Film makers whether professional or amateur, know the importance of a good camera in video production. When the quality of the picture is everything in your production, shoot with a 4K camera. 4K earns its name due to its approximately 4000 pixels in its horizontal resolution. All 4K camera come with an LCD screen placed at the back so as to enable you to see action as it is being recorded and also to get immediate feedback on your work.
These lightweight and compact cameras are mountable, durable and compatible with various lenses and most of them have built in WI-FI capabilities. For additional protection especially in rugged shoots, some of them are coated with rubber.
Most 4ks are require external recorder as they are unable to record internally .This makes the cost of the camera less but you have to factor into your budget the cost of the external recorder. One big advantage of using the external recorder is that you can rent them. If you are not often shooting in 4k, you can save a lot of money overall.
4K codec or formats
It’s known that 4K is just a resolution. There is no agreed upon standard of how the resolution should be stored making the storage different in many cameras. The different recording format leads to drastically different workflows calling for care when purchasing a camera. It’s therefore important to make sure that you use a recorder or a camera that records 4K in a manner that works best for you. Some 4K cameras have the capability to record in RAW and 4K video codec while others can only record in 4K video codec.
HD videos frame rate is usually standardized for TV at 60i. This is opposed to 4k as they have no broadcast standard therefore you should not assume anything with regard to the frame rates of the camera. Some 4Ks cannot shoot slower than 60P while others can shoot faster. Cameras that shoot as 30P are best if the content will be downscaled to HD for TV distribution since that will convert to 60i easily.
Dci or QHD
Some 4K cameras have both Dci and UHD shooting while others can shoot only one type. All Hd content of most 4Ks is shot in the aspect ratio of 16:9 with the most common being the digital camera initiative (DCi) that defines 4K as 4096 x 2160 at 17:9 aspect ratio. The other format is the ultra high definition that is 3840 x 2160 at 16:9 aspect ratio.
Benefits of using 4K cameras
- Higher resolution
- High quality
- Detailed images
- Larger visibility on projection surface