Perhaps no other piece of equipment exemplifies video production like the video camera does. It is, in many ways, the symbol of video production, and most video work begins with raw images, captured and recorded by the video camera.

A wide variety of cameras are available for video production, ranging in price from a couple hundred dollars to more than $100,000. Increasingly, mass-market cameras at consumer price points and cameras that are integrated in smartphones or other devices are finding their way into professional video production as well. In addition, most digital SLR (DSLR) cameras of the type traditionally used by professional still photographers now have the capability to shoot high-quality video. Figure 5.1 ...

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