I would say that 4k cameras are something to approach with caution at the moment. It’s all well shooting in 4K but can your computer handle it when it comes to editing power? I’m making a switch from my canon’s at some point but it’s not primarily due to 4K advancements. I would say it’s down to a lack of options the camera has to be versatile in the ways I want to shoot with it. For instance I find it utterly mind-blowing that canon have failed miserably to increase the capture speeds when it comes to frame rates. An iphone beats the camera in that department. Ok…. it’s not as good quality as a high end camera, but I refuse to believe that it’s beyond canon to innovate further and work with their loyal customers. I think they’ve just got a bit too sure of what they provide and other companies are now gunning to take the video market over. It’s certainly made me start to look elsewhere.
My advice to anyone is to get a camera which suits their situation best. HD video cameras are absolutely fine to shoot with. It’s going to take a good couple of years before 4K comes to be a widely accepted standard, so why not keep shooting in HD and practise getting better at filmmaking? And I say that in a general sense to everyone. There is far too much of a focus on gear over storytelling at the moment, and I think this is a problem in many areas of filmmaking. A lot of people who promote themselves as directors are really cinematographers. They lack the understanding of communication and storytelling and how to get a crew behind you when it comes to conveying a message correctly. How to develop a script and build characters into physical beings. There’s a reverse snobbery to honing these skills where people think a camera bag full of tricks will make up for a lack in understanding of the core skills of directing.
By far the most important thing people should be considering now is ‘how can I make better videos/films’. If 4K is honestly something that helps then by all means go for it, but as always I think it’s not the camera that’s at the centre of the success but more the core skills of the individual. Soon, camera abilities are going to start levelling out (because how much more advanced can they get in terms of an on screen image?). When this happens in years to come; I think it will ultimately mean more people trying to concentrate on their skill development in other areas away from tech specs. That will be a great moment for films in general because we’ll start to see a growth right across the board, not just in equipment levels.
In a nutshell man, I recommend you stick with whatever helps you make great videos (and that isn’t based around just the camera). 4K or no, the stories are out there to be told and content truly is king. Don’t look at them through the camera primarily just see them through your open mind.
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