Your best bet is probably a DSLR. It’s not going to be able to shoot the HD video you want, but it will get the job done (or at least the rest of the way). In my opinion, a mirrorless or interchangeable lens camera is an excellent solution. While the mirrorless can easily use a digital viewfinder, it’s an awful compromise to have an SLR and all of the video capabilities needed. If you’re interested in mirrorless, my go-to camera and the one I use as my primary camera is the Sony RX100 III — an amazing camera and my go-to for general coverage.
Here are some things you’ll need to think about before buying a camera:
Is this a professional digital camera you are looking for?
Not all of your videos are made with professional equipment. Some are made for yourself and/or to share with friends. You may have a lot more freedom with a digital camera.
Where do you plan to store it?
In your home, on the floor outside in the rain? In your car? In a studio? Is there an area with high ceilings where you can put it away?
If you plan on using the camera for professional reasons, why don’t you just buy an external hard drive? Most video cameras need at least 100GB of memory space.
Do you have someplace to store it?
You’ll need at least someplace where you can put your camera. You can make a tripod and attach it to an external hard drive, set it up on the floor outside in the rain, or you can put it in a separate room. You can purchase a battery-powered battery charger if you want to charge the camera from a normal source. It will work as long as you don’t use it for commercial purposes (like uploading to YouTube or YouTube Red).
Do you still have your DSLR?
If you just want to use your Nikon D200 or Canon 1Ds or any other basic SLR, then that is the way to go. However, if you plan on uploading videos to your YouTube channels or uploading them to your YouTube Red account or any other YouTube-capable site, then I recommend getting an external hard drive for the camera to help with storage. In some instances, it’s not enough to just store your camera and batteries on a normal storage device, you also have to provide them with extra accessories.
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