03 Feb Gear Talk – Expensive vs Inexpensive
This month we’re going to have fun with some basic gear talk. We only have four posts a month, so we’ll be exploring the photo/video gear world on a broad scale, but we’ll revisit it in later months.
If you’re new to the videography/photography landscape, is diving in to purchase expensive gear necessarily worth the cost? Today, advancement in technology occurs at such a fast pace, that this question is extremely relevant and hotly debated. And the only definitive answer anyone can give you is this: what are your needs?
The gap between consumer and professional products grows smaller and smaller by the month. There’s even a category of products now labeled “prosumer”– products that have a combination of easy to use consumer functions with professional quality capabilities. We are becoming incredibly efficient at building camera and camera products (at relatively low costs) for consumers that capture industry standard quality content.
Pull out your new iphone, and you have the capability to shoot in 4k resolution and take 12 megapixel photos. Purchase a GoPro Hero 4 for 500$ and you can capture beautiful timelapses, wide angle photos and more at industry standard resolutions. For the same price as a GoPro, you could buy a Canon T3i (18MP and 1080i) with a stock lens. The point is, the possibilities are endless, and it all goes back to what you’re using these products for, and what you know how to do with them.
Below are a few articles that touch on topic of expensive vs inexpensive products, and offer crafty ways to get the most out of your gear: