5. Do I want to buy a new or used camera?
A good way to spend less money is to buy a second hand or used camera. A lot of the brands I mentioned launch new models or updates every year. Of course, it’s not necessary to buy a new one every year, but some people do and because of that, the used camera market is quite big.
It’s really important to do some good research when you want to buy a brand new camera. We like to mention this because you don’t want to spend a large amount of money on a new camera to find out afterward the successor will release in a few weeks. So always try to find the release date of the camera you want to buy. If it was released several years ago try to find the information when a new one is about to come out.
A second hand or used camera is the perfect way to save some money. And besides that, it’s a great way to find out for yourself if you really like filming. We know some people who bought a brand new expensive camera but only used it once for their holiday. And for some reason, they didn’t pursue growing with the camera to get the full potential out of it. If this will be the case for you, it will hurt you less with a used camera because you can sell it again for almost the same price as you bought it.
Now you may have more clarity about what kind of filmmaker you are, let’s dive into the camera specifications we will look for to create the list of the best cameras for filmmaking.