When I decided to shoot my own movie, I investigated all my options, regarding the DV Camcorder market. As with Digital Still Photography, there have been amazing leaps in technology in Digital Video photography. When you stop to think about it, it wasn't really all that long ago when The Polaroid was the camera of choice, when it came to instant photos. It all started to change in the 80's. Kodak scientists invented the world's first megapixel sensor, capable of recording 1.4 million pixels that could produce a 5x7-inch digital photo-quality print in 1986. And then guess who it was that brought us the first consumer available Digital Camera and accompanying software for your home computer?
APPLE!! The first digital cameras for the consumer-level market that worked with a home computer via a serial cable was the Apple QuickTake 100 camera February 17 , 1994. Apple's marketing makes a pretty foretelling statement on this link above. It says "If it (The QuickTake 100) catches on, it will be the forerunner of a line of products which could change the way families take, manage and print their social pictures.
YA THINK!!! And I can remember it was only a few years ago that my brother paid 399 dollars for a 2 megapixel camera. Today, you can buy a 10 megapixel camera for under 200 dollars!
The camcorder technology has moved forward at the same rate, maybe even faster. Professional Digital Cinema Photography is in the process of replacing film just like the still photography consumer market. Cameras like the Sony HDCAM/cinealta(750/900/F23), the Thomson Viper , the Panavision Genesis and most of all the amazing Red Digital Cinema's The RED ONE, has changed the way Hollywood makes movies. On the Prosumer side, the message is even cooler. Now the idie filmmaker can make a movie that looks and feels like a 20 million dollar Hollywood film for a cost in the thousands instead of the millions.
On my next post, I will explain my choices for my gear, but at the top of this post is just a preview of what I choose and below an example of some footage shot with this exact setup.
The Canon HV20 and Letus 35mm Lens Adaptor.
Shot by Philip Bloom