I have a short script that I want to film, but I have no experience in filming before, except some videos with a compact sony cybershot, but it wasn't something special.
I want a camera that: can produce a descent output,
can (if possible) pluged in an external mic,
can handle night and exterior shots as possible as it gets.
The budget i tight at 400 euros max.
To be realistic an d honest, filmmaking is just another hobby of mine, but I want to have a descent product to work with and edit in order to learn that art.
I'm between Nikon D3300 DSLR and Canon HF R700. Both can be pluged an external mic. The dilemma is the following. The DSLR cost a lot and maybe the 18-55mm lens is not appropriate for filming and there is the video time limit, but can handle better low-light-shots though. Another con with Nikon that is that I don't have any experience with a DSLR. In other hand the Canon camcorder has unlimited video time, (I believe) fewer chances to screw things up, cheaper than DSLR, but the lens and sensor isn't as good as the Nikon's.
By far all the search I have done point out the D3300 is better for what I want.
What's your opinion about that?
Any suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance.
P.S Sites I have checked: No film school, learn Filmmaking and review sites about DSLRs and camcorders.
The Canon HF R700 is a fine first camera for your needs. But
if you feel the D3300 is better for what you want then that's
a great start. A steeper learning curve but learning is good.
You'll need more equipment to make the DSLR ready for making
movies and even though you can plug in a mic, the audio on
those cameras are not good. So all in, you'll need to spend more
for the DSLR. I suggest that as a hobbyist you get the Canon.
Seems like you've decided on the Nikon. It's a fine camera – I own
the 5300. A stabilizer and/or shoulder support is necessary. With
either one you'll need a monitor. Since the audio isn't acceptable
on any DSLR you will need an audio recorder and shotgun mic. A
tripod is essential, too but you need that even with the Canon. So
all in you'll go over your budget to get it up to filmmaker standards.
Of course you don't have to buy any of those things. Get a cheap
RODE VideoMic and start learning the art. As you get more involved
in filmmaking you can buy the rest of the gear.