Camera advice for specific application
I'm an audio engineer and am a complete novice to photography. I'd like to spend up to 500/600/700$ on a good camera for the following:
- Indoor video, mostly music studios, close-up musicians. Low light conditions.
- Filming and (photographing if dslr) real equipment close-up, for hardware product design, and advertising.
- Something easy to use
- Does not need to be very versatile/dynamic. don't need different zooms and functionalities.
- Idea is to just put camera on a tripod 99% of the time, point, and shoot great quality.
- Video is very important, more so than photos.
So with my limited knowledge, I'm stuck between camcorder and dslr. I'm leaning towards a dslr because they seem to do better in low light, also because I don't need all the camcorder functionality, and prefer the images I see done on dslr's for some reason.
Be aware that any kind of indoor lighting is low light as a far as cameras are concerned.
These are the four things you need:
1. A camera with a DSLR sized sensor - APS-C, at least.
2. A fast lens - a minimum of f2.
3. Some extra lighting - an LED panel, perhaps.
4. A good tripod.
So as you see, the camera is only a part of what you need.
Any DSLR currently manufactured would be OK, as would a number of second-hand DSLR's.
Refurbished can be a good option.
If you go down the camcorder route you will still need a tripod and lighting.