camera 10 times the price.

Equipment used:
Kodak Zi8
Canon t2i
Sigma 30mm f1.4
Sennhieser G2 wireless mic

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