Most professionals or students shopping for a broadcast camera will already have an idea of the type of camera they are looking for and the features that are important to them – they may even have an idea of the exact make and model they are looking for. But in case you don’t know exactly which camera to buy, here are five things you should definitely consider.
You’ve probably got a budget in mind, but be prepared to give a little when it comes to choosing the perfect broadcast camera. You might be able to find a value for money bundle or a deal with extra accessories that’s slightly more than what you were planning to spend. But bear your basic budget range in mind to make sure you don’t spend more than you intended to.
#2. Returns policy
When shopping online for a camera, it’s important to check out the website’s return policy. Whilst most websites will accept returns, if you have used the camera for a week or two before deciding to return it, this may be unacceptable for many retailers. You should also check how long the warranty is on the camera before purchasing.
#3. Important features
Make a list of the essential features that you need your camera to have, then create a shortlist of cameras that have all these features. Next, list features that, in an ideal world, you would like your camera to have. Narrowing your list down in this way means you’ll get a camera which doesn’t lack any essential features as well as one which has some additional extras.
#4. Size and weight
Consider the size and weight of your camera carefully, particularly if you’re going to be operating it alone. This information should be readily available on the product description, but if in doubt always double check with the retailer.
#5. Shipping costs
That discount website you’ve come across may offer the cheapest deals on the camera of your choice, but what’s not included in the price? Expensive shipping and returns costs could really bump up the price, so make sure you’re aware how much shipping costs before you make your purchase. Spending a little time now reading through the shipping rates and returns policy could save you both time and money in the long run, and it might be worth paying a bit more for a better camera on a site that offers free shipping!