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Camcorder vs DSLR

Updated on July 24, 2013

Shooting video

With the ability to shoot video footage easily available today via anything from your mobile phone to your compact camera, there are an abundance of options to choose from when you look.

You might already own a video camera if you look at your mobile.

Like always the decision comes when you perhaps look for that little something extra. What is it that you want from your camera?

I myself am looking to continue my upgrade from animation to live action.


Camcorders now come in all shapes and sizes with varying degrees of quality. Depending on what you are looking for.

The main objective of the camcorder is that is light and "handy", you shouldn't have to many accessories, maybe an extra memory stick and a few batteries.

Depending on how much you pay as to how good the picture quality will be, which has always been the case.

But what you buy is was you get in some terms, you might be able to add a microphone with the tight accessories and the additional batteries for long trips, additional SD Cards of differing capacities, but the lens is not changeable.

Great for family holidays but how reliable will they be for shooting films.

Camcoder Accessories

The bag will be overflowing with extras. The basic equipment includes extra batteries and SD Cards.

If you take it up a notch then you can be adding microphones and tripods to the equation. All used to create that slightly better movie.


Like Camcorder's the DSLR is now available in a number of models. The camera could be a couple of hundred dollars and so then could a lens.

And that is also one of the 1st key differences. What you have with a camcorder with the addition of the lens.

If you require a different shot then you have simple option of changing the lens. It will take some saving though as they can be costly, so choose wisely.

DSLR Accessories

Again the bag will be full to the brim. You'll need batteries, memory sticks, lenses. A tripod will come in handy.

If shooting video then you might want to look at microphones and see if you camera is compatible.

Camcorder or DSLR

Which would you choose between a Camcorder and a DSLR for filming video?

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DSLR won, for now.

I have gone with a Nikon D5200 with ME-1 Stereo Microphone in addition. I will have a few test runs and then the project can begin.


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